With the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio next week (at the same time UCLA will be in San Antonio for the Alamo Bowl), there are a number of UCLA recruits there and some key storylines to watch.
Scout breaks down the main things to keep an eye on in San Antonio.
1- What Will Alize Do?
Alize Jones, the five-star tight end from Las Vegas, has been committed to UCLA since November of 2013, but he took a bunch of unofficial visits to Notre Dame and an official visit right before the dead period. He's yet to visit UCLA since the spring and hasn't had his official visit, but he said he's still solid to the Bruins. There are a handful of Notre Dame commits and targets in the game (including an Irish verbal and Bishop Gorman teammate in Nicco Fertitta, and a couple of UCLA targets, and one commit, Keisean Lucier-South, who will be working on Jones. No final decision is likely to come for a while, but this week will have recruits from both schools doing their part to recruit to their respective future schools.
2- How Will KLS Perform?
Keisean Lucier-South was excellent at the Los Angeles NFTC, earning MVP honors and punching his ticket to The Opening. He had an up and down performance in Beaverton, sitting out the last day. Then his senior year was just ok. Now, he's back on the biggest stage and battling to keep his fifth star. He'll play defensive end in San Antonio, his more natural position, and a good week could keep him there.
3- What's Osa's Status?
Greg Biggins had an update on Osa Masina this weekend and he's still undecided. He had originally planned to announce at the U.S. Army Bowl, but now wants to announce at his high school. UCLA is hanging on in the race with Arizona State and USC, and both schools will also have a handful of recruits in San Antonio doing their part to sway him. UCLA is hoping to get back in to his house for another in-home visit, but head coach Jim Mora has already used his. He'll be one of the key uncommitted recruits to watch this week.
4- When Will Wicker Visit?
One of the great mysteries this recruiting season has been when will Joseph Wicker, the four-star defensive lineman from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, will visit UCLA. There were a couple of weekends in November and December he was supposed to but they never happened. Wicker has taken four official visits, to Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech, so he has just one official visit left, and it is all but certain it will be to UCLA. The question is what weekend it will actually be and if Wicker does, in fact, make it to Westwood.
5- He's a Corner
Speaking of official visits, DeChaun Holiday has yet to even take one. While he's been a heavy UCLA lean for some time, he's not visited UCLA officially, or any school officially. He's got three potential weekends for visits in January. But the bigger question for Holiday is: Is he a cornerback? He's one of the better big corners in the West, but there is a lot of thought he could be best utilized as a safety at the next level. He'll play corner this week in San Antonio, but going up against some of the cream of the crop at receivers could answer whether he's best suited at corner in college or if a move to safety will happen.