A Look At UCLA's Official Visitors

Here's a quick rundown of the official visitors for UCLA's first big recruiting weekend of January, and it's a mixture of commits and top targets...

UCLA will host what is to date, their biggest official visit weekend, when they host 12 prospects, four committed, eight uncommitted.

Included in the list is the top pure corner in the West, a five-star defensive end and a four-star receiver among others.

Here is a look at who's expected in Westwood this weekend.

Committed Recruits

Jacob Brendel, OL, Plano (Tex.) East.  Brendel is a player that UCLA fans have been curious about for some time, as he gave an early verbal, but said he was open to other options, namely schools closer to his Texas home.  But we've heard in the last week, that Brendel is rock solid to the Bruins and will sign with them in February, which is a big get with two of their lineman decommitting.

Ryan Hofmeister, LB, Riverside (Calif.) Community College.  The lone JC player so far in this class, Hofmeister signed with UCLA last month and will be enrolling in March, in time for him to participate in spring practice.

Torian White, OL, Lakewood (Calif.) High.  One of the most crucial visitors this weekend for UCLA, White has been committed to the Bruins since last June, but other schools are wooing him. He's visited Arizona and plans to visit Oregon State and USC too before Signing Day.  His upside is pretty high, so UCLA would like to keep him on board.

Ben Wysocki, OL, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High.  Another one of UCLA's committed linemen, Wysocki had a great senior season and was selected to the NUC All-World Gridiron Classic and excelled there.  He's a solid commit to the Bruins and could end up challenging for playing time at any of the three offensive line spots.

Uncommitted Recruits

Fou Fonoti, OL, Cerritos (Calif.) College. This will be the next-to-last visit for Fonoti, who's also visited Arizona, Washington State and Michigan State and will trip to Rutgers next weekend.  The three-star JC tackle comes from the same high school program as Alterraun Verner, Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair, and they're hoping he works out better than Darryl Jackson did, a teammate of Fonoti who was a commit to UCLA before switching in November to Oregon State.

Faigame Lopa, DE, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant.  The Bruins are locked into a battle with Arizona State and Oregon State for Lopa, who's had 40+ sacks the last two years on a vaunted Pacers defensive line.  He'll visit Oregon State next weekend with some of his Grant teammates.  He plays defensive end, but he has the body type to play inside down the road.

Devin Lucien, WR, Encino (Calif.) Crespi.  One of UCLA's highest rated prospects on the board, Lucien is a four-star receiver who's big senior year has helped him emerge as a top prospect.  He's visited Arizona State and Kentucky already and will visit Colorado and Michigan the next two weekends before announcing on January 31st.  UCLA would love to keep him close to home.

Stefan McClure, DB, Vista (Calif.) High.  One of the premier defensive backs nationally, McClure has been one of UCLA's prime targets for most of the recruiting cycle.  He's been their primary corner target as well, and he showed why with a big senior year and a stellar showing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  This will be his last visit and he'll make his decision next week.  Cal is the primary competition, but UCLA is in a good position with him.

Jermauria Rasco, DE, Shreveport (Louisiana) Evangel Christian. While Rasco may be a longshot, UCLA is still more than happy to have him visit this weekend.  The five-star defensive end shined in San Antonio last week and he and McClure played together on the West, so UCLA is hoping to make a big impression on him.

Danny Shelton, DT, Auburn (Wash.) High.  A commit to Washington, Shelton was the best player at UCLA's Lineman Camp during the summer, and UCLA went and saw him play the night after the Washington-UCLA game.  Still, this is likely nothing more than a visit to take a visit, with Shelton ending up a Dawg.

Jerry Neuheisel, QB, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola.  The most familiar name on this list, Neuheisel has taken an official visit to Idaho already but it's well known that UCLA was his dream school, for obvious reasons.  He's been offered as a greyshirt, but his standing with UCLA is one of the more unique of any player the Bruins have ever recruited, again, for obvious reasons.

Conor McDermott, OL/TE, Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth -- Conor is the younger brother of current UCLA walk-on tight end/long snapper Kevin McDermott.  Much like his brother, not much was known about him prior to coming to Westwood.


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