While BRO is in San Antonio this week for the Alamo Bowl and the Army Bowl, Scout is still in Orlando for the Under Armour All-America Game.
The UA Game features one UCLA commit (though Josh Rosen was selected but pulled out this month to prep for his January enrollment at UCLA) and several recruits. Plus one of UCLA's primary targets could be announcing his decision in Florida.
Here are the five storylines to watch at the Under Armour Game, which starts practices Monday at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.
1. Who Gets Wariboko?
Oklahoma City (Okla.) Casaday offensive lineman Josh Wariboko has long been felt to be headed to UCLA. Oklahoma is still trying with the four-star from nearby as is Ohio State, but UCLA feels good about their chances of finally getting a public verbal from Wariboko. He visited for the USC game in November and that trip all but wrapped him up. UCLA has gotten commitments during the U.S. Army Bowl (Terence Austin and Dwight Williams) and the Semper Fi Bowl (Thomas Duarte), but has never received a verbal during the Under Armour Game. Wariboko could be the first.
2. How Much Higher Can Ulu-Perry Go?
Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis center Fred Ulu-Perry has been the No. 1 center prospect in the country since the summer, when he shined at The Opening, and there obviously isn't much higher he can go in the positional rankings. But there is still the possibility for more movement in the Scout 300 for the four-star. And Ulu-Perry has been stellar when on a big stage, something that he and three other Hawaiians at the UnderArmour Game are trying to do. The OL MVP at the Los Angeles NFTC and an All-Camp selection at The Opening, Ulu-Perry has relished being in showcase events and another big week in pads (like he had at The Opening) and he could continue trending upward.
3. What Will Uluave Do?
Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou offensive lineman Semisi Uluave has had a bit of a roller coaster recruitment as it relates to UCLA. The Bruins offered him and almost got him to commit a couple times in the summer before he held off since his family wanted him to take all of his visits. Then he visited Oregon and the Ducks pulled even. The delay in announcing pushed UCLA away and it looked like the Bruins were moving on, especially with the pursuit of other lineman like Maea Teuhema. It looked all but over when UCLA went to Hawaii for an in-home visit with Ulu-Perry and didn't meet with Uluave. But now the Bruins are right back in the mix and the favorite to get the four-star, especially with Uluave's plans to serve his LDS Mission right away. He would then enroll at UCLA in 2017. Ulu-Perry continues to work on Uluave but so does his Punahou teammate Canton Kaumatule, who's headed to Oregon.
4. Does Harbaugh Get Clark?
Avon (Conn.) Old Farms tight end Chris Clark was once a North Carolina commit. Then he opened it up and committed to Michigan. Once Brady Hoke was fired, Clark again opened things up and the Bruins got in on him. Texas and UCLA are getting visits from him in January. But there is the story of the tweet he sent a few weeks back, saying he hoped that Michigan hired Jim Harbaugh. Few college coaches in the past decade have had the sucess in recruiting and developing and utilizing tight ends like Harbaugh did at Stanford. Clark is clearly aware of that and that's why Michigan hasn't ever been ruled out. Can Michigan, assuming Harbaugh does come to Ann Arbor this week like expected, hold on to Clark or does UCLA's late surge for him, culminating in his official visit next month, keep the Bruins in the race (of course, all dependent on Alize Jones)? The next few days could really answer that.
5. Will Soso Be Good-Good?
UCLA's pursuit of Plano (Texas) West running back Sotonye Jamabo has kept them in the race strong the whole year, and the Bruins are no worse than in his top two. He visited for the Oregon game and reportedly had a great time and then UCLA was in his home prior to the dead period. He's been in the top two of all backs nationally the entire year and is currently the No. 1 running back in the country, but fellow Texan Chris Warren (who's at the Army Bowl) is nipping at his heels after a big season. All-Star games aren't always the best venues for running backs since the quarterbacks (and the coaches), usually want to air it out, but Jamabo is such a unique back, with the ability to catch the ball so well out of the backfield, that he may actually flourish during the week. A good week should seal the deal for the best back in the country and a commitment from him could give UCLA three players ranked No. 1 at their position nationally in Jamabo, Rosen and Ulu-Perry.