Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone will be in Las Vegas to take in Bishop Gorman/Santa Margarita Friday, and they have quite a few UCLA prospects to watch. UCLA-committed tight end Alize Jones lit it up last week, and has looked dominating this season. He took a visit to Notre Dame two weeks ago and the thought is that the Fighting Irish have a legit chance to steal Jones from the Bruins. UCLA has been recruiting Bishop Gorman receiver Cordell Broadus aggressively, and sources are saying he’s still relatively committed – albeit it silently -- to UCLA. On the other side of the ball for Santa Margarita is UCLA-committed defensive end Rick Wade, who’s looked very good so far in his senior season. Santa Margarita’s quarterback, 2016 prospect K.J. Costello, has a UCLA offer and is a prime target for the Bruins, with Westlake Village Westlake’s Malik Henry looking sewn up for Notre Dame.
Quarterbacks Coach Taylor Mazzone will be in Utah to see UCLA-committed offensive lineman Andre James.
UCLA Defensive Backs Coach Demetrice Martin will spend Friday in Manvel (Tex.) to see UCLA-committed defensive back William Lockett, and elite 2016 receiver prospect Reggie Hemphill, who is a top-50 national prospect. The word is that UCLA has a legit chance at Hemphill, and he could visit UCLA when Lockett takes his official visit.
Martin is then expected at Riverside (Calif.) Poly Saturday to take in the game of athlete Ykili Ross.
UCLA just offered 2014 defensive back Tim Irvin, the four-star prospect from Miami (Fla.) Westminster School. Irvin is a little undersized at 5-9, but has some pretty good bloodlines, being the nephew of former NFL star Michael Irvin. His recruitment has been primarily Florida-based, with Florida, Florida State and Miami the primary contenders. Just speculating, but Michael Irvin works for the NFL Networks, which used to be Jim Mora’s former employer, and it’s not outlandish to believe Irvin and Mora are friends and it was that connection which spurred the UCLA offer and recruitment.
UCLA is really focusing on finding that speedy slot receiver for 2015.
UCLA won’t back down from recruiting Dominic Davis, the slot receiver from Mission Hills Alemany, despite the fact he’s verbally committed to Washington State. The word is that Davis is waffling over his commitment to Washington State and that UCLA and USC are hard on him. Davis would be the speed and elusiveness they’re looking for in the slot. The other recruit who would fill that role is Ryan Newsome, and the Bruins are doing well with the prospect from Aledo (Tex.). The Bruin coaches went to see Newsome last week while they were in the area for that little get-together at AT&T Stadium. While UCLA is doing well with Newsome, it would take a commitment from Davis in a second if he decided to flip. Newsome is, more than likely, going to wait it out until, at least, deep into January and UCLA would probably like to have that speedy slot role filled by then.
As we reported yesterday in the Newsome story on the front page, he’s officially visiting for the Arizona game (Nov. 1st). He told us that Josh Rosen, the UCLA-committed quarterback who is the #1-ranked QB in the nation and just signed with UCLA to enroll Winter Quarter, could also visit that weekend and that Rosen is his “good buddy.”
UCLA also just offered C.J. Sanders, the receiver prospect from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame, who is verbally committed to the University of Notre Dame. Sanders would also fulfill that same role, being about 5-9ish but possessing blazing speed (he ran a 4.32 40 at The Opening). It seems there is no love lost between UCLA and Notre Dame, since the two schools have clashed (and are clashing) over a number of recruits, so UCLA offering Sanders is another shot fired. Sanders moved from Tennessee earlier this year, so UCLA didn’t know that much about him until this summer, after he had committed to Notre Dame. One thing of note: He’s friends with heavy UCLA lean Cordell Broadus.
Speaking of UCLA being interested in prospects committed to other schools, UCLA is starting to show interest in Jordan Miller, the defensive back from Oceanside verbally committed to Washington. The 6-0 Miller is considered athletic for his size, but a bit narrow physically. UCLA Coach Kennedy Polamalu went to see Miller this week, but UCLA hasn’t extended an offer. The thought is that Demetrice Martin would have to probably see him in person before UCLA offered.
Offensive Line Coach Adrian Klemm will be around SoCal this week, and then in the Dallas area Friday -- and possibly Oklahoma -- to see various prospects. We’ll update you on those later in the week.
We heard that Klemm offered a JC offensive lineman Tuesday, Orange Coast College’s Zach Bateman. Bateman is a 6-7, 315-pounder originally from Estancia High School, and considered a really promising tackle prospect. He’s coached, though, by Doug Smith, the former USC coach who is the father of USC-committed offensive lineman Cole Smith. It’s thought, though, that USC won’t recruit Bateman since they don’t like to recruit JC OLs. Klemm and Doug Smith are on good terms, with Klemm having recruited Cole. Bateman was also offered by Ohio State Tuesday. He told us he grew up a fan of UCLA and USC, and recognizes UCLA’s need for a left tackle. We have a story on the way.
UCLA has started to show interest in 2015 defensive end D.J. Bailey, the 6-4, 230-pound prospect from San Juan Capistrano JSerra . Bailey is verbally committed to Yale, but the word is that, so far this season, he's playing about the level of the Ivy League. We've heard from sources at JSerra that UCLA Defensive Line Coach Angus McClure more than likely will see him Friday night. Check out clips of Bailey from his junior season here.
UCLA has been active in one of MCClure's recruiting regions -- Norther California -- having this week offered 2016 tight end/defensive end Devin Asiasi from Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, having already offered De La Salle 2016 defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa. Asiasi, currently, is ranked the #1 tight end prospect in the west for 2016, and Tagaloa the #1 DL in the west for 2016.
We’ve heard that UCLA is going very hard after Long Beach Poly defensive lineman Joseph Wicker, now that he’s exploded to start his senior season. There were some close to the situation that thought Wicker could verbally commit to UCLA when they offered recently, and it’s still believed he might pop before Thanksgiving. The top two local guys for UCLA who fill that Datone Jones-ish defensive end role are Wicker and Rasheem Green, from Gardena Serra, and while there is talk that UCLA is fading for Green, we’ve also heard that they’re working hard to stay in there, having some kind of contact with Green every day.
It will be interesting to see, in fact, if UCLA hangs on to Bryce English, the defensive lineman from Texas who is verbally committed. English verbally committed to UCLA in the summer and, at the time, it was thought to be a solid pick-up, but there has been some question about English’s upside, particularly since he looks like he’s gained a little bit of bad weight, which isn’t good for a guy who is 5-11 and 320-ish. The thought is that, if UCLA is going to go for a DL project, they’ll just take Kyon Clark, the younger brother of current UCLA defensive line monster Kenneth Clark. Kyon is 6-3 and 360, so he has good size, and has some pretty exceptional athleticism for a guy with that girth. While English looks like he’s been gaining weight, Clark has been on a training regimen and he’s shed some.
An elite national prospect, the #2-ranked defensive end in the country, CeCe Jefferson, will have season-ending surgery on his shoulder. Here’s the story by Scout’s Amy Campbell: Jefferson Out for Season
We’ve heard that Jim Mora will be out for the first time this season on Friday, so it will be very interesting to see what game and prospect(s) he chooses to prioritize.