Cam'ron Jones UCLA Commit Edit (© Greg Powers)

UCLA Football Recruiting Reset: Defense

May 5 -- We reset UCLA's defensive recruiting board with Spring Football Practice wrapped and coaches hitting the road for the rest of the month during the Spring Evaluation Period...

This is a crucial year for UCLA coach Jim Mora and the Bruin football program.

Mora heads into his sixth year in Westwood, coming off the Bruins' worst season since 2010 and the least successful campaign under Mora.

Wholesale changes were made on the offensive staff, with a new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (Jedd Fisch) as well as new running backs coach (DeShaun Foster), receivers coach (Jimmie Dougherty) and offensive line coach (Hank Fraley).  The edict is simple: produce on offense and recruit better.

UCLA's 2017 class was pretty solid, considering it was coming off a 4-8 season.  Especially on defense, where they signed two five-stars, ranked No. 1 at their positions nationally- Jaelan Phillips (DE) and Darnay Holmes (CB).

As of right now, though, UCLA has eight commitments in the 2018 class and four on offense and four on defense.  

Here is a look at UCLA's defensive recruiting board as coaches hit the road this week for the spring evaluation period.


Recruiting Reset: Offense


DEFENSIVE TACKLES (2)

After signing a pair of Scout 300 defensive tackles in 2017, UCLA would like to follow up with another pair of tackles, and already has a commitment from one in Aaron Maldonado.  They're in on a few in the West and even have a couple of national prospects that have UCLA on their short list.

Top Targets:

http://www.scout.com/player/204571-aaron-maldonado

Aaron Maldonado, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat - COMMITTED

Maldonado was offered by UCLA in February and committed just a couple weeks later.  A versatile two-way lineman, Maldonado will play on the defensive line at UCLA and gives the Bruins a quality prospect at the position.  UCLA was his favorite school growing up and his best football is still ahead of him.  What we love about Maldonado is his motor and desire to get better and better.  At camps, he's usually the first in each rep and wanting to take as many as he can.  He's recruiting for the Bruins, too.

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

Mykee Irving, Calabasas (Calif.)

Irving was offered by UCLA last summer at the Bruin Elite Camp.  Since then, he's not added any additional offers and just looked OK at a couple of camps in the spring.  In fact, some schools are recruiting him as an offensive lineman now and he may even project better as a guard. UCLA will keep watching him but, with a commitment from Maldonado, are not pressing to get him as much as before. He stopped by campus a couple times last month.

http://www.scout.com/player/214842-niti-liu

Niti Liu, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant

Liu is one of the top two-way linemen in Sacramento and was offered early by UCLA.  He has a couple of other offers and Arizona is making a push for him, as is Utah, which signed his teammate and close friend Orlando Umana in February.  Grant kids don't typically do much offseason stuff, so we may not get our first in-person look at Liu until the fall but we've heard he'll be at The Opening Oakland.  UCLA also is getting to Sacramento early this month to see him.

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

Tommy Togiai, Pocatello (Idaho) Highland

Togiai is the No. 2 tackle prospect in the West and UCLA was an early offer for him, but he's barely mentioning the Bruins much and USC and Washington seem to be getting the majority of his attention. UCLA wasn't in Togiai's most recent top eight.

http://www.scout.com/player/208900-sam-vakalahi

Sam Vakalahi, Salt Lake City (Utah) East

Vakalahi is actually rated as a four-star offensive guard -- in fact, he's the No. 1 guard prospect in the West.  But UCLA is recruiting him as a defensive tackle and he's a pretty good defensive lineman as well.  And the Bruins are on his early leaderboard.  He's blowing up nationally, though, with Alabama and Tennessee both offering this week.  Angus McClure, though, went out to Salt Lake City this week to see Vakalahi and the talented prospect has indicated he would like to get out to campus to take a closer look at the program.

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

Josh Walker, Bradenton (Fla.) Carrollton

The Bruins have long been the leader for Walker, but other schools are starting to get involved, like Michigan State, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Pittsburgh, so UCLA has to go against schools closer to home. Walker has also not hidden the fact that an offer from Stanford could have a huge impact on his recruitment, which UCLA has plenty of experience with.  Walker is planning to visit this summer and check out the campus, so he's certainly one to monitor moving forward.

http://www.scout.com/player/202689-keondre-coburn

Keondre Coburn, Houston (Texas) Westfield

Coburn is the top tackle in Texas and, right now, his top three are all in-state schools -- Texas, TCU and Texas A&M.  And the one Pac-12 school he's been talking the most glowingly about is Oregon, so UCLA is on the outside looking in right now with Coburn.

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

Trevor Trout, St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade

Trout is a top ten defensive tackle nationally and plays things pretty close to vest.  But he told Scout earlier this spring that UCLA is one of four schools in contact with him the most, along with Missouri, Oklahoma and USC.  UCLA has been recruiting Trout for a year and continues to stay in the mix for him.  But Trout also said that the one school he wants to see is USC, more so than UCLA.

http://www.scout.com/player/209418-masry-mapieu

Masry Mapieu, York (Neb.)

Mapieu committed to Nebraska last year but UCLA, which was one of his earliest offers, hasn't stopped recruiting him. In fact, he spoke at The Opening Regional in Chicago a few weeks ago about the Bruins and how he's hoping to take a visit to Los Angeles to see the campus.  Mapieu cited his relationship with Angus McClure as a big reason why he wants to visit UCLA and why the Bruins are still in the mix for him.  Michigan also continues to pursue the Husker pledge.

Next Tier to Watch:

http://www.scout.com/player/209928-tyler-manoa

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

Manoa is a player we could see getting an offer from the Bruins this spring after McClure gets a chance to get up to the Bay during the Eval Period.  A one-time BYU commit, Manoa's recruitment has soared since he opened things up and UCLA is a school he told Scout he's still hearing from and hopes to get an offer from.

http://www.scout.com/player/208695-paul-maile

Paul Maile, Salt Lake City (Utah) East

Maile has a number of offers -- 15 to be exact -- but UCLA is one he's consistently said he hopes he get.  With UCLA recruiting his teammate Vakalahi, they stopped by his school this week to see him.  He's on their board, but an offer hasn't yet gone through.

http://www.scout.com/player/208604-moa-heimuli

Moa Heimuli, Salt Lake City (Utah) East

Heimuli, much like Maile, has talked about wanting a UCLA offer and they also got a chance to see him this week when they were seeing Vakalahi and Maile.

Other Names to Know:

Samuela Tuihalamaka, 6-2, 280, Riverside (Calif.) Martin Luther King

Sal Spina, 6-3, 275, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

Kamakani Crosby, 6-4, 250, Newbury Park (Calif.)

Jackson Cravens, 6-3, 270, Provo (Utah) Timpview


DEFENSIVE ENDS (2)

In 2017, UCLA signed the best defensive end in the country, and one of the best the Southland has ever produced in Jaelan Phillips.  Instead of scaring off recruits, though, that has actually helped, with recruits in this class very aware of Phillips and wanting to play with him, most notably Jeremiah Martin.  Plus, UCLA also has Takk McKinley just going in the first round and Takk gave a lot of the credit for his player development to Angus McClure, which hasn't been lost on recruits.

Top Targets:

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

Jeremiah Martin, San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon

Martin was offered by UCLA last fall and has said that the Bruins are his top school.  He told us at the Army Combine that he's often compared to ... McKinley and Phillips.  And that has stuck with him. Martin stopped by campus to check out a practice last month and closely shadowed McClure throughout the afternoon, going from drill to drill to see the linemen.  He's gotten some national attention, mainly Michigan, but he's wanting to stay closer to home.  UCLA already has a commitment from his good friend and prep teammate, Jhevon Hill, and Hill said he's recruiting Martin already and Martin said that Hill has already been on him.  UCLA is doing very well with Martin and will prioritize him throughout.  In fact, while Martin has said he wants to go through the process a bit still, we've heard UCLA is doing well enough with him that a commitment could actually come earlier than being let on.

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

Elijah Wade, Las Vegas (Nev.) Arbor View

Wade is the top end in the West and a top 10 end nationally.  He's also close friends and teammates with Greg Rogers, who UCLA signed in February.  Wade has offers from all over, including one from USC that was big for him when he was offered last summer.  That was about when it looked like USC was in the drivers' seat for Rogers too.  But since UCLA signed Rogers, McClure and Rogers have been working on Wade and the feeling is the Bruins are on the extremely short list for the four-star as a result.  Wade actually visited last month, taking an unofficial to USC and to UCLA, and we've heard the Bruins are still doing very well with him and Rogers is making an impact along with McClure.

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

Cameron Latu, Salt Lake City (Utah) Olympus

Few players have blown up this spring like Latu has.  UCLA offered him pretty early in the process, when he was still a commit to BYU (where he and his twin brother, Nathan, were committed). Since then, Latu has decommitted from the Cougars (while his brother remains a commit), and named a top 10 last month that included UCLA.  The Bruins are on his much more serious short list and a visit in February left a big impression on him.  Latu was one of the stars at The Opening Dallas, earning an invite to the Finals.  McClure went out to see him this week while on the road, the first player he went to see in Utah.  The Bruins have some stiff competition, but they're certainly in the mix.

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

Abdul-Malik McClain, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) JSerra

McClain also received his first offer from UCLA back in December and the four-star has been very receptive to the Bruins.  He said UCLA was among his favorites, and he took in a spring practice and spent a lot of time with the coaches after the fact.  We liked him a lot at the Under Armour Camp and he's got some serious upside as either a stand up rush guy or growing more into a hand down rusher. We've recently heard he's a heavy lean to the Bruins.

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

Eyabi Anoma, Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances

The Maryland native is one of the top pass-rushers nationally and is being recruited as such, with some of the premier programs in the country having offered him. Anoma has mentioned UCLA specifically, though, as a school of interest and talked about his relationship with McClure as a key factor in his interest.  USC has also offered and Anoma said he wants to visit L.A. this spring or summer. so he can check out both UCLA and USC.

http://www.scout.com/player/209419-john-waggoner

John Waggoner, West Des Moines (Iowa) Dowling

Waggoner is the No. 2 defensive end in the Midwest and has offers from coast-to-coast, with home-state Iowa making him a huge priority.  But Waggoner has been open to the Bruins and told Scout last month that he plans to get out to Los Angeles at some point to check out the campus.

Next Tier to Watch:

http://www.scout.com/player/205040-samson-reed

Samson Reed, Kahuku (Hawaii)

Reed is about 6-3, 240 and looks like he could still add more weight and make a slide inside to tackle.  UCLA will monitor him and see him in the spring but he may have to camp with the Bruins in the summer to get a more serious look. He made it to campus last month for a visit and enjoyed his stay.

Other Names to Know:

Ronnie Perkins, 6-4, 245, St. Louis (Mo.) Lutheran - OFFERED

Brennan Jackson, 6-4, 220, Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak


LINEBACKERS (3)

UCLA signed just one linebacker in 2017, Rahyme Johnson, so linebacker is a big priority for the 2018 class.  The Bruins already have one commitment at the position in Isaiah Johnson, but would like at the minimum, two more, if not three.  And it's a very good year for linebackers in the West.  USC is doing a very good job with linebackers in this class, but the depth at the position should ensure UCLA signs a pretty good crop as well.

Top Targets:

http://www.scout.com/player/211775-isaiah-johnson

Isaiah Johnson, Modesto (Calif.) Downey - COMMITTED

Johnson is an athletic linebacker who, physically at least, has been compared to former Bruin target (and current Stanford linebacker) Curtis Robinson, who started out as a receiver but grew into a linebacker.  We're not saying that Johnson is the same caliber of player than the Top 100 prospect Robinson, but they're similar body types - former receivers who eventually out grew that position and became linebackers.  In fact, that is the same route Rahyme Johnson went.  Isaiah Johnson is a long prospect with room to add weight but with receiver athleticism that could grow into a pretty significant player as he develops physically.

http://www.scout.com/player/209168-eli-jah-winston

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

Winston has been on UCLA's radar since they recruited his older brother, Lamar, who is now at Oregon.  Winston has visited UCLA three times unofficially this spring and raved about the trips each time.  The offer was a big one for him and he's cited on numerous occasions that his relationship with Scott White is as good as any he has with a college coach.  In fact, it was White's relationship with Lamar that nearly had him flip before Signing Day, when he eventually inked with the Ducks.  So the relationship between the younger Winston and White is even better and a big reason why UCLA is such a heavy factor in his recruitment.  Oregon and Notre Dame are also trying hard with him and the Ducks have the local edge and family edge, but Winston has been clear from the get-go that he's handling the recruiting process his own way and won't necessarily be swayed by his brother being in Eugene.

http://www.scout.com/player/208231-jack-lamb

Jack Lamb, Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak

Lamb has probably been the best linebacker from event to event we've seen this spring, a relative unknown early in the spring to now a national prospect with offers from all over.  Lamb has been to UCLA a couple of times this spring and was offered by White in February, an offer he had been hoping for.  His older sister is a student at UCLA, so he's spent time on campus before and he's developed a very good relationship with White.  Lamb visited Stanford, Cal and Washington in the last few weeks and also took a trip out to Penn State, where the Nittany Lions offered him.  That was a big offer for Lamb as well as both of his parents went to Penn State and his mom swam there.  Notre Dame also offered him this spring and that was another significant offer for him and he'll likely get out for a visit this summer.  It doesn't look like a decision is coming any time soon.  Right now, much of the buzz includes UCLA, Washington, Penn State and Notre Dame.

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

Salua Masina, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton

Masina is another player that UCLA recruited a family member and built a relationship with the family early on.  The youngest Masina of the bunch, Salua camped with UCLA last summer and was offered by the Bruins at their Elite Camp.  He has a number of offers, too, but with his brother Osa, who played at USC, having off-the-field issues, we've heard he may be more likely to stay close to home, giving Utah the advantage, and also has been looking at a couple of his SEC options like Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

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

Reggie Hughes, Calabasas (Calif.)

Hughes got his first offer from UCLA last fall and the Bruins have remained in the lead position for since.  Hughes can play inside or outside and he's been very good all spring on the 7v7 circuit, showing great pass coverage ability and movement in space.  He and Darnay Holmes are close and he plays for Holmes' father on the 7v7 circuit too and has made it to UCLA a couple times this spring and went to the Spring Game last weekend.

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

Ben Wilson, Sumner (Wash.)

Wilson is the top inside 'backer in the Northwest and one of the best inside prospects in the region.  He's a tackling machine, with over 350 tackles the past two seasons for the Spartans.  He's also a pretty gifted baseball player, but football is his priority.  Wilson told Scout he'll be visiting UCLA later this spring when he's done with baseball and plans to take in a full unofficial visit.  That said, if home state Washington offers, the Huskies have to be considered the heavy favorite for Wilson but they have a small class and already have a commitment at inside 'backer from Jack Sirmon, the cousin of their quarterback commit.  The schools to watch for with Wilson are both Vanderbilt and TCU.

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

Brandon Kaho, Reno (Nev.)

Kaho committed to BYU last summer and then blew up as a junior and this spring, with offers coming in from everywhere.  UCLA was one of those offers and Kaho said that the offer from UCLA was a big one for him and he's going to give strong consideration to the Bruins.  While he's still committed to the Cougars, the more offers that come in, the looser that commitment seems to be.  Kaho did announce, though, that he plans to serve his LDS mission immediately after high school, so he wouldn't enroll in a school until the fall of 2020, which would give schools working with tight numbers some flexibility.

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

Solomon Tuliaupupu, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Tuliaupupu was offered by UCLA at their Bruin Elite Camp last summer but USC is thought to be the heavy favorite, and a matter of when, not if, he'll commit to the Trojans. He also recently visited Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State, without giving much of a look to nearby UCLA.

http://www.scout.com/player/207687-alston-orji

Alston Orji, Rockwall (Texas)

Orji is the No. 7 outside 'backer in the country and UCLA is in his top three, with Michigan and Notre Dame.  The Bruins are expected to get an unofficial visit from Orji this summer.  LSU and Texas are also trying with Orji, who said he's looking for a combination of academics and athletics in his college choice.  UCLA is also expected to get down to Texas to see him during the eval period later this month.

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

Brian Asamoah, Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis DeSales

Asamoah was all set to make an announcement in April, from his top six, which included UCLA along with Cincinnati, Michigan, Penn State, West Virginia and Pittsburgh.  But he recently backed off that and said he will wait and take his time to make a decision.  He may also adjust his top six, so it remains to be seen if UCLA will stay in the mix, but the Bruins have been the one school not near him that he's kept under consideration.

http://www.scout.com/player/201327-amari-gainer

Amari Gainer, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lawton Chiles

Gainer was one of the surprises at The Opening Orlando, earning LB MVP honors and punching a ticket to The Opening Finals in Oregon this summer.  UCLA offered him and he told Scout that he plans to get out to see Westwood and Los Angeles before he makes a decision in August.  Gainer, though, is a Florida State legacy who lives in the backyard of the Noles and Florida State will be tough to beat.

Next Tier to Watch:

http://www.scout.com/player/205630-darien-butler

Darien Butler, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne

Butler is a bit undersized but reminds of Jayon Brown with his style of play and ability at a powerhouse program in the Southland.  UCLA has other backers higher on their board which could make it difficult for them to get to Butler, but they'll keep an eye on him.

Other Names to Know:

(prospects included here could be guys 1) UCLA might not offer or 2) those they have offered we think are extreme long shots to get.) 

DaShaun White, 6-1, 203, Richland (Texas)- OFFERED

Kolin Demens, 6-3, 205, Detroit (Mich.) Country Day- OFFERED

Xavier Peters, 6-4, 215, West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West- OFFERED

Jack Genova, 6-1, 200, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei


CORNERBACKS (1-2)

After signing one of the best cornerback crops in recent memory, a class that included the No. 1 corner in the country in Darnay Holmes, UCLA will focus more on safeties, but would still welcome a couple of corners in the 2018 class.  There are some good ones locally and nationally, and some national corners with local ties.  None, though, seem to be worried about following up the class UCLA signed, which makes it a little easier for Demetrice Martin to recruit.

Top Targets:

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

Tyreke Johnson, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian

Johnson has long maintained high interest in UCLA and reiterated that to Scout in March at the Adidas National 7v7 Championships.  Johnson said he will definitely take an official visit to UCLA in the fall and while he didn't make it to spring practice like he had hoped, he still plans to take an unofficial visit.  Of course, with any player from the South, UCLA will have to worry about the SEC schools, like Florida, Georgia and LSU, as well as Ohio State, another school that Johnson is prominently mentioning.  But the Bruins have stayed in the race for Johnson for a long time and hope to stay in it even longer.  In fact, UCLA was down to see him this week, with Demetrice Martin getting down to Florida right off the bat.

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

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

Taylor-Stuart is one of the best-looking prospects in the West, but to date, UCLA hasn't prioritized him as much and he's been focusing on schools like Michigan, Ohio State, Washington, Cal and USC.  UCLA will probably check him out in the spring, but they have other corners higher on their board than Taylor-Stuart.

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

Olaijah Griffin, Mission Viejo (Calif.)

Griffin is another prospect that UCLA offered early but most of the buzz with Griffin is that he's a lock to USC, so UCLA hasn't spent much energy on him of late because it seems to be a matter of when, not if, he'll commit to the Trojans. He is a Ground Zero prospect, but the son of rapper Warren G grew up a USC fan and the Trojans catapulted to the top of his list when they offered.

http://www.scout.com/player/204059-d-angelo-mckenzie

D'Angelo McKenzie, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian

McKenzie is an intriguing prospect, who can play either corner or safety, and UCLA offered him early.  He took an unofficial visit to UCLA earlier this spring and raved about the visit as well as his relationship with Martin.  We know Martin likes players with positional versatility, able to play any spot in the secondary and that's what McKenzie can do.  He was back on campus for UCLA's Spring Showcase last weekend and told Scout on Sunday that the Bruins and Notre Dame are the two schools standing out to him right now.

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

Kyler Gordon, Everett (Wash.) Archbishop Murphy

Gordon checked out UCLA over the weekend when in town for the IMG 7v7 tournament and had a good visit.  Gordon, though, is being prioritized by the hometown Huskies of Washington and there is a big push to keep him home.  Notre Dame and Stanford are also heavily involved with Gordon, so if Gordon did leave the area, the Irish and Cardinal seem to be in a better position to get him than UCLA.

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

Verone McKinley III, Lewisville (Texas) Hebron

McKinley has maintained the Bruins on his short list for some time, and his public top nine from his 30 offers is Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Texas A&M and UCLA.  He plans to decide this May and there has been some buzz that UCLA is on his even shorter list.

http://www.scout.com/player/202437-ken-montgomery

Ken Montgomery, Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough

Montgomery told Scout earlier this spring that an offer from UCLA was a huge one for him and one that he wanted.  He got that offer and is now planning to visit Westwood this summer.  Montgomery cited the UCLA academics as a big reason why he wanted an offer from the Bruins.  Alabama has also offered him and its likely he'll land a few more offers from Southern schools before it's all said and done.

Next Tier to Watch:

http://www.scout.com/player/209898-desmond-talley

Desmond Talley, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

Talley is a player that UCLA has watched over the last year and they'll check him out this spring when they get down to Poly to recruit some of the underclassmen they're after.  Talley has interest in the Bruins and said he'd wait for a UCLA offer in the past.

Other Names to Know:

Tariq Bracy, 6-0, 170, Milpitas (Calif.)

Level Price, 5-10, 170, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

Chigozie Anusiem, 6-2, 175, La Habra (Calif.) Sonora


SAFETIES (3)

After such a corner-heavy class, UCLA needs to sign some safeties in 2018. Of the DB's they signed in 2017, Quentin Lake seems like the most logical to make the move to safety, given his size and skill set and overall versatility.  But they'll prioritize this unit in the 2018 class. They already have a commitment from two safeties in Jhevon Hill and Cam'ron Jones and could add another before the weekend.

Top Targets:

http://www.scout.com/player/213255-jhevon-hill

Jhevon Hill, San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon - COMMITTED

Hill was the first commitment to UCLA in the 2018 class and he was a nice, solid pickup for the Bruins.  He's overshadowed a bit on his 7v7 team by Jaiden Woodbey as well as on his own prep team, by Bruin target Jeremiah Martin, but he's a talent in his own right and the highest rated three-star safety in the West.  Hill was offered by Martin early and knew all along where he wanted to go and saw no reason to drag out his recruitment, making a decision in March.  Hill said he plans to recruit Martin to join him as well. Hill is another Ground Zero product, a program UCLA has continued to have success with.

http://www.scout.com/player/202559-cam-ron-jones

Cam'ron Jones, Mansfield (Texas) - COMMITTED

Jones was UCLA's first out-of-state commitment in this class, committing to the Bruins on Easter Sunday.  He's a four-star from Texas, where UCLA has long recruited well and despite a number of Big 12 schools prioritizing Jones, he was always feeling UCLA and Demetrice Martin.  He was a big pickup for the Bruins, but now they just have to hold on to him.

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

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

The four-star will announce his decision Friday night and this has been an Oregon-UCLA battle but the Bruins are looking good to land him.  Blaylock has been a priority recruit for UCLA since the start of his recruitment.  UCLA wants Blaylock badly and have expressed that to him.  Blaylock has also reciprocated high interest in the Bruins.  One of his teammates, 2019 DB Chris Steele, is already committed to the Bruins and he too is recruiting Blaylock to UCLA, even though Blaylock will get there a year before him.  Some close to the Bosco program think Blaylock will be a better college safety than his teammate Jaiden Woodbey, a commit to Ohio State.  And Blaylock has looked good at numerous events this spring.  A case could be made he's UCLA's top safety prospect on their board in this class, and they'd love to keep the Bosco pipeline going.

http://www.scout.com/player/208880-julius-irvin

Julius Irvin, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite 

Irvin has played his recruitment pretty close to the vest, but he did talk glowingly about his visit to UCLA this spring. He's got good bloodlines- his father played for the original Los Angeles Rams.  Irvin has also visited Colorado, where his close friend and teammate at Servite, Tyler Lytle, is a freshman as well as Washington, where two former teammates, Keith Taylor and Terrell Bynum, are headed. And he's also checked out Cal and USC this spring.  Irvin said he's not close to making a top schools list or naming favorites and with UCLA having two safeties committed and potentially a third soon, he may not be a priority anymore.

http://www.scout.com/player/204188-ely-doyle

Ely Doyle, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany

Doyle has been another player we've been impressed with all spring, playing in the secondary for Pro Way and Darick Holmes.  We liked Doyle last summer at UCLA's Bruin Elite Camp, though he didn't get an offer.  But after UCLA got his junior film, he did get an offer and the Bruins are the leader and are in a great spot to land the four-star.  But Doyle's issue could be a number crunch at safety.  That said, Doyle can even play some cornerback.  Other schools are recruiting him hard but he's said that UCLA has been on him the hardest and his coach is former Bruin safety James Washington so there are a lot of dots connecting.

http://www.scout.com/player/203918-shayne-simon

Shayne Simon, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peters Prep

Simon visited UCLA during the spring and has a number of Big Ten schools on him, plus in-state Rutgers and Stanford as well.  UCLA is on the short list for him but there is plenty of competition.

Next Tier to Watch:

http://www.scout.com/player/208072-josiah-bradley

Josiah Bradley, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro

Bradley is a player that UCLA watched last fall when recruiting a couple of other prospects at Saguaro and one they'll keep an eye on this spring too for a potential offer.

Other Names to Know:

(prospects included here could be guys 1) UCLA might not offer or 2) those they have offered we think are extreme long shots to get.) 

Aashari Crosswell, 5-11, 185, Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins- OFFERED

DeMarvion Overshown, 6-3, 200, Arp (Texas)- OFFERED

Houston Griffith, 6-0, 180, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy- OFFERED

L.J. Wallace, 6-3, 185, Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony 

Steve McIntosh, 5-11, 180, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany


ATHLETES

With many of the athletes UCLA targeting being more defensive backs or receivers, it will be interesting to see what they do with some of these players.  They could bring in a number of players as athletes if they get full at specific positions, i.e., the slot.

Top Targets:

http://www.scout.com/player/209129-bryan-addison

Bryan Addison, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Addison has been one of the stars of the spring, and was named the DB MVP at The Opening Los Angeles, earning an invitation to The Opening Finals in Beaverton.  Addison long wanted a UCLA offer and was given one in February, which was a big one for him. Now, of course, there is a long history of UCLA recruiting Serra and not having much to show for it, especially when that Serra prospect already has a USC offer.  But interestingly enough,  Addison named a top four that didn't include USC, but did include the Bruins.  Nebraska and Arizona State look like they're in a better spot for him right now, but if UCLA picks it up with him, that could bode well for the Bruins.

http://www.scout.com/player/213547-nikko-hall

Nikko Hall, Calabasas (Calif.)

Hall was offered by UCLA in December after a two-touchdown, two-interception game for the Coyotes with Jim Mora watching Darnay Holmes.  He's been solid all spring at receiver, but some schools like him as a safety.  Hall is open to both sides of the ball and said he doesn't have a preference, so schools are recruiting him more as an athlete. He actually announced last month that he was going to make a commitment and released a top six that didn't include UCLA and we'd heard UCLA had cooled on him prior to that, as did a few other schools he liked, because he has some work to do academically.

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

Talanoa Hufanga, Corvallis (Ore.) Crescent Valley

Hufanga is the No. 1 athlete in the 2018 class, a safety, quarterback, receiver and linebacker all in one.  He can play any of those positions well, though quarterback is the least likely spot for him in college.  His high school coach is from Southern California and played with former Bruin star Eric Turner in high school, comparing the two often, which has Hufanga pretty interested in UCLA.  Alabama offered him last month and the two in-state schools covet him.

http://www.scout.com/player/206304-c-j-parks

C.J. Parks, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Parks has been terrific all spring when we've seen him at events at receiver but is overshadowed on his own Mater Dei roster by Amon-Ra St. Brown and Nikko Remigio.  UCLA offered him this week as an athlete, though, and could bring him in as a cornerback (Demetrice Martin made the offer).

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

Tennessee Pututau, Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood

Pututau is another Utah native that the Bruins were on early, giving him an offer last fall during his junior season and the four-star has attention from all over.  Pututau can play a number of positions, but will likely grow into a stand up rush end/outside linebacker in college.  Pututau said he wants to visit UCLA this spring. But Utah has made the local prospect a major priority.

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

Treshaun Harrison, Seattle (Wash.) Garfield

Harrison landed one of his earliest offers from UCLA, when Marques Tuiasosopo was recruiting him.  When Tui left, Scott White picked up his recruitment and has continued to stay on Harrison.  UCLA would likely bring him in for defense and while he's listed as an athlete, we think he's got more upside in the secondary, either as a corner or safety.  He visited last month when in town for a 7v7 tournament and enjoyed his time and was also offered by USC on the same weekend after visiting there.  Washington, though, is the team to beat.

http://www.scout.com/player/210807-stanley-hackett

Stanley Hackett, Pasadena (Texas) Rayburn

Hackett was offered by UCLA in February, as a running back, a player that DeShaun Foster recruited when he was at Texas Tech.  But at 6-3, 195, Hackett could outgrow the position and the secondary or linebacker even, could be where his future is. Baylor has also offered and the in-state Bears are doing well with Hackett.

http://www.scout.com/player/210576-harold-joiner

Harold Joiner, Mountain Brook (Ala.)

Joiner is favoring Auburn and LSU in the early going, with the Bayou Bengals in the best shape for him, and he's indicated the SEC is where he prefers to play, so UCLA will likely focus their attention elsewhere.

Next Tier to Watch:

http://www.scout.com/player/207309-elisha-guidry

Elisha Guidry, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta

Guidry is the son of former Bruin defensive back Javelin Guidry and nephew of former Bruin defensive back Paul Guidry, so he has long UCLA ties.  UCLA didn't really recruit his older brother Javelin Jr., who ended up signing with Utah, but they're taking a longer look at Guidry, who was one of the surprises at The Opening Los Angeles.  He'll likely camp with the Bruins in June, though, for an opportunity at an offer.

Other Names to Know:

Tyric LeBeauf, 6-2, 180, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly


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