Focus 2017: UCLA Athlete Recruiting Watch

Feb. 16 -- We take an early look at the top athlete targets for UCLA's 2017 class, which spot they'd fit in best and some other names to know...

UCLA mostly has a pretty good idea of what positions it wants guys to play, but there are a few exceptions who have some versatility. 

Given UCLA's overall penchant for using guys two ways in Jim Mora's time here, you could expect all of these players below to move around a bit in their college days. 

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, with a long, athletic frame that could add some bulk.

Greg Johnson plays running back for Hawkins but likely projects to the secondary and Demetrice Martin is recruiting him there.  He's the top athlete in the West and will be a battle with USC.

Nathan Tilford likely will be a running back in college but could play safety.  He's been a physical specimen since he was a freshman in high school.

Dylan Moses committed to LSU then opened it up and is unlikely to leave the South, even though he's said he's interested in UCLA.

Bruce Jordan-Swilling has some ties to Jim Mora.  His father, Pat Swilling, played for the New Orleans Saints, where his head coach was Jim Mora Sr., and in his final year with the Saints, Jim L. Mora was an assistant on his father's staff.  Jordan-Swilling likely ends up at running back in college.

From the next tier, Hunter Bryant has said he's interested in both UCLA and USC, but most of his attention is coming from the Northwest, and as a tight end specifically.


Rahyme Johnson, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian - COMMITTED

Greg Johnson, Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins

Nathan Tilford, Ontario (Calif.) Colony

Dylan Moses, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

Bruce Jordan-Swilling, New Orleans (La.) Brother Martin

Next Tier:

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

Other Names to Watch:

Jordan Genmark-Heath, 6-1, 210, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral

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