Could Seals Step Into the Void?

Brent Seals, the 6-1, 195-pound athlete from La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat, is well aware of the two recent defensive back de-commitments from UCLA, and it definitely has him thinking...

One of the biggest beneficiaries of UCLA's two recent de-commitments could very well be La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat safety Brent Seals (6-1, 195).

"I'm hoping they offer after they lost those two prospects (Byron Moore and Marlon Pollard)," said Seals. "I was planning on giving them a call anyway this week."

Seals has been spending all spring and summer working as a safety at various camps and combines, showing that he can make the transition from linebacker to the secondary. He played safety at UCLA's 1-Day Camp early last month and did the same at Stanford's and Washington's camp.

"I went up to the Stanford and Washington camps and I thought I did really good," said Seals. "They both said they're really interested and I'd be hearing more from them."

That came on the heels of Seals camping at UCLA, where he auditioned in front of the Bruin coaching staff.

"I felt I did really well there," said Seals. "Coach (DeWayne) Walker and Coach (Tim) Hauck both said they mainly wanted to see me at safety and they were really impressed and liked me a lot. I felt like I showed them a lot and did pretty well in the 1-on-1s."

Seals also has two teammates who've committed to UCLA working in his favor. "Sheldon (Price) and Isaiah (Bowens) said they are always trying to get me there and are putting in a good word for me," said Seals.

Seals' visit to Stanford wasn't his first time in Palo Alto, but he still came away impressed.

"I'd been up there before but I love the campus, and of course Stanford academics are important. Coach White is recruiting me there," said Seals. "At Washington, I really loved it up there and it was a really good trip. The campus was nice. Coach (Ed) Donatell, the defensive coordinator, is recruiting me for Washington."

The three Pac-10 programs all stand as Seals favorites. "I'm still considering other schools, but those are definitely my top three," said Seals.

While Seals has been productive at linebacker, his size and athleticism make him a logical pick to play in the secondary.

"I'll be playing linebacker again for Bishop but I'll definitely be playing safety in college. I think I could end up at linebacker later in college if I grew a little more, but as of now, I'm probably playing safety," said Seals.

Seals said playing safety at camps hasn't been tough for him at all, and he's enjoyed it.

"Safety has been new to me because I haven't been playing it, but I feel like it's been going really well. I feel pretty calm with the recruiting process, because I know it will work out," said Seals. "I may have to wait until my senior year so schools can watch me a little more but I'm alright with that."

Seals and his Lancers teammates will get a chance to see where they stand early on, when they play Los Osos and UCLA commit Richard Brehaut in their first game. Then comes games against Orange Lutheran, Crespi and Notre Dame later in the year.

He had an excellent showing at the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles, jumping a combine best 42.5 in the vertical and a 10-3 in the broad jump.

An excellent student, Seals has a 4.5 GPA and scored a 1900 on the SAT.

During his junior season, Seals had 108 tackles and two sacks and on offense ran the ball for 235 yards and four touchdowns.


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