Weekend Football Recruiting Notes

There were a number of recruiting developments over the weekend, with a highly elite prospect verbally committed elsewhere taking an official visit to UCLA, a "silent verbal," and some tidbits of information from the prospects who were on their official visits...

As we reported on the BRO Message Board this weekend, UCLA has a non-public commitment, commonly called a "silent verbal," from a prospect.

There is also another prospect that had essentially dropped UCLA previously that the Bruins are now very involved with at this point. The word is that something could move on this prospect this week.

Morrell Presley, the prospect from Carson (Calif.) High ranked the #1 tight end in the country who is verbally committed to USC, took an official visit to UCLA over the weekend.

We've heard the visit went well. Presley, reportedly, is intrigued with playing in Norm Chow's offense, where the starting tight end had 38 receptions on the season, as compared to USC's Anthony McCoy, who had just 17. There is also the issue of USC getting a new offensive coordinator.

Presley will have an in-home visit with USC's Pete Carroll Monday night.

Xavier Sua-Filo, the offensive tackle prospect from Provo (Utah) Timpview, the #7-ranked OT in the nation, didn't take his official visit to UCLA this weekend as planned. He was finalizing his Eagle Scout project, so he'll re-schedule his UCLA visit for January.

John Martinez, the #3-ranked offensive guard in the nation from Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood, did take his official visit. We're hearing, though, that the feeling is he's headed to USC.

James Jackson, the 5-11 speedster from Grand Ledge (Mich.) High, who is verbally committed to Ohio State, apparently had a very good visit. Jackson and UCLA have kept in contact, and the word is that Jackson wants to be involved in the entertainment industry, so he could see himself at UCLA.

Joel Gray, the offensive lineman from Lewisville (Tex.) Hebron who is committed to Texas Tech, was on his official visit to UCLA last weekend. He was very impressive-looking when seen in the locker room after the USC game. He's all of 6-7 and 275.

We're hearing that UCLA Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow is on his way to Hawaii this week to visit the many UCLA recruits in the state. The word is that the commitment of Stan Hasiak, the offensive tackle prospect from Kapolei (Haw.) High, is a bit of a concern, that Cal is recruiting him very hard. Chow will, of course, check in on his alma mater, Honolulu (Haw.) Punahou, the home of two UCLA commitments – athlete Roby Toma and running back Dalton Hilliard – and well as the #1-ranked strongside linebacker in the nation, Manti Te'o. As we've chronicled, Te'o is close with both Toma and Hilliard.

Two very good looking prospects in the locker room Saturday were junior offensive lineman Erik Kohler, the 6-5, 270-pounder from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, and George Uko, the 6-4, 285-pound junior defensive lineman from Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo.

Deontae Cooper, the 5-11, 175-pound junior running back prospect from Perris (Calif.) Citrus, was getting attention from UCLA running backs coach Wayne Moses.

Nathan Fellner, the safety prospect from Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West, who is verbally committed to Washington, was at the game.

As of right now, UCLA only has 17 scholarships to give to the 2009 class, and have commitments from 16 prospects. Obviously, with how aggressively UCLA is still recruiting many prospects, there is anticipation that some scholarships will open up. Sources are indicating that UCLA could have 5-8 more scholarships become available from current players leaving the program due to transfer, injury or something else.


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