Focus 2017: UCLA Linebacker Recruiting Watch

Feb. 11 -- We take an early look at the top targets at linebacker for UCLA's 2017 class and some other names to know...

After signing the nation's No. 1 outside linebacker last week in Mique Juarez, the Bruins already have a commitment from another Scout 300 prospect in Jaquan Henderson from Georgia. Henderson committed to UCLA last year after an unofficial visit in the spring. Michigan could loom large in that recruitment if the Wolverines get very involved, since Henderson's good friend Kurt Taylor is commited to Michigan, but Henderson remains committed to the Bruins.

Javaris 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.

Santino 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 he will likely attract national attention.

Baron Browning is a commit to Baylor who UCLA has offered and is still recruiting despite his verbal.

UCLA has just one offer out to an inside linebacker in Will Ignont, who is also at IMG Academy, and he's 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.

That could mean Joshua Brown, the younger brother of Jayon, will get some heavier UCLA interest this spring. An early offer could mean an early commitment.

Isaac Slade-Matautia is the top defensive player in Hawaii this year and the Bruins will certainly watch him while they recruit Tua Tagovailoa at St. Louis.

Tysyn Parker is one of Serra's top prospects in the 2017 class and the Bruins will watch him this spring.


Jaquan Henderson (OLB), Covington (Ga.) Newton - COMMITTED

Javaris Steward, (OLB), Pomona (Calif.)

Baron Browning, (OLB), Kennedale (Texas)

Santino Marchiol, (OLB), Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

Will Ignont, (ILB), Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

Next Tier:

Joshua Brown(ILB), Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

Isaac Slade-Matautia(ILB), Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis

Tysyn Parker(OLB), Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Sampson Niu(ILB), San Diego (Calif.) Madison

Addison Gumbs(OLB), Oakland (Calif.) Stellar Prep

Ariel Ngata, (OLB), Folsom (Calif.)

Other Names to Watch:

Cedric Dashiell(OLB), Buena Park (Calif.)

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

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

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

Ezekiel Noa, (ILB), 6-0, 220, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix)

Anthony Pandy, (ILB), 6-2, 220, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne

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