Brandon Huffman's update on the visits
Three of the four official visitors left Sunday night, with only Sotonye Jamabo still on campus -- he'll leave later today.
From what we're hearing each of the visits went well..
On UCLA commit Fred Ulu-Perry, we've heard that he is completely rock solid to the Bruins, and is only taking official visits because he agreed to with his family when he committed, and he has UCLA's blessing to do so. We've heard that he spent much of the weekend recruiting the other official visitors and some of the unofficial visitors at the game.
On JC offensive lineman Zach Bateman, UCLA is doing very well with him, and the feeling from most is that he'll end up a Bruin and would sign in December. Bateman is likely to visit Ohio State and most likely Florida before he makes his commitment. As a junior college player, he doesn't have as many free weekends since they play on Saturdays, but he'll be visiting those two. Still, the feeling is that he's UCLA's to lose.
On Jamabo, we heard he's having a very good visit and that UCLA's use of Paul Perkins on Saturday and focus on the running game didn't go unnoticed by him. We've heard his family is high on UCLA and their use of the running backs and knows that there is a very good opportunity for him should he pick the Bruins. He'll head back to Texas today (he got in on Saturday morning).
On Cassius Peat, we've heard he too had a good visit and UCLA is very much in the mix for him. He actually said that he'll be announcing his commitment tonight on Twitter. He had said he was going to take a couple more visits but that no longer seems to be the case. Interestingly, his announcement that he'd be making his decision Monday night came while he was still on his visits and, in fact, preparing for dinner with the UCLA coaches.
We'll have more with the visitors too.
Greg Biggins' notes about UCLA's chances with Cassius Peat, Soso Jamabo, and more
*Hearing from a few different sources that UCLA looks good to land Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol DE Cassius Peat later tonight. In fact I haven't talked to anyone who doesn't think it will be UCLA right now. If UCLA does land Peat, I think it's a very nice pickup, he has the frame to grow in to a very solid DE down the road, which is obviously a pretty big need for the team right now.
*Also heard things couldn't have gone better with Plano West (Texas) RB Soso Jamabo and in fact, it wouldn't shock anyone if he made a commitment sooner than later. UCLA and Notre Dame have always been the two leaders for him and seeing how the RB has now officially visited both, the thought is he has enough information to make a well thought out decision and right now, it would be UCLA.
*DB recruiting will be interesting moving forward. As has been talked about already, UCLA is no longer on safety Marvell Tell or ATH Quenton Meeks. With Tell, it was simply a case of the coaches evaluating him and not feeling like he had the toughness or physical nature to play safety for them. I actually like Tell but I see where the coaches are coming from. He's probably a little more of a finesse safety right now, more comfortable in coverage and they want a guy who will come up and deliver a blow.
*Dechaun Holiday is the top priority for them right now and they lead pretty comfortably. Ykili Ross remains a high priority and of course they're still on Biggie Marshall but understand he's probably a long shot and won't waste their time on a guy they don't have a chance with. There's also the thought that Stephen Johnson, who committed as a slot WR, could also move to corner down the road if needed.
*All of UCLA's committed players are doing well this season minus Johnson who has been out injured, but Upland LB Josh Woods and Santa Margarita DE Rick Wade have been monsters and will likely get a nice bump when rankings are updated. Woods has been as impressive as any LB in the state this year and Wade is the long, physical and tough DE that is an ideal fit in UCLA's scheme.
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