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UCLA Defensive Recruiting Board for 2018

Feb. 2 -- With Signing Day for the 2017 class done, we take a look at UCLA's Recruiting Board on defense for the class of 2018, with offered prospects and other potential targets...

We're one year out from National Signing Day in 2018.

Here is a look at the defensive prospects that UCLA has offered that they have a legitimate chance with as well as other prospects that will be on their board that they'll watch closely during the spring and summer.

Here's is the offensive recruiting board


Defensive Tackles

After a banner year in 2017, the defensive tackle class in the West will be down, with only a small handful of targets really making a name for themselves early.  Letuligasenoa played next to freshman Bruin Boss Tagaloa and the two are very close.  Irving was offered by the Bruins after their camp.  Togiai has offers from all over.

Tuli Letuligasenoa, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle

http://www.scout.com/player/202560-tuli-letuligasenoa

Mykee Irving, Calabasas (Calif.)

http://www.scout.com/player/210153-mykee-irving

Tommy Togiai, Pocatello (Idaho) Highland

http://www.scout.com/player/207464-tommy-togiai

Taron Vincent, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

http://www.scout.com/player/199802-taron-vincent

Trevor Trout, St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade Prep

http://www.scout.com/player/188210-trevor-trout

Josh Walker, Carrollton (Ga.)

http://www.scout.com/player/198922-josh-walker

Other Names to Know:

Tyler Manoa, Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis

Bryson Blackmon-George, Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins

Jackson Cravens, Provo (Utah) Timpview

Paul Maile, Salt Lake City (Utah) East

Moa Heimuli, Salt Lake City (Utah) East


Defensive Ends

UCLA has offered a handful of West Coast lineman and Wade is one of the best in the country and a teammate of Bruin commit Greg Rogers and Rogers said he would be recruiting Wade himself. Martin told Scout at the U.S. Army Combine that he looks up to and is often compared to...Takk McKinley and Jaelan Phillips.  And UCLA is on him in a big way.  

Elijah Wade, Las Vegas (Nev.) Arbor View

http://www.scout.com/player/208453-elijah-wade

Jeremiah Martin, San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon

http://www.scout.com/player/209134-jeremiah-martin

Abdul-Malik McClain, Santa Margarita (Calif.)

http://www.scout.com/player/213549-abdul-malik-mcclain

Draco Bynum, Wilsonville (Ore.)

http://www.scout.com/player/199635-draco-bynum

Tyreke Smith, University Heights (Ohio) Cleveland Heights

http://www.scout.com/player/208785-tyreke-smith

Eyabi Anoma Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances

http://www.scout.com/player/212818-eyabi-anoma

Cameron Latu, Salt Lake City (Utah) Olympus

http://www.scout.com/player/208537-cameron-latu

Other Names to Know:

Samson Reed, Kahuku (Hawaii)

Kamakani Crosby, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure

Adam Plant, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

Jack Lamb, Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak

Sal Spina, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

Brennan Jackson, Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak


Linebackers

UCLA offered Gaoteote, the top prospect in the West in the 2018 class, early and the Bruins are high on his list.  They offered Tuliaupupu and Masina at the Elite Camp.  And Hughes was offered in the fall and is close with Darnay Holmes.

Palaie Gaoteote, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

http://www.scout.com/player/204063-palaie-gaoteote

Solomon Tuliaupupu, Claremont (Calif.)

http://www.scout.com/player/199628-solomon-tuliaupupu

Salua Masina, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton

http://www.scout.com/player/196417-salua-masina

Adrian Jackson, Denver (Colo.) Mullen

http://www.scout.com/player/204058-adrian-jackson

Reggie Hughes, Calabasas (Calif.)

http://www.scout.com/player/206520-reggie-hughes

Ben Wilson, Sumner (Wash.)

http://www.scout.com/player/207072-ben-wilson

Brandon Kaho, Reno (Nev.)

http://www.scout.com/player/212394-brandon-kaho

Dallas Gant, Toledo (Ohio) St. John's Jesuit

http://www.scout.com/player/200368-dallas-gant

Brian Asamoah, Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis DeSales

http://www.scout.com/player/207362-brian-asamoah

Leon O'Neal, Cypress (Texas) Cypress Springs

http://www.scout.com/player/212643-leon-o-neal

Other Names to Know:

Merlin Robertson, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Darien Butler, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne

Eli'jah Winston, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic

James Townsend, Encino (Calif.) Crespi


Cornerbacks

Cornerback recruiting will be interesting for UCLA in 2018 because of the great success the Bruins had in 2017 with Darnay Holmes, Elijah Gates, Jaylan Shaw, Morrell Osling and Quentin Lake.  They'll certainly take some of these corners, but it's not as pressing a need.  That said, you could see a situation where local cornerbacks are a little more nervous to come because they're familiar with the local corners that signed in 2017 whereas national corners may not be as worried. Radley-Hiles and Holmes played opposite each other this fall but Radley-Hiles is now at IMG.  Taylor-Stuart and Griffin are more realistic in-state targets, but they have a lot of national attention too. The Florida native Johnson has never hidden his high interest in UCLA, though, and he'll be visiting in the spring and Martin would love to bring him in much more long term.

Olaijah Griffin, Mission Viejo (Calif.)

http://www.scout.com/player/204030-olaijah-griffin

Isaac Taylor-Stuart, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine

http://www.scout.com/player/204020-isaac-taylor

Bookie Radley-Hiles, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

http://www.scout.com/player/190309-bookie-radley-hiles

Braden Lenzy, Tigard (Ore.)

http://www.scout.com/player/202327-braden-lenzy

Kyler Gordon, Everett (Wash.) Archbishop Murphy

http://www.scout.com/player/209050-kyler-gordon

Maurice Gaines Jr., Folsom (Calif.)

http://www.scout.com/player/210869-maurice-gaines-jr

Tyreke Johnson, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy

http://www.scout.com/player/187713-tyreke-johnson

Patrick Surtain, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage

http://www.scout.com/player/195110-patrick-surtain

Asante Samuel Jr., Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas

http://www.scout.com/player/196436-asante-samuel

Christian Tutt, Thomson (Ga.)

http://www.scout.com/player/192777-christian-tutt

Verone McKinley III, Lewisville (Texas) Hebron

http://www.scout.com/player/198493-verone-mckinley

Houston Griffith, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

http://www.scout.com/player/191383-houston-griffith

Other Names to Know:

Desmond Talley, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly


Safeties

Few players have emerged like Blaylock has this fall while Woodbey may well grow into an outside linebacker.  Woodbey named a top four that didn't include UCLA but the Bruins have been all over Blaylock and would love to get an early commitment from him.  Griffith was offered by UCLA in December and raved about the Bruins and the offer and plans to visit this spring.

Jaiden Woodbey, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

http://www.scout.com/player/201376-jaiden-woodbey

Stephan Blaylock, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

http://www.scout.com/player/206226-stephan-blaylock

Aashari Crosswell, Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins

http://www.scout.com/player/198725-aashari-crosswell

Houston Griffith, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

http://www.scout.com/player/191383-houston-griffith

Kyler McMichael, Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian

http://www.scout.com/player/207333-kyler-mcmichael

Derrik Allen, Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter

http://www.scout.com/player/199732-derrik-allen

Other Names to Know:

Steve Stephens, Fresno (Calif.) Edison

Josiah Bradley, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro

Jhevon Hill, San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon

Julius Irvin, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite


Athletes

UCLA has offers out to a handful of two-way prospects already and there are a number of versatile prospects throughout the region. Williams has two teammates, Moses Robinson-Carr and Morrell Osling, that signed with UCLA in 2017.  Pututau likes UCLA a lot as does Mataele while Hufanga has blown up nationally.  UCLA will watch Taua closely and he'd have a chance to spend a year playing with his brother should he come to Westwood.

Talanoa Hufanga, Corvallis (Ore.) Crescent Valley

http://www.scout.com/player/198395-talanoa-hufanga

Tennessee Pututau, Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood

http://www.scout.com/player/204166-tennessee-pututau

Devon Williams, Antelope Valley (Calif.)

http://www.scout.com/player/213358-devon-williams

Treshaun Harrison, Seattle (Wash.) Garfield

http://www.scout.com/player/212634-treshaun-harrison

Malone Mataele, Santa Margarita (Calif.)

http://www.scout.com/player/199198-malone-mataele

Other Names to Know:

Toa Taua, Lompoc (Calif.)

Elisha Guidry, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta

Trey Lowe, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit

Kobe Smith, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Ely Doyle, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany

Matthew Tago, Quartz Hill (Calif.)



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