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Mountain Region Recruiting Notes from The Opening Los Angeles

Mar. 13 -- Several top prospects, including UCLA targets, from the Mountain Region states made it out to El Camino College for The Opening regional and shared the latest information on their recruitments...


Dorian Thompson-Robinson of perennial powerhouse Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman has been one of the most coveted recruits in all the land and the four-star quarterback took a big visit to UCLA on Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect had been to Westwood before but, this time, was able to get a full breakdown of the dental program there and he was certainly wowed by the academic side of things. Thompson-Robinson said he intends to visit MichiganNorth Carolina and South Carolina this spring before settling on a decision early in the summer.


Brevin Jordan also made it out to UCLA along with teammate Thompson-Robinson and he too got an inside look at his academic path if he were to choose the Bruins. The four-star tight end said he also liked what he heard from a football standpoint, meeting again with new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch to discuss the role his position could play in the scheme moving forward. Jordan plans to visit Miami and Michigan this spring and has also been hearing from Ohio State so that could be a possibility.


Tennessee is set to draw a visit from Lehi (Utah) three-star quarterback Camm Cooper the weekend of Apr. 21 as the lefty aims to see the Volunteers up close following the recent scholarship offer. Cooper already had a relationship with new quarterbacks coach Mike Canales while he was at Utah State, so there should be some comfort level once he makes it to Rocky Top. While he's down in the South, Cooper said he might also check out Georgia.


USC could prove to be difficult to beat for 2019 four-star defensive tackle Matthew Pola-Mao out of Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe. The Trojans just signed his brother, Isaiah Pola-Mao, and they had been making a big impression even before that. The brothers want to play together in college, but the younger Pola-Mao said he doesn't plan to commit anywhere for a while so the likes of Arizona State and Washington have some time to continue their push.


Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis four-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele traveled to the mainland to compete but also checked out USC and UCLA while in town, telling Scout.com that he thoroughly enjoyed both visits. With the Trojans, the class of 2019 standout said the Polynesian connection they're re-establishing there was an eye opener. With the Bruins, it was the conversations with assistant coach Angus McClure that stood out. Washington is another school that Tuitele has high interest in and hopes to visit at some point this year.


Jalen Nailor recently visited Arizona and said he has the Wildcats at No. 1 after landing that scholarship offer. The three-star wide receiver from Bishop Gorman noticed the Las Vegas pipeline the coaching staff has focused on in the last few cycles, and he's had conversations with former teammate Malik Hausman about joining him in Tucson. Nailor is eyeing visits to Colorado and Washington before he makes a decision late in the summer.


Three-star offensive guard Jacob Isaia added an offer from UCLA over the weekend and it's a big one given that his father, Sale, played his college ball there before moving onto the NFL. Isaia, though, said he is in no rush to make a commitment and plans to check out Oregon and Oregon State next week, as well as California and Vanderbilt later this spring.


Jaren Kump, a three-star offensive tackle from Herriman, Utah, is committed to BYU but he said Arizona State and Utah remain contenders in his recruitment and he could take visits to both campuses in the coming months. The Cougars have established a great connection and Kump said he feels like he's at home whenever he steps foot on campus, yet the Sun Devils and Utes continue to press.

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