It will be especially so if UCLA actually beats Stanford and gets into the Pac-12 Championship game. Of course, that’s a great thing, but it essentially takes away one more weekend for UCLA to entertain official visitors.
Originally some official visits were planned for this coming weekend, but they were scrapped, mostly because it’s a poor weekend for an official visit – Thanksgiving weekend, no school, and an empty campus. And if UCLA wins Friday night against Stanford, with the Pac-12 Championship game looming the next Friday, Dec. 5th, UCLA’s coaches would dedicate this Saturday and Sunday to game prep for Oregon, and wouldn’t be able to spend as much time as they’d want with official visitors.
So, UCLA will defer many of its visits to December – but the issue there, if you remember from last year, is that the NCAA imposed a rather lengthy dead period in mid-December through the holidays. It leaves UCLA with very few weekends as options for official visits before National Signing Day. And then, if you remember, UCLA had official visits for the last weekend possible before Signing Day, the last one of January. Many of those were recruits who were committed or leaning elsewhere and, tired of the process, reneged on the visit. In other words, that last possible visit weekend could, if last year were an indication, not offer much chance to bring in visitors. So, because of the Dead Period, that would leave only two real substantial weekends in January for visits. So, again, there’s not a great amount of visit weekend opportunities are available.
If UCLA loses to Stanford and doesn’t play in the Pac-12 Championship Game, it could bring in official visitors next weekend (the 5th thru the 7th). But as of now, from what we’ve heard, UCLA doesn’t have any plans for official visitors that weekend at this time.
UCLA has hosted a good number of recruits so far during the season, both committed and uncommitted, which is a bit of a departure from last year, probably anticipating the crunch in January because of the Dead Period.
Listed below are only the prospects that haven’t officially visited UCLA yet that are likely to visit, including the remaining committed recruits (so this isn’t a comprehensive list that includes UCLA’s previous official visitors, just those that will/could visit).
Malik Jefferson, 5-star LB, Mesquite (Tex.) Poteet
DeAndre McNeal, 4-star WR/LB, Mesquite (Tex.) Poteet
Semisi Uluave, 4-star OL, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou
Josh Woods, 4-star LB, Upland (Calif.) (Committed)
Gary Baker, 3-star OL/DL, Upland (Calif.)
At this point, the only visit we’re very confident about for that weekend is Uluave. It could be that the visits for McNeal and Jefferson get pushed to January, but they have said they want to decide in December, so that could dictate they visit UCLA on this weekend. We’ve heard there’s a chance the Trinity Christian recruits visit that weekend, but we think UCLA will want to push their visits to January also. Woods has indicated this could be the weekend he visits. Baker, who UCLA is considering as a preferred walk-on, or a potential scholarship recruit if they get to him, would come with him, whether Woods visits in December of January.
For January, then, there are recruits we’re pretty certain will visit and some that have a chance to visit.
We’ve heard UCLA wanted to make sure there were at least a few committed players who would visit in January, to have a good mix of committed an un-committed on any given weekend.
Committed Recruits Who Will Officially Visit in January:
L.J. Reed, 4-star WR, Lodi (Calif.) Toki
Keisean Lucier-South, 5-star LB/DE, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran -- He had said he would visit in December, but now that he’s committed, we could see his visit move to January.
Rick Wade, 4-star DE, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita
Alize Jones, 4-star TE, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Victor Alexander, 3-star LB, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian
Uncommitted Players That It’s Almost Certain Will Visit, and Probably in January:
Kevin Toliver, 5-star DB, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian
Ben Edwards, 3-star S, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian
Tyrone Wheatley, 4-star DE/TE, Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius
Chris Clark, 5-star TE, Avon (Conn.) Old Farms
Joseph Wicker, 4-star DL, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Tony Brown, 4-Star WR, La Mirada (Calif.)
Octavius Spencer, 3-star WR/DB, Monrovia (Calif.)
Dechaun Holiday, 4-star DB, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills (Pictured Above)
Nathan Meadors, 3-star WR/DB, San Bernardino (Calif.) San Gorgonio UCLA visit could be late, but might not have spot available if he waits too long
Colin Samuel, 3-star DB, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Scout.com’s Greg Biggins said Samuel is leaning heavily to UCLA, but wants to take another visit (which could be Oklahoma Dec. 12th) before making a decision. We think Samuel will visit UCLA in January and probably make it official then.
Kieffer Longson, 4-star OL, San Ramon (Calif.) Dougherty Valley. It’s thought he’s a heavy UCLA lean and will make it public on his visit.
Prospects That Might Visit:
Iman Marshall, 5-star CB, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. He has said he won’t use an official visit on UCLA, but possibly, ultimately, he does. It’s still thought he’s leaning to USC.
Roquan Smith, 4-star LB, Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County. He’s visiting USC this weekend, which was a bit of a surprise, but is indicating he still wants to visit UCLA.
Rasheem Green, 5-star DL, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Ray-Ray McCloud, 4-star WR, Tampa (Fla.) Sickles (Clemson commit)
Carlos Strickland, 4-star WR, Dallas (Tex.) Skyline (Texas Tech commit). The thought is that UCLA has a chance with Strickland; if he visits, with a parent, in January, that would indicate he’s serious about UCLA.
Cordell Broadus, 4-star WR, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. At this point, it’s looking unlikely he officially visits UCLA, but there’s a possibility.
Darick Holmes, 3-star WR/DB, Newbury Park (Calif.) (Committed to Arizona). UCLA has stayed in contact with Holmes, and he’d be a late visit, if UCLA gets to him.
Kyon Stephens, 3-star WR, Etiwanda (Calif.) He doesn’t have an offer yet, but could be late visit if UCLA gets to him.
Holton Hill, DB, 4-star Houston (Tex.) Lamar. UCLA is trying to get a visit out of the elite DB, but it’s looking unlikely.
Ykili Ross, 4-star DB, Riverside (Calif.) Poly. Ross has USC leading, and it’s unlikely he’ll visit UCLA.
Tim Settle, 4-star DL, Manassas (Virg.) Stonewall Jackson. If Settle indicates he’s serious about UCLA, and a parent commits to coming with him on the visit, UCLA will probably trip him in.
Dillon Faamatau, 3-star DL, Norwalk (Calif.) . He’s a back-up option and could get a late visit.
Darrin Paulo, 4-star OL, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant. He’s planning to visit in January, but UCLA might not have an OL spot for him by then.
Of course, there will almost certainly be other visitors that we just simply don’t know about yet, and then the super secret visitors that we can’t tell you about, too. Like in any year, there will be recruits that are committed or leaning heavily elsewhere who might visit UCLA late to avoid the extra scrutiny.