Weekend Update on Recruiting

There were quite a few developments over the weekend in UCLA football recruiting, including a verbal commitment, an official visitor who was committed to USC, and a group of coveted recruits taking unofficial visits...

We've been updating you throughout the weekend on what's been going on in football recruiting, the weekend before Signing Day, so here it all is in one quick update.

Giovanni Di Poalo, the offensive lineman from Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure, took an official visit to UCLA this weekend. Di Poalo was verbally committed to USC, but there are now reports that he de-committed from USC after his trip to UCLA. We haven't confirmed the de-commitment. What we did hear was that Di Poalo and his family had been re-thinking his commitment to USC for a while and called UCLA to sit down with Rick Neuheisel last week, which led to his official visit this weekend. If you might remember, Di Poalo's grandfather played on UCLA's championship team in 1954 and we've heard there's some feeling that it would be fitting for the grandson to return to his grandfather's alma mater.

Sealii Epenesa, the defensive tackle from Honolulu (Haw.) Iolani, verbally committed to UCLA on Friday.

Also on Friday, Huntington Beach Edison linebacker Jordan Zumwalt took an unofficial visit to UCLA before he went across town for his official visit to USC. Even More on Zumwalt from the Weekend

Dietrich Riley, the safety from La Canada St. Francis, also took an official visit to USC this weekend, and it was much speculated that he'd verbally commit to the Trojans, which he didn't.

We've now heard that both Zumwalt and Riley were on UCLA's campus Sunday or another unofficial visit, joined by UCLA-committed defensive tackle Cassius Marsh from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian and Anthony Jefferson, the defensive back from Los Angeles Cathedral, who is thought to be leaning heavily to UCLA.

It's particularly significant that Zumwalt and Riley came back to UCLA's campus after their USC official visit, and to do it the day before the dead period begins on Monday along with Jefferson and Marsh.

We've heard that Owamagbe Odighizuwa, the five-star defensive end from Portland (Ore.) Douglas, has indicated to a few different recruits recently that he's favoring UCLA.

We've also been hearing that there is a player committed to another school -- not USC -- at a position of need for UCLA that has continued to tell many people that he's going to go to UCLA.

Marquis Jackson, the JC defensive end from College of the Canyons verbally committed to UCLA, took an official visit to USC this weekend, but he told reporters Sunday night he was going to stick with his commitment to UCLA.

We've reported that Julious Moore, the defensive tackle from Bellevue (Wash.) High who is verbally committed to UCLA, could struggle to academically qualify and intended to take an official visit to Washington State this weekend. But the visit was cancelled because Moore hadn't registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse. As of now it's uncertain what Moore will do this Wednesday on Signing Day. To enroll at UCLA it's believed he needs to do some work academically and could grayshirt later. There is still that possibility if, in fact, he doesn't commit elsewhere.

We're still hearing that UCLA is doing very well with Hayes Pullard, the linebacker from Los Angeles Crenshaw, and Ricky Heimuli, the defensive tackle from Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton.


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