Football Recruiting: Defensive Tackles

UCLA has one commitment from a defensive tackle, but is looking for a couple more, and is looking good with some its targets...

A position of need, UCLA went a long way in fulfilling some of that need in getting an early commitment from C.J. Niusulu. They'll probably take two more at the position.


C.J. Niusulu, 6-2, 281, Barstow (Calif.) High. COMMITTED. Fairly unknown previously, Niusulu blew up at the San Diego Nike Camp where he was considered the best defensive tackle at the camp. He's actually having a big year as a fullback for his his high school, too. Niusulu was a long-time UCLA fan and that his dream was to go to Westwood. So, when the UCLA coaches offered Niusulu a scholarship on May 14th, he quickly accepted. "It's a dream come true," Niusulu said. A good student who is already qualified.

Fred Matua, 6-2, 280, Los Angeles (Calif.) Banning. One of the best linemen on the west coast and listed on the short list of the best DLs in the country. Matua is getting recruited hard. He's looking at a boat-load of schools, like Miami and Nebraska, but many believe it could come down between UCLA and USC, that it would be very hard to leave his family.

Haloti Ngata, 6-4, 308, Salt Lake City (Utah) Highland. Ngata has emerged as one of the best in the west and in the country at his position. He took an official visit to Nebraska and the Cornhuskers are the big leader right now. He'll visit Washington, Texas A&M, Michigan and said he'll decide between UCLA and Miami for the last visit. He more than likely will take his Mormon mission right out of high school.

Keith Jackson, 6-5, 300, Inglewood (Calif.) High. A kid as big as a house, UCLA has offered him. He could end up at OL, and he's a quality kid with a very talented brother who is a JR DE, so there are so many wins in taking Jackson. UCLA is his long-time favorite and it would take a drastic change for him not to be a Bruin.

Jonathon Mapu, 6-3, 260, Kahuku (Haw.) High. Thought to be the best player in Hawaii, Mapu is getting national recruiting attention. UCLA hasn't done well in Hawaii in recent years and they just recently have started to pick up the recruiting effort on Mapu.

Larry Dibbles, 6-2, 281, Lancaster (Tex.) High. One of the best in Texas and the country, Dibbles is a dominating physical presence. Texas, Oklahoma and Notre Dame could lead while UCLA tries.

Jake Kuresa, 6-4, 315, Hyrum (Utah) Mountain Crest. One of the best in the west and many believe in the country, UCLA has steadily been recruiting him. Kuresa has said USC was his favorite, but UCLA wants to try to elbow their way in. He's also considering Washington, Nebraska, and BYU (he's a Mormon).

Haines Holloway, 6-2, 290, Camden (New Jersey) Wilson. A great run stopper and decent rusher, Holloway is considered one of the best in the east. He has listed UCLA, but probably favors Tennessee or Wisconsin.

Lamar Mills, 6-3, 265, Metarie (Louis.) Archbishop Rummel. A player with nice potential, Mills is said to have good quickness. Florida leads but UCLA is in his top five with Missouri, Texas A&M and Kansas State.

Taurean Brown, 6-6, 275, Katy (Tex.) Cinco Ranch. A big, burly, raw prospect from Texas, Brown was one of the best at the A&M Nike Camp. He said he had UCLA as his favorite lately, over Florida, Texas and LSU. A very good student. likes UCLA, along with the Texas schools.

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