Sunday Night Recruiting Notes

Hear where UCLA stands with offensive line recruits Damien Mama and Christopher Manila, as well as defensive line recruit Jacob Tuioti-Mariner...

From Greg Biggins

*2015 Bosco QB Josh Rosen is still a very solid lean to UCLA and is looking to graduate early. It's tough to do that at Bosco because they have to take a certain amount of religion courses to graduate that you don't need for college including two semesters as a senior. He has a very good relationship with Taylor Mazzone, who was at the game last night.

*Bosco DL Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, who looked very good last night, has UCLA leading pretty heavily right now. He still wants to do some trips in January and that's the only thing holding him back from making an early commitment. His family wants him close to home though and if UCLA pushed hard for a commitment, I'm sure they could get one. 

*I know I've been critical of UCLA for not dropping Dwight Williams but I have to give them major props for getting off Malik Dorton in the summer when he wanted to commit. Dorton has had a very average year and looked awful last night. He can overpower smaller OLs at this level but struggles against any kind of size and couldn't get off a block to save his life last night. 

*Hearing more and more that Damien Mama is a done deal to USC and it sounds like UCLA may back off recruiting him a bit down the stretch. I think part of that is because he's such a heavy USC lean and also because of concerns about his weight. He looks at least 380 right now and although I still like him a lot as a prospect, there is valid reasons to be concerned about what kind of shape he'll be in when he returns from his Mormon mission, which he'll take following his freshman year. If he's 330, he's an NFL player, if he continues to add weight or struggles to drop when he returns from his mission, he'll struggle at the next level.

From Brandon Huffman, on Christopher Manila:

Spoke with his coach this evening and he's en route back to Samoa from his trip to UCLA and will be back tomorrow.

On the trip, UCLA did not offer him and we're hearing it's unlikely he will be offered.

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