A spot where immediate playing time could be available for UCLA in 2006 is at defensive tackle.
One of their two commits at that position, Sparks (Nev.) Reed defensive tackle Jerzy Siewierski (6-2 ½, 300) took his official visit to UCLA in mid-December, and said his visit only solidified the Bruins position in his mind.
“It was fun. Real fun. I was already committed so it was a chance for me to spend some time with the coaches and get to know the D-linemen real well,” said Siewierski. “I spent a whole day with the coaches and it was real informative.”
His host was sophomore defensive end Nikola Dragovic.
“Nikola is a real cool dude. He and I are the same heritage and I got along real well with him. I also talked a little bit with Brigham Harwell and Kevin Brown,” said Siewierski.
All of UCLA’s defensive line commits were visiting the same weekend, and Siewierski said it was a good opportunity to get to know some future teammates.
“Jeff Miller and Reginald Stokes, I got to spend some time with them. Same with Darius Savage. I think we will all mesh together real well and hopefully we can be a real good team and be a dominant line for UCLA,” said Siewierski. “We want to be one of the best defensive lines in UCLA history.”
A part of defensive line coach Thurmond Moore’s first recruiting class, Siewierski said Moore was a big part of why he chose the Bruins.
“Coach Moore is first class. He’s a players coach and gets to know you on a personal level and you also learn so much from him. His players like to joke around with him, but they respect him and know when to be serious,” said Siewierski. “He hasn’t said anything about redshirting, so hopefully I can expand what my body can do and help plug up some holes.”
Siewierski also got to meet with head coach Karl Dorrell.
“Coach Dorrell is awesome. He’s calm but when he talks everyone respects him to the utmost respect. I can’t wait to play for him,” said Siewierski.
During his senior season, Siewierski had a memorable final campaign, tallying 86 tackles, nearly 30 being for loss. He also added 6.5 sacks, and a pair of forced fumbles.
“We ran a 5-2 and my job was not really to rush the passer but to hold up the linemen and let the linebackers rush the passer. I thought I did well in that,” said Siewierski
He was named an all-state defensive first team selection, and was Northern Nevada’s and his leagues Lineman of the Year.
Siewierski also played some running back for Sparks, but said that his days of carrying the ball might be over.
“I think Michael Pitre and Maurice Drew can do it well,” joked Siewierski. “But if they say that they want to use me, I’ll take it.”
Academically, Siewierski is solid with a 3.1 GPA and scored a 20 on the ACT.