Two Players to Watch

Two defensive prospects that UCLA will be watching next fall are Joe Rothenberger from Chino and Phillip Rauscher from Carlsbad. Both talked about their recruiting situations...

Joe Rothenberger, 6-3, 225, Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo, had a very solid showing at UCLA's one-day camp. He had a good body, obviously able to gain more muscle, and a big frame and long arms. He also showed some good quickness off the ball in the one-on-one drills, and good pass rushing technique.

Rothenberger, who made first team All-League last year and recorded eight sacks for the season, said he's heard from schools like Washington, Arizona State, San Diego State and Boise State, and a "bunch of little schools."

He did, say, though, that he'd "love to come to UCLA." He said, "If I had a school where I really wanted to go, it'd be UCLA." He attended the UCLA one-day camp because he said UCLA defensive line coach Don Johnson and offensive line coach Mark Weber pleaded with him to come. "It was hard not to when you have two coaches like that asking you to come."

But getting back to how UCLA was his dream school. He said that growing up he was kind of forced to be a Bruin fan. "My dad's brother was a USC fan, so my dad and I thought we had to get a rivalry going, so we liked UCLA."

He plans to attend UCLA's four-day camp later this month.

He said he has a 3.5 GPA and took the ACT earlier in the day on Saturday.


Phillip Rauscher, 6-4, 225, Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon, said he favors UCLA and USC at this point, but neither has offered. He's also looking at Arizona, who he said has offered, Arizona State and Oregon.

"If UCLA or USC offered, I'd go to either," he said. "My parents would like me to stay close and would be happy if I went to either one."

When asked about how he'd feel if a program would recruit him as a down linemen rather than a linebacker, he said, "I'll play wherever they want. It doesn't matter to me."


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