One of the best defensive players in the country has received an offer from the Bruins.
UCLA football sent class of 2025 linebacker Noah Mikhail an offer, the prospect announced on Twitter Saturday. The Bonita High School (CA) product has spent the last two years racking up tackles, offers and awards, though its recruiting still has plenty of runway left.
Mikhail is also sitting on offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boise State, Boston College, Cal, Colorado, Colorado State, Georgia, Houston Baptist, Michigan State, Nebraska, Nevada, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, San Diego State, San Jose State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UNLV, USC, Washington and Washington State.
Mikhail has visited Washington, USC, and Arkansas multiple times, and he’s also viewed Colorado, Oregon State, and Houston Baptist. UCLA invited Mikhail to visit this weekend when he received his offer.
A freshman at Bonita, Mikhail accumulated 75 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two interceptions, a pass deflection, three fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. Mikhail made a big step forward as a sophomore, totaling 112 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, one interception, four pass deflections and three forced fumbles.
Mikhail has added 675 yards and seven touchdowns on 51 receptions and 200 yards on 23 carries over the past two seasons.
CalHiSports included Mikhail in their All-State First Team this fall, while MaxPreps made him a First Team All-American. Mikhail was also named San Gabriel Valley Tribune Defensive Player of the Year and Mountain West League Defensive MVP.
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Mikhail is ranked as a four star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals and On3 but in the 247Sports Composite he is a five star recruit. In the 247Sports Composite, Mikhail is ranked #4 in California, #3 in linebacker in the country, and #29 in his class.
At 6ft 3, 215 pounds, Mikhail is the second tallest defensive player in California in the Class of 2025. He has previously accepted an invitation to the 2025 All-American Bowl.
UCLA had not offered the prospect of a Class of 2025 before this week, but staff have now reached that stage in recruiting two players — Mikhail and quarterback Husan Longstreet.
Linebacker is a position of experience and depth for the Bruins in 2023, but Darius Muasau, Kain Medrano, JonJon Vaughns, Ale Kaho and Oluwafemi Oladejo will all have exhausted their eligibility by 2025. The inside linebackers coach did his best to add a layer of young depth to his group this offseason, despite signing Tre Edwards, Solomone Malafu, Ty Lee and Donavyn Pellot in December.
UCLA hasn’t had a signing from a five-star defenseman since cornerback Darnay Holmes in 2017.
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