UCLA's Football Recruiting Weekend

UCLA will host its second big recruiting weekend starting today, with four of UCLA's committed recruits -- who all have been soft commitments at one time -- coming in, along with a wide receiver prospect from Orange County who has yet to receive a UCLA scholarship offer...

UCLA will host its second big recruiting weekend starting today, though it will be much smaller than the one in December.

It will be different, too. For one thing, UCLA now has a head coach in place, Rick Neuheisel, so there won't be the uncertainty like during the December weekend.

Four of UCLA's committed recruits, three of whom have been soft verbals at one point, will visit, along with one who's maintained his commitment throughout. They will also be bringing in one uncommitted prospect, one who has yet to be offered by UCLA, but there is a chance that could happen this weekend.

Safety E.J. Woods will take his much awaited visit, having missed the weekend in December, visiting Colorado instead. At one point, it looked like Woods was a lost cause for UCLA, with Washington and Colorado the front-runners. But after achieving a satisfactory SAT score, Woods reaffirmed his commitment to the Bruins and Neuheisel. Last night, talking to us while we were in a Chat on Bruin Report Online, Woods again re-affirmed his commitment to UCLA.

Defensive end Datone Jones was also supposed to visit in December, but missed that weekend. Jones tripped to Oregon last weekend and told us he had an excellent visit and the trip to Oregon gave him a lot to think about. He was a frequent guest of UCLA in the spring and attended most games, so UCLA is hoping he sticks with his verbal, but Oregon made a big impression on him. Jones had planned to visit Arizona State this weekend, but will instead come to Westwood.

Running back Milton Knox visited Florida the weekend most of UCLA's commits tripped to UCLA, and the Gators made a strong impression on him. But with the departure of their running backs coach to Tennessee, UCLA is likely still the frontrunner. Several of the committed players have said they will continue to work on Knox to solidify his commitment to the Bruins in the next few weeks.

Linebacker Patrick Larimore had another obligation the weekend of the December visit and had hoped to come on the Saturday of the trips, but then decided to take a whole weekend visit, so he'll come in this weekend. Larimore has maintained since Karl Dorrell's firing that he was solid to UCLA regardlesss.

The uncommitted visitor is Mater Dei receiver Robbie Boyer. While he doesn't have an offer yet, the official visit could be a big step in that direction. Boyer does have offers from Harvard and Air Force but he would like to stay in California if possible. He's an excellent student and a very good receiver. In fact, he's coming off an outstanding, all-state season in which he led the Pac-5 Division (the top division in the state) in receiving. Boyer is similar to Ohio State receiver Anthony Hartline, though about two inches shorter. He's got very good hands, runs crisp routes and can make the big play.

An interesting sidenote with Boyer is that he's cousins with Mater Dei quarterback Matt Barkley, generally regarded as the top prospect nationally in the class of 2009, and the two are also best friends. Barkley and Boyer both work with Steve Clarkson, the renowned quarterback guru, who also happens to be very good friends with Norm Chow. In fact, Chow has been a frequent guest speaker at Clarkson's passing camps.

As of now, those are the only official visitors we know will be coming to Westwood this weekend, and of course, we'll have trip recaps beginning Sunday afternoon.


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