Four Official Visits This Weekend

UCLA will have four big recruits coming to Westwood for official visit this weekend, headlined by elite defensive tackle George Uko. In fact, the recruiting weekend definitely has a bit of a defensive flavor to it...

UCLA will have four recruits taking official visits this weekend for the Washington game, and all four are defensive players that UCLA great covets.

They are:

Aramide Olaniyan, the 6-2, 200-pounder from Woodberry Forrest (Va.) High, the #9-ranked outside linebacker in the country. Olaniyan had originally verbally committed to Duke but then de-comitted once he started getting attention and offers from bigger football programs. Michigan and North Carolina are the biggest competition now. Olaniyan is a very good athlete, with good quickness, and he'd fill a position of recruiting need for UCLA – weakside linebacker.

Owamagbe Odighizuwa, the 6-3, 235-pounder from Portland (Ore.) Douglas, who is the #14-ranked defensive end in the country. Odighizuwa is a pass-rush specialist, and has the entire Pac-10 pursuing him. He has visited Cal and Oregon State, and could also visit USC, Nebraska and Florida. He visited Oregon unofficially.

Richard Ash, the 6-4, 270-pounder from Pahokee (Flor.) High, the #47-ranked defensive tackle in the nation. Ash is reportedly quick off the ball and very strong, and has a frame that could easily hold quite a bit of more good weight. He has already visited West Virginia, and plans to visit LSU, South Florida and Rutgers. Obviously, defensive tackle is the supreme position of need for UCLA.

George Uko, the 6-4, 300-pound defensive tackle prospect from Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo, the #3-ranked player at his position in the nation. Uko's recruitment has been well-documented -- seemingly having UCLA on the back burner and focusing on USC, Ca and Oregon. But recently he said that the persistence of Rick Neuheisel, who has personally called him once a week, has gotten UCLA back in his recruitment, precipitating an official visit this weekend.


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