Morgan to Visit, More Recruiting

J'mison Morgan, the 6-10 center from Texas and the #29-ranked player in the nation for 2008, will take his official visit to UCLA this weekend. The UCLA coaches have been out on the road since September 9th, and we know a few of the prospects they've seen...

J'mison Morgan, the 6-10 center from Dallas (Tex.) South Oak Cliff, will take his official visit to UCLA this weekend.

Morgan will go to the UCLA/Washington football game at the Rose Bowl, and spend time on campus, with the coaches and the players.

UCLA's Ben Howland and assistant Donnie Daniels had an in-home visit with Morgan on Monday. 

Morgan is the #29-ranked player in the nation. So far, he's also officially visited LSU and Kansas. He also has interest in Baylor, Cincinnati, Louisville and Kentucky.

It's generally believed that UCLA will have a tough time getting "Bobo," as he's called.  Kansas has connections to his AAU program and a former AAU and high school teammate, Darrell Arthur, is currently a sophomore at Kansas.  Baylor, also, is thought to have a hometown school advantage.

UCLA-committed players Jrue Holiday and Malcolm Lee are expected to accompany Morgan to the football game, among other things. Holiday, the 6-3 guard from North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall, is the #3-ranked player in the nation, while Lee, the 6-4 guard from Riverside (Calif.) North, is the nation's #22-ranked player. The 2008 class, so far, is made up of Holiday, Lee, and Jerime Anderson, the 6-1 point guard from Anaheim (Calif.) Canyon (ranked #28 in the nation), and Drew Gordon, the 6-8 post from San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty (#31 nationally).

The UCLA recruiting class for 2008 has been dubbed the #1 class in the nation so far, and it could very well cement that status if it brought in Morgan.

Since college coaches have been able to go out and watch prospects starting last week, the UCLA coaches have been traversing the United States.

Head Coach Ben Howland went to see the usual suspects, the committed guys in the 2008 class, along with the prime targets in the 2009 class:

Hollis Thompson, 6-6 wing, Los Angeles Loyola, #11 nationally
David Wear, the 6-9 post from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, #26
Travis Wear, 6-9 post, Santa Ana Mater Dei, #27
Reeves Nelson, 6-6 PF, Modesto (Calif.) Christian, #30

We've heard from different sources that UCLA coaches have also been to see other 2009 players, like:

Daniel Orton, 6-9 center, Oklahoma (Okla.) Bishop McGuiness, #14
Elijah Johnson, 6-2 combo guard, Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne, #21
Milton Jennings, 6-9 forward, Southwood (South Carolina) Pinewood Prep, #35
Mason Plumlee, 6-11 post, Arden (North Carolina) Christ School, #39
Stephan Van Treese, 6-9 post, Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence North, #40
Greg Smith, 6-8 post, Fresno (Calif.) Edison, #59
Kenny Hall, the 6-9 post from Stone Mountain (Georgia) Redan, #63
Michael Snaer, 6-5 SG, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde, #65

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