Thursday, 04 February 2016 01:56

UCLA Lands Stellar Class

Written by  Official UCLA Press Release

UCLA USC 06UCLA 2016 FOOTBALL SIGNEES

Twenty-seven outstanding high school seniors from six different states and Canada, along with two California junior college transfer students, have signed national letters-of-intent, grants-in-aid and/or offers of admission to UCLA, Bruin head football coach Jim Mora announced today. Twenty of the student-athletes attended high school in the state of California, two in Texas, and one each in Canada, Colorado, North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee.

The class is ranked No. 7 nationally by Scout.com, No. 8 by Rivals.com and No. 12 by 247 Sports. 

  • 14 earned at least a Scout.com four-star ranking – LB Mique Juarez (5), REC Damian Alloway, LB Krystopher Barnes, LB Breland Brandt, ATH Brandon Burton, REC Demetric Felton, REC Theo Howard, ATH Dymond Lee, QB Devin Modster, K JJ Molson, REC Audie Omotosho, RB Brandon Stephens, DL Boss Tagaloa, LB Lokeni Toailoa   
  • 11 of the new Bruins earned at least a four-star ranking from Rivals.com --- OL Alex Akingbulu, REC Damian Alloway, LB Krystopher Barnes, LB Breland Brandt, ATH Brandon Burton, REC Theo Howard, LB Mique Juarez (5), ATH Dymond Lee, QB Devin Modster, DL Boss Tagaloa, LB Lokeni Toailoa
  • 8 recruits are listed in the Scout.com National 300 --- LB Mique Juarez-8, REC Theo Howard-49, LB Breland Brandt-73, DL Boss Tagaloa-87, LB Lokeni Toailoa-119, ATH Brandon Burton-126, LB Krystopher Barnes-167, REC Damian Alloway-235
  • 9 recruits are in theESPN 300 --- LB Mique Juarez-30, DL Boss Tagaloa-95, LB Lokeni Toailoa-112, LB Krystopher Barnes-191, REC Damian Alloway-201, LB Breland Brandt-215, ATH Brandon Burton-255, REC Audie Omotosho-277, REC Theo Howard-288  
  • 9 recruits were named to the Rivals.com National Top 250 --- LB Mique Juarez-9, REC Theo Howard-38, REC Damian Alloway-85, ATH Brandon Burton-112, DL Boss Tagaloa-144, LB Breland Brandt-150, LB Krystopher Barnes-151, ATH Dymond Lee-157, QB Devon Modster-180
  • 18 prospects listed in the Scout California 100 --- 1 Juarez, 7 Howard, 13 Brandt, 14 Tagaloa, 17 Lo. Toailoa, 18 B. Burton, 25 Barnes, 30 Alloway, 42 Lee, 43 Modster, 44 Felton, 54 Alves, 55 Perez, 66 Moore, 72 Starks, 74 Riley, 83 Akingbulu, 91 Le. Toailoa
  • 17 prospects listed in the Rivals California 100 --- 1 Juarez, 8 Howard, 16 Alloway, 18 B. Burton, 22 Tagaloa, 25 Brandt, 26 Barnes, 29 Lee, 35 Modster, 44 Lo. Toailoa, 48 Akingbulu, 60 Felton, 64 Alves, 72 Perez, 76 J. Burton, 87 Starks, 99 Riley
  • 20 prospects in the Scout West 150 – 2 Juarez, 8 Howard, 14 Brandt, 15 Tagaloa, 21 Lo. Toailoa, 23 B. Burton, 31 Barnes, 40 Alloway, 59 Lee, 60 Modster, 61 Felton, 73 Odighizuwa, 75 Alves, 76 Perez, 92 Moore, 99 Starks, 103 Riley, 113 Akingbulu, 125 Le. Toailoa, 143 Lynch

2016 UCLA FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS as of 2/3/16 at 3:00 p.m.

Alex Akingbulu – Offensive Line, Narbonne HS in Harbor City, Calif., 6-6, 255
Listed as a three-star prospect by ESPN and the No. 59 recruit in the state of California … Three-star recruit according to Scout.com, No. 83 on the California 100 list and the No. 41 offensive tackle in the nation … Rivals.com four-star recruit, the No. 23 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 51 prospect in the state of California … Cal-Hi Sports second-team All-State selection … PrepStar All-West selection … Member of the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … Selected to LA Times All-Southland team … Team won two consecutive City Section Div. I Championships … All-City selection.

Damian Alloway – Receiver, Summit HS in Fontana, Calif., 5-10, 175
Listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN, the No. 24 recruit in the state of California … Rated No. 201 on the ESPN 300 list … Scout.com four-star prospect and the No. 36 wide receiver in the nation … Rivals.com four-star recruit, No. 85 in the nation, No. 15 in the state, No. 30 on the California 100 list and No. 16 rated wide receiver in the nation … Cal-Hi Sports first-team Medium Schools All-State selection … PrepStar Dream Team member and rated as the No. 100 recruit in the nation … Member of the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … All-CIF Southern Section Central Division selection … As a senior, he had 55 catches for 1,089 yards and 23 touchdowns … Made seven interceptions on defense.

Michael Alves – Offensive Line, Saint Augustine HS in San Diego, Calif., 6-5, 320
Listed as a four-star prospect by ESPN and the No. 41-ranked recruit in the state of California … Scout.com three-star recruit who is rated the No. 46 offensive guard in the nation and No. 54 on the California 100 list … Rivals.com three-star athlete who is rated the No. 30 offensive guard in the nation and the No. 46 prospect in the state of California … PrepStar All-West selection … First-team San Diego Section All-CIF … Member of the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … Selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-America Bowl game.

Krystopher Barnes – Linebacker, Liberty HS in Bakersfield, Calif., 6-2, 225
Listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN and the No. 9 inside linebacker in the nation … No. 191 on the ESPN 300 list … Scout.com four-star recruit, No. 25 on the California 100 list and the No. 7 inside linebacker in the nation … Rivals.com four-star recruit, No. 151 prospect in the nation, No. 24 in the state of California and rated as the No. 13 outside linebacker in the country … PrepStar Dream Team member and rated as the No. 104 recruit in the nation … Member of the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … Credited with 78 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss as a senior … In his junior season, he totaled 130 tackles.

Breland Brandt – Linebacker, Windward School in Los Angeles, Calif., 6-5, 230
Enrolled at UCLA in January of 2016 … A four-star recruit according to ESPN and the No. 25 recruit in the state … No. 215 on the ESPN 300 … Scout.com four-star prospect, No. 13 on the California 100 list and the No. 8 defensive end in the nation … Rivals.com four-star recruit, No. 150 in the nation, No. 16 in the state of California and rated as the No. 12 outside linebacker in the country … PrepStar Dream Team member and the No. 66 recruit in the nation … Member of the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … Selected for the U.S. Army All-America Bowl Game … As a senior, he was credited with 31 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

Brandon Burton – Athlete, Serra HS in Gardena, Calif., 6-1, 200
Listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN and No. 28 recruit in the state of California and the No. 13 safety in the country … No. 255 on the ESPN 300 list … Scout.com four-star recruit, No. 18 on the California 100 list and the No. 13 Athlete in the nation … Rivals.com four-star recruit, No. 112 in the nation, No. 11 in the state of California and rated the No. 4 Athlete in the country … Member of the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … Cal-Hi Sports third-team All-State … Credited with 69 tackles as a senior … Had 30 receptions for 558 yards and six touchdowns on offense … Selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game … All-CIF Southern Section Pac 5 Division as a senior.

Jacob Burton – Defensive End, Granite Hills HS in El Cajon, Calif., 6-6, 255
A three-star recruit according to ESPN and the No. 78 recruit in the state of California … Rivals.com three-star prospect and No. 76 on the California 100 list … PrepStar All-West selection … Cal-Hi Sports first-team Medium Schools All-State selection … Second-team San Diego Section All-CIF … As a senior, he was credited with 63 tackles and 5.0 sacks.

Johnny Den Bleyker – Long Snapper, Moreau Catholic HS in Hayward, Calif., 6-0, 200
Named Chris Rubio High School Long Snapper of the Year … Five-star Rubio Long Snapper recruit and the top-rated long snapper in the class of 2016 … His brother, Alex, appeared in 42 career games as the long snapper at Washington State (2011-14) … Scout.com two-star recruit … Rivals.com two-star recruit … Selected for the U.S. Army All-America Bowl game.

Demetric Felton – Receiver, Great Oak HS in Temecula, Calif., 5-9, 180
Plans to enroll in the Spring Quarter … Listed as a four-star recruit according to ESPN.com and the No. 35 recruit in the state of California … Scout.com four-star recruit, No. 44 on the California 100 list and the No. 52 wide receiver in the nation … Rivals.com three-star recruit, the No. 23 Athlete in the nation and the No. 45 prospect in the state of California … Member of the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … Cal-Hi Sports fourth-team All-State … Selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-America Bowl Game … As a senior, he rushed for 1,347 yards on 166 carries and 14 touchdowns … Caught 23 passes for 391 yards and a couple of touchdowns … In his junior season, he ran 161 times for 1,277 yards and 15 scores … Caught 26 passes for 560 yards and seven touchdowns … All-CIF Southern Section West Valley Division as a senior.

Theo Howard – Receiver, Westlake HS in Westlake Village, Calif., 6-0, 175
Listed as four-star recruit by ESPN and the No. 32 player in California … No. 288 on the ESPN 300 list … Scout.com four-star recruit, No. 7 on the California 100 list and rated as the No. 7 wide receiver in the nation … Rivals.com four-star recruit, No. 38 in the nation, No. 7 in the state of California and No. 5 wide receiver in the country … PrepStar Dream Team member and rated the No. 85 recruit in the nation … Member of the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … Cal-Hi Sports second-team All-State … Selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-America Bowl game … As a senior, he made 60 receptions for 959 yards and nine touchdowns … … Invited to the Semper Fidelis All-America game.

Mique Juarez – Linebacker, North HS in Torrance, Calif., 6-2, 230
Plans to enroll in the Spring Quarter … Scout.com five-star recruit and the No. 1 outside linebacker in the nation … Five-star prospect according to rivals.com … Rated by rivals as the No. 9 prospect in the nation, No. 1 in the state of California and No. 2 inside linebacker recruit in the country … A four-star recruit according to ESPN and the No. 4 outside linebacker in the nation … ESPN’s No. 4 recruit in the state of California … No. 30 on the ESPN 300 Player list … Member of the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … Cal-Hi Sports first-team All-State … Invited to the U.S. Army All-America Bowl game … Selected LA Times All-Southland Player of the Year … Daily Breeze All-Area Player of the Year … PrepStar Dream team selection and the No. 8 overall recruit … All-CIF Southern Section Western Division as a senior … Defensive Player of the Year in the CIF Southern Section Western Division … Credited with 146 tackles and 21.0 tackles for loss as a senior … Completed 122 of 239 passing attempts for 1,658 yards and 23 touchdowns while playing offense as a senior … Rushed for 1,370 yards and 36 touchdowns … 397 career tackles.

Austin Kent – Punter, Providence HS in Charlotte, N.C., 6-2, 210
Scout.com three-star recruit and the No. 12 punter in the nation … No. 2 punter in the nation according to Chris Sailer … Attended Providence High School in Charlotte ... As a senior, he punted 56 times for a 47.2 yard average, with a long punt of 70 yards … 34 of his 38 kickoffs went for touchbacks … Made three field goals of 50 yards or longer … Named to the first-team All-Charlotte Observer Area team.

Dymond Lee – Athlete, Chaminade Prep in West Hills, Calif., 6-2, 180
Scout.com four-star recruit, No. 42 on the California 100 list and rated as the No. 51 wide receiver in the nation … Rivals.com four-star recruit, No. 157 in the nation, No. 28 in the state and rated as the No. 38 wide receiver in the country … Listed as a three-star prospect by ESPN and the No. 61 recruit in the state of California … Cal-Hi Sports fourth-team All-State selection … As a senior, he completed 61% of his passing attempts for 1,622 yards and 11 touchdowns … Ran for 417 yards on 78 carries … Made 12 career touchdown receptions.

Matt Lynch – Quarterback, Legacy HS in Broomfield, Colo., 6-5, 185
Plans to enroll in the Spring Quarter … Listed as a three-star prospect by scout.com, No. 143 on the West 150 list and the No. 47 quarterback in the nation …. Rivals.com three-star recruit, the No. 4 prospect in the state of Colorado and the No. 18 Pro Style Quarterback in the nation … As a senior, he completed 166 of 277 passing attempts for 1,947 yards and 20 touchdowns with six interceptions … Member of the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … Ran 100 times for 534 yards and 10 touchdowns … As a junior, he completed 100 of 190 passes for 1,260 yards and 12 touchdowns … Ran 92 times for 722 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Devon Modster – Quarterback, Tesoro HS in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., 6-2, 205
Listed by ESPN as a four-star recruit and the No. 13 pocket passing quarterback in the nation … No. 36 recruit in the state of California … Scout.com four-star recruit, No. 43 on the California 100 list and the No. 21 quarterback in the nation … Rivals.com four-star recruit, No. 180 in the nation, No. 38 in the state of California and rated as the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the country … Member of the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … Cal-Hi Sports third-team All-State selection … First-team OC Register All-County selection … In his senior year, he averaged 305 passing yards per game and threw for 25 touchdowns with five interceptions … As a junior, he completed 199 of 341 passes for 2,602 yards and 24 touchdowns with nine interceptions … Rushed 133 times for 680 yards and 12 scores … All-CIF Southern Section West Valley Division as a senior.

JJ Molson – Kicker, John Abbott College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada, 6-0, 190
Enrolled at UCLA in January of 2016 … Scout.com four-star recruit who is rated as the No. 3 kicker in the nation … Listed as three-star recruit by ESPN and the No. 6 kicker prospect in the nation … Rivals.com three-star recruit … PrepStar All-West selection … Selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game.

Marcus Moore – Defensive Line, Crespi HS in Encino, Calif., 6-3, 255
Listed as three-star recruit by ESPN and the No. 57 recruit in the state of California … Scout.com three-star recruit, No. 66 on the California 100 list, No. 92 on the West 150 list and the No. 73 defensive end in the nation … Rivals.com three-star recruit … PrepStar All-West selection.

Chigozie Nnoruka – Defensive Line, Kennedy HS and American River College in Sacramento, Calif., 6-3, 265
Credited with 35 tackles, three sacks and eight tackles for loss in 2015 while playing at American River College in Sacramento … Named first-team All-Nor-Cal League selection … As a prep senior in 2014, he made 54 tackles, 10 sacks for Kennedy HS in Sacramento.

Osawaru (Osa) Odighizuwa – Defensive Line, Douglas HS in Portland, Ore., 6-3, 265
Listed as three-star recruit by ESPN and the No. 3 prospect in the state of Oregon … Scout.com three-star recruit, No. 73 on the West 150 list and the No. 38 defensive tackle in the nation … Rivals.com three-star recruit, the No. 3 prospect in the state of Oregon and the No. 42 defensive tackle in the nation … PrepStar All-West selection … Brother of former Bruin defensive lineman Owamagbe Odighizuwa, now with the N.Y. Giants … Selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-America Bowl game … Two-time state wrestling champ.

Adewale (Audie) Omotosho – Receiver, Plano East HS in Plano, Texas, 6-2, 190
Listed by ESPN as a four-star prospect and the No. 48 wide receiver in the nation … No. 277 on the ESPN 300 list … Scout.com four-star recruit and No. 55 wide receiver in the nation … Rivals.com three-star recruit, the No. 97 wide receiver in the nation and No. 91 prospect in the state of Texas.

Francisco Perez – Offensive Line, Baldwin Park HS in Baldwin Park, Calif., 6-3, 315
ESPN three-star recruit, No. 67 offensive tackle prospect in the nation and No. 86 recruit in the state of California … Scout.com three-star prospect, No. 55 on the California 100 list, No. 76 on the West 150 list and the No. 53 offensive guard in the nation … Cal-Hi Sports first-team Medium Schools All-State selection … PrepStar All-West selection.

Keyon Riley – Defensive Back, Servite HS in Anaheim, Calif., 6-2, 190
Listed by ESPN as a three-star recruit, the No. 55 safety in the nation and No. 72 prospect in the state of California … Scout.com three-star recruit, No. 74 on the California 100 list, No. 103 on the West 150 list and the No. 63 safety in the nation … Rivals.com three-star prospect … PrepStar All-West selection … As a senior, he was credited with 35 tackles.

Jalen Starks – Fullback, Crespi HS in Encino, Calif., 6-1, 240
Listed as a three-star recruit by ESPN and the #120 recruit in the state of California … Scout.com three-star prospect, No. 72 on the California 100 list, No. 99 on the West 150 list and the No. 2 fullback in the nation … Rivals.com three-star recruit, the No. 3 fullback in the nation and the No. 95 prospect in the state of California … As a junior, he ran for 897 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Brandon Stephens – Running Back, Plano HS in Plano, Texas, 6-2, 205
Scout.com four-star recruit and the No. 26 running back in the country … Listed as a three-star prospect by ESPN, the No. 59 running back in the nation and No.111 recruit in the state of Texas … Rivals.com three-star recruit, No. 20 running back in the nation and the No. 83 prospect in the state … As a senior, he rushed 222 times for 1,389 yards and 15 touchdowns … He recorded seven 100-yard games and three 200-yard rushing games … Also caught 11 passes for 151 yards … As a junior, he carried 196 times for 1,268 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Boss Tagaloa – Defensive Line, De La Salle HS in Concord, Calif., 6-2, 295
Listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN, the No. 13 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 11 prospect in the state of California … No. 95 on the ESPN 300 list … Scout.com four-star recruit who is listed as No. 12 defensive tackle in the nation, No. 14 on the California 100 and No. 15 on the West 150 … Rivals.com four-star recruit, No. 144 in the nation, No. 36 in the state of California and rated as the No. 15 defensive tackle in the country … Cal-Hi Sports first-team All-State selection … PrepStar Dream Team member and rated the No. 68 recruit in the nation … Member of the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … As a senior, he was credited with 48 tackles, including 6.5 sacks.

Nick Terry – Defensive Line, Pleasant Grove HS in Elk Grove, Calif., and American River College in Sacramento, Calif., 6-4, 295
Plans to enroll for the Spring Quarter … Rivals.com three-star junior college recruit … The No. 45 junior college prospect in the country on the post-season Rivals 100 … Named to the first-team All-America Community College Football squad … All-State first-team Region I All-California selection … 2015 First-team All-Nor-Cal League selection … PrepStar All-West selection … Listed as a three-star recruit in the 2013 class … Attended Boise State in 2013 and 2014 before transferring into American River College in Sacramento, Calif. … As a high school senior, he registered 55 tackles and was named first-team All-Delta River League … As a junior, he totaled 77 tackles and also earned first-team all-league honors.

Leni Toailoa – Defensive Back, Carter HS in Rialto, Calif., 6-1, 200
Enrolled at UCLA in January of 2016 … Listed as a three-star recruit by ESPN and the No. 97 prospect in the state of California … Three-star recruit according to scout.com, No. 91 on the California 100 list and the No. 13 safety in the West … Rivals.com three-star recruit … PrepStar All-West selection … Second-team San Bernardino Sun All-Area Team selection … As a senior, he made 45 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss … He also had 16 receptions for 191 yards on offense. 

Lokeni Toailoa – Linebacker, Carter HS in Rialto, Calif., 6-2, 240
Enrolled at UCLA in January of 2016 … Listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN … Rated No. 4 inside linebacker in the nation and No. 14 overall recruit in California … No. 112 on the ESPN 300 list … Scout.com four-star recruit, No. 17 on the California 100 list, No. 21 on the West 150 list and the No. 5 inside linebacker in the nation … Rivals.com four-star recruit, the No. 16 inside linebacker in the nation and the No. 39 recruit in the state of California … PrepStar Dream Team member and the No. 48 rated recruit in the nation … Member of the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … As a senior, he was credited with 71 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks … Made 248 career tackles … Selected to play in  the Under Armour All-America Game.

Jordan Wilson – Tight End, Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn., 6-5, 245
Enrolled at UCLA in January of 2016 … Listed as three-star recruit by scout.com and rated as the No. 38 tight end in the nation … Rivals.com three-star recruit, No. 12 recruit in the state of Tennessee and rated the No. 18 tight end in the nation … PrepStar All-Southeast Region selection.


2016 UCLA FOOTBALL SIGNEES as of 2/3/16 3:00 p.m. 

NamePos.Ht. Wt.High School-Location

Alex AkingbuluOL6-6, 255Narbonne HS in Harbor City, Calif.

Damian AllowayREC5-10, 170Summit HS in Fontana, Calif.

Michael AlvesOL6-5, 320St. Augustine HS in San Diego, Calif.

Krystopher BarnesLB6-2, 225Liberty HS in Bakersfield, Calif.

*Breland BrandtLB6-5, 230Windward School in Los Angeles, Calif.

Brandon BurtonATH6-1, 200Serra HS in Gardena, Calif.

Jacob BurtonDL6-6, 255Granite Hills HS in El Cajon, Calif.

Johnny Den BleykerLS6-0, 200Moreau Catholic HS in Hayward, Calif.

Demetric FeltonREC5-9, 180Great Oak HS in Temecula, Calif.

*Theo HowardREC6-0, 175Westlake HS in Westlake Village, Calif.

Mique JuarezLB6-2, 230North Torrance HS in Torrance, Calif.

Austin KentP6-2, 210Providence HS in Charlotte, N.C.

Dymond LeeATH6-2, 180Chaminade Prep in West Hills, Calif.

Matt LynchQB6-5, 185Legacy HS in Broomfield, Colo.

Devon ModsterQB6-2, 205Tesoro HS in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

*JJ MolsonK6-0, 190John Abbott College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Quebec, Canada 

Marcus MooreDL6-3, 255Crespi HS in Encino, Calif.

Chigozie NnorukaDL6-3, 265American River College in Sacramento, Calif.; Kennedy HS in Sacramento, Calif.

Osawaru (Osa) OdighizuwaDL6-3, 260Douglas HS in Portland, Ore.

Adewale (Audie) OmotoshoREC6-2, 190Plano East HS in Plano, Texas

Francisco PerezOL6-3, 315Baldwin Park HS in Baldwin Park, Calif.

Keyon RileyDB6-2, 190Servite HS in Anaheim, Calif.

Jalen StarksFB6-1, 240Crespi HS in Encino, Calif.

Brandon StephensRB6-2, 205Plano HS in Plano, Texas

Boss TagaloaDL6-2, 295De La Salle HS in Concord, Calif.

Nick TerryDL6-4, 295American River College in Sacramento, Calif.; Pleasant Grove HS in Elk Grove, Calif.

*Leni ToailoaDB6-1, 200Carter HS in Rialto, Calif.

*Lokeni ToailoaLB6-2, 240Carter HS in Rialto, Calif.

Jordan WilsonTE6-5, 245Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn.

*Enrolled at UCLA in January, 2016

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