Five Who Could Commit Early

Although it's still fairly early in the process for 2014, there are a few players who could verbally commit to UCLA soon...

Although we're just entering the recruiting season for 2014, already UCLA is in on some top prospects who could possibly commit early. While we don't expect all of these players to commit in the next month or even the next three months, these would be the most likely candidates for an early commitment.

Linebacker D.J. Calhoun (6'1, 205) El Cerrito (Calif.)
Position Rank: 19

The linebacker prospect has long been a UCLA lean, and, in fact, almost committed to UCLA on an unofficial visit to the school in November of last year. He visited USC this past weekend and didn't come away with an offer, with the Trojans saying they wanted Calhoun to come to their camp before they'd offer. After the visit, Calhoun reaffirmed that UCLA was his leader. We also know that Calhoun wants to stay local, with family close by and a sister actually attending USC. Given that he's indicated previously a willingness to commit early, all indications are that he could commit to UCLA fairly early in the process.

Defensive end/linebacker Malik Dorton (6'1.5, 220) Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Position Rank: 17

Dorton came to UCLA practices last fall, and has been a Bruins lean for quite a while. In fact, until recently, he had a UCLA cover photo on his Twitter account. UCLA was one of his early offers last fall, and, like Calhoun, he has thought about committing early. He attended USC's Junior Day this past weekend and, while he enjoyed the visit, he said that he didn't know what, if anything, would knock UCLA out of the top spot for his services. Given that he has said that he's thinking about ending his recruitment sometime in the next few weeks, indications bode well for UCLA.

Defensive tackle Ainuu Taua (6'1, 270) Lompoc (Calif.)
Position Rank: 4

Taua is another player who has listed UCLA as his leader for quite some time, with the Bruins being one of his very first offers. Taua, like Calhoun and Dorton, attended USC's Junior Day this past weekend and, like Calhoun, did not receive an offer and was told that the Trojan coaches wanted to evaluate him through the camp season before extending an offer. From what we've heard, the lack of an offer likely only extended UCLA's lead over the Trojans in Taua's recruitment. Taua has said he wants to take his official visits before committing anywhere, but we'll see if that ends up happening. He'll camp at UCLA this year.

Linebacker Dwight Williams (6'1, 212) Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Position Rank: 12

UCLA got in early with Williams, handing him his second offer in June of last year after the linebacker attended the UCLA skills camp. Williams attended many UCLA games throughout the season, and we've heard that despite having 20+ offers, the Bruins have a good chance to land him. UCLA's chances improved this past weekend, with Williams not earning an offer from USC during the Trojans' Junior Day. Williams, like Taua, has said he wants to go through the process, so getting an early commitment out of him may be a tall order.

Cornerback Adarius Pickett (5'11, 176) El Cerrito (Calif.)
Position Rank: 26

Pickett is a bit more of a wildcard since UCLA has only recently offered, but we include him in here because there's a chance that if Calhoun (Pickett's teammate) were to commit to UCLA sometime soon, it could help to sway Pickett to do the same. Pickett is high on the Bruins, but it is still fairly early in the process for him, and there will likely be plenty more offers to come. As with most of the players on this list, Pickett attended USC's Junior Day and was not offered.

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