This weekend marked the first time this year that college coaches were allowed to head out on the road to watch high school games. Here's the scoop on where the coaches were, who they saw, and where certain recruitments stand as of today.
*Noel Mazzone went to Arizona to check in on Desert Mountain and its quarterback, Kyle Allen. We've heard that UCLA is not giving up in the chase for Allen, despite the apparent solidity of his commitment to Texas A&M. Mazzone also checked in on Tyler Whiley, who committed to Arizona State in July after months of talk that he was a heavy UCLA lean. We've heard that UCLA could still have a chance there.
In terms of 2014 quarterbacks, we've also heard that, despite his difficulties in the first game of the year, UCLA will take another look at Chaminade quarterback Brad Kaaya, given the need for a 2014 quarterback. Kaaya had a big game on Friday night against Brady White from Hart, and it looks like the UCLA coaches will be out to see him again sometime in the next few weeks.
*Adrian Klemm and Demetrice Martin checked in on St. John Bosco in its matchup against Clovis North on Friday. Klemm was there to see and be seen by offensive lineman Damien Mama and Martin is still not giving up on Cal DB commit Jaleel Wadood.
Here's what Greg Biggins had to say about the game: Mama was very impressive, I think he had 6 pancake blocks on Bosco's first 8 plays. Wadood doesn't have the elite measureables in terms of size and speed but pound for pound, could be the best pure HS player in the state. He does everything well, has incredible football instincts and is very tough. DL Jacob Tuioti Mariner was very impressive for Bosco, by far their best d-lineman tonight and I wouldn't be surprised if UCLA gave him a serious look moving forward.
UCLA is not currently in Tuioti-Mariner's top three, per Biggins' story from talking with the defensive lineman.
Bosco transfer and 2015 offensive lineman Zach Robertson, who came in from Mayfair this year and will have to sit out, looks like a big kid, and we've heard that UCLA will take a look at him.
Clovis North's defensive tackle Jacob Daniel, who's a big time 2015 recruit, didn't get much going against Bosco's stout offensive line. UCLA is recruiting him, and he looks like he'd be a potential nose tackle given his already considerable size.
*Martin saw El Cerrito (Adarius Pickett) vs. Bellarmine Prep on Saturday. We've heard that he also saw D.J. Calhoun while he was there, who had a good game. From what we've heard, there could be some interest in UCLA from Calhoun, despite his USC commitment, but the question is whether UCLA will reciprocate the interest. We've heard there could be other linebackers higher on UCLA's board than Calhoun.
*Linebackers coach and Special Teams coordinator Jeff Ulbrich was at Orange Lutheran (Keisean Lucier-South) vs. Damien (Tanner Carew, long snapper). Carew is Chris Rubio's No. 1 long snapper in 2014, and he is committed to Oregon. Lucier-South has been hailed as an Anthony Barr-type linebacker for UCLA's system. He attended UCLA's game against Nevada last weekend, which was his first college football game.
*We continue to hear that UCLA is doing very well with Kenny Young, the linebacker from River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian. From what we've heard, Young has developed a very close relationship with Ulbrich.
*Taylor Mazzone was in attendance for games both Friday and Saturday night. Friday, he took in the Bishop Gorman (Alize Jones, Randall Cunningham) vs. Santa Margarita (2016 quarterback K.J. Costello) game. Then, Saturday, he watched the Corona Centennial (Barry Ware, Viane Talamaivao, Tre Watson) vs. St. Bonaventure (Bryce Dixon) game. We've heard that UCLA might have to overcome some obstacles in the Talamaivao recruitment since he was an early UCLA lean and the Bruins didn't show as much interest earlier on. Talamaivao, if you'll remember, is close with Mama and Kammy Delp, who's likely a UCLA lean. Watson had a very big game, rushing for over 400 yards and 7 touchdowns. The Cal commit has left his options open with regard to visits, and it wouldn't be a shock if he ultimately decided that he wanted to switch his commitment to another school.
*Lou Spanos went to the Mission Hills vs. Rancho Bernardo game to check out 2014 linebackers Fred Warner and Ricky Liuchan and 2015 defensive back Dechaun Holiday. Liuchan is an Oregon State commit and Warner is committed to BYU. Holiday is already projected as one of the top cornerback prospects in the West in 2015, and he's listing UCLA among his favorites. Eric Yarber and Steve Broussard both went to the Long Beach Poly (Juju Smith, others) vs. Servite game.
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