Could UCLA Finish with 5 Five-Stars?

The Bruins have a legitimate chance to finish the recruiting season with a considerable "boom!," potentially landing five five-star prospects between now and Signing Day...

UCLA has a legitimate chance to end the recruiting season with five five-star recruits.

That wouldn't suck.

Here are the chances with the Fab Five:

Joe Mixon
RB, 6-2, 210, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom
National Position Ranking: 5

Right now UCLA is in a good spot for Mixon. Jim Mora and a huge contingent of his staff visited Mixon in December, and then new UCLA running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu made another visit with offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, who has taken over a big responsibility of Mixon's recruitment. It's believed that it's between UCLA and Cal right now, with the Bears selling the local angle and that they aren't a running team because they need a big-time running back. UCLA is selling that a big-time running back is the one piece to a potential national championship puzzle in 2014. Others involved are Oklahoma and Wisconsin, and USC was still trying. Mixon is set to announce at the U.S. Army Bowl January 4th. We have a sneaking suspicion it's going to be Cal, but it could go either to the Bears or Bruins.

Malachi Dupre
WR, 6-3, 195, River Ridge (Louisiana) John Curtis Christian
National Position Ranking: 1

The #1 receiver in the country would definitely be another piece to the puzzle for 2014. The word for sometime is that it's between UCLA and LSU for Dupre, with Alabama, Ole Miss and Florida State still recruiting him. The sentiment in Louisiana is that he's already verbally committed to LSU, but sources we have are confident he's going to UCLA. He hasn't taken any official visits and doesn't have much time to get them all in. The only visit he has planned so far is to UCLA on the last weekend (Jan. 31st) before Signing Day. We know it's a monumental task to take a Louisiana kid away from LSU, but we think UCLA has a legitimate chance to get it done. His teammate, linebacker Kenny Young, we believe is a lean to UCLA, which could be an influence (Curtis defensive back Mattrell McGraw is also deciding between UCLA and Oregon). The plans is for Dupre to announce on Signing Day, at his high school, and it could be a blue-and-gold type of experience at Curtis on that day.

Rashaan Evans
LB, 6-3, 220, Auburn (Ala.)
National Position Ranking: 1

If you're talking about it being a tough task to take a five-star away from his hometown SEC program, that's the case with Evans. UCLA was doing very well for Evans for a while, especially after a very good official visit in September. Then Auburn made a big run with all of the press it's gotten in the last few weeks. Amazingly, Evans this week said UCLA had re-taken a slight edge. He just visited Georgia and has upcoming visits to Alabama and Ole Miss. He has been by Auburn's campus a number of times. Again, it's going to be tough for UCLA to withstand the pressure for Evans to stay and play at Auburn, but UCLA linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich has been a powerful force in Evans' recruitment, along with Jim Mora. Also, being able to tell Evans that he'd have a chance to come in and immediately be the next Anthony Barr, which isn't a stretch since Evans is a very talented kid, is a pretty effective pitch. The fact that, after all of the Auburn hoopla and the Georgia visit, he's still very interested in UCLA, to the point he says the Bruins have an edge, is a very encouraging indication. UCLA has a legit chance to get Evans.

Solomon Thomas
DE, 6-3, 256, Coppell (Tex.)
National Position Ranking: 5

Thomas had a very good official visit to UCLA last weekend, accompanied by his mother, which was key. Stanford is thought to be the long-time leader, but they haven't offered Thomas yet. We'll see if it's a case of Stanford doing its thing of waiting until the official visit to inform the prospect he's been admitted, but there is a thought that he might not get past Stanford's admissions. He also plans to visit Arkansas and Ohio State, who is a late-comer to the party. With the new dead period, he'll have three weekends to take those three visits. We'd have to still feel that Stanford is the leader until we hear otherwise, but if he can't qualify for Stanford we believe, as of this moment, UCLA would be the choice.

Michiah Quick
WR, 5-11, 170, Fresno (Calif.) Central East
National Position Ranking: 5

Quick is one of UCLA's top targets in the 2014 class and the effort they've shown in his recruitment lately has been evident. The Bruin private plane carried Mora and five assistants to an in-home visit with Quick, and then area recruiter Angus McClure stopped by again after that – all within the last two weeks. Quick had UCLA leading prior to the visits, but the word was that the visits had a huge impact on Quick and solidified it more. He's visited Alabama, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, and UCLA weathered that and remained the leader, with Notre Dame and Oklahoma rounding out the top three. He'll visit UCLA in January, during one of UCLA's big recruiting weekends, and the recent word is that he'll also now officially visit USC, with the Trojans trying to make a late push. As of right now, UCLA is the odds-on favorite for Quick.

If UCLA happened to pull off a five five-star coup, it would be a recruiting finish that would rival some of the best recruiting finishes in recent years by any program. It's only happened nine times in the last five years, that programs have brought in five or more five-star prospects in any given recruiting season. It would definitely help to elevate UCLA into the national recruiting rarified air.


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