Football Recruiting 2006: Defensive Prospects

With the spring football recruiting evaluation period upon us, we're re-setting the table with a new list of UCLA's prospects for 2006. On defense, UCLA has one linebacker commitment, and the defensive line list looks deep...

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 already has a player committed at linebacker for the 2006 class.

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

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

"A" List:

Chaz Washington, 6-3, 288, Destrahan (LA.) High
Al Woods, 6-4, 315, Elton (LA.) High
Greg Banks, 6-5, 260, Denver (Col.) Montbello
Keith Browner, 6-5, 220, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Darius Savage, 6-4, 320, San Diego (Calif.) Morse

To Watch:

Daniel Mafoe, 6-4, 310, Carson (Calif.) High
A.J. Simmons, 6-4, 235, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd
Ricky Jackson, 6-3, 270, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
John Hargis, 6-4, 290, Mesa (Ariz.) Red Mountain
Vincent Federico, 6-4, 280, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat
Jonathan Hollins, 6-4, 240, Baton Rouge (LA.) Redemptorist
De'Shon Matthews, 6-5, 260, Laguna Creek (Calif.) Elk Grove
Mike Smith, 6-6, 230, Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde
Reginald Stokes, 6-3, 230, Montgomery (Ala.) Carver 
Louis Holmes, 6-7, 270, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Scottsdale CC
John Romero, 6-5, 280, Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic
Jeff Miller, 6-5, 240, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake
Buddy Tuamasaga, 6-3, 265, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Marquez Harrod, 6-3, 220, Escondido (Calif.) San Pasqual
Ryan Chohany, 6-4, 240, San Diego (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo
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
Jason Clark, 6-5, 240, Chino Hills (Calif.) High
Dante Davis, 6-4, 320, La Puente (Calif.) Bassett
Conan Amituani, 6-3, 245, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High
Broderick Marshall, 6-5, 260, Austin (Tex.) McCallum
Jarrod Shaw, 6-5, 340, Lafayette (LA.) Northside
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
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

LINEBACKERS

"A" List:

Toby Umodu, 6-0, 230, West Covina (Calif.) South Hills Committed
Michael Morgan, 6-4, 200, Dallas (Tex.) Skyline
Allen Bradford, 6-2, 220, Colton (Calif.) High
Josh Tatum, 6-1, 220, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds
Travis Goethel, 6-3, 225, Vista (Calif.) High

To Watch:

Jonathan Cornell, 6-2, 220, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat
Tom Hansen, 6-2, 220, Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon
Bobby Epps, 6-1, 213, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Chad Hansen, 6-3, 205, Murrieta (Calif.) Murrieta Valley
Ryan Coulson, 6-3, 225, Elk Grove (Calif.) High
Jamar Robinson, 6-3, 230, Fairfield (Calif.) High
Devin Johnson, 6-3, 215, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High
Justin Nonu, 6-1, 240, Oceanside (Calif.) High
Brandon Bryan, 6-3, 200, Glendora (Calif.) High
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
Cole Graybill, 6-3, 230, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep
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
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

DEFENSIVE BACKS

"A" List:

Darian Hagan, 6-0, 170, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
Taylor Mays,  6-3, 210, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea
Jonas Mouton, 6-2, 210, Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice
Jai Eugene, 6-1, 180, Destrahan (LA.) High
Devin Ross, 5-11, 180, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High
Christian Ramirez, 6-2, 195, Imperial (Calif.) High

To Watch:

Vincent Joseph, 5-11, 180, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Wesley Davis, 6-2, 185, Spring Valley (Calif.) Steele Canyon
Alfred Rowe, 6-1, 205, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Brantwon Browser, 6-1, 185, Phoenix (Ariz.) Maryvale
Travon Bellamy, 6-0, 185, Greenbelt (Mary.) Roosevelt
Michael Johnson, 5-10, 200, Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay
Keith Rosenberg, 6-1, 180, Bellevue (Wash.) High
Marvin Johnson, 5-10, 175, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Sherman Myles, 6-0, 190, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Jeron Johnson, 5-11, 170, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Darin McDonald, 6-3, 185, Englewood (Col.) Cherry Creek
Josh Van Buren, 6-2, 195, Houma (LA.) Terrebonne
Andre Crenshaw, 6-0, 180, Antelope Valley (Calif.) High
Aaron Mosely, 6-2, 200, Hesperia (Calif.) High
Greg Bolling, 6-2, 175, Aurora (Col.) Gateway
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
Major Colbert, 6-0, 195, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne

KICKERS

"A" List:

Kai Forbath, 6-0, 175, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame

To Watch:

Kyle Peterson, 6-3, 185, West Covina (Calif.) South Hills
Andrew Aguila, 6-0, 160, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Neil Martin, 5-9,. 165, Gilroy (Calif.) High


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