FB Recruiting: Defensive Line

We resume our lists with a look at UCLA's targets at defensive line in the 2003 class. Defensive linemen are always a hot commodity and UCLA might have to go outside of the lean west this year...

Defensive Line

You can never have enough good defensive linemen who have good academics. They are the scarcest commodity in all of college football recruiting. UCLA will try to bring in 3-4 in next season's recruiting class.

Sedrick Ellis, DT, 6-3, 265, Chino (Calif.) High. Ellis is considered among the few best DL prospects in the west. He attended UCLA's Junior Day and is one of UCLA's top targets. He said in late March that UCLA and USC were his co-leaders.

Lawrence Jackson, DE, 6-5, 255, Inglewood (Calif.) High
Probably the best defensive end prospect in the west, Jackson will be able to go wherever he wants. He's playing it close to the vest as to favorites, but UCLA will try hard with him.

Kevin Brown, DT, 6-2, 285, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Becoming one of the top line targets in the west, UCLA will go after him pretty strongly. Early word is that he might be leaning toward following his brother to Syracuse, but also likes UCLA and USC.

Kyle Caldwell, DT, 6-3, 255, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro. Not too well known, but considered a potentially elite rercruit by those who have seen him. Considered very quick, tough and physical. All the big-named west coast programs are on him.

Mathew Malele, DT, 6-1, 280, Carson (Calif.) High. Showed in the L.A. Nike Camp why he might be the best defensive tackle in L.A. He did, though, have a spotty junior year after a great sophomore year, and some programs, including UCLA, are still taking a wait-and-see on him. In a down year for defensive tackles, though, he'll get quite a bit of recruiting attention.

Tim Washington, DE, 6-5, 235, Dulles (Tex.) Fort Bend. Even though he was hurt for most of his junior year, he's proven he's one of the top 10 prospects in Texas. He has UCLA on his serious list.

Xavier Lawson-Kennedy, 6-3, 290, Duncanville (Tex.) High. Being hailed as one of the best in his area in a long time, he has UCLA on his list.

Tolifili Liufau, DT, 6-3, 290, Honolulu (Haw.) St. Louis. Could be among the best in the country, but Liufau's recruitment could be limited by academics problems. UCLA, more than likely, won't be able to recruit him.

Junior Lemau'u, DE, 6-4, 250, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Probably another casualty of academics, Lemau'u is a great physical talent.

Matt Spanos, DT, 6-4, 270, Corona (Calif.) High. Spanos had a very good junior year, and keeps getting bigger and better. He has a big frame and is still filling out and getting stronger. He had a good showing at the L.A. Nike Camp. UCLA was his childhood favorite, and USC is making a push for him.

Tata Thompson, DE, 6-3, 225, Garland (Tex.) High. Many consider him possibly a linebacker on the next level, but he's one of the best defensive players in Texas. UCLA is trying.

Justin Warren, DE, 6-4, 220, Tyler (Tex.) Robert E. Lee. Warren, along with Thompson, is thought to be among the two best DEs in Texas.

Thomas Marshall, DT, 6-5, 300, Dallas (Tex.) Bishop Dunne. When it's pretty skimpy on the west coast at a certain position, UCLA will always try to dip into Texas pretty deeply, especially when Texas is, well, pretty deep. Marshall is among the best lineman in the state.

Others to Watch:

James Samarin, DT, 6-5, 275, Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St. Paul
Kenny Lorenzetti, DT 6-3, 275, Monrovia (Calif.) High
John Stathopolous, DT, 6-4, 275, St. Louis (Missouri) University 
Jason Jack, DE, 6-4, 220, Humble (Tex.) High
Mike McCarthy, DE, 6-3, 235, Visalia (Calif.) Golden West
Jesus Drieukwu, DE, 6-6, 240, Bellaire (Tex.) High
Tim Crowder, DE, 6-5, 220, Tyler (Tex.) High
Steven Coleman, DT, 6-5, 275, Bellaire (Tex.) High
Paul Cody, DT, 6-2, 265, Hacienda Heights (Calif.) Los Altos
Pete Cavender, DE, 6-3, 245, Elko (Nev.) High
Ezra Beaton, DE, 6-3, 255, Calabasas (Calif.) High
Josh Tauanu'u, DT, 6-2, 280, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Hercules Satele, DE, 6-2, 240, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Otto Linwood, DT, 6-1, 280, Frankfort (Ill.) Lincoln Way East
John Cary, DT, 6-3, 260, Palestine (Tex.) High
Brandon Mebane, DT, 6-1, 260, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw


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