Latest Tidbits on Recruiting

As we head into the home stretch of the recruiting season, and into UCLA's biggest recruiting weekend, there is a great deal of information flying around, including some juicy tidbits on prospects like Stan Hasiak, Billy Sanders and Stanjarivus McKay, among others...

Stan Hasiak, the offensive tackle prospect from Kapolei (Haw.) High who is verbally committed to UCLA, is expected to stick with his commitment even though he's been considering other schools.

He's scheduled to officially visit USC January 23rd, and many have speculated the Trojans are the biggest threat to steal Hasiak.

But many close to the situation think that Cal is the bigger threat.

Hasiak's father was even seen wearing a Cal hat during the UnderArmour All-American Game activities.

But many sources close to the Hasiak recruitment are confident he'll be a Bruin in the end.

Billy Sanders, the tight end/defensive end from Coeur d'Alene (Ida.) Lake City, will visit UCLA this weekend officially. Sanders is verbally committed to Miami, but that commitment is looking less and less certain.

In fact, sources are indicating that Sanders is currently a UCLA lean. Apparently, he hasn't been in contact with the Miami coaches for over a month.

Sander, while ranked the #15 tight end in the country, could very well be a better defensive end prospect.

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Stanjarivus McKay received a scholarship offer from UCLA.

McKay, who UCLA has coveted, was waiting on a recent SAT score, which would determine whether UCLA would offer him.

McKay favored UCLA so the scholarship offer could certainly facilitate a commitment.

The thought was that if the score was passable, UCLA would take McKay as a greyshirt, but he very well could come into the program this fall.

Roby Toma, the receiver/athlete prospect from Honolulu (Haw.) Punahou who is verbally committed to UCLA, heard the rumor like everyone else that he was de-committing from UCLA and going to commit to Utah. Apparently, his parents also heard the rumor and called him during his week in Orlando for the UnderArmour Game, and that was the first Toma had also heard about it. Toma hasn't spoken to the coaches from Utah in a very long time.

His teammate at Punahou, elite linebacker prospect Manti Te'o, was saying all week at the UnderArmour activities that all the schools recruiting him are even and he's going to wait until signing day to annouce his decision. The smart money is still that it's a BYU-USC battle for him.

UCLA's Rick Neuheisel will have an in-home visit with him later this month.

UCLA's involvement with Marlon Pollard, the cornerback from San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon, as we've reported, is still alive. Pollard, who was once verbally committed to UCLA but switched to Notre Dame, will visit UCLA officially this weekend.

When Fighting Irish head man Charlie Weiss looked to be in danger of losing his job a month or so ago, apparently Pollard looked to be interested in staying close to him. He contacted UCLA, and the Bruin coaching staff was receptive to speaking with him. Pollard, apparently, intended to switch his commitment back to UCLA, but the UCLA coaches kept Pollard from doing so.

Now, reportedly, with Weiss's job secure – at least for another season – Pollard has swung back to favoring Notre Dame.

The official visit this weekend should be very interesting.

Nik Abele, the 6-6, 250-pound offensive tackle prospect from Irvine (Calif.) High, is one of the most coveted prospects currently on UCLA's board. In fact, we've heard that there were other OL prospects that wanted to commit to UCLA, but the UCLA coaches wanted to make sure there was spot open for Abele.

Abele will take his official visit to UCLA this weekend, and it's believed that if it's a good one, the Bruins could get Abele's commitment.

Abele currently is leaning toward Utah, having taken an official visit there before Christmas that really impressed him.

It's thought that his parents, however, want him to stay close to home.

He's also officially visited Arizona State and Colorado. He has another official visit planned for Oregon State next weekend. He plans to visit Cal unofficially.

Abele was on UCLA's campus for practice during the week of the USC game and gave the UCLA coaches an indication that he really liked UCLA.

Randall Carroll, the speedy receiver prospect from Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral, is considered a very soft verbal commitment to USC at this time.

At the U.S. Army All-American Game, Carroll said he was still verbally committed but characterized the USC coaches as arrogant. That, we've heard, hasn't gone over well with the Trojans.

The word is that the two leaders for him at this time are Cal and UCLA, with Tennessee and Arizona State trailing those two.

He'll take his official visit to UCLA this weekend.

He officially visited Cal in November. He has plans to visit Georgia, but we heard that trip most likely won't happen. The official visit planned for Tennessee the last weekend of January looks to still be on the agenda, however.


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