This weekend, six of the top prospects in California will be taking an official visit to Oklahoma, a school that has made a habit of poaching California talent over the last few years.
Gardena (Calif.) Serra standouts Adoree Jackson and Dwight Williams, Fresno (Calif.) Central stars Michiah Quick and Tashon Smallwood, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon, and Lompoc (Calif.) High defensive tackle Ainuu Taua will all take in the sights and sounds of Norman this weekend.
All six of those players are priority targets for UCLA, with the Bruins just having gotten back into the race for Mixon.
We know that UCLA is the leader for Williams, and that the Bruins are doing pretty well with the other five, but it's a tricky thing with all six of them going on an official visit elsewhere. You could easily see a scenario where they all have such a great time on the visit, and are told so often that they could be a program changing class at Oklahoma, that it's a big influence on their recruitment.
On the other hand, with the Bruins at least being the leader for Williams, we could see a scenario where this is a positive. The six players might have a very good time together, but run into the issue that many of them are not particularly interested in spending four years in Norman, which might influence them to look closer to home for a common school on their lists.
It's obviously all speculation, of course. Influences for Quick and Smallwood, in particular, could be Hatari Byrd and L.J. Moore, former teammates of theirs on Fresno Central who now play for the Sooners. We know they've been a big influence thus far for Quick, so it'll be interesting to see if Oklahoma is able to seal the recruitment this weekend.
It's easy to see how key these recruits are for UCLA, as well. Mixon provides a game changer at running back that is unequaled on UCLA's current roster. Quick and Jackson are good prospects on both sides of the ball that could provide the necessary downfield playmaking ability offensively that the offense currently lacks. Smallwood and Taua, with the lack of defensive tackles on the West Coast, would provide that makings of a solid defensive line class (even if you might not end up wanting both, since they're similarly sized). Finally, Williams, who we know UCLA is doing very well with, would provide athleticism and depth at each of the linebacker positions going forward.
UCLA Targets Visiting Oklahoma
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