UCLA Football Recruiting Buzz!

Jan. 27 -- There are tons of developments with UCLA recruiting now that we're hitting the home stretch...

We're getting down to it. Seven days until National Signing Day, and it looks like UCLA has its target list pretty well-honed.

These are the guys left on the secret UCLA white board:

Mique Juarez, Torrance North, 5-star, #1 OLB, #8 Nationally, Announcing: Signing Day

Devin Asiasi Concord De La Salle, 4-Star,  #4 TE, #67 Nationally, Announcing: Signing Day

Boss Tagaloa, Concord De La Salle, 4-Star,  #12 DT, #87 Nationally. Announcing: Signing Day

Brandon Burton, Gardena Serra, 4-Star, #13 ATH, #126 Nationally. Announcing:  Tuesday, Feb. 2nd

Garrett Rand, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton, 4-Star, #16 DT, #137 Nationally. Announcing: Unknown

Damian Alloway, Fontana Summit, 4-Star, #36 WR, #235 Nationally. Announcing: Probably Signing Day
Brandon Stephens, Plano (Tex.), 4-Star, #26 RB. Announcing: Unknown

Aaron Hansford, Washington (D.C.) St. John's, 4-Star, #30 ATH. Announcing: Signing Day
Adewale Omotosho, WR, Plano (Tex.) East, 4-Star, #54 WR, Announcing: Unknown

Francisco Perez, Baldwin Park, 3-Star, #55 OG. Announcing: Unknown

We've taken some guys off the list of possibilities, like Khaleke HudsonJack Jones and Lamar Jackson, because we feel, at this time, there is very little chance they'd end up committing to UCLA. 

Brandon Stephens, the #26-ranked running back prospect from Plano (Tex.), however, could be a possibility.  Stephens decommitted from Stanford because he didn't qualify for Stanford admissions. Right now, his recruitment is relatively up in the air.  Sources from Texas think Wisconsin could be the destination, almost by default since it's so late and many programs -- especially the local Texas programs -- are pretty far down the line with their running back targets.  We've heard there's a possibility UCLA coaches could visit Stephens this week and possibly kick the tires to gauge interest. It will be interesting to see what school gets a visit out of Stephens on the last available visit weekend.  UPDATE 7:08 P.M.: ...and it sounds like UCLA will be that school! The Bruins will get an official visit out of Stephens starting on Thursday and stretching until Saturday, since Stephens has a banquet Saturday night. Jim Mora and Kennedy Polamalu saw him this morning and locked in the visit. He cancelled an Alabama visit to do it. 

We've heard, at this point, UCLA's chances for Adewale Omotosho, the receiver prospect from Plano (Tex.) East, aren't good. It's unlikely he officially visits this weekend. UPDATE 7:03 P.M.: Just to show you how crazy recruiting can be, Omotosho announced on Twitter this evening that he will, in fact, visit UCLA officially this weekend, and that the Bruins made the cut to four along with Oklahoma State, SMU, and TCU.

As we reported earlier, we're hearing from sources at Concord (Calif.) De La Salle that UCLA head coach Jim Mora will be in the home of tight end Devin Asiasi Wednesday, and then in the home of defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa on Thursday. 

You can trust that defensive line coach Angus McClure will be in on the visit with Tagaloa. For Asiasi, joining Mora will certainly be McClure, quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiaosospo, tight ends coach Rip Scherer and offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu. 

UCLA planned it well, to have the two recruits Mora visits last be Asiasi and Tagaloa.

Sources close to both recruitments are still confident that Tagaloa is leaning to UCLA, but uncertain about Asiasi. 

Asiasi was supposed to take a mid-week visit to Alabama but cancelled it. Both he and Tagaloa are visiting USC this weekend. 

It's still believed that UCLA is the leader for Juarez, even though Alabama is putting up some competition. The thought is that the further he gets away from his Alabama visit the tougher it will be to leave his family.  He'll officially visit BYU this weekend but that's to make his mom happy.  

The feeling is that UCLA is holding on to the top spot for Burton, despite USC's late attempt.

UCLA has a chance with Rand.  There are some family factions pulling him toward Wisconsin and others toward UCLA.  UCLA does have going for it the fact that Wisconsin is unlikely to name a defensive coordinator before signing day. Angus McClure is in Arizona right now (Tuesday night) for an in-home visit with Rand.  

Alloway is still considered essentially a UCLA verbal commitment, and official visit this weekend should cement that.

Hansford said UCLA and Texas A&M are his two finalists, and we've heard that Texas A&M doesn't feel they're getting him. UPDATE 7:08 P.M.: We've heard that Mora spent time with Hansford today in Houston, of all places, because Hansford is still stranded there from his official visit due to weather back East. Hansford, from what we understand, is being recruited as a pure wide receiver, not a Y or a LB, and that's been very appealing to him. We also heard he measured 6'3, 217 on his visit.

Perez, at this point, we think is 50-50 UCLA or Cal. He visited Cal last weekend.  Expect the UCLA coaches who have been recruiting him, OL coach Adrian Klemm and DB coach Demetrice Martin, to have another in-home visit with Perez this week.  

Mora had an in-home visit with UCLA-committed fullback Jalen Starks from Encino (Calif.) Crespi on Sunday.

Osa Odighizuwa, the committed defensive lineman from Portland (Ore.) Douglas, won't take his official visit until after his wrestling season. He'll still sign a NLI.

Right now, it looks like UCLA's official visitor list for this weekend is:

Brandon Stephens, RB
Adewale Omotosho, WR
Damian Alloway, WR

Brandon Burton, S
Marcus Moore, Committed DL

Alex Akingbulu, Committed OL

Michael Alves, Committed OL

Jalen Starks, Committed FB

You can also expect some unofficial visitors this weekend.

And there are a couple of mystery recruits still left out there which we can't discuss. 



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