Early Top Junior Football Prospects: Defense

It's far too early to recognize all the best football prospects in the high school junior class, but here is an early list of names to watch next year on defense...

Obviously it's very early to even begin to recognize UCLA's targets in next year's recruiting class. It's even difficult to recognize who will be the top prospects on the west coast. In April, the Nike Camps will be firing up, and that will give us quite a better grasp on who are the top prospects and UCLA's top targets. For now, here's a list to get you started. The Top Targets are those that we know UCLA has targeted and are elite prospects. It doesn't necessarily mean that prospects in the "Others to Watch" lists won't be elite recruits or UCLA's top targets.

DEFENSE

Defensive Line

Top Targets:

Tolifili Liufau, 6-3, 290, Honolulu (Haw.) St. Louis
Lawrence Jackson, 6-5, 255, Inglewood (Calif.) High
Mathew Malele, 6-3, 280, Carson (Calif.) High
Junior Lemau'u, 6-4, 250, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Sedrick Ellis, 6-3, 265, Chino (Calif.) High

Others to Watch:

Fili Moala, 6-5, 275, Anaheim (Calif.) Western
Matt Spanos, 6-4, 270, Corona (Calif.) High
Kyle Caldwell, 6-3, 255, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
Ezra Beaton, 6-3, 255, Calabasas (Calif.) High
Pete Cavender, 6-3, 245, Elko (Nev.) High
Paul Cody, 6-2, 265, Hacienda Heights (Calif.) Los Altos
Mike McCarthy, 6-3, 235, Visalia (Calif.) Golden West
James Samarin, 6-5, 275, Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St. Paul
Kenny Lorenzetti, 6-3, 275, Monrovia (Calif.) High

Linebacker

Top Targets:

Lance Broadus, 6-3, 220, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Chris Purtz, 6-2, 220, Clovis (Calif.) West
Michael Okwo, 6-1, 210, Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa

Others to Watch:

Fred McNeill, 6-1, 215, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
Phillip Rauscher, 6-3, 225, La Costa (Calif.) Canyon
Jason Turner, 6-2, 210, La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis
Juan Silva, 6-1, 225, Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak
Garrett Tremblay, 6-2, 225, Palm Desert (Calif.) High
Kasey Sitchler, 6-1, 210, Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa
Zach Ricketts, 6-0, 225, Riverside (Calif.) Poly
J.C. Cooper, 6-1, 220, Carslbad (Calif.) High
Ralph Pineda, 6-2, 205, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral
Jerome Johnson, 6-1, 230, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey

Defensive Back

Top Targets:

A.J. Tuitele, 6-0, 200, Wilmington (Calif.) Banning
Dennis Keyes, 6-2, 190, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birminham

Others to Watch:

Freddie Parrish, 6-0, 190, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Clifton Smith, 5-9, 170, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Lorenzo Sims, 5-11, 175, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Damon Jenkins, 5-10, 175, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Derrick Williams 6-1, 175, Los Angeles (Calif.) Price
Marc Hull, 6-1, 190, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Kevin Ross, 5-11, 170, Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard
Donte Maddox, 5-11, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
Jordan Seen, 5-11, 175, Beaverton (Ore.) High
Brandon Sanders, 5-10, 170, Oakland (Calif.) Skyline
Brett Swain, 6-1, 180, Carlsbad (Calif.) High
Sam Cheatham, 5-11, 175, San Leandro (Calif.) High
Sam Calhoun, 5-10, 185, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Marcus Dailey, 5-11, 160, Mission Viejo (Calif.) High

Athletes

To Watch:

Shane Lopes, 5-11, 180, Goleta (Calif.) Dos Pueblos
Dominic Breazeale, 6-6, 210, Alhambra (Calif.) High
Reggie Ross, 5-11, 185, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa
Ashton White, 6-0, 190, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita
Marcus Johnson, 6-4, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Locke
Robert Perry, 5-9, 160, San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty

Kickers:

Jeff Ferrier, 6-2, 190, Mission Viejo (Calif.) High
Sean Kilby, 6-1, 170, Ramona (Calif.) High


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