Official Visit Weekend Recap

We broke the news on the commitment of the Miami transfer offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche, and here's the skinny on every official visitor from the past weekend...

UCLA had a successful recruiting weekend.

It had seven official visitors on hand, and it received a verbal commitment from one.

Malcolm Bunche, OL, 6-6, 330, University of Miami (graduate transfer)
Bunche told us Sunday night he'll transfer to UCLA. Bunche, an experienced college player who started and played quite a bit at Miami, will at the very least provide experienced depth at tackle next season, which is key, since injuries at tackle last season had a big impact. It also helps to soften the blow of losing Xavier Su'a-Filo to the NFL. Whether Bunche is able to supplant a projected starter at tackle – like Torian White or Simon Goines – remains to be seen. But given that it's only for one year, and it won't really hinder UCLA in recruiting the 204 prospects – or 2015 prospects, for that matter – it's a great addition to have specifically to provide quality depth for the 2014 season. Here's the story we did on Bunche breaking the news of his commitment: Latest on Bunche

Kolton Miller, OL, 6-8, 280, Roseville (Calif.)
UCLA needs tackles, and Miller is among a handful of the best in the west at the position still available. Miller emerged during his senior season, and quickly became a target for many high-majors, including UCLA, as well as Nebraska, Oregon and much of the Pac-12. He visited Wisconsin and Oregon State previously, and it was thought that Oregon State was the leader until UCLA came on him aggressively. The visit this weekend might very well have sealed the deal for the Bruins, with the Miller family raving about the visit. Going into it, the feeling was that, if Miller had a good visit to UCLA, it could garner a commitment, and at this point it's a good bet it will happen. Miller has an official visit lined up for this weekend, to Oregon, but we believe he could verbally commit to the Bruins before that, and there's a strong chance it could happen when Jim Mora and offensive line coach Adrian Klemm have an in-home with Miller on Thursday. If he goes on his visit to Oregon, of course, anything can happen, but the feeling is that he'll still be a Bruin. The family's plan, if he does go on the Oregon visit, is to announce on next Monday. Miller Recaps UCLA Visit

Mora with Kolton Miller.
Aaron Sharp, QB, 6-3, 195, Houston (Tex.) Summer Creek

The reports we've heard was that Sharp was really enjoying himself during the weekend and he made indications that UCLA was on the top of his list. That could just be official visit glow, but we'd have to think that UCLA has a very good chance here. One thing to know: Sharp is verbally committed to Kansas State, but we had heard if he went on an official visit elsewhere KSU intended to pull his offer. So, it might be over with the Wildcats. Sharp is scheduled to visit Washington this coming weekend, so it could be between UCLA and Washington.

Nathan Starks, RB, 6-0, 195, Englewood (Col.) Cherry Creek, Committed,
It was a big weekend for the running back prospect. UCLA took a commitment from him after the U.S. Army All-American Game, without really knowing him that well. So his official visit to UCLA was critical, not only for Starks for but UCLA's coaches to get a good feeling from the prospect. From what we've heard, the visit couldn't have gone better. Starks told us he was knocked out by the visit, that it was "home" for him. We've heard he was very impressive personally, too, coming off smart, articulate and particularly driven. Starks has a bit of something to prove, since he was considered an elite prospect that fell from grace a bit with some off-the-field issues. The word from those close to him is that he's been a bit humbled by the experience, and that it has made him appreciate his opportunity with football, which is a great mindset and motivation for a incoming recruit to have. Stark Raves About UCLA Visit

Cameron Griffin, LB, 6-3, 210, L.A. View Park, Committed,
An athlete with some considerable upside, Griffin was a guy that really emerged during his season season. He had been verbally committed to San Diego State, but UCLA offered him mid-season and, being his dream school, he flipped pretty quickly. That was all good, but it's even better when a recruit like this then looks good and plays well in an All-American game like the Semper Fidelis Game, and then comes on his official visit and looks physically impressive and handles himself impressively. Griffin Talks UCLA Visit

Jordan Lasley, WR, 6-1, 185, Gardena (Calif.) Serra, Committed
It was a critical visit for the Serra receiver. He had been considered a soft verbal commitment for sometime, because he had intended to visit elsewhere. USC's previous staff had been recruiting him, and the new staff had shown some interest, and Lasley grew up a USC fan. But a combination of USC having scholarship restrictions because of NCAA sanctions and Lasley's personal relationship with Mora kind of sealed the deal, and from what we've heard the deal-sealing happened during his official visit. Serra sources say that Mora has been instrumental in Lasley's recruitment, in establishing a really good bond with the kid. We spoke with Lasley about his UCLA visit and the story is coming up.

Denzel Fisher, DB, 6-2, 170, Compton Centennial, Committed,
The UCLA official visit was also a key one for the UCLA-committed defensive back. Fisher has been considered a soft verbal at times over the last several months as a result of him considering other schools because of UCLA's depth in the secondary. He visited Utah and Washington State, and was supposed to also visit Oregon State. The Cougars were really hitting Fisher hard for the last month. The UCLA official visit was supposed to go a long way in cementing Fisher's UCLA commitment. We spoke with Fisher and have an upcoming story.

Recruits on weekend official visits.


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