Preview: This Weekend's Visits

UCLA will have five visitors this weekend, one 2014 commit, four remaining 2014 targets and a big-time 2015 prospect...

It's the final weekend for visitors.  It's UCLA's last chance to make an impression.

And it's the weekend that UCLA has been gearing up for.

Even though a few official visitors have cancelled, and a couple of unofficial visits are no longer being taken, there is still a stellar group of visitors.

Of the five visitors, only one is a UCLA commit, Tuoiti-Mariner. 

Two others are commits to other schools, Kalen Ballage (Arizona State) and Davon Godchaux (LSU).

And then there are the two John Curtis Christian teammates, Malachi Dupre and Kenny Young.

And of course, there could be an unofficial visitor or two from the already committed ranks, like Jaleel Wadood.

Here is a look at who's visiting this weekend:


Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive end Jacob Tuioti-Mariner

Few players in the West upped their stock as much as Tuioti-Mariner did this fall.  Still somewhat of an unknown when the season started, he had a huge senior season where helped the Braves win the CIF State Open Division title and end the year with a 16-0 record.  He was offered the weekend the Braves won the CIF-SS Pac-5 title, when UCLA coaches got to see him play and then he committed earlier this month.  Tuioti-Mariner has a high ceiling and was catching fire on the recruiting trail before he committed to the Bruins.  He's one of two players in the top 110 nationally by Scout from Bosco that has committed to UCLA, joining Wadood. 

Falcon (Colo.) running back Kalen Ballage

A commit to Arizona State, Ballage has visited Nebraska (in December) and Washington (last weekend), and will take his final official visit to UCLA this weekend.  While he said he remains solid to the Sun Devils, the Bruins have been making a big push for him, thanks largely to Kennedy Polamalu, who was looking at him when he was still at USC.  UCLA already has one running back commitment from Colorado in Nathan Starks, but would love to add Ballage as the thunder to Starks' lightning.  The Bruin coaches met with him last week at his home and have the last shot at him this weekend.

River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian receiver Malachi Dupre

Dupre is the Bruins top receiver target, and has been for the better part of the year, and they get their one last chance with him this weekend.  Dupre, a five-star ranked No. 2 nationally, has been to UCLA a couple of times on his own dime for unofficial visits but now gets the red carpet treatment.  He's visited LSU, Alabama, Florida State and Ole Miss, earlier this week, a major blitz in January that will have his UCLA visit be his fifth visit in the past 14 days.  Dupre will announce on Signing Day.  UCLA has had a couple of in-home visits with him and have made it clear that he's their top priority.  Given his co-passenger on his flight from Louisiana, he's also clearly LSU's top priority. Dupre told Scout last week that his Florida State visit was his best.

River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian linebacker Kenny Young

Outside of Tuioti-Mariner being a commit, the player visiting the most likely to end up at UCLA is Young, who, like Dupre, has taken a number of unofficial visits to Westwood.  He's been leaning towards UCLA for some time and the Bruin staff would love to wrap it up this weekend.  Should he sign with the Bruins, he will be the third U.S. Army All-American linebacker the Bruins will bring in for the 2014 class, with Zach Whitley and Dwight Williams.  He's been one of UCLA's main out-of-state targets for some time and the feeling by most is that he'll be announcing for the Bruins on Signing Day.

Plaquemine (La.) defensive tackle Davon Godchaux

Godchaux has visited UCLA unofficially, doing so last spring, but he's also committed to LSU, so the Tigers are in the drivers seat.  That said, he's visited Ole Miss (during the season), Auburn (two weeks ago) and will close it out with an official visit to UCLA this weekend.  Of the three Louisiana visitors, he's the longest shot for the Bruins, but they're still trying with him and with his two fellow Bayou State natives on the visit with him, they're clearly hoping that the three's company will land in commitments to the Bruins.


Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Iman Marshall

The five-star Marshall is the top defensive back prospect in the West in the 2015 class.  UCLA was one of his first offers and the Bruins have long been on his short list, but USC, of course, is the childhood favorite.  He'll also be visiting UCLA this weekend for their Junior Day but he plans to be in Westwood too this weekend to visit unofficially and you can bet he'll be one of UCLA's primary targets in the entire 2015 class.

***There is also the possibility of more unofficial visitors, among UCLA 2014 uncommitted targets and 2015 recruits.***


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