UCLA Prospects for 2008: Defense

The 2007 class just signed their National Letters of Intent, so the 2008 class is now on the clock. Here's an early look at some of the defensive players that have a chance to be UCLA prospects in the current high school junior class, including Wes Horton, Rahim Moore, and Robert Golden...

With Signing Day for the class of 2007 over, the Class of 2008 is now on the clock. UCLA has 23 scholarships to give to the class of 2008 and, with the way scholarships open up, could have the maximum of 25 by signing day 2008.

Brandon Huffman, Scout.com's West Recruiting Analyst, released his list of recruits to know in California for 2008, and we've enhanced that a bit to focus on potential UCLA targets in the entire west as well.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE:

There are some pretty big names at the top of the list for defensive linemen in California, but, as of now, not a great deal of depth.

UCLA has good projected depth at tackle, but, with good defensive tackles so scarce, you have to always be in the market for them. If there were two very good ones who wanted to come, UCLA would take them.

Early Top Prospects:

Jurrell Casey, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Courtney Campbell, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Kebin Umodu, Covina (Calif.) South Hills

Others to Note:

Sammy Cervantes, Imperial (Calif.)
Karim Williams, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Jemarcus Williams, Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis
Sione Mataele, Palo Alto (Calif.)

DEFENSIVE END:

UCLA has enough bodies at D-end, they're just hoping a few of them prove worthy. It's why, with a big class to sign, they'll probably take a couple in 2008 just to keep talent coming in, and optimizing their chances of finding a star. It also helps when there's good talent in the area that is interested in UCLA. Horton is the son of a former UCLA player and probably one of the top prospects in the west. Jackson likes UCLA early.

Early Top Prospects:

Wes Horton, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Malik Jackson, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham
Jamaar Jarrett, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills
Cameron Meredith, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Logan Harrell, Santa Margarita (Calif.)
Damien Holmes, Colton (Calif.)

Others to Note:

Marquis Jackson, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham
Datone Jones, Compton (Calif.)
Cory Harkey, Chino Hills (Calif.)
Ryan Medina, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Ramiro Velasco, Santa Ana (Calif.)
Mike Spagnola, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon

LINEBACKER:

UCLA always seems to need linebackers, and they'll probably take at least two in this class.

Brown is one of the best overall prospects in the nation and has UCLA on his list. Major is one of the best in the west. McDonald has prototypical linebacker size and comes from a fine football family. Carter is a star, and there could be a pro-UCLA tilt going on at Birmingham. Stuckey is one of the best in the west and came to UCLA's Junior Day.

Early Top Prospects:

Arthur Brown, Wichita (Kan.) East
Jon Major, Parker (Col.) Ponderosa
Anthony McDonald, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Maurice Simmons, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Donovan Carter, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham
Brandon McGee, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Rob Andrews, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
Brady Amack, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Ryan Panapa, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Dewitt Stuckey, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln

Others of Note:

Johnathan Franklin, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Jarrell Holland, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Quinton Greenlaw, Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa
Uona Kavienga, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger
Patrick Larimore, Newhall (Calif.) Hart
Zander Fabbri, Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial
Williams Do, Temple City (Calif.)
Dallas Kelley, Norco (Calif.)
Kevin Ige, Chatsworth (Calif.)
Earnie Sagiao, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison

DEFENSIVE BACK:

Defensive back could be the biggest area of need on the team. UCLA could take two corners and two safeties.

Moore is the best safety in the state, but could play cornerback in college, and Golden is currently considered the best cornerback prospect in the state in the 2008 class. It's been thought that both like UCLA quite a bit. Moutra could be a bigtime receiver but safety is probably his best spot and Woods also could play on offense. Leslie and Bland are both solid prospects in the secondary.

Early Top Prospects:

Rahim Moore, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Robert Golden, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Antwon Moutra, Culver City (Calif.)
E.J. Woods, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Nolan Brewster, Denver (Col.) Mullen
Corbin Brown, Las Vegas (Nev.) Spring Valley
Jarrell Barbour, Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial
Brandon Leslie, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Louis Bland, Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic
John Roberson, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Daniel Sorensen, Colton (Calif.)
Danny Cannon, San Francisco (Calif.) Riordan

Others to Note:

Jerrell Thomas, Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa
Deonte Tomlin, Bakersfield (Calif.) West
Josh Foley, Norco (Calif.)
Max Pond, Santa Rosa (Calif.) Cardinal Newman
Tiuke Tuiapolotu, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra
James Calhoun, Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North
Michael Ibarra, Whittier (Calif.) La Serna
Gary Anderson, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral
Clifton Rogers, Fresno (Calif.) Hoover
Andre Abbott, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

PUNTER:

With Aaron Perez a junior next year, UCLA will be looking to bring in a punter.

Stahovich is considered by some as the best punter in the country for 2008 and he has UCLA leanings. Locke is thought to be one of the best kicker/punter guys in the nation, also.

Brian Stahovich, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral
Jeffrey Locke, Glendale (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge
Kyle Strazzeri, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany


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