--Tevita Halalilo, the offensive line prospect from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde, will unofficially visit UCLA this weekend and he could potentially commit. UCLA recently offered Halalilo and he comes from a family of Bruin fans as well as being close with current Bruin and former high school teammate Poasi Moala.
--UCLA, again, is targeting recruits in the state of Louisiana, and it mostly stems from Jim Mora's father having coached the New Orleans Saints for so many years and the Moras having strong ties to the area.
--UCLA is really picking up its recruitment of John Houston, the #2-ranked outside linebacker in the nation from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, with Mora personally recruiting Houston. We still think it'd be difficult to get him away from his USC lean, but it's a long ways to Signing Day.
--UCLA will probably bring in three linebackers for 2014. If UCLA can hold onto Victor Alexander, the prospect from Florida that is verbally committed, that would be one inside guy. It then would be looking for pass rushers, in that Barr-type linebacker/end mold, and that could be Keisean Lucier-South, the elite prospect from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran, Wallace or perhaps Jeffery Holland (Alexander's high school teammate at Trinity Christian). The third linebacker UCLA would take more than likely would be an inside linebacker type, but it could take the most talented prospect available. It wouldn't turn down two elite pass-rushing linebackers.
--UCLA currently has two very clear silent verbal commitments, one locally and one from out-of-state. Both are considered elite prospects and UCLA will have a good chance to keep them in the fold by Signing Day, even though next February is a long ways away.
This isn't to say that other 2015 recruits haven't indicated to UCLA that they're coming, too, but these are two we've heard that are clearly committed.
--UCLA isn't recruiting Desean Holmes, the Pasadena Muir receiver. According to many sources, it's a long shot he'll qualify academically and could be JC-bound. The word is that he would have committed to USC by this time if the Trojans were able to accept his commitment.
--UCLA is looking good with Cordell Broadus, the receiver from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman who is the son of rapper Snoop. Broadus is close with Josh Rosen, the Bellflower St. John Bosco quarterback who is strongly leaning to UCLA. At this point we know that UCLA is recruiting Broadus pretty aggressively, but it will be interesting to see if they'd take a commitment from him. UCLA currently has a stable of bigger-type backs and is the leader for L.J. Reed, the 6-3, 200-pounder from the same high school as UCLA signee Alex Van Dyke. If it got Reed it would then look to find smaller, quicker slot-type guys, but it still very well could take two X and Z types.
--After offering running back Bolu Olorunfunmi, from Fresno Clovis North, we've heard that UCLA is Olorunfunmi's leader and he could commit sooner than later. He's loosely planning to visit UCLA in the spring and we think he could verbally commit then. When considering an Olorunfunmi commitment, on one hand it makes sense since it's a skimpy group of running backs in the west and Olorunfunmi is the bigger, every-down, between-the-tackles pounder at 5-11 and 210 pounds that UCLA feels it's lacking. On the other hand, it's pretty early in the process and an Olorunfunmi commitment could be a bit premature. We'll see how Olorunfunmi looks at this weekend's Nike Camp.
--A big group of unofficial visitors is expected at UCLA on Saturday, since the recruits are in town for the Nike Camp Sunday. As we compile the list we'll share it with you.
--We made a joke Saturday on the message board about which school Rosen would pick when he announces on March 20th. We apologize if people didn't get the joke, so we'll be more straight-forward about it: Unless something completely unforeseen happens in the next two weeks, it's completely sure that Rosen will announce for UCLA.