Recruiting Buzz Word

We have some considerable buzz coming out of the Nike Camp, UCLA's unofficial visits over the weekend, and some out-of-state speedsters UCLA is pursuing...

-- UCLA is definitely trying to find some fast, game-breaking types of receivers. They're pursuing Christian Kirk, the 5-11, 197-pounder from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro, and are probably among his two leaders, right there with Texas A&M.

At the Nike Camp Sunday, it was pretty interesting that, in the one-on-ones, every time Kirk took a rep he did it with Josh Rosen, the quarterback from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, throwing him the ball. Rosen, as everyone knows, will commit to UCLA March 20th, so it's significant that Rosen and Kirk were connecting up on Sunday.

-- In fact, the other receiver Rosen obviously was arranging to throw to was Cordell Broadus, the 6-3, 187-pounder from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. Broadus is obviously a bigger receiver, but is among the handful of best in the west.

Ryan Newsome
-- In terms of the faster, shiftier receivers, we've heard that UCLA has really become a factor in the recruitment of Ryan Newsome, the 5-9, 175-pound prospect from Aledo (Tex.). Currently ranked a four-star and the #26 receiver in the nation, Newsome definitely fills the role as the speed-burner type, having run 40s consistently in the 4.4s. UCLA has offered Newsome and is pursuing him aggressively, and while the rest of the country -- like Florida State, Notre Dame, Oregon, and the Texas schools -- have discovered him, we're hearing that UCLA and Jim Mora have a connection to Newsome and is on his very short list.

-- Another fast athlete UCLA is pursuing is T.J. Simmons, the 6-1, 185-pounder from Lakeland (Fla.) Lakeland Christian School. Scout.com has Simmons ranked as a running back, but he's also projected as a slot receiver, and is a big-time track athlete, running consistently at 10.8 in the 100 meters. When he received a UCLA offer earlier this month, he said: ""I am excited about it. I look forward to taking a visit during the season and just taking my time with this process. I like the school and where they are headed. I have never been to Los Angeles, but we'll see how it goes."

The big contender is local favorite Florida, while Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and others have offered.

-- We're hearing that UCLA has stepped up its recruitment of Isaiah Langley, the cornerback from Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill. He recently received offers from Florida State, Oklahoma and Notre Dame, and local Cal will be involved, while UCLA is now also going after him hard. The 6-0, 175-pound Langley is in the competition as the best cover corner in the west at this point, while he could also easily make an impact in that slot receiver role.


From Scout.com's Chad Simmons:

Drew Richmond started being recruited when he was a freshman. He is on the back end of his junior year and he has narrowed his list down to 11.

Here is who made the cut; "Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Memphis, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and UCLA," said Richmond.

No order right now he confirmed.

The 6-foot-6, 290 pound offensive tackle out of Memphis (Tenn.) University plans to commit on September 9, 2014. That is a special day to him, one of his close friends passed away on that day in 2009.

Richmond is scheduled to visit Auburn at the end of March and then trip to Clemson and Tennessee the first half of Tennessee.

He is a four-star on Scout, the No. 11 offensive tackle in the country.


-- UCLA had many unofficial visitors this weekend, with recruits in town for the Nike Camp Sunday.

Cassius Peat, the outside linebacker from Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol, visited UCLA Saturday and the report is that the visit went very well and that, in fact, UCLA could be Peat's leader at this point.

Andre James
-- Two of UCLA's top offensive line targets visited: Keenan Walker, the #1 OL in the west, from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral, and four-star Andre James from Herriman (Utah). We heard that the visits went very well, and that there were some indications that UCLA is on the short list for both of them. The feeling with Walker is that it could be tough to get him out of Arizona, and he'll probably keep his recruitment pretty close to the vest. With James, though, we're hearing UCLA is clearly a serious player and he has no qualms about leaving the state of Utah. UCLA Quarterbacks Coach Taylor Mazzone has been doing much of the heavy lifting in both of their recruitments, along with OL coach Adrian Klemm.

-- Thomas Toki, the defensive tackle from Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis, visited UCLA on Saturday. On Sunday Toki participated in the Nike Camp and did well, despite looking about 5-11. Toki is verbally committed to Washington State, but the word is that UCLA would have a very good chance of getting a commitment from him if they went after him hard.

-- Kyahva Tezino, the linebacker/safety prospect from Los Angeles Salesian, stopped by UCLA, and we heard UCLA is clearly in his top four. Arizona might be the school to beat at this point, but, like with Toki, if UCLA went really hard after him they'd almost certainly have a very good chance. Tezino, at about 6-0.5 is a bit of a tweener.

-- Bolu Olorunfunmi, the 6-0, 210-pound running back prospect from Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North, recently received a UCLA offer. We've heard he could be close to committing to UCLA, but a USC offer might derail that a bit. The thing is, Olorunfunmi is, really, the first running back in the west UCLA has offered. if Olorunfunmi doesn't commit soon we could easily see UCLA moving on to targeting other running backs and Olorunfunmi missing on the opportunity. In other words, if Olorunfunmi wants to be a Bruin he should probably snatch it up pretty quickly.

-- Jacob Daniel, the defensive tackle also from Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North, is saying UCLA is among his finalists, but we are pretty certain he's destined for USC. He had committed to the USC coaches when they were at Washington. Daniel, physically, looks like an offensive guard more than a defensive tackle.

-- We've heard that UCLA is clearly one of the leaders, if not the leader, for Dechaun Holiday, the 6-2, 190-pound defensive back from San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills.

-- We've also heard that UCLA is doing very well with Osa Masina, the linebacker from Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton. Masina visited UCLA two weekends ago and the word is that his family loved it, even though it was pouring rain at UCLA that day.


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