Football Recruiting Tidbits

The bits of football recruiting news are coming in daily now, and should continue to flow through December and January. So, here's the latest, as UCLA heads into its biggest visit weekend of the recruiting season yet...

In December and January, so many little bits of recruiting news trickle in almost daily, so we'll continue to supply you short but informative updates on a regular basis up until signing day in February. Updates like this can be found on the front page of the site or on the premium message board.

(Click on any of the links to go to the Player Profile of each recruit)

The official visit of Nathan Rhodes, 6-7, 300, Bakersfield (Calif.) East Bakersfield, went very well. Rhodes visited mid-week, from Wednesday to Thursday, and reportedly the trip was successful for the #4-ranked OL in the country, according to TheInsiders. Greg Biggins of Pac-West Football has a Report on the Trip.

Reportedly, UCLA is still doing well with Fred Matua, DT, 6-2, 280, Los Angeles (Calif.) Banning. A UCLA coach visited his school recently and sources at Banning said it went very well, to the point that the coach practically spent the entire day at the high school.

Justin London, LB, 6-2, 220, Roanoke (Virg.) Northside, will officially visit in January. The date has been set but it's uncertain as to which weekend in January it will be.

Clayton Walker, OL, 6-4, 265, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Horizon, will take his official visit this weekend. Washington is leading for Walker, but UCLA hopes to make up ground this weekend, with UCLA being his childhood favorite school since he grew up in the L.A. area.

The recruit visit list for this weekend:

Clayton Walker
Glenn Ohaeri
David Beall
Justin Medlock
Ryan Boschetti
Jebiaus Brown -- COMMITTED
Drew Olson -- COMMITTED

There is an excellent chance that UCLA could get a commitment from Justin Medlock, the kicker from San Jose. Probably the next most likely candidate to commit would be the JC DT Ryan Boschetti. There is also some possibility of a commitment from Glenn Ohaeri.

At the UCLA banquet, Coach Toledo reportedly announced that UCLA had 20 commitments. Now, just speculating, I think Toledo was already putting Medlock in the bank (which would be 17), and was counting Junior Taylor (18), who is coming in spring. It's interesting to speculate on who the other two committed recruits Toledo is referring to. Now, if I knew, I wouldn't be able to report it since UCLA seems like it prefers to keep these potentially "silent" commitments just that.

Another situation to watch is whether UCLA commit, running back Shelton Sampson, will in fact take a trip to Washington this weekend. Of course, UCLA's policy is that if committed recruits choose to take a visit to another school, UCLA then rescinds its offer. Sampson is scheduled to visit UCLA next weekend.

There are also other sleepers that some sources indicate UCLA is beginning to show more interest. As we get more info, and perceive the release of information as being "safe" to UCLA recruiting interests, we'll publish it. A hint (which probably doesn't do you any good in guessing anyway since, as I said, these prospects are sleepers): There are a couple of local linebacking prospects…


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