Ikaika Malloe secures local LB engagement for UCLA


DeAndre Gill, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound linebacker and tight end for Kentwood High School in suburban Seattle, revealed his college pick on Tuesday, choosing UCLA.

Last May, he initially signed up with the Bruins.

Gill thinks so now.

Yet it was never a done deal before, with Gill receiving an offer from Washington and making it widely known in November, just days before the Huskies face Oregon and everything collapses for the coaching staff at Jimmy Lake.

Gill’s recruiting point for UCLA was her UW recruiter – Ikaika Malloe.

The former Husky outside linebacker coach and former linebacker / safety accepted a coaching position at UCLA after he failed to join Kalen DeBoer’s UW staff. Malloe was probably the reason Gill harbored indecision earlier, listening to him for the reasons for staying in the Northwest.

From now on, everyone will meet in Los Angeles.

For Gill, he’ll actually be returning to California after moving from Stockton in 2020 to reunite with his father and try to build momentum for recruiting in the Puget Sound area. He’s a developing 3-star player who only got four offers, but obviously the Bruins and Huskies saw something they liked.

A rookie in the 2022 class, Gill has spent a lot of time with his father, also named DeAndre, who is the junior-varsity offensive coordinator at Kentwood High. He played a six-game spring season for the Conquerors and then a full fall schedule due to the pandemic.

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