2017 Football Recruiting Reset: Defense

May 14 -- A look at UCLA's 2017 offensive recruiting board a good 21 months away from Signing Day...

It's still 21 months until the class of 2017 can sign, and for all we know, the whole recruiting process could be different by then.

But it's never too early to take a look at which prospects in the 2017 class UCLA has offered.

NOTE: This list is just 2017 defensive prospects we know that UCLA has offered halfway into the evaluation period.


DE Haskell Garrett, 6-2, 270, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
UCLA got one signee from Bishop Gorman in February and had a longtime commitment from another, but the best college prospect on the team may have been Garrett, who was just a sophomore. Originally from Hawaii, Garrett moved to Nevada prior to the season and already has a slew of offers. UCLA just offered him in March. He played at St. Louis as a freshman, where then-junior Fred Ulu-Perry was playing.
DE A.J. Epenesa, 6-5, 230, Edwardsville (Ill.)
Epenesa was outstanding as a freshman at the Chicago NFTC and then followed it up with a big sophomore season. He's one of the premier 2017 prospects nationally and has some ties to UCLA, with former Bruin defensive lineman Sealii Epenesa a cousin and Sam Tai probably being one. UCLA was at his school earlier this week to check in on him.
DE Xach Gill, 6-5, 280, Wake Forest (N.C.)
Gill was another player who got a visit from UCLA this week, with Angus McClure going to Tobacco Road to check in on Gill. The visit netted Gill an offer. The Bruins joined several in-state schools along with LSU, Miami and Penn State among others.
DT Martin Andrus, 6-2, 250, Los Angeles (Calif.)
Andrus is the first legit D-I prospect to come from Los Angeles HS since 2004 and part of that is the general upgrade in coaching and development that's come from Eric Scott, the former UCLA receiver and former Bruin assistant coach, who took over the reins and led them to a City Section title. Andrus grew up a UCLA fan and the Bruins offered him in March. He reminds of another former City Section defensive lineman, Brandon Mebane, who Scott coached when he was at Crenshaw.
DT Greg Rogers, 6-4, 305, Las Vegas (Nev.) Centennial
Rogers had long wanted a UCLA offer and he got one in April then visited a couple days later. He told Scout earlier this week that the UCLA offer was a 'powerhouse' offer for him and if he had to pick, UCLA would be his leader. The Bruins are doing well with Rogers, and while he'll have his pick of the litter when its all said and done, UCLA figures to be on his short list throughout.
DT Marvin Wilson, 6-4, 309, Bellaire (Texas) Episcopal
Wilson is one of the Lone Star State's top prospects in the 2017 class and has offers that span the country and both the Los Angeles schools have offered.


ILB Baron Browning, 6-2, 201, Kennedale (Texas)
Another Texas native, Browning has a handful of offers from around Texas and then two from the Pac-12, Washington and UCLA. UCLA has made a concerted effort to recruit in Texas and Browning is one of their targets.
OLB Anthony Hines, 6-2.5, 218, Plano (Texas)
Hines committed to Mississippi State as a freshman but then when a fellow Texan had his scholarship pulled by the Bulldogs (Chason Virgil), just weeks before he was to enroll, Hines decided to decommit from the Bulldogs and is back on the market. He's one of the premier prospects in Texas already, regardless of class.
OLB Jaquan Henderson, 6-1, 200, Covington (Ga.) Newton
Henderson got his first, and to date, only offer from UCLA, and he's been enamored by them since the offer. UCLA has made a habit of offering players from Georgia early on in the process and Henderson is no different. He listed UCLA as his dream school and took an unofficial visit to Westwood earlier in the spring and loved it. As he develops, he figures to have several SEC schools on him, but the Bruins have a head start.


CB Darnay Holmes, 5-10, 185, Newbury Park (Calif.)
Holmes was offered last spring and he's already one of the best defensive backs in the country, regardless of class, looking very good all spring on the 7v7 circuit then as a sophomore this fall for the Panthers, before finally being named the State Sophomore of the Year. He's got double-digit offers from around the country but the Bruins were one of his early offers and his father and Demetrice Martin go way back. He told BRO last month that UCLA is a lock to make his top five.
CB Jaylon Redd, 5-9, 160, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
Redd had a sterling sophomore season at Rancho Cucamonga (where Tahaan Goodman played) and UCLA was one of his earliest offers. Originally from Carson before moving to the Inland Empire, Redd likes both of the Los Angeles schools, who've both offered.
CB Thomas Graham, 5-10, 160, Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt
Graham was offered in February and was enamored with the offer. But if USC offers, the Trojans likely will get him, being a childhoon fan of USC and Graham having a sister set to run track at USC. But the Bruins will still try with him.
CB Deommodore Lenoir, 6-0, 170, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian
Lenoir has looked very good this spring and despite having offers from all over the country, he's looking really closely at the Bruins, not wanting to get too far from home.
CB Stanford Samuels, 6-2, 170, Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Flanagan
An early four-star by Scout, Samuels is one of the top prospects in the Sunshine State and has a number of offers from Southern powers like Alabama, Florida, Miami, Georgia and LSU but interestingly, UCLA is his only offer from a school West of Oklahoma.
CB Malcolm Askew, 6-0, 165, McCalla, (Ala.) McAdory
Askew has offers from schools like Georgia, LSU and Ohio State to go along with one from UCLA, but is feeling the two in-state schools.
CB Lamont Wade, 6-2, 175, Clairton (Pa.)
Wade got an offer from the Bruins during his sophomore year but the majority of his attention is being paid to schools in the Northeast and Midwest. But this could be a guy that Tom Bradley, who has obvious Penn State ties, could target over the next two years.
CB William Poole, 6-0, 175, College Park (Ga.) Hapeville
Another prospect from Georgia that UCLA is after, Poole just got the Bruin offer during the eval period, his lone Pac-12 offer but some of the SEC powers, like hometown Georgia, Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss have offerd as well as Virginia Tech and Michigan, so they'll have a tough group to recruit against.
CB Chevin Calloway, 5-10, 180, Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne
The four-star from Texas is starting to emerge nationally as one of the best corners in the country and is getting more offers outside the Lone Star State, with Notre Dame, Miami and Ole Miss other schools besides UCLA ho have offered him.


S Richard LeCounte, 6-1, 175, Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County
LeCounte has a slew of offers but said that the UCLA offer was one that stood out to him along with home-state Georgia, neighboring Florida and defending champion Ohio State. LeCounte also likes USC, but the Bruins will continue to pursue him, as they have other Georgia prospects since Jim Mora came to UCLA.
S Jeffrey Okudah, 6-1.5, 200, Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie
Okudah has offers from all over the country, but right now, looks like he's wanting to stay in the Lone Star State for college.
S Cyrus Fagan, 6-2, 182, Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland
Fagan has 20+ offers from coast-to-coast but Florida State is in the drivers seat early on for him.

S K.J. Jarrell, 6-2, 185, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
UCLA was the first school to offer Jarrell, like they've done quite a bit with players at Saguaro the last few years (like Christian Kirk). Since then, three more Pac-12 schools have offered Jarrell and plenty more will likely join the list over the next year.
S Paris Ford, 6-2, 175, Pittsburgh (Pa.) Seton-Lasalle
Ford is being recruited by Pennsylvania native Tom Bradley and has a flurry of offers from the Big Ten and ACC schools as well as other schools in the region, but the Bruins are the only school West of Michigan that has offered him and the offer intrigued Ford.

CB Shaun Wade, 6-2, 175, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy- Committed to Ohio State

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