Tuesday Recruiting Buzz

We have word on where a couple of out-of-state prospects could be leaning, and also have some updated information on offensive line recruiting...

Josh Wariboko, one of UCLA's top OL targets, from Oklahoma, is in town for the B2G Elite Camp. He went by Westwood on Friday, and hung out with some players, but didn't contact the coaches, since that would be a violation by NCAA rules. He could go by UCLA after the B2G Camp today or tomorrow and talk with the coaches. Wariboko has yet to meet Jim Mora in person, and we've heard from a source close to the Wariboko recruitment that there's a possibility the #10-ranked guard prospect in the country could verbally commit if he does, indeed, meet Mora.

UCLA is doing well with Sotonye Jamabo, the nation's #2-ranked running back, from Texas. Also in town for the B2G Camp, he also went by UCLA before the camp but only hung with current players. As he implied in his interview from the camp, UCLA and Notre Dame are probably the leaders, but we've heard that Jamabo is a big-city, L.A.-type of kid, and that UCLA probably has the edge for him at this point.

Drew Richmond.
We've heard that Drew Richmond, the top UCLA OL target from Tennessee, personally wants to be at UCLA, but he's close with his family and, right now, that factor has Alabama leading for him.

Connor Williams, the offensive line prospect from Texas, is expected to come to UCLA and participate in the Elite Lineman Camp this Sunday.

We're hearing even more that Dru Samia, the offensive line prospect from NorCal, will almost certainly get an offer at UCLA's camp, now that his academics look fine.

Roquan Smith, the linebacker from Georgia, is expected to start his unofficial visit this weekend. We continue to hear that UCLA is doing very well with him, and could actually be leading for him.

The #2-ranked cornerback in the country, Kendall Sheffield, from Texas, has every elite program in the country pursuing him. He keeps saying he intends to uofficially visit UCLA this summer and, if that's the case, the Bruins would have a good shot at being one of his five official visits.

As we reported last week, UCLA has continued to recruit Darrin Paulo, the offensive lineman from NorCal, despite having two ACL tears in his high school career. We haven't seen him in person (almost no one has), but we've heard from scouts we trust that, despite the two knee injuries, Paulo is a very good prospect, with good quickness for his mammoth size (6-6, 320). UCLA could be the leader here, with USC the other top competitor.

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