Preview of This Weekend's Official Visits

Jan. 15 -- The Dead Period is now over and UCLA will turn it up for its first of three big recruiting weekends, and a day out for coaches today to go and visit recruits across the country...

The long Dead Period finally ended yesterday, so UCLA is gearing up for its first of three big recruiting weekends in January.

Before this weekend, however, coaches are out around the country today seeing players at their high schools and homes.

This is what we've heard from a few different sources about where UCLA's coaches will be:

-- Head Coach Jim Mora, DL Coach Angus McClure, Receivers Coach Eric Yarber and Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone will be on the east coast to see tight end Chris Clark, Avon (Conn.), and defensive end Tyrone Wheatley, Buffalo (New York).

-- Defensive Ends Coach Mike Tuiasosopo will be in the state of Washington to check in on defensive lineman Benning Potoae, Lakes (Wash.), and DB/LB Fotu Leiato, Steilacoom (Wash.)

-- Defensive Coordinator Jeff Ulbrich will be in Orange Country to see committed DE/LB Keisean Lucier-South, Orange (Calif.), and committed defensive lineman Rick Wade, Santa Margarita (Calif.)

-- Defensive Backs Coach Demetrice Martin will be in the north San Diego area to see DB Dechaun Holiday, San Marcos (Calif.); then in San Bernardino to see DB Nathan Meadors; Upland to see UCLA-committed linebacker Josh Woods; Monrovia to see UCLA-committed DB Octavius Spencer (before his official visit this weekend) and then in the home of UCLA-committed DB Colin Samuel from Long Beach Poly.

-- Quarterbacks Coach Taylor Mazzone is in Utah to see LB Osa Masina and UCLA-committed OL Andre James.

-- Running Backs Coach Kennedy Polamalu is in Texas to see running back Soso Jamabo, wide receiver Ryan Newsome and possibly wide receiver Carlos Strickland before his official visit this weekend.

Then, this weekend these are the visitors that UCLA has scheduled to visit:

Octavius Spencer, 6-1.5, 170, Monrovia (Calif.)
Ranking: #48 CB COMMITTED

Victor Alexander, 5-10, 225, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian
Ranking: #24 MLB COMMITTED

Carlos Strickland, 6-4, 190, Dallas (Texas) Skyline
Ranking: #109 Overall, 12 WR OFFERED

Tony Brown, 6-1, 170, La Mirada (Calif.)
Ranking #213 Overall, #32 WR OFFERED

This weekend originally was a bigger one, with more official visitors, but visits were moved to the other two weekends for various reasons.

Beyond the Jones drama, the most interesting element of the weekend will be the dynamic of Strickland (Pictured Above) and Brown. Brown is verbally committed to Texas Tech, and Strickland was committed to Texas Tech up until just a few days ago. We’ve heard that it could be over with Strickland and Texas Tech and he could be leaning toward UCLA at this time. He plans to announce his decision in two weeks, on January 27th. Texas is involved and Cal is trying. Brown had UCLA as an early favorite, right after the Bruins offered him after his season, but UCLA was slow-playing him a bit, and he opted to verbally commit to Texas Tech, where he had previously visited. We think at this time UCLA might not take both Brown and Strickland, and it could be a matter of which one decides first, and UCLA fully intended for this dynamic to work this way this weekend. It will be interesting to see if either is compelled by the other to pop. Strickland could tell the UCLA coaches privately and then publicly announce on the 27th.

Alexander has been verbally committed to UCLA for a very long time, but this is his first chance to see the campus. He has been flirting with Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, and he’ll visit Georgia Tech the next weekend. So, this weekend’s official visit to UCLA is a big one in retaining Alexander and not letting him get away. It’s interesting, too, that at various times a few of his high school teammates were going to visit with him but now he’s on the trip alone.

Alize Jones, the tight end from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman who was verbally committed to UCLA, flipped to Notre Dame this morning, as was highly expected.

To see UCLA's full list of January official visitors:

***Official Visitors for January***

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