Recrutiing Buzz Word

Dec. 5 -- The UCLA coaches are using this week, the weekend and next week to go out around the country and see recruits in their homes, a few new names have cropped up, and UCLA is still in it for some old ones...

UCLA will stick to its plan and not have any official visitors this weekend, but the coaches will opt to be on the road for in-home visits and seeing prospects through the weekend and next week.

You're going to need a map, however, to keep track of where each UCLA coach is over the next week and a half, so here we go. 


Sources in Hawaii have told us that they expect Head Coach Jim Mora today, and the plan is for him and Offensive Line Coach Adrian Klemm to have an in-home visit with verbally committed offensive lineman Fred Ulu-Perry.  While in Hawaii, Klemm is scheduled to see Semisi Uluave, and that recruitment has gotten a bit interesting. Uluave has given UCLA indications in the past that he wants to be a Bruin, but Klemm has limited scholarships left for offensive linemen and we think that, if Uluave doesn’t officially snatch it up, UCLA could move on.  It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of this in-home visit, with Uluave tentatively scheduled to take his official visit next weekend.   


Sources in Texas told us that Klemm visited Keller (Tex.), to see the #1 offensive guard prospect in the nation, Maea Teuhema, who is verbally committed to LSU, and also went to Euless (Tex.) to visit Patrick Vahe, the nation’s #8 guard prospect verbally committed to Texas.  The chances of UCLA flipping either Teuhema or Vahe are probably minimal, and Klemm has some connections to those high schools and naturally stopped by, but it’s interesting that Klemm would go to see both prospects.  Klemm, while in Texas, was seen at Mesquite (Tex.) Poteet, visiting linebacker Malik Jefferson and athlete DeAndre McNeal, both of whom are expected to take official visits to UCLA Dec. 12th.  Jefferson is slated to announce his decision Dec. 17th, the following Wednesday, and it’s thought UCLA has almost no chance of getting him, even though it will be interesting to see what kind of impact the UCLA visit has on him.  UCLA, on the other hand, is supposed to have a legitimate shot with McNeal, probably battling Texas for him.  Reports also have Klemm in Oklahoma yesterday visiting one of the remaining top OL targets, Josh Wariboko. 


Mora will be back in Los Angeles Friday, according to local sources, to have an in-home visit with Dechaun Holiday, the defensive back prospect from San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills, who is generally considered a heavy UCLA lean.  He’ll officially visit UCLA sometime in January and we’d expect a verbal commitment around that time, after he’s taken a couple official visits, possibly to Washington and Oregon.   He has also said he could announce his decision at the U.S. Army Game in early January. 


Speaking of potential verbal commitments, it’s been thought that receiver Tony Brown from La Mirada could verbally commit since he’s been pretty up-front about leaning toward UCLA since they offered him two weeks ago.  UCLA Receivers Coach Eric Yarber will visit with Brown in his home either today or tomorrow, but Brown has an official visit planned for Colorado this weekend, so we think it’s unlikely he verbally commits on the UCLA in-home visit. It could be soon, however, since Brown has already visited Nebraska and Texas Tech, and is only really visiting Colorado since it’s his high school coach’s alma mater. He has his UCLA visit planned for January 16th, but we think Brown could pop anytime after his visit to Colorado this weekend. 


As you could see from Twitter, UCLA had in-home visits with some verbally committed players earlier this week, Keisean Lucier-South, the five-star prospect from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran, and Josh Woods, the four-star linebacker from Upland (Calif.)  Mora was in the visit with Woods along with UCLA Defensive Backs Coach Demetrice Martin and Defensive Coordinator Jeff Ulbrich.

Kennedy Polamalu was in Texas on Monday to see Soso Jamabo, the nation's #1-ranked running back.  


Defensive Line Coach Angus McClure and Ulbrich were at Gardena Serra Tuesday to see defensive lineman Rasheem Green, and McClure also saw C.J. Sanders, the receiver from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame who is verbally committed to Notre Dame and UCLA is trying to flip.  We’ve heard McClure was in NorCal to see committed athlete Stephen Johnson at San Leandro, and OL Keiffer Longson at San Ramon Dougherty, and went by Concord De La Salle to see two 2016 DL prospects UCLA has offered, Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa.  McClure was also seen at West Hills Chaminade, to keep an eye on 2016 receiver Dymond Lee, and in the morning Thursday was at Long Beach Poly to check in on Joseph Wicker the defensive linemen, and see defensive backs Iman Marshall and Colin Samuel. Today the wored was that he would also visit Westlake Village Oaks Christian to see committed 2016 receiver Michael Pittman and Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake to see 2016 receiver Theo Howard. We have heard previously that UCLA and Texas A&M were leading for Howard, but we’re now hearing that USC is coming on. Friday he’s expected back up in NorCal to see UCLA-committed receiver L.J. Reed.


We’ve heard that it was UCLA and Alabama for Wheatley, but now USC has jumped in more aggressively, recruiting Wheatley strictly as a tight end.  UCLA is still leading for Wicker, who will take an official visit to Oklahoma this weekend. 


Martin will visit Octavius Spencer, the athlete from Monrovia (Calif.), and Nathan Meadors, from San Bernardino (Calif.) San Gorgonio either today, tomorrow or next week.  Both received UCLA offers within the last couple of weeks and it’s believed that UCLA is the leader for both, even though neither might commit soon, both wanting to take a few official visits.  Both are getting projected more as defensive backs, but could easily end up receivers in college. 


One of the bigger events this weekend will be a good contingent of UCLA coaches in Reno, Nevada, to see Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman play in the state championship Saturday.  Mora will be there, along with Noel Mazzone, Taylor Mazzone, and possibly Klemm, to see shakily-committed tight end Alize Jones.  UCLA is no longer recruiting Cordell Broadus, the Bishop Gorman receiver, and, while we’re at it, Equanimeous St. Brown, from Fullerton Servite, probably because UCLA is feeling really good about Tony Brown.    


Perhaps the other biggest event is Mora being in the home of Osa Masina, the five star linebacker propect from Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton, on Sunday, according to sources in Utah.  A good contingent of UCLA coaches should accompany him, too.  We’ve heard that UCLA has salvaged quite a bit with Masina since his official visit to USC, and sources close to the recruitment feel UCLA is right back in it.


Also on Saturday and Sunday: Mora will see UCLA-committed defensive end Rick Wade from Santa Margarita (Calif.); Assistant Mike Tuiaososopo will be in Washington to visit Benning Potoae, from Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes; McClure is expected in Buffalo, New York, to check in on Tyrone Wheatley and the #1 tight end in the nation, Chris Clark;  and Mora, Klemm and Taylor Mazzone will be in Utah to see committed OL Andre James from Herriman (Utah).


Monday is another big in-home with Mora, the Mazzones, Yarber and other UCLA coaches in the home of Christian Kirk, from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro.  There was some belief from sources in Arizona, too, that some UCLA coaches would stop in to see Paul Lucas, from nearby Phoenix Moutain Pointe. 


We've heard from sources in Texas that on Tuesday and Wednesday Mora and Klemm will be in the state to see Jefferson, McNeal and Ryan Newsome, the wide receiver prospect that’s a top priority, and Soso Jamabo, the big priority running back.  Mora then is expected to swing by Oklahoma to see Wariboko. 


Tuiasosopo will visit Cassius Peat, from Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol, sometime next week, and the word we’ve heard is that UCLA very much still is in it for Peat. He told reporters this week he de-committed from UCLA after an in-home with ASU, and that might have been true at the time. Arizona sources now are saying he still considers himself committed to UCLA, but wants to just weight some options. We still think he’ll probably end up at ASU, even though we’ve heard his parents want him at UCLA.  One of the things ASU is doing in their recruitment of Peat is pitching him on being that DE/LB hybrid, while UCLA has told him they think he’ll end up getting quite a bit larger, like the rest of his family, and that he should be open to playing inside.  


From what we’ve gathered so far, the official visitors for the weekend of Dec. 12-15 are Wade, Wicker, Wheatley, Jefferson, McNeal, and potentially Uluave, depending on the in-home visit today, and perhaps Woods.   We think this list is pretty tentative and will probably change considerably by next week. 

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