2005 Football Recruiting: Defense

With six commitments on defense to date, here's a look at UCLA's top remaining recruiting targets on defense for the class of 2005 heading into November...

As it stands right now, UCLA has eleven commitments for next year, five on the offensive side of the ball and six on defense and would have 11 more scholarships to give to the 2005 class, a total of 22. 

But there are a number of scenarios that could open up more scholarships, with more rides possibly opening up between now and next February (there always are).  It's probably reasonable to expect that 22-25 scholarships will be available.

Here are some of their top targets.


UCLA graduated six defensive linemen from a year ago, and while it has a lot of young players in the mix, it still definitely could use some impact defensive tackles and ends.  In fact, the Bruins biggest weakness is talent along the defensive line.  Its top young linemen are defensive ends, while its more experienced d-linemen are tackles.

Chinonso Anyanwu, 6-4, 210, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw.  COMMITTED.  One of three Cougars to commit to the Bruins, Anyanwu is still raw and undersized, but has a great deal of speed.  Built much like Bruce Davis, Anyanwu could eventually become a linebacker if he cannot put on the weight.  But has the speed to make a good rush end.  A List.

Ndamukong Suh, 6-5, 275, Portland (Ore.) Grant.  One of the top tackles in the nation, Suh recently started listing UCLA amongst his favorites.  They are in the mix with Miami, Mississippi State, Oregon State and Oregon, with all but Mississippi State having offered.  A List.

Clinton Snyder, 6-4, 230, Spring Valley (Calif.) Monte Vista.  A two-sport athlete, Snyder's first love is basketball, but football is where his future is.  UCLA has offered him, along with San Diego State and Arizona, and he is an excellent student with a 4.4 GPA and a 1240 SAT.  Had 90 tackles, 22 for loss and 17.5 sacks as a junior.  UCLA had been his leader for a while, but Stanford is in the lead, and in fact, if he gets accepted to Stanford, he could commit there.  A List.

Raymond Henderson, 6-5, 245, Oak Creek (Wisc.) High.  Henderson has about 10 schools that he is strongly considering, and the Bruins, with a recent offer, jumped onto that list.  LSU is his clear leader as well as several other national powers, so UCLA will have some work to do.  Henderson did say in early October he would most likely trip out to UCLA.  A List.

Fevaea'i Ahmu, 6-0, 290, San Diego (Calif.) Serra.  Had an outstanding performance at UCLA's One Day Camp, and is definitely one to watch this year.  Ahmu's one drawback is his size, at about 5-11 to 6-0 and weighing 290ish, and with shortish arms. He does, though, move that bulk well, being able to get leverage under offensive linemen and moving them out easily. He was tough to block in the one-on-ones. Ahmu has UCLA and San Diego State as his leaders, and said he has a verbal offer from UCLA.  A List.

Brandon Sesay, 6-5, 250, Atlanta (Ga.) Douglass. Sesay, a defensive end, has a couple of offers from schools in the South, but reportedly has UCLA as his leader, and wants to come West to school, because of its proximity to the ocean.  USC and Minnesota are his other top schools.  He will definitely visit UCLA in the fall.

Mike Iupati, 6-5, 275, Anaheim (Calif.) Western.  Could play guard in college, but most likely will end up at defensive tackle.  Has UCLA and USC in his top five, along with Colorado, Oregon and California.

Nathaniel Agaiava, 6-3, 280, Lynwood (Calif.) High.  One half of the Agaiava twins, Nathaniel is the bigger of the two, playing defensive tackle.  He has been at UCLA games with his brother, and the Bruins are his clear favorite and he said if they offered him, he would commit.  Has a 3.9 GPA.

Daniel Agaiava, 6-2, 240, Lynwood (Calif.) High.  A good student like his twin brother Nathaniel, Daniel plays defensive end but could also play linebacker in college.  Like his brother, said if UCLA would offer, he would then commit.  Has a 3.59 GPA.

Tony DiMartinis, 6-4, 225, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame.  DiMartinis is just recently receiving recruiting interest from the Bruins, and they lead along with San Diego State and Fresno State.  Also plays offensive line, but projects as a defensive end in college.

Chase Moline, 6-1, 245, Mission Viejo (Calif.) High.  One of the dominating players in Orange County, Moline has been a stalwart for the Diablos the past three seasons.  Though undersized as a defensive linemen, Moline is a solid player, who's brother happens to be one of the top juniors in the nation, Chane.  Moline has liked UCLA for some time, and was at a game earlier this year.  The Bruins could try and break the wall down at Mission Viejo with this one.

Chancellor Roberson, 6-2, 240, Galena Park (Tex.) High.  Roberson, a strong side defensive end, has LSU, Oklahoma State and UCLA as his top three, and the first to offer from there could probably get a commitment from him.

Others Defensive Linemen Of Note:

Mason Thomas, 6-2.5, 220, Eureka (Calif.) High
Stephen Elkins, 6-1, 250, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Dan Moore, 6-2, 240, O'Fallon (Ill.) High
Mataele Pau'u, 6-3, 288, Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa
Ryan McKinley, 6-6, 220, Arvada (Colo.) High
Robert Buycks, 6-3, 270, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Rico Pamplin, 6-1, 230, San Diego (Calif.) Patrick Henry
Rolando Barragan, 6-3, 275, Inglewood (Calif.) Morningside
Willie Johnson, 6-1, 250, Downey (Calif.) Warren
Maurice Lucas, 6-5, 220, Aurora (Col.) Rangeview
Hunter Teafatiller, 6-3, 210, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial
Prince Hall, 6-1, 260, Moreno Valley (Calif.) High
Doug Robinson, 6-2, 250, Cerritos (Calif.) High


UCLA could use a good deal of linebackers in this class.  Their top three linebackers are all juniors, and depth is very questionable, with their backups mostly converted defensive linemen.  This is their biggest area of need, for the future, and they need to find some good ones from this group.  Unfortunately, the pickings are slim for them.  They do have three commitments from linebacker, and still would like to bring in at least one more.

Reggie Carter, 6-1, 225, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw. COMMITTED.  Carter had been flying under the radar for the Bruins, but were always his clear leader.  When they offered in mid-October, Carter wasted no time committing to his childhood favorite.  A solid linebacker, Carter prefers the inside but said he could play on the outside.  Had over 20 sacks and 110 tackles as a junior, and halfway through his senior year, had 9 sacks and 60 tackles.  A List.

Korey Miller, 6-2, 218, Plano (Texas) West.  COMMITTED.  Miller is having a solid senior year, and after camping at UCLA this summer, he chose the Bruins in late-October over 10 other offers.  A nephew of former Oklahoma star linebacker Brian Bosworth, Miller and his twin brother Kyle are inside backers who have the versatility to play on the outside.  An excellent student, Miller has a 3.7 GPA and a 1230 SAT score.  A List.

Kyle Miller, 6-2, 215, Plano (Texas) West.  COMMITTED.  Like his twin brother Korey, he camped at UCLA this summer and committed the same day.  Had a monster junior year, and his senior year is full of production.  He has a 3.5 GPA and a 1260 SAT score.  A List.

Chris Jeske, 6-1, 230, Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy.  One of the top linebackers in the Midwest, Jeske has an offer from UCLA, as well as some Midwest schools.  Wisconsin, Arizona, Northwestern and Indiana round out his top five, all having offered.  A List.

Ryan Reynolds, 6-2, 220, Las Vegas (Calif.) Bishop Gorman.  Has offers from the best of the best, but Oklahoma leads heavily early on while Florida is making up ground.  Has had UCLA on his list for some time, but the Bruins arent in the top trio.  A List.

Zack Follett, 6-2, 230, Clovis (Calif.) High.  Tallied 50 tackles in 3.5 games last year, before a broken foot ended his season.  Oregon is his leader over Cal, UCLA, Washington, Arizona State, Fresno State, and USC.  The Bruins have offered.  A List.

E.J. Savannah, 6-2, 215, Bellevue (Wash.) High.  The Northwest's top linebacker, Savannah had UCLA and Stanford as his two leaders, but neither have offered, so both have come back to the pack.  However, the Bruins have reportedly offered recently, and he said he will visit in the Fall.  For now, Washington, Cal, Arizona State, Oregon and Washington State round out his top six.  A List.

Jacque Jackson, 6-2, 210, New Orleans (La.) John Curtis Christian.  Attended the same high school as three of this years incoming freshman (Aaron Meyer, Chris Johnson and Fred Holmes).  Jackson visited UCLA unofficially during the spring and attended the Spring Scrimmage.  Jackson said UCLA had offered along with Bowling Green and UCLA led Arkansas right now.  A List.

Luke Laolagi, 6-1, 205, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham.  From the same program as Bruin freshman Dennis Keyes, Laolagi said the Bruins lead for his services.  He has been to Fall practices, and the Bruin staff will be keeping a close eye on him come this season.  After UCLA, Laolagi is considering Oregon State, Cal and Utah, with the Utes his lone offer.

Brandon Allen, 6-1, 195, Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair.  Grew up in Memphis, mainly as a basketball player, but since moving to California, has taken up football and had a strong junior year, and performed well at the MSL Combine.  Also attended UCLA's Spring Scrimmage and One Day Camp.  Said he always wanted to attend UCLA when he was in Memphis, mainly for basketball, and would like to play both in college. 

Jason Brown, 6-1, 200, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly.  The anchor of Long Beach Poly's defense, Brown is close friends with Rodney Van and Byron Velaga, two incoming recruits to UCLA, though USC is his current leader. 

Solomon Elimimian, 6-1, 220, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw.  Teams with Reggie Carter for one of the best linebacking duos in the state.  Elimimian has said UCLA was one of his leaders, though San Diego State may be his leader now.  But with three teammates all committed, Elimimian could follow them if offered.

Soane Fotofili, 5-11, 230, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant.  A teammate of Bruin recruit Syd'Quan Thompson, Fotofili has stood out amongst NorCal linebackers this Fall, and reportedly has heavy interest in the Bruins.

Others Linebackers Of Note:

Travis Beckum, 6-5, 210, Oak Creek (Wis.) High
Lamar Brumfield, 6-1, 220, Carson (Calif.) High
Jim Miller, 6-1, 220, Venice (Calif.) High
Zachary Crossland, 6-3, 200, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Reynard Camp, 6-0, 230, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
Zach Schreiber, 6-2, 215, Shreveport (Louis.) Evangel Christian.
William Alo, 6-0, 220, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly


The Bruins lose only Matt Clark at cornerback this year, with Marcus Cassell a junior.  Rodney Van has gotten action at cornerback this year, and appears to be playing himself into a starting position, with several others that are young, also in the mix.  They could also put Aaron Ware here, so they will be selective at who they offer.

Syd'Quan Thompson, 5-11, 175, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant.  One of California's best defensive backs, Thompson also is a solid running back, but will stick with corner in college.  Has UCLA in his top five, and they have offered, with Oklahoma, California, USC and Kansas State, with offers also from Arizona and Boise State.  The Bruins have been one of his favorites though. A List.

Cary Harris, 5-11, 170, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame.  One of the top 10 corners in the nation Harris has offers from every Pac-10 school save Stanford, as well as one from Notre Dame.  Cal and Notre Dame are his two leaders, with Washington State, UCLA, USC and Arizona State rounding out the top six.  A List.

Robert Peele, 6-0, 180, Fresno (Calif.) Edison.  A teammate of incoming Bruin freshman Brandon Breazell, Peele is a versatile defensive back who could also play safety.  Washington and Arizona are his two leaders with Washington State, USC Cal and Arizona State also schools he is hearing from and UCLA another one he is still considering, though the Bruins appear to be slipping.  A List.

Grant Crunkleton, 5-11, 170, Denver (Calif.) Mullen.  Crunkleton has offers from Colorado, Colorado State and Arizona State, and they lead a top five which includes UCLA, Michigan and Kansas State. 

Gardner McKay II, 6-0, 160, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw.  A lifelong UCLA fan, McKay is one of Southern California's best sprinters.  The Bruins lead has dwindled to where Oregon State has passed them, but the Bruins have commitments from three teammates, which McKay conceded would play a factor.  Cal and USC are also in the mix.  Has a 3.3 GPA. 

Travis Smith, 5-11, 160, Los Angeles (Calif.) Diamond Ranch.  Smith is a teammate of top receiver Austin Usher, and his daily practices against him have allowed him to get some notice.  Arizona State is his lone offer, but Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA are all recruiting him. 


The Bruins safety situation should be ok for the next couple of years, with some young guys in the rotation like Dennis Keyes, Chris Horton and Eric McNeal, but they will try and get at least a couple in this years class, which they already have in Shawn Oatis and Robert Kibble, and it could be they take only one more.  Several of their safety targets could also play cornerback.

Shawn Oatis, 6-0, 205, Chino (Calif.) High.  COMMITTED  Oatis had offers from most of the Pac-10, as well as Ohio State and Notre Dame.  The latter were his two clear leaders, but UCLA kept making progress.  After visiting the Irish and the Buckeyes, the Bruins were able to get his last visit and made a lasting impression, and Oatis committed just days after his trip, in early November.  Oatis is the highest rated defender in this class. A List.

Robert Kibble, 5-11, 185, Houston (Texas) WestfieldCOMMITTED.  An excellent student (4.0), UCLA led big for Kibble, who is a big fan of Eric Bieniemy and Texas native and DB coach Gary DeLoach. The Bruins offered in May, and after stewing over it, Kibble followed his heart and committed to the Bruins over offers from Miami, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas A&M amongst others.  A List.

Will Harris, 6-2, 185, Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak.  Has offers from all of the Pac-10 except the Bay Area schools, plus Michigan and San Diego State.  USC was his leader, but UCLA has move to the top, as Harris is a big fan of Eric Bieniemy.  The Northwest schools and Arizona State are also in the mix.  Played with incoming punter Aaron Perez, and two of his coaches are former Bruin players, Joey Strycula and Chris Rubio.  Harris could also play cornerback in college.  A List.

Sean Smalls, 6-1, 180, Richmond (Virg.) Huguenot.  Smalls could also project to cornerback in college, though he said he could play anywhere in the secondary.  UCLA has maintained a spot in his top five for some time, along with Michigan, Ohio State, Maryland and Penn State, and he expects to visit UCLA, who has offered.  A List.

Reggie Smith, 6-1, 195, Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe.  Has offers from most of the Big 12, as well as UCLA, and he visited UCLA and USC this summer unofficially.  But he most likely will stay in-state.  A List.

Bret Lockett, 6-2, 195, Diamond Bar (Calif.) High.  Lockett stood out at the Nike Camp in San Diego this year, and the Bruins are his favorite, amongst a handful of Pac-10 and Mountain West schools.  Also a gifted receiver, Lockett thinks his future is on the defensive side of the ball.  He said if UCLA offered, it would be tough for him not to commit immediately. 

Shaun Dewitty, 6-2, 190, Colorado Springs (Colo.) Doherty.  One of the top running backs in Colorado, Dewitty is being recruited primarily as a safety for college.  Arizona State is his lone offer of his top three, which includes Kansas State, UCLA, Illinois and Colorado. Arizona St, Illinois and Colorado have offered as well as Wyoming, Kansas and Cal.  Dewitty camped at UCLA this summer

Michael Samples, 6-1, 180, Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo.  Oregon is his favorite, but he likes UCLA a lot too and has had good things to say about them.  USC, Colorado, Arizona and Washington State round out his top six.  Said he expects some offers after a few games.

Brett Johnson, 6-2, 205, Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley.  Grew up in Barstow before moving to Nevada and UCLA was his childhood favorite and wants to go there.  Is hearing from some Pac-10 schools, though UNLV and Nevada are his only offers.  Was the best player at the UCLA Adidas Camp in May.  Definitely a prospect to watch.

Titus Jackson, 6-0, 185, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch.  Jackson, a teammate of DL recruit Charles Brown, attended UCLA's One Day Camp, and looked solid there as well as at the San Diego Nike Camp.  UCLA is in his top five with Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford and Cal. 

Justin Pack, 6-3, 195, Villa Park (Calif.) High.  Pack is hearing from several schools as both a receiver and a safety, though he projects at safety for college.  Is getting attention from several Pac-10 schools, and camped at UCLA this summer.

Others Defensive Backs Of Note:

Manny Colon, 5-9, 180, Oakland (Calif.) Tech
Durrell Oliver, 5-11, 175, Clovis (Calif.) East
Kevin Garrett, 6-0, 200, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Patrick Henderson, 5-11, 170, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds
Junior Tivao, 5-11, 195, Paramount (Calif.) High
A.J. Scott, 5-10, 190, Palm Springs (Calif.) High
Moses Harris, 6-1, 185, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
Brandon Minor, 5-7, 195, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Barry Newell, 6-0, 170, Dallas (Texas) St. Marks
Jarius Byrd, 6-0, 200, Clayton (Mo.) High
Zach Heim, 6-1, 180, Orange (Calif.) Orange Lutheran
Joe Guiliani, 6-1, 170, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Jacob Taylor, 6-2, 160, Garden Grove (Calif.) Santiago
Marcus Ezeff, 6-1, 180, Santa Rosa (Calif.) Montgomery
Ramon Hamilton, 6-0, 170, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Xavier Hicks, 5-11, 175, Fullerton (Calif.) High
Terry Newsome, 5-11, 165, Sylmar (Calif.) High
Josh Taylor, 6-1 170, Garden Grove (Calif.) Santiago
Marcel Simmons, 5-9, 165, Lynwood (Calif.) High

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