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-- Long Beach Poly DB Iman Marshall and his father were on UCLA's campus today for a couple of hours meeting with Jim Mora. As we've said, Marshall is almost certainly destined for USC but his relationship with Mora makes it slightly interesting.
-- Mora visited with UCLA-committed running back Bolu Olorunfunmi this morning in Clovis, returned to UCLA to meet with Marshall and then will hop on a plane for Las Vegas to visit Cordell Broadus, the wide receiver from Bishop Gorman. We've heard that the plan is to have a sit-down with him and Broadus' father, Snoop Dogg, and talk about expectations for Broadus at UCLA and Snoop being able to be respective of coaching decisions, etc. We've heard that an official visit this weekend has already been discussed and that it's expected Broadus will verbally commit to UCLA. Broadus and Snoop currently have a reality TV show, "Snoop & Son: A Dad's Dream," which airs on ESPN. Apparently they'll have a pretty big signing party next Wednesday for the show.
-- Apparently UCLA-committed cornerback William Lockett was on the verge of flipping to Michigan after his visit there last weekend, but a telephone conversation with Mora Sunday night got him turned back around.
-- There's some talk out of Texas that Ryan Newsome, the receiver who announced for UCLA last week, will be one to monitor leading up to National Signing Day. Newsome chose UCLA despite some considerable pressure to stay home and play at Texas, which was the preference of his parents. So it's expected Newsome will be hit with more pressure between now and next Wednesday. One positive development, for what it's worth: Newsome cancelled his in-home visit with Texas Head Coach Charlie Strong that was scheduled for tonight.
-- The feeling among sources close to Chris Clark, the nation's #1 tight end out of Connecticut, is that UCLA pulled pretty far ahead of Michigan after his official visit last weekend, and that UCLA continues to build a lead. We're hearing that UCLA Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone will visit Clark Friday and the plan is to practically spend the entire day with him.
-- There are also sources in Texas that believe UCLA still leads for the nation's #1 running back Sotonye Jamabo, despite Texas going after him hard, with some very strong in-state pressure bearing down on him. UCLA Running Backs Coach Kennedy Polamalu is expected to be spending the day Friday with Jamabo.
-- The entire UCLA staff will be in Texas Thursday to visit OL Maea Teuhema, the LSU commit. Sources are still saying that UCLA has a very legit shot for the nation's #1 offensive guard.
-- There is more and more talk that Tyrone Wheatley, the defensive end from New York, will probably opt to go to USC so he can play tight end. Wheatley has eliminated Oregon, and is currently visiting Michigan, so it's down to UCLA, USC, and Alabama, with an outside chance for Michigan. He will talk with his father, Tyrone Wheatley Sr., the new running backs coach at Michigan, and the coach will obviously pitch his son on Michigan. The feeling, though, from those close to the situation, is that the younger Wheatley isn't going to Michigan and that his father will help him choose between the other three programs. UCLA Defensive Line Coach Angus McClure will be in the Wheatley home Thursday.
-- As we said previously, what happens with Wheatley could have an impact on Gary Baker, the DL from Upland. It's thought if UCLA offered Baker he'd probably commit, but if they didn't offer by the time he takes his visit to Oregon this weekend it could be too late. We're hearing that Baker was told UCLA could be making a decision in the next couple of days, and that probably means they'll know what's happening with Wheatley. ***Baker verbally committed to Oregon Tuesday night, so it looks like the window of opportunity for UCLA is closing. However, a source at Upland has indicated to us that if UCLA offered Baker a scholarship there'd be a real chance he'd flip. It's looking less likely, however, that UCLA will offer.
-- Sources close to Long Beach Poly DL Joseph Wicker have told us that he gave a pretty strong indication in his in-home visit with UCLA last week that the Bruins are his clear favorite. He visits UCLA officially this weekend and it's expected that will seal the deal. McClure visited Wicker today, and also stopped in to see UCLA-committed DE Rick Wade today.
A source at Gardena Serra said that McClure was there to see 2016 defensive end Oluwole Betiku, who UCLA is doing well with early on.
We keep hearing that Arizona DE/LB Cassius Peat is increasingly likely to stick with his commitment to UCLA. In fact, while it was thought he'd opt for hometown ASU, that seems to have died down some, and Michigan State was trying to get involved late.
UCLA DB Coach Demetrice Martin will be in the home of Dechaun Holiday Thursday, a day before he begins his official visit to UCLA. As we've maintained for a while, Holiday is as much of a lock as you can get at this point.
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