UCLA might be coming off a heartbreaking loss to Utah, but they came out of the weekend with some very exciting news with the commitment of one of the top edge rushers in the class of 2016.
Windward High’s Breland Brandt is pretty raw as a football player, but has the kind of exciting athleticism that make him look like a future star on the defensive side of the ball.
Brandt is a quick-twitch athlete with great speed. He’s got outstanding length for an edge rusher and has a ton of room to add weight to his frame.
He has an explosive first step and tremendous burst off the ball. He’s extremely raw in his pass rushing technique right now and relies on his athleticism. When he puts together how to use his hands and adds some pass rush moves, he is going to be incredibly tough to block.
He hasn’t learned to attack the edge of a man on the outside and will get caught up rushing straight up. It’s a simple issue that needs to be drilled into him.
Doesn’t use his length well yet and does not show violence in his hands, but will take on blocks aggressively. The mentality is in him, he just needs to refine his technique. Hustles to the football and could be a great chase player in the run game.
He has an inconsistent stance in stand up position. Should be even better once he improves it.
In addition to showing great potential off the edge on defense, he also has the speed and ball skills to develop into a very good tight end as well.
He’s a perfect fit as an outside linebacker/edge rusher in the same type of role that Anthony Barr played in Jim L. Mora’s defense for the Bruins.
Brandt is nowhere close to the player he is going to end up being when he is at UCLA. He has a lot to improve on, but he has the kind of speed and aggressiveness that can make him truly great if he makes those improvements. He is a fantastic early pickup for UCLA for their 2016 recruiting class.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach). In addition to here, he breaks down Virginia Tech recruits for 247Sports’ VTscoop.com, Notre Dame recruits for SB Nation’s One Foot Down, and is the recruiting editor for SB Nation’s Pac-12 blog, Pacific Takes. Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.