A Look At UCLA's Official Visitors

Here's a quick rundown of the official visitors for UCLA's second recruiting weekend of January, and it's a mixture of commits to UCLA and other schools and top targets...

UCLA will host their second official visit weekend of January, when they host six players, one committed and five uncommitted.

Included in that list is the top offensive lineman left on the recruiting board, a commit to UCLA, a commit to an ACC school and a commit to another Pac-10 school.

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

Committed Recruits

Raymond Nelson, TE, Modesto (Calif.) Christian.  Nelson committed to the Bruins back in August and is the lone tight end commit for UCLA.  He had offers from most of the Pac-10, but the younger brother of basketball player Reeves Nelson sought Westwood for his college future.  Instead of visiting last weekend, Nelson picked this weekend so he could see some basketball games while on campus.

Uncommitted Recruits

Cyrus Hobbi, OL, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro. The #6 offensive guard in the country, and UCLA's biggest fish left on the offensive recruiting board, Hobbi will be taking his final official visit this weekend.  He's previously visited Arizona State and last weekend visited USC.  There were rumors he committed to USC but he denied those.  Arizona State is still thought to be the team to beat for the local kid, but UCLA will play up the Arizona kid to UCLA angle (likely using Rick Neuheisel, Brett Hundley and his former Saguaro teammate Kody Innes), to try and sway him.

J.B. Salem, DE, Newport Beach (Calif.) Newport Harbor. Salem committed to Stanford very early in the process, and has been solid to the Cardinal for some time.  But with Jim Harbaugh leaving Palo Alto, and Salem still not knowing if he's been admitted into Stanford, he'll take an official visit to Westwood this weekend.  If UCLA offers him, that gives him a good option should he not be admitted to Stanford.  He has said that if he's admitted to Stanford, that's where he'll go, but time is running short for him.

Blair Holliday, WR, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian.  Like Salem, Holliday gave an early commitment to a school, verballing to Duke before the season started.  Holliday has made no bones about UCLA being his favorite school growing up, but he committed to Duke without a UCLA offer.  After a big senior season, which he helped the Lions win the CIF-SS title, the Bruin staff caught notice and offered him in December.  He said he's still solid to Duke, but a good visit and the local feel that UCLA has to offer could soften that feeling.

Jerry Neuheisel, QB, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola.  Neuheisel was originally slated to visit UCLA officially last weekend, but got ill so pushed it back to this week. 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.

Steven Manfro, RB, Valencia (Calif.).  One of the most productive backs in the Southland, Manfro is coming off a season in which he broke former Cal star Shane Vereen's school records and helped the Vikings to the CIF-SS semifinals.  His other offer is from Wyoming, but UCLA, should they offer, would definitely make a big impression on the diminutive yet productive back from the Santa Clarita Valley.


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