Dead Period UCLA Football Recruiting Buzz

Dec. 16 -- Check out the latest UCLA football recruiting buzz, which includes some information on five-star linebacker Mique Juarez...

It's now the dead period (began Dec. 14th) so there isn't much going on in recruiting right now. College coaches can't visit recruits or host them on official visits, and recruits take this next month as a time to let it all settle in before the last recruiting push of mid-January to National Signing Day. 

But we do have some tidbits. 

According to sources at De La Salle, the two official visits of Boss Tagaloa and Devin Asiasi went very well. The word is that UCLA continues to lead for Tagaloa, and they really opened the eyes of Asiasi. In fact, USC is now threatened so much by UCLA's recruitment of Asiasi that they offered Tagaloa, thinking it could help with Asiasi's recruitment. From what we're hearing, it's a bit of an insult to Tagaloa, for USC to offer him so late in the game. And that what USC doesn't understand is that Tagaloa and Asiasi aren't a package deal; they'll make up their own minds separately, and that offering Tagaloa this late might be insulting and actually damage their recruitment of both. It's still believed that it's between UCLA and Alabama for Asiasi, and that the family atmosphere of UCLA and being close to home really resonated with him.

UCLA is doing well with Cal-committed OL Francisco Perez. The coaching staff had the last in-home visit possible with him right before the dead period began. Perez will visit UCLA the last weekend before Signing Day, and the feeling from sources close to the recruitment is that Perez is on his way to flipping. 

As we've reported, the word is that receiver prospect Damian Alloway is, at the very least, leaning heavily to UCLA, and that UCLA is doing well with Texas receiver prospect Adewale Omotosho.  If UCLA just gets Alloway that will probably just call it a day at receiver recruiting.

There is a feeling that UCLA will be in a battle for the nation's #1 linebacker, Mique Juarez -- with the battle being against Ole Miss. He's been leaning toward UCLA for a while, but when he officially visited Ole Miss they really made an impression. The thought is that he'll still ultimately opt for UCLA and to stay close to home, but UCLA definitely has a recruiting job ahead of it to get his signature.

There are two factions when it comes to the recruitment of Jack Jones, the athlete from Long Beach Poly. One faction says he's legitimately interested in UCLA, with Jones spending almost an entire day with UCLA coaches last week before the dead period. But another faction indicates he'll end up going to USC.

UCLA has a real chance, though, at flipping David Long, the cornerback/athlete from Los Angeles Loyola, who is verbally committed to Stanford. The fact that he took down the reference to being committed to Stanford on his Twitter page is significant. We've heard that UCLA has a legitimate shot with Long.

The JC defensive tackle, Nick Terry, will sign with UCLA today in the JC signing period. Apparently he was very physically impressive on his official visit last weekend, all of 6-4 and 290 and put together well. He's now expected to come in and provide some playing time inside on the defensive line. 

A Utah commitment, defensive end Leki Fotu, has been in contact with UCLA. Fotu is a completely under-the-radar type of guy but he's 6-6 and 255 pounds and, while raw, pretty athletic. He transferred to Herriman High this last season, after being known as a big rugby star at San Leandro high in NorCal. 

Rashard Lawrence, the five-star defensive tackle from Louisiana who officially visited UCLA in October, will probably make a decision soon. The thought is that it's between local LSU and Alabama, with UCLA possibly third. 

It's unclear at this point if UCLA is still recruiting Amani Bledsoe, the defensive end prospect from Kansas.

The Arizona defensive tackle prospect, Garrett Rand, who is verbally committed to Wisconsin, could take an official visit to UCLA. UCLA coaches had an in-home visit with him a couple of weeks ago.

UCLA could very well take another quarterback prospect, having just offered Texas prospect Nick Starkel, who decommitted from Oklahoma State, and showing interest in the QB/ATH Victor Viramontes, from Norco. They had Tristen Wallace, a Texas prospect, in on an official visit last weekend, and Wallace then promptly committed -- to Oregon. Scout's Greg Powers said that Starkel is very interested in UCLA.  Recruiting another quarterback prospect could, however, upset Dymond Lee, the committed prospect from West Hills Chaminade, from what we've heard.

We've heard that UCLA will be a possible landing place for Texas OL transfer Jake Raulerson.

Some pretty positive details:

-- He will graduate in May, so he'll be immediately eligible and have two years to play (currently redshirt sophomore)
-- Very interested in UCLA. 
-- UCLA OL coach Adrian Klemm has known him and his family since Raulerson was a freshman in high school.
-- He started for Texas in 2014. 
-- High academic kid, so UCLA might be a good fit. 
-- Scout ranked him as the #18 DE out of high school in 2013. 
-- He'll officially visit in January.  He'll also probably visit Alabama and Michigan.

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