Brown & Lemau'u Are Bruins

The two elite Long Beach Poly defensive linemen, <b>Junior Lemau'u</b> and <b>Kevin Brown</b>, keep everyone in suspense right up until they announced at a press conference today...

UCLA finished off a recruiting season on a high note for the first time in several years as the two elite defensive linemen it was recruiting, Junior Lemau'u, DE, 6-5, 245, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly and Kevin Brown, DT, 6-2, 270, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, both said they would sign National Letters of Intent to UCLA today at a press conference.


The commitments of Lemau'u and Brown, two of the best defensive linemen in the west and among the best in the nation, make the first recruiting class of new head coach Karl Dorrell an unquestioned success.  Only able to start recruiting in late December, the fact that Dorrell was able to get commitments from Lemau'u, Brown, and elite running back Maurice Drew, RB, 5-8, 200, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, was fairly remarkable, given the fact that UCLA was practically off the radar for all three when Dorrell was named head coach.


Signing a talented and deep defensive line class also fills the real personnel need on the team's roster for the next several years. 


Many experts believed that if UCLA secured the commitments of Lemau'u and Brown today that they'd possibly vault into many lists of the top 25 recruiting classes in the country, a considerable feat given Dorrell has been recruiting for only a month and half.


Here is the recruiting class that UCLA will announce:


Derrick Williams, RB, 6-0, 200, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco


Maurice Drew, RB, 5-8, 200, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle


Michael Pitre, FB, 5-11, 250, Orange (Calif.) El Modena


Joe Tomasello, LS/FB, 6-0, 220, Fresno (Calif.) City College


Alex Ghebreselassie, WR, 6-3, 185, Bonita Vista (Calif.) Chula Vista


Joe Cowan, WR, 6-4, 190, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco


Nikola Dragovic, OL, 6-3, 270, Vista (Calif.) Rancho Buena Vista


P.J. Irvin, OL, 6-4, 280, Agoura (Calif.) Agoura Hills


Noah Sutherland, DL, 6-5, 250, Virginia Beach (Virg.) Floyd Kellam


Aaron Whittington, DE/LB, 6-3, 210, St. Louis (Missouri) Hazelwood East


Bruce Davis, DE/LB, 6-3, 235, League City (Tex.) Clear Creek


Kevin Brown, DT, 6-2, 270, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly


Junior Lemau'u, DE, 6-5, 245, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly


William Snead, DE/LB, 6-4, 210, Oakland (Calif.) Skyline


Trey Brown, DB, 5-11, 185, Overland Park (Kans.) Blue Valley Northwest


Dennis Keyes, DB, 6-1, 190, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham


Chris Horton, DB, 6-2, 190, New Orleans (Louis.) De La Salle


Antwuan Smith, WR, 5-11, 180, Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan


Milvon James, DB, 5-11, 185, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont


Jimmy Stephens, TE, 6-3, 230, Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery

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