UCLA lands transfer pledge from wildly decorated defensive lineman
UCLA has received a transfer commitment from former Johns Hopkins defensive lineman Luke Schuermann.
A 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior, Schuermann comes to Westwood as a graduate transfer with a year of eligibility remaining. While his 2020 season was canceled because of COVID, Schuermann made the most of his time in Baltimore and left as a three-time Division III All-American.
— Luke Schuermann (@lukescherms) January 22, 2024
In three seasons with the Blue Jays, Schuermann collected 62.5 tackles for loss and 34.5 sacks. He leaves the school as Johns Hopkins’ career leader in tackles for loss and sacks. He also recorded 171 career tackles, five forced fumbles, and a blocked kick.
In 2023, he was one of 16 national finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy and was named a first-team All-American by the AFCA, the Associated Press, and D3football.com. Schuermann is a three-time All-American selection by D3football.com and a two-time selection by the AP.
He also became just the third player in Centennial Conference history to win back-to-back CC Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2021 and 2022.
His best season came in 2022, when he posted 70 tackles, 26.5 TFLs, and 14 sacks in 11 games. As a second-year player in 2021, he had 20.5 TFLs and four forced fumbles.
Schuermann has made a career out of making plays in opposing teams’ backfields, and UCLA will hope that translates. Laiatu Latu is off to the NFL after a Lombardi Award-winning campaign in 2023. He posted 34 TFLs in his two seasons with the Bruins, so there’s a hole that needs to be filled in defensive coordinator Ikaika Malloe’s new defense.
UCLA now holds 11 known transfer commitments.