Recruiting Visits for the Weekend

It's a huge weekend, with 12 recruits coming in on their official visits from all over the United States, including some surprises...

Visit List for January 11th

Uncommitted Recruits:

Winston Justice, #5 OL, LB Poly
Fred Matua, #6 DT, Los Angeles Banning
Wesley Walker, LB, La Puente Bishop Amat
Mike Nixon, #11 S/ATH, Tucson (Ariz.) Sunnyside
Justin London, #19 LB, Roanoke (Virg.) Northside
Willie Gaston, C, Houston (Tex.) Northshore
Mesepa Reed, OL/DE, Honolulu (Haw.) St. Louis
Taualai Fonoti, LB, Honolulu (Haw.) St. Louis
Stephen Berg, #92 OL, Tucson (Ariz.) Canyon Del Oro

Committed Recruits:

C.J. Niusulu, #19 DT, Barstow
J.D. Groves #60 LB (FB) Keizer (Ore.) McNary
Idris Moss#28 C, Rialto Eisenhower

There could be other prospects who are visiting officially this weekend, but this is the list I've been able to piece together to date.

There are some surprises on this list – at least, prospects that we hadn't heard much about previously.

UCLA's recruitment of Reed and Fonoti from Honolulu St. Louis has been very recent as is evident by the recruiting update on Taualai Fonoti published today: Fonoti Update. Also, something to keep in mind is that one of the best defensive linemen in the state of Hawaii is a teammate of Reed and Fonoti – junior defensive linemen, Tolifili Liufau, who was named Interscholastic League of Honolulu Player of the Year over such prospects as Donny Mateaki, Brandon Ala and Fonoti. Here's a great article from The Honolulu Advertiser about the ILH All-League team, with pics and mentions of Fonoti, Reed and Liufau: ILH All-League Team.

UCLA has a very good shot at getting a few commitments as a result of this weekend's recruiting visits. Probably the best bet is Walker, who has been favoring UCLA despite having taken trips to his other favorites. Nixon is also a potential verbal commit, since he's a longtime UCLA lean and didn't commit to Washington when he tripped there last weekend. Reed and Fonoti could be good candidates to commit also. Reed has indicated that UCLA is his overwhelming leader and that if they offered, he'd commit. Fonoti might be swept up by it all during the trip. The word is that UCLA could get Stephen Berg if they stepped up their interest. It will be a matter of seeing Reed, Fonoti and Berg in person by the UCLA coaches.

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