2015 UCLA DEFENSIVE RECRUITS MONSTER BOARD

 

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NEW: 1/29/2017 UCLA received a commitment from Anaheim Servite linebacker Jack Savage as a preferred walk-on.

Scouting report on Savage is that the 6’2″, 200 lb linebacker is an aggressive, smart player. Played both outside linebacker and defensive end for Servite. Made first team all-defense in the highly competitive Trinity League (same league as Josh Rosen). Savage was definitely under the radar because he spent most of his junior season injured. We think this is an outstanding pick-up for a walk-on.

Savages’s Senior Highlight Video

 DEFENSE

LINEBACKERS Interest Level and likely percentage of signing with UCLA 247 Composite Rating Comments
VICTOR ALEXANDER
5’9″ 219
Trinity Christian High School
Jacksonville, Florida
BOOM Committed to UCLA 11/25/2013
80%
3-STAR From Florida high school state champions, Trinity Christian High School, Alexander has flirted with Georgia Tech and may still be planning an official visit. We will see if he is still receptive to them with the new coaching staff. He has been committed to UCLA for months without ever stepping on campus. Have heard his official visit to Westwood January 16, 2015 was a big hit. We think it sealed the deal.
KEISEAN LUCIER-SOUTH
LB/DE 6’5″ 217
Orange Lutheran High School
Orange, California
BOOM Committed to UCLA 11/22/2014
99%
5-STAR Lucier-South committed just before the start of the UCLA-USC game. Then proceeded to watch the Bruins blowout the Trojans in the Rose Bowl. Although Lucier-South has long been considered a heavy UCLA lean, he took his time before deciding. This was a well thought out decision, so he is not a recruit we need to worry about looking elsewhere. Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and all reports about him were outstanding. The Bruins have picked up a good one here.
CASSIUS PEAT
LB/DE 6’4″ 240
Corona Del Sol High School
Tempe, Arizona
BOOM Committed to UCLA 12/5/2014
70%
4-STAR Has officially visited UCLA.
JOSHUA WOODS
6’3″ 212
Upland High School
Upland, California
BOOM Committed to UCLA 7/29/2014
85%
3-STAR Having seen this young man play in person, we definitely think he is something special. Perhaps the under-the-radar steal of the recruiting class. Woods had 92 tackles and 7 sacks in his senior season. He was also named to the MaxPreps 2014 All-American Football Team (first team) as well as the Los Angeles Times All-Star Football team..
ROQUAN SMITH
6’0″ 209
Macon County High School
Montezuma, Georgia
Open
35%
4-STAR UCLA was Smith’s first offer and the Bruin coaches have recruited him heavily since, particularly Coach Ulbrich. Smith visited USC, and along with UCLA is highly interested in Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Michigan and Florida. All of these schools have a legitimate shot at Smith and visited Georgia on 12/12/2014. We hear the Bulldogs rolled out the red carpet to keep Smith. They are selling him on early playing time and the importance of keeping the local talent in-state. The wildcard may be the coach many consider his favorite, D.J. Durkin. Durkin was the the current interim head coach at Florida and now work for Michigan. His hiring influenced Smith to officially visit January 16, 2015. UCLA will get his last visit on January 29. Played in the Under Armour All-American High School Football Game January 2, 2015. Smith made second team on the MaxPreps 2014 All-American Football Team, was the Georgia Class AA Defensive Player of the Year, and finished his senior season with 79 tackles, 5 sacks, and forced three fumbles. Smith is expected to announce on National Signing Day.
OSA MASINA
LB/DE 6’4″ 238
Brighton High School
Salt Lake City, Utah
Committed to USC 1/23/2015
10%
4-STAR Masina’s recruitment has been back and forth with UCLA in the lead, then not in the lead, then in the lead. We think this recruit is really struggling with the process. Has officially visited UCLA and is down to UCLA, ASU and USC. Many believe USC is a lock, however, we believe UCLA is in the driver’s seat as of today. Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was considered a standout. Masina made second team on the MaxPreps 2014 All-American Football Team and finished his senior season with 98 tackles, 9 sacks, and an interception. Was scheduled to make his announcement Saturday, January 2, but that has been pushed back to Saturday, January 9. However, we would not be surprised if it gets pushed back again. UPDATE: Yep, you guessed it, pushed back again to January 23, 2015. On January 23, 2015, Masina committed to USC.
JEFFREY HOLLAND
6’1″ 221
Trinity Christian School
Jacksonville, Florida
OPEN
10%
4-STAR The top linebacker in the state of Florida, and teammate of UCLA commit Victor Alexander, Holland is one of many outstanding athletes at Trinity Christian. UCLA is hitting this school hard this recruiting season. With the coaching changes t Auburn (hiring former Florida head coach Will Muschamp as their defensive coordinator), and Florida (hiring former Miami head coach Randy Shannon as the new linebacker coach), we feel this has had a significantly negative affect on UCLA’s chances with Holland in only the past two weeks. Prior to that, we felt really good about the Bruin’s chances. Holland now wants to take an official visit to Gainesville. UCLA is still in the running but our confidence level is dropping fast. Holland has not taken an official visit to UCLA yet or even set a date. Holland was planning to make his announcement at the Under Armour All-American High School Football Game January 2, 2015, but he ended up pushing it back with the new Florida coaching changes.
MALIK JEFFERSON
6’2″ 222
Mesquite Poteet High School
Mesquite, Texas
Committed to Texas 12/19/2014
10%
5-STAR Jefferson committed to Texas 12/19/2014. Jefferson is a very tough kid which is one of the reasons Coach Ulbrich loves him at linebacker. Teammate with another UCLA recruit, DeAndre McNeal. Over the past three years, Jefferson has had 283 tackles, 48 tackles for loss, 30 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, and 16 blocked kicks. He also played baseball and basketball and ran track. Wants to enroll early and his family’s preference is that he stay in the state of Texas. The wildcard may be that Jefferson’s girlfriend is enrolling at Texas A&M in the fall.

Major update 1/3/2015: We are hearing this recruitment is not over. Evidently, after the UCLA visit he was hoping to push back his announcement because he was truly conflicted about where he wants to attend school. He really liked UCLA. However, it appears McNeal was under pressure to stick to his previously announced commitment date and more so, to stay in state. It has a been suggested that to his advisers, UCLA was meant to be a fun visit and nothing more. When UCLA appeared to be moving out front, it became important to get him committed to a local program. He still likes UCLA and we believe there is still a long shot chance he flips back to the Bruins.

UPDATE on 12/10/2014 Jefferson was awarded the Butkus Awards for the best linebacker in high school. From the Butkus Award press release: “Malik Jefferson’s exceptional speed, closing burst and leadership ability have distinguished his performance the last three years. Despite being the focus of opposing blocking schemes, Jefferson was an impact player versus the run and pass, displaying unique versatility. He is highly respected in the program for his humility and has a very bright future.”

DEFENSIVE BACKS Interest Level and likely percentage of signing with UCLA 247 Composite Rating Comments
WILLIAM LOCKETT
5’10” 180
Manvel High School
Manvel, Texas
BOOM Committed to UCLA 8/7/2014
80%
3-STAR From Texas powerhouse, Manvel High school, Lockett has officially visited UCLA. Jim Harbaugh and Michigan are putting a last minute full court press on Lockett. Harbaugh showed up at his high school Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

IMAN “BIGGIE” MARSHALL
6’1″ 198
Long Beach Polytechnic High School
Long Beach, Califorinia
Open
40%
5-STAR Lot’s of news on Marshall. See our Iman Marshall page HERE.
COLIN SAMUEL
6’2″ 182
Long Beach Polytechnic High School
Long Beach, California
BOOM Committed to UCLA 12/9/2014
85%
3-STAR Lot’s to like about this committed player. First, he is a big, physical cornerback that plays for one of the perennial top high school programs in the country. He is teammates with two of UCLA’s top recruits, Iman Marshall, and Joseph Wicker. And after being overshadowed by the 5-star Marshall, his senior season has been a straight up trajectory as far as improvement and getting recognition. In fact, within a period of only three days after being offered by UCLA, he picked up offers from Michigan, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Washington State, and Purdue.
DECHAUN HOLIDAY
6’2″ 212
Mission Hills High School
San Marcos, California
Committed to UCLA 2/1/201595% 4-STAR An outstanding two-way player, Holiday has long been considered a UCLA lean, but until he pulls the trigger, he is still being heavily recruited by other programs. Named the 2014 San Diego Hall of Champions All-San Diego Section Player of the Year. Was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The long time lean, Holiday finally committed to UCLA on Super Bowl Suday on a local San Diego TV station.
NATHAN MEADORS
6’0″ 182
San Gorgonio High School
San Bernardino, California
OPEN
80%
3-STAR Meadors stock sky rocketed the last month of his senior season. UCLA offered him, and then Washington, Notre Dame and others jumped into the Meadors lottery. Right now the two-way player is planning to take all five of his allotted official visits and make a decision very close to signing day. While Meadors is an up and comer and has labeled UCLA as a favorite, we are not sure he is at the caliber that would cause UCLA and other schools to hold a scholarship indefinitely for him regardless of their class size. As scholarships fill up, he stock with UCLA may slowly start dropping.
BEN EDWARDS
6’0″ 190
Trinity Christian School
Jacksonville, Florida
Committed to Stanford 12/28/2014
10%
3-STAR UCLA was thought to have a shot due to the commitment of teammate Victor Alexander. UCLA is still hoping to get an official visit out of Edwards, but we believe this recruitment is basically over.
OCTAVIUS SPENCER
5’10” 170
Monrovia High School
Monrovia, California
Committed to UCLA 12/16/2014
90%
3-STAR Visited UCLA on the weekend of Janaury 16, 2015. All reports are that he hit it off with Coach Mora and the visit was successful in retaining Spencer.
KEVIN TOLLIVER II
6’1″ 193
Trinity Christian School
Jacksonville, Florida
OPEN
15%
5-STAR Tolliver is part of the very talented Trinity Christian group of players showing interest in UCLA. Tolliver has been a long time commit to LSU. The wildcard may be the recent LSU assistant coaching turnovers. That may provide UCLA a slim opening in his recruitment. In his senior season, Toliver playered cornerback, safety and even quarterback while leading his team to the Florida Class 3A State Title. He made second team on the MaxPreps 2014 All-American Football Team.
DEFENSIVE LINE Interest Level and likely percentage of signing with UCLA 247 Composite Rating Comments
RICK WADE
6’5″ 225
Santa Margarita Catholic High School
Santa Margarita, California
BOOM Committed to UCLA 7/31/2014
90%
3-STAR Comments coming
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JOSEPH WICKER
6’4″ 282
Long Beach Polytechnic High School
Long Beach, Califorinia
Open
60%
4-STAR Wicker is an interesting recruit. Coming into the season, he was not considered a UCLA level recruit. However, as a senior, he started moving around the line a little, mostly inside, where he began to have a monster season. With his better play, also came the recruiters. Wicker has picked up many offers in the last couple months complicating his recruitment, however, all indictions are that UCLA is in the driver’s seat. Wicker attends the same high school as two other UCLA recruits, Iman Marshall, and Colin Samuel. As a senior, he finished with 17.5 sacks. Wicker played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was also named to the MaxPreps 2014 All-American Football Team (first team) as well as the Los Angeles Times All-Star Football team.
BENNING POTOA’E
6’4″ 278
Lakes High School
Lakewood, Washington
Committed to the University of Washington 1/22/2015.
10%
4-STAR The more video we have watched of Potoa’e, the more we like him. Washington, the local school, is pushing hard for him. His brother played for Washington as well. While all reports are that UCLA is very much in the race, it may be hard to pull him out of the Northeast. Has officially visited UCLA.
TIM SETTLE
6’2″ 312
Stonewall Jackson High School
Manassas, Virginia
Open
10%
4-STAR Settle scheduled an official visit to UCLA and then cancelled. So here is the scoop on Settle and we believe BruinAuthority.com is the first to report this. The guy REALLY likes UCLA, but there was an academic snag. It doesn’t look like it can be fixed this semester, or even before signing day. Because of that, we suspect UCLA is out of it.
RASHEEM GREEN
6’4″ 300
Junipero Serra High School
Gardena, California
Open
20%
5-STAR For a while now we have been hearing USC was in the lead and Stanford a close second. However, things may be changing with both schools. In other words, there is now a crack for other schools to get in the game. We are not yet sure if UCLA will be one of them, or is even interested. Green has been hampered with some injuries this season and is currently recovering from a knee injury.
TYRONE WHEATLEY JR.
DE/TE 6’5″ 252
Canisius High School
Buffalo, New York
Open
45%
4-STAR Wheatley is the son of legendary athlete Tyrone Wheatley who was a Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year at Michigan, as well as a 10 year NFL veteran. Syracuse is the only major in-state school recruiting Wheatley so there is a high likelihood that he will leave the state. Wheatley has visited both UCLA and USC on unofficial visits. While he has admitted that USC was his childhood favorite (and they likely still are), UCLA has been able to survive every cut to his list of schools. So there is something about the Bruins that continues to intrigue him. USC is recruiting him as a tight end (he officially visited USC 12/12-12/14), while UCLA is looking at him as more of an athlete. The Bruins would likely give him a look at defensive end first (depending on the fall depth charts), which is why we have placed him under defensive linemen. The wildcard is Michigan which just hired his father as their running backs coach.

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  4 Responses to “2015 UCLA DEFENSIVE RECRUITS MONSTER BOARD”

  1. I don’t see the 1/16 updates

  2. The latest updates are HERE, HERE, and HERE.

  3. Potao’e is due to announce 1/22 at 2:15 from his HS. Not looking great considering he has an in-home scheduled with Petersen the following day.

  4. Thanks Randor. We have had his announcement date for a while on our Football Dates board. You can see it HERE.

    We have been slowly lowering our expectations on Potoa’e for a few weeks now. His percentage went from around 75% to 40% now.

    As for the visit from Petersen, we are not putting too much into it. The timing is strange, even if he is picking Washington. He may be under pressure from his family to make a decision and get it over with. If so, he may still change his mind by signing day.

    UPDATE 1/21/2015: Potoa’e changed his Petersen visit from 1/24 to today. We suspect Petersen will close the deal at that meeting.

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