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Coach Jim Mora will probably use a combination of commercial and private planeage to conduct his in-home visits this week.

This is what we've gathered from various sources about where Mora will be. In parenthesis is at least the one assistant we've heard will accompany him on the specific home visit:

Monday -- Seattle, Wash.

DB/WR Budda Baker
(Demetrice Martin)

Tuesday -- Houston, Tex./Auburn, Ala.

QB Aaron Sharp
(Noel Mazzone, Taylor Mazzone)
LB Rashaan Evans
(Jeff Ulbrich)

Wednesday -- Colorado

RB Nathan Starks
(Kennedy Polamalu)
RB Kalen Ballage
(Kennedy Polamalu)

Thursday –- Northern California

OL Nick Gates
(Adrian Klemm)
OL Kolton Miller
(Adrian Klemm, Angus McClure)

-- We've actually already heard how Baker's visit went with Mora and Martin Monday afternoon. From sources at Bellevue High School, Baker and his mother met with Mora and Martin -- and in fact, the word is that UCLA is looking very good for Baker. He de-committed from Oregon last Friday, and crossed off the Ducks from his list. It's thought that it's between UCLA and hometown Washington, with USC trying (USC's staff, of course, recruited Baker when they were at Washington). The thing is, Baker doesn't really even know the new Washington coaches that well, since Boise State didn't recruit him. In fact, many close to the situation in Washington feel the Huskies are on the outside looking in at UCLA. That's even after he visited Washington officially this last weekend. Baker, as of right now will visit UCLA on Jan. 31st, but could move it up and visit this weekend, too.

-- Perhaps the biggest recruiting news of the day is that Davon Godchaux, the defensive end from Louisiana, will indeed visit UCLA Jan. 31st. In fact, UCLA Defensive Line Coach Angus McClure will conduct an in-home visit with him today (Monday). Godchaux intends to officially visit UCLA with the Louisiana contingent of receiver Malachi Dupre, linebacker Kenny Young and defensive back Mattrell McGraw. Godchaux's recruitment has been volatile, and his visit plans could change. He is a verbal to Louisiana State, but a soft verbal, since he has taken other visits, like to Auburn last weekend, and intends to also visit Florida (but doesn't know when), as well as LSU next weekend. After his Auburn visit, Godchaux said: "I'm 100 percent committed to LSU, but I wanted to take a visit to Auburn before I make a final decision," he said. "It's just where I fit. I fit in good with the players there (Auburn) and I fit in with the players at LSU too. I just really want to talk an official to Florida also because it's going to be a lifetime decision."

-- We're hearing that Sharp's intentions concerning UCLA could come pretty quickly -- like even before the planned in-home with him on Tuesday. As we reported, we heard that Sharp really enjoyed his official visit to UCLA last weekend, and it was left with Sharp potentially ending his recruitment pretty quickly.

-- Kammy Delp, the offensive line prospect from Pomona Diamond Ranch, decomitted from ASU Sunday. He verbally committed to Arizona State during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, but now has opened it up and says he's considering ASU, UCLA and Washington. From Greg Biggins: I'm hearing he has already reached out to UCLA but it's still a question how hard they'll pursue him at this time. As was stated here many times, Delp was basically a silent to UCLA for months and then committed to ASU at the Semper Fi Bowl and didn't tell the Bruin staff prior to his commitment; they heard it through back channels and that may have rubbed the staff a little raw. It will be interesting to monitor from here on out.

We also heard that the primary reason he committed to ASU was the Sun Devils were recruiting him as a defensiv lineman, and that's what Delp wanted to play. We're pretty certain that UCLA won't recruit him as a defensive lineman.

-- UCLA is in the top four for Juju Smith, the five-star athlete from Long Beach Poly. It's UCLA, USC, Notre Dame and Oregon. We still have to believe USC leads, since he grew up a USC fan and his uncle is now the running backs coach there. But we keep hearing that UCLA is improving its chances with Smith. UCLA running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu is doing a very effective job at recruiting Smith. Long Beach Poly sources, too, have said that Smith has talked with Mora a few times recently and those conversations have gone really well, and that Smith was impressed. He'll visit USC this coming weekend, and probably visit UCLA unofficially during this week or next week.

Damien Mama.
-- We're hearing that UCLA chances with Damien Mama, the #1 offensive guard prospect in the country, from Bellflower St. John Bosco, might have slightly improved as of late. We still believe the Trojans are the prohibitive favorite, but the word going around St. John Bosco is that the Bruins have made a recent minor breakthrough to the point that they're not out of it, by any means.

-- It appears UCLA assistant Angus McClure, after the trip to Louisiana Monday to see Godchaux, will work his way up California this week. We've heard from sources at the high schools that he'll visit Bryce Dixon, the tight end from Ventura St. Bonaventure, who is verbally committed to USC but wavering a bit; UCLA-committed defensive lineman Ainuu Taua from Lompoc; UCLA-committed receiver Alex Van Dyke at Elk Grove Consumnes; UCLA-committed defensive back Adarius Pickett from El Cerrito; and UCLA-committed defensive end Matt Dickerson from San Mateo before he join Mora to visit Miller in Rosemont on Thursday.


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