Michael Oher

UCLA's top two football recruits are tough and competitive defensive players

UCLA's top two football recruits are tough and competitive defensive players

Toughness and competitive greatness are qualities Coach Jim Mora says he seeks in his UCLA football recruits. There’s little doubt that the Bruins’ 18-member recruiting class announced Wednesday is topped by two players already displaying those characteristics: defensive end Jaelan Phillips from Redlands East Valley High and cornerback Darnay Holmes from Calabasas.

Phillips, 6 feet 6 and 250 pounds, was considered the best defensive player last month at the U.S. Army All-American game, where he played before enrolling early at UCLA.

“I think he has the rare blend of size, speed, athleticism, tenacity and intelligence,” Mora said

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