Nguema Has Ties to UCLA Program

Corona (Calif.) Santiago cornerback, Thierry Nguema, is one of the Inland Empire's best against the pass, and he has ties to a current UCLA defensive back...

For the past three years, Corona (Calif.) Santiago, has sent at least one member of its secondary on to a D-I school.

Starting with current UCLA safety Tony Dye, and following up with Sean Murray, Sean Martin and Tre Sayles, cornerback Thierry Nguema is the next in line at Santiago.

The 6-0, 175-pound Nguema had probably the best weekend of any corner at this month's Badger/New Level 7on7 in Las Vegas, earning all-camp honors and helping B2G to the title.

The Scout 300 Watch Lister is still waiting for his first offer, but has several schools interested.

"I'm hearing from Penn State, LSU, USC, Villanova, UCLA, Arizona State and Oregon State," said Nguema. "I don't have any offers yet but I'm hearing I could get some soon."

Nguema is tight with Tony Dye, and has been to UCLA on numerous occasions and to Bruin football games, and UCLA is a school he's definitely interested.

"I'm pretty much really interested in them," said Nguema. "I know a lot about UCLA from Tony and Coach (Mark) Dye."

Nguema has family in Philadelphia and elsewhere in Pennsylvania, which leads to his interest in Villanova and Penn State, but it's an SEC school that is leading for Nguema.

"LSU is my favorite right now," said Nguema.

Nguema said he planned to camp at several camps this spring and summer, and didn't want to rush into a decision.

"I want to take some time and go through the process and take some official visits," said Nguema.

Academically, Nguema said he's in solid shape.

As a 2009 junior, he had 31 tackles and three pass deflections.

Here is what we wrote about Nguema back in November, after seeing him against Corona: Nguema did a fine job in pass coverage, using his length and instincts to break up a couple of passes, but he really impressed in run support. Nguema, who's the adopted brother of UCLA safety Tony Dye, a former Shark safety, plays very similar to how Dye did in high school, tough against the run and not hesitant to lay the hat. Nguema was one of the standouts this spring at the L.A. Combine and again at the B2G and it's translating to Friday nights. Expect him to be a national recruit in next year's class.

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