FUTURE WATCH: DEFENSE

I know it’s a little early, but why not take a look forward.

Here is a look at UCLA’s year-by-year breakdown for the 2012 season based on the team’s 2012 verbal commitments as of 2 p.m. Monday, two days before signing day. Of course, there will be some surprises, and the Bruins are still in the running for a handful of uncommitted or soft verbals, including some highly coveted wide receivers, which going forward is clearly the team’s biggest need on offense.

Some notes:
* THIS IS NOT A DEPTH CHART, THIS IS A BREAK DOWN BY CLASS STANDING.
* This takes the current roster as of Jan. 30. Many players on this list won’t be come spring ball. Rumors about players having been kicked off or transferring are not formalized yet, so that’s why the list is so full.
* As it stands, UCLA has 26 verbal commitments and 68 players listed on the official roster; the max for a college football team is 85 scholarships.

97 Damien Holmes DE RS SR
59 Keenan Graham DE RS JR
94 Owamagbe Odighizuwa DE JR
N/A Eli Ankou DE FR

90 Donovan Carter DT RS SR
98 Seali’i Epenesa DT JR
40 Kevin McReynolds DT RS FR
N/A Ellis McCarthy DT FR

3 Cassius Marsh DT JR
92 Brandon Willis DT SO
95 Brandon Tuliaupupu DT RS FR

56 Datone Jones DE RS SR
96 Iuta Tepa DE RS JR
10 Sam Tai DE RS FR
N/A Nate Iese DE FR

30 Eric Kendricks LB RS SO
14 Aramide Olaniyan OLB RS SO
48 Jared Koster LB RS SO
27 Aaron Wallace OLB RS FR
N/A Jeremy Castro OLB FR

42 Patrick Larimore LB RS SR
55 Todd Golper LB RS JR
25 Isaiah Bowens LB RS JR
44 Mike Orloff LB RS FR
N/A Aaron Porter MLB FR

17 David Allen LB RS SR
35 Jordan Zumwalt LB JR
33 Ryan Hofmeister LB RS FR
N/A Kenny Orjioke OLB FR

21 Aaron Hester CB RS SR
26 Andrew Abbott CB RS SR
23 Anthony Thompson CB RS FR
N/A Ishmael Adams CB FR
N/A Paul Perkins CB FR
N/A Jerico Richardson CB FR

4 Stan McKay SS RS JR
1 Dietrich Riley SS JR
N/A Taylor Lagace S FR

19 Dalton Hilliard FS SR
15 Alex Mascarenas FS RS JR
7 Tevin McDonald FS RS SO
N/A Trayvon Watson S FR

22 Sheldon Price CB SR
2 Brandon Sermons CB RS JR
8 Anthony Jefferson CB RS SO
N/A Marcus Rios CB FR
N/A Shannon Edwards CB FR
N/A Justin Combs CB FR

18 Jeff Locke P/PK RS SR
17 Kip Smith PK RS SO
N/A Ka’imi Fairbairn K FR

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  • 50-0

    Jon: Too many recruits. Some are actually good. Does baby puff daddy get a scholarship? Dad should write a check and endow new practice facilities while at it.

  • Matt@UCLA

    @50-0 Aren’t you a nice guy. Too many scholarships? Oh dear, we’ve become too popular. ಠ_ಠ

    It seems like Justin Combs did get a scholarship, and he was being offered by schools like Iowa, Illinois, West Virginia, Virginia, etc. UCLA’s probably hoping for “Daddy” to be a donor down the line, but he seems to have at least some talent.

  • Blue Critter

    We need not only new and better practice facilities but it would be nice that this next season we unvail a new uniform with a distictive design. Its a new era!

  • Anonymous

    Per Biggins, Shannon Edwards switched from UCLA to Fresno St.

  • Anonymous

    Barr to olb. Also, ucla running a 3-4, no?

  • Biggins Twitter Feed

    Just received a text from #UCLA FB commit Christian Powell confirming he has switched his pledge to #Colorado

  • mariodileo

    Kip Smith quit UCLA…Fairburn is in line to kick as a true frosh…no big loss with Powell, was a RN recruit…