UCLA 2017 Recruiting: Defense

Feb. 4 -- BRO takes a look at the 2017 defensive prospects with early UCLA offers and others high on the board...

UCLA 2017 Recruiting Offense

Signing Day was yesterday.

National Signing Day for 2017 is 365 days away (Leap year!).

And UCLA has already offered a slew of 2017 prospects, and has commitments from a few, too.

Here is a list of players on defense that UCLA has already offered in the 2017 class, where all four commitments play.

The 2017 class will be strong in the West, better than the 2016 class overall, and specifically, the defensive line will be strong both inside and outside the region, a change from most years.

NOTE: This list is just 2017 prospects we know that UCLA has offered and has a legitimate chance with, so some national guys that have never even mentioned UCLA won't be listed.

"Others to Watch" includes prospects we know are high on their board but haven't yet been offered.


DEFENSIVE END

Echols was the first one from this group to commit to UCLA.  He has made it no secret that UCLA is his favorite school and leader and he popped the day after Signing Day.  Phillips is another prospect UCLA is in on early that is fond of the Bruins.  Johnson camped with UCLA last summer and was offered that day and is now one of the most heavily pursued players in the West. He's from Sacramento so Angus McClure is probably related to him.

OFFERED:

Hunter Echols - COMMITTED

Jaelan Phillips

D.J. Johnson

Donovan Jeter

Others to Watch:

Jordan Jackson, 6-2, 226, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd

Jacob Callier, 6-2, 247, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco


DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Garrett is a national prospect and UCLA will have a lot of work to do with him.  UCLA coaches, including DL Coach Angus McClure, went to Bishop Gorman High School to check in on Garrett the last week before signing day, so that's a sign of Garrett's importance.  He could play inside or outside in college. UCLA has a very real chance with Andrus, who's coached at Los Angeles HS by former Bruin receiver and assistant coach Eric Scott and he said he was a UCLA fan growing up.  Rogers is another one who grew up a UCLA fan and the Bruins have long been a factor for him.  McClure went to see him also when he was in Vegas last week. Tufele has a lot of Pac-12 interest and McClure and Marques Tuiasosopo, who recruits Utah, will prioritize him inside.  Wilson is one of the nation's best prospects.

OFFERED:

Haskell Garrett

Martin Andrus

Greg Rogers

Jay Tufele

Marvin Wilson

Xach Gill

Dalyn Wade-Perry

Others to Watch:

Kurtis Brown, 6-3, 260, Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty

Poni Tu'uta, 6-4, 273, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian


OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

After signing the nation's No. 1 outside linebacker yesterday in Mique Juarez, the Bruins already have a commitment from another Scout 300 prospect in Jaquan Henderson from Georgia.  Steward has been high on UCLA for a while despite his day-long commitment to USC and he's one of UCLA's primary targets.  He currently considers himself a UCLA verbal, but his recruitment is pretty fluid and in its preliminary stages.  Marchiol, who visited UCLA in the summer before his junior year, has since moved on from Colorado to play at IMG Academy in Floridam so will likely attract national attention.  Parker and Wilborn don't have UCLA offers yet but both will get long looks this spring.

OFFERED:

Jaquan Henderson - COMMITTED

Javaris Steward

Baron Browning

Santino Marchiol

Others to Watch:

Tysyn Parker, 6-2, 195, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Kylan Wilborn, 6-1, 235, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame

Jon Van Diest, 6-1, 235, Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek


INSIDE LINEBACKER

UCLA has just one offer out to an inside linebacker in Ignont, a national prospect with offers from everywhere.  After signing Lokeni Toailoa and Krys Barnes for the 2017 class, they may need just one inside backer in 2017 and Joshua Brown, the younger brother of Jayon, will be one they'll evaluate this spring. An early offer could mean an early commitment.

OFFERED:

Will Ignont

Others to Watch:

Joshua Brown, 6-1, 222, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

Lamin Touray, 6-0, 215, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany


CORNERBACK

UCLA is on the short list for Lenoir, who's teammate (Rahyme Johnson) has already committed, but he's starting to attract national attention.  Jaylon Redd is another guy UCLA went in on early and are doing well with.  Holmes is the best corner in the West and his father and Demetrice Martin played together when they were younger but he has national attention and UCLA will have to work hard on him.  Graham committed to USC though he opened things up a bit last month.  His sister runs track there, but he also played on Ground Zero, which had six players sign with the Bruins for 2016.  Guidry doesn't have an offer yet, but he camped with the Bruins and has a long family history with the UCLA program, with his father and uncle both having played for UCLA in the 1990s.

OFFERED:

Darnay Holmes

Deommodore Lenoir

Jaylon Redd

D.J. Brown

Thomas Graham

Others to Watch:

Javelin Guidry, 5-9, 176, Leander (Texas) Cedar Park

Elijah Gates, 5-11, 170, Buena Park (Calif.)

Tre White, 5-11, 170, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle


SAFETY

UCLA has a commitment from Short already and is on the short list for McKinney, one of the Southland's best.  Ah You has been a longtime fan of UCLA but his recruitment has blown up and his uncle was hired at Vanderbilt.  Talbott comes from Long Beach Poly and likes UCLA, having attended a couple of UCLA games last season.  Jarrell has a slew of Pac-12 offers.

OFFERED:

Rhedi Short - COMMITTED

Chaz Ah You

Brandon McKinney

Josh Talbott

K.J. Jarrell

Jaylen Kelly-Powell

Maleik Gray

Others to Watch:

Scott Young, 5-11, 175, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix

Christian Cumber, 5-11, 175, Denver (Colo.) Mullen


ATHLETE

UCLA has a commitment from Rahyme Johnson already, and he'll likely end up as an outside linebacker, but he could outgrow the position and even be used as a tight end down the line. Greg Johnson plays running back for Hawkins but likely projects to the secondary and Demetrice Martin is recruiting him there.  Tilford likely will be a running back in college.  Moses committed to LSU then opened it up and is unlikely to leave the South, same with Jordan-Swilling, but UCLA is on them both.

OFFERED:

Rahyme Johnson - COMMITTED

Greg Johnson

Nathan Tilford

Dylan Moses

Bruce Jordan-Swilling

Others to Watch:

Hunter Bryant, 6-3, 230, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic


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