UCLA hosted its first official visit weekend of January, with uncommitted targets, Dallas (Texas) Skyline receiver Carlos Strickland and La Mirada (Calif.) receiver Tony Brown, joining commits Octavius Spencer from Monrovia (Calif.) and Victor Alexander from Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy.
The official visits are wrapping up as we speak and we've heard they've gone very well, particularly with Carlos Strickland and Tony Brown.
On Strickland, its unlikely he'll make a decision soon, with plans to still visit Texas for sure.
But we've heard it's gone extremely well with Strickland and the feeling is that UCLA is in a very good place for him on the heels of the visit.
Strickland was hosted by Texas native Eldridge Massington as well as Jordan Payton, and we've heard both have done a good job in talking up the need for another playmaker in the rotation, which has been what the coaches have been imploring to Strickland.
Update: We've heard that Strickland spent a great deal of time with Josh Rosen on his visit.
On Tony Brown, we're hearing the visit is definitely giving him something to think about, though we're not sure how much its causing him to want to immediately flip from Texas Tech, but UCLA is definitely a serious consideration for him.
With Spencer, we've heard he's enjoying it tremendously and is rock solid in his commitment to the Bruins. UCLA is planning to bring him in as a cornerback but receiver isn't out of the question for him and the comparison to Mossi Johnson was brought up a number of times.
On Victor Alexander, the feeling is that UCLA is still in the drivers seat to hold on to him, though they'll have to weather the visit he'll take to Georgia Tech next weekend, but he loved his time in Westwood, his first time on campus, and was everything he was hoping to see.
Camilo Eifler, the 2016 LB/S from Bishop O'Dowd, visited UCLA unofficially Saturday. He has a UCLA offer.
From Greg Biggins:
Hearing the visit for Carlos Strickland, who's their top WR target right now, went really well and the staff, including Mora, will be in his home Tuesday. He's slated to announce his choice on the 27th but I think they're going to try and push for a commitment before then for the simple fact that knowing where they stand with him could dictate how hard they push for other WRs. As of now, it appears they're in a good spot with Strickland and if SD was today, I think that would be the choice.
It sounds like things went well with Tony Brown as well and the staff is definitely sold on taking him. He measured in at 6-1, 195 pounds and looked really good physically. With Tony, he's a very good WR but a lot of people around him feel he could be an even better corner. The staff is recruiting him solely as a WR but I think the thought is he's a good enough athlete and has the size to develop in to a lock down corner down the road as well so he's a guy you take and figure out the position later. The issue is, does Tony feel like a priority and does he feel he can as early as he could at Texas Tech.
Ryan Newsome will announce Friday and as he posted on twitter, it's down to Texas and UCLA. This is a tough read for multiple reasons. UCLA has been somewhat hot and cold on Newsome during the year but is pushing hard now. I always thought UT would be tough to beat but I'm not sure how hard they're pushing for him right now. So Friday's announcement could be interesting.