Smith really has exploded on the scene after a great junior season, and is a hard-hitting, athletic force inside. Picture a more athletic Eric Kendricks. The country is on him now, but the word is that UCLA is doing very well with him, constantly in contact with Mora and the UCLA staff. The visit this weekend could prove critical in making sure that UCLA remains near the top of his list as hometown pressure begins to tighten. The Bruins have made him a priority from day one, with the Bruins being the first to offer him.
The #2 tackle prospect in the west, James has offers from all over the country. He already visited UCLA once when he was in town for the Nike Camp, and UCLA is doing well with him. There's no feeling that he's an early-commmitment type. Coach Adrian Klemm and Coach Taylor Mazzone are on James and making him a priority. He's not LDS so BYU doesn't necessarily have an advantage with James. He has a top six of UCLA, USC, Utah, Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and the visit this weekend is a potentially good sign of his continued interest in the Bruins.
We've heard that UCLA is doing well with Richmond, but that Alabama could be leading over the Bruins. Interestingly, Richmond says he wants to announce a decision September 9th, which doesn't leave other schools much time to enter the picture with Richmond. As of right now, it seems as if it'll be a UCLA-Alabama battle for the tackle. He likely won't participate in camp activities this weekend, instead spending the time hanging out with the coaching staff and players.
On his trip to Texas in May, Klemm offered Williams, an athletic prospect who is garnering more and more offers this spring. He's a former tight end with very good feet, and would be a good fit in UCLA's OL, which requires athleticism. Williams' sister lives in Los Angeles, as a flight attendant, so there's a pretty significant connection to the area. He'll visit this weekend, though it's undecided at the moment whether he'll end up camping.
In addition to those unofficial visitors, we've gathered a few other names that should be coming to the camp on Sunday. The list is incomplete, but should give you an idea of the kind of talent coming into Westwood this weekend.
Josh Wariboko, 6'3, 305,
Dru Samia, 6'4, 275,
Fred Ulu-Perry, 6'2.5, 305,
Jack Dreyer, 6'8, 280,
Kieffer Longson, 6'7, 300,
Clayton Johnston, 6'6, 255,
Darrin Paulo, 6'6, 320,