Penei Sewell (Gerard Martinez)

UCLA Coaches Out Recruiting, Recruiting Tidbits

Apr. 2 -- UCLA coaches weren't able to get out to high schools during April because of spring practice, but now they have the entire month of May, and they're fanning out across the country, checking in on recruits like the No. 1 OL in the west and the No. 1 RB in Texas...

Updates are in bold. 

With UCLA's spring practice taking up all of April, the UCLA coaches haven't been out since the Spring Evaluation Period began April 15th.  They decided to save all of their alloted days out for May, and this week they're on the road.

UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was in Arizona yesterday.  He has a personal connection to Phoenix (Ariz.) North Canyon receiver Solomon Enis, having coached Enis' dad in college.  We know Bradley also checked in at Phoenix Mountain Pointe, which is one of the bigger programs in the state and home to 2019 DT Matthew Pola-Mao.  

http://www.scout.com/player/211406-solomon-enis?s=12

UCLA linebackers coach Scott White is in San Diego (which is his recruiting region) this week, and will check in with Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino RB Chris Brown and San Diego St. Augustine corner Isaac Taylor-Stuart. We expect White will go to a number of other San Diego-area schools with younger prospects, too. 

http://www.scout.com/player/208453-elijah-wade?s=12

Defensive line coach Angus McClure was in Las Vegas Monday to see one of UCLA's top defensive end targets, Elijah Wade, at Las Vegas Arbor View.  He's the teammate of 2017 UCLA DT commit Greg Rogers.  We're hearing UCLA is doing well with Wade at this time.  The schedule calls for McClure to be in Utah today, and his first stop will probably be to see Cameron Latu, the four-star DE from Salt Lake City (Utah) Olympus.  UCLA and McClure were on Latu pretty early,  but he's blown up some nationally as a result of some great spring performances, and has attention from Notre Dame and Alabama, among others. Latu spent a number of hours on UCLA's campus back in February when he was in town for the Under Armour camp.

A high school with a load of prospects is Salt Lake City East, and McClure is expected to spend some time there. The guy probably at the top of his list is Sam Vakalahi, the OL/DL who is ranked the No. 16 offensive guard in the nation, and now has an offer from Alabama. 

http://www.scout.com/player/208900-sam-vakalahi?s=12

At East High is also offensive guard Junior Angilau and defensive tackles Paul Maile and Moa Heimuli.  

We've heard that McClure is expected in the Bay Area for the rest of the week, beginning in Sacramento to see defensive tackle Niti Liu. UCLA and McClure offered Liu early and the Bruins are still the clear favorite over Arizona and Utah. 

http://www.scout.com/player/214842-niti-liu?s=12

McClure has been the main impetus for the recruitment of Granite Bay OL Will Craig, so we'd expect McClure to drop by to see him.  Craig visited UCLA during spring practice and we've heard the Bruins are right up there will Cal on his short list. 

We've been told that McClure is expected at Sacramento's American River College to get a glimpse of defensive tackle Caleb Tremblay.  Tremblay has offers from Cal, Syracuse and others, and McClure is practically a celebrity on that campus, having recruited current UCLA defensive linemen Nick Terry and Chigozie Nnoruka. 

http://www.scout.com/player/214072-brandon-mello?s=12

McClure, of course, is well known in Northern California, his recruiting region, so he'll make the rounds. We know he'll check in on UCLA-committed OL, Danville San Ramon's Blake McDonald, and two other NorCal UCLA OL offerees, Concord Clayton Valley's Brandon Mello and Oakland Bishop O'Dowd's Miles Owens.  Both Mello and Owens visited UCLA for spring practice.  We suspect he'll also visit Concord De La Salle.  Visiting both De La Salle and Bishop O'Down should be interesting, since two UCLA targets from those two schools, DT Tuli Letuligasenoa and ATH Jevon Holland, just committed elsewhere, to USC and Oregon. 

Fraley will be with McClure when he sees all the offensive linemen. 

http://www.scout.com/player/206701-penei-sewell?s=12

UCLA offensive line coach Hank Fraley is expected to be at St. George (Utah) Desert Hills to see the No. 1 offensive line prospect in the west, Penei Sewell. Sewell had been a big target for UCLA when Adrian Klemm was the UCLA offensive line coach, but toward the end of his Klemm's UCLA stint and at the beginning of Fraley's tenure USC surged ahead for Sewell. The tackle prospect then visited UCLA for spring practice and, while USC probably still leads, Sewell hit it off with Fraley and UCLA is, at least, back in it. 

http://www.scout.com/player/203469-keaontay-ingram?s=12

UCLA running backs coach DeShaun Foster is in his home away from home -- Texas -- to see the No. running back in that state, Keaontay Ingram.  Foster, who recruited Ingram when he was the RB coach at Texas Tech, is trying to stay relevant with Ingram, but UCLA wasn't on his most recent favorites list. That was Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Texas, and USC.

Foster is expected to stay around the Dallas area. He's scheduled to see UCLA-committed safety Cam'ron Jones at Mansfield, Tex., and UCLA-committed 2019 WR Kameron Brown at Colleyville (Tex.).  

We would expect Foster to get down to Louisiana to see fresh UCLA running backs commit A.J. Carter, in Many, La., but we expect it won't be this week. 

We know that UCLA receiver coach Jimmie Dougherty and tight ends coach Rip Scherer will be in Oregon to make a point of seeing the No. 9-ranked receiver in the nation, Chase Cota, at Medford (Ore.) South Medford. 

http://www.scout.com/player/200862-chase-cota?s=12

Oregon is Scherer's recruiting region, so while they're on the trip he and Dougherty are expected to also see Talanoa Hufanga, the nation's No. 1 athlete from Corvallis Crescent Valley. Hufanoa visited UCLA's practice and that might have sparked some mutual interest.  

Dougherty, who spent a couple of months as the Oregon receiver coach, and Scherer will probably visit a few more Portland high schools.

Defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin is going the furthest, all the way to Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity to see the nation's No. 3-ranked cornerback Tyreke Johnson. 

http://www.scout.com/player/187713-tyreke-johnson?s=12

UCLA, clearly, is spending this week mostly going to see out-of-town prospects. The recruiting period goes through the entire month of May, so they have plenty of time to hit SoCal high schools. 

We're still hunting down more complete schedules of the UCLA coaches this week, and we'll post more as we get them. 

Jim Mora won't be out on the road during May since head coaches, per NCAA rules, aren't allowed to visit high schools in the Spring recruiting period. 

 

 


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