Tuli Letuligasenoa (Brandon Huffman)

Focus 2018: UCLA Defensive Tackle Recruiting Watch List

Feb. 7 -- We take an early look at the top targets at defensive tackle for UCLA's 2018 class and some other names to know...

UCLA had a fantastic 2017 defensive tackle recruiting class, bringing in four-stars Greg Rogers and Martin Andrus.  

They'll probably look to bring in one or two interior defensive linemen in the 2018 class.  

With defensive line recruiting you always take an elite nose tackle if he wants to come, since they're so difficult to find, so that always makes it possible that UCLA could take an additional interior defensive lineman.

After a banner year in the region in 2017, the defensive tackle class in the West will be somewhat down for 2018, with only a small handful of targets really making a name for themselves early.  

Luckily, many of the best west coast DT prospects are in Northern California, which is the recruiting region of Angus McClure, the defensive line coach, and recruiter extraordinaire.

The best defensive tackle in the West is Tuli Letuligasenoa. The Scout 100 prospect played next to Bruin Boss Tagaloa in high school and the two are very close.  

Mykee Irving was offered by the Bruins after their camp last summer and he's now at Calabasas, where UCLA is recruiting a number of players in the next few classes, after signing Darnay Holmes from there in the last class.

Tommy Togiai has offers from all over and it will be a highly competitive recruitment. 

Niti Liu was offered last week by UCLA and, being that he's from Sacramento, there is a good chance he is related to Angus McClure.

From Utah, Sam Vakalahi is the only prospect at East High that UCLA has offered but don't be surprised if they go in on Paul Maile or Moa Heimuli at some point.

Another Bay Area prospect is Tyler Manoa at Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis, an early commit to BYU but someone who said that UCLA has been keeping an eye on him.


Tuli Letuligasenoa, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle


Mykee Irving, Calabasas (Calif.)


Tommy Togiai, Pocatello (Idaho) Highland


Niti Liu, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant


Sam Vakalahi, Salt Lake City (Utah) East


Taron Vincent, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy


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


Josh Walker, Carrollton (Ga.)


Devin Danielson, Clairton (Pa.) Jefferson


Next Tier:

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


Paul Maile, Salt Lake City (Utah) East


Other Names to Know:

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

Jackson Cravens, Provo (Utah) Timpview

Moa Heimuli, Salt Lake City (Utah) East

Julian Bruce, Renton (Wash.) Liberty

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