2006 Football Prospects: Defense

Signing Day was just last week for the 2005 class, but it's never too early to look to the next class, the class of 2006. UCLA will still need linebackers. Here's a first look at some potential UCLA prospects for defense...

It's generally a fairly strong class in the west for 2006.

UCLA will need defensive tackles for 2006, probably two, which is always a difficult proposition since DT recruits are probably the hardest to find.  While UCLA has some young defensive ends, it could add at least one in 2006.

Just how thin is UCLA at linebacker in 2006 and beyond? Even though it signed four linebackers to the 2005 class, it will still probably need to sign at least two more for 2006. It could get more bodies at the position by moving some of the 2005 recruits to linebacker, which almost certainly happen.

UCLA doesn't project too depleted at either safety or cornerback, but it could use a big-time corner prospect in 2006, and probably take two, while also adding at least one safety.

Prospects listed below with asterisks next to their name are believed to be elite prospects at this time.  Players from California are those that we have recognized as potential UCLA-level recruits.  Prospects listed from other states are those that are considered potentially elite prospects that have shown an early interest in UCLA, or vice versa.

Michael Morgan, the defensive back, is the brother of former UCLA defensive lineman Steve Morgan.


Daniel Mafoe, 6-4, 310, Carson (Calif.) High**
John Romero, 6-5, 280, Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic**
Jeff Miller, 6-5, 240, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake**
A.J. Simmons, 6-4, 235, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd**
John Hargis, 6-4, 290, Mesa (Ariz.) Red Mountain**
Buddy Tuamasaga, 6-3, 265, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Andrew Berryhill, 6-4, 240, Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic
Derrick Hill, 6-1, 260, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds
Josh Holmes, 6-2, 255, San Diego (Calif.) Point Loma
Martell Moore, 6-2, 275, Venice (Calif.) High
Travis Steckbauer, 6-1, 327, Schofield (Wisc.) Everest
Keith Browner, 6-4, 205, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Conan Amituani, 6-3, 245, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High
Lamarr Houston, 6-4, 255, Colorado Springs (Col.) Doherty
Jermaine Williams, 6-4, 255, Phoenix (Ariz.) Maryvale
Nick Kubitz, 6-3, 280, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
Johnny Vaigafa, 6-1, 290, Medford (Oregon) North Medford**
Levirt Griffin, 6-4, 235, Modesto (Calif.) High
Mark Roberts, 6-1, 270, Modesto (Calif.) High
Bill Sherman, 6-2, 275, Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro
Andy Keane, 6-2, 270, Palm Springs (Calif.) High**
Cory Elmore, 6-4, 245, Simi Valley (Calif.) Grace Brethren
Tim High, 6-4, 275, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Derek Simmons, 6-5, 245, Fairfield (Calif.) Armijo
Matangi Tonga, 6-2, 250, San Mateo (Calif.) Aragon


Allen Bradford, 6-2, 220, Colton (Calif.) High**
Dwight Roberson, 6-2, 215, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure**
Toby Imodu, 6-0, 230, West Covina (Calif.) South Hills**
Tom Hansen, 6-2, 220, Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon
Chad Hansen, 6-3, 205, Murrieta (Calif.) Murrieta Valley
Justin Nonu, 6-1, 240, Oceanside (Calif.) High**
Jonathan Cornell, 6-2, 220, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat**
Sam Ewalefo, 6-3, 210, Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde**
Marcus Yarbrough, 6-0, 250, Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake
Spencer Paysinger, 6-3, 200, Beverly Hills (Calif.) High
J. J. Kulusich, 6-2, 225, Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis
Jurray Casey, 6-2, 205, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Kris Means, 6-0, 210, Grand Junction (Col.) High
Ben Chandler, 6-4, 200, Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro
Jamar Brown, 6-2, 200, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Corey Jones, 6-1, 200, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont
Devohn Moutra, 6-2, 220, Gardena (Calif.) High
Travis Goethel, 6-2, 215, Vista (Calif.) High
Mark Johnson, 6-2, 215, Culver City (Calif.) High
David Niko-Auga, 6-3, 230, Carson (Calif.) High
Eric Sobotka, 6-2, 205, Salinas (Calif.) Palma
Ross Cumming, 6-1, 200, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita


Darian Hagan, 6-0, 170, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw**
Michael Morgan, 6-4, 180, Dallas (Calif.) Skyline**
Taylor Mays, 6-3, 210, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea**
Wesley Davis, 6-2, 185, Spring Valley (Calif.) Steele Canyon**
Jonas Mouton, 6-2, 210, Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice**
Rodney Glass, 5-11, 175, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame**
Vincent Joseph, 5-11, 180, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly**
Marvin Johnson, 5-10, 175, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Sherman Myles, 6-0, 190, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Jeron Johnson, 5-11, 170, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Andre Crenshaw, 6-0, 180, Antelope Valley (Calif.) High
Aaron Mosely, 6-2, 200, Hesperia (Calif.) High
Hilton Dawson, 6-0, 180, Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo
Chris Burleson, 6-2, 180, Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty
Quentrel Hunter, 5-11, 180, San Jose (Calif.) Independence
Raymond Patterson, 5-11, 180, San Diego (Calif.) Crawford
Rico Thomas, 6-1, 175, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds


Kai Forbath, 6-0, 175, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame**
Kyle Peterson, 6-3, 185, West Covina (Calif.) South Hills
Andrew Aguila, 6-0, 160, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

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