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|TIGHT ENDS||Interest Level and likely percentage of signing with UCLA||247 Composite Rating||Comments|
TE 6’4″ 221
Bishop Gorman High School
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Committed to Notre Dame 1/15/2015
|4-STAR||One of the top tight ends in the country, , Jones was a long time commit to UCLA. However, rumors have swirled form most of the fall that Notre Dame was making in-roads. Jones took an official visit to South Bend on 12/12/2014 and on 1/15/2015 flipped to the Irish. This is a blow to UCLA’s recruiting. You never want to lose a 4-star recruit that has been committed to you for almost a year. Especially three weeks before signing day. While a blow, we do not think it is the end of the world since there have been very mixed reports about Jones during his senior season. While he has the height, size, and speed you want, there may be some intangibles that impend the overall package. The good news is that there are a few quality tight ends that UCLA is still in on, and they may be even more interested in the Bruins now that Jones is no longer a factor.|
Avon Old Farms High School
|Open, de-committed from Michigan
|4-STAR||Until recently, Clark was committed to Michigan. With the head coaching change, Clark reopened his recruitment and has been contacted by numerous schools around the country, including UCLA. With signing day only a couple months away, UCLA is getting in on the tail end of his recruitment but is doing very well. The wildcard is the new hiring of Jim Harbaugh as the new Michigan coach and Clark officially visited them on January 16, 2015. Played in the Under Armour All-American High School Football Game January 2, 2015. Clark had his official visit to Westwood on the weekend of January 23. We are hearing it went eceptional for Clark and we are feeling very good about this recruit right now. Also, we are hearing UCLA is ramping up their recruitment of Clark’s friend, 2016 quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. We don’t think that is a coincidence.
On 1/29/2015 Clark tweeted this handwritten letter. It looks like something that Michigan coach Harbaugh may have written while on his home visit to Clark yesterday. Some interesting comments showing us some insight into Harbaugh’s strategy such as Clark will be able to wear number 8 (Troy Aikman’s retired number), and that Michigan averages 30,000+ more fans per game than UCLA. The “8” is mentioned three times, which we find a little surprising. We know high school players often become attached to a number and would like to keep it in college, but we are hard pressed to remember a player who committed to a school solely because of that. If that is Harbaugh’s biggest selling point to hang his hat on, we have to feel good about our chances. What do you think?
Also to note is that both Noel and Taylor Mazzone will be visiting Clark tomorrow. I imagine they will write their own list after seeing this one!!!
Mater Dei High School
Santa Ana, California
|Committed to Wisconsin
|4-STAR||This is a recruit we have been watching for a while now. Penniston has been committed to Wisconsin for several months now and while committing very early in the process, Penniston has only taken one official visit, and that was to Wisconsin. This is a local recruit we can see changing his mind, and now that Oregon State has hired Wisconsin’s head coach, even more so. Penniston’s main recruiter for Wisconsin was Chad Kauha’aha’a and he just accepted a position with Oregon State. As for UCLA, they have been maintaining some contact. Should Clark fall through, and Penniston de-commit, we can see UCLA making a late run for him. However, should USC also offer him, they would likely become the immediate favorite. Played in the Under Armour All-American High School Football Game January 2, 2015.
Note: We are not saying Penniston is a high valued recruit for UCLA, only that if their top priorities fall through, the stars may align for him and UCLA.
|RUNNING BACKS||Interest Level and likely percentage of signing with UCLA||247 Composite Rating||Comments|
Clovis North High School
|BOOM Committed to UCLA 3/11/2014
|3-STAR||Won the RB MVP award at the NorCal Rivals Camp Series. In his 2013 junior season, Bolu had 2,344 yards and 24 touchdowns, was the Tri-River League Offensive Player of the Year, made the Fresno Bee All-Area Team and made the MaxPreps Division I all-state team. Has officially visited UCLA.|
RB 6’1″ 211
Lakeland Christian School
|OPEN – de-committed from UCLA 1/22/2015
|3-STAR||Simmons missed most of his senior season with a leg injury so there is nothing to report regarding his development or readiness for the fall. Regardless, we always liked Simmons, and his speed and skill will provide a new dimension for the UCLA offense. Has officially visited UCLA. MAJOR UPDATE 1/22/2015 Simmons has de-committed. Simmons was one of our favorite recruits and we believed he would have had an impact early on in the program.
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RB 6’3″ 206
Plano West High School
|4-STAR||Jamabo is a guy who just kept climbing the recruiting rankings all season. Big, strong, and a workhorse, Jamabo is a young man that combined with Josh Rosen would put the UCLA offense in a great situation for the next few years. Jamabo has expressed varying degrees of interest in a number of schools. The one constant in his recruitment seems to be UCLA. Notre Dame has emerged as a contender since putting their top recruiter, Tony Alford, on him. In spite of that, we like our chances here. Has officially visited UCLA. The wildcard could be Texas – we are hearing that since their 4-star running back Jordan Stevenson de-committed, they are again recruiting Jamabo hard. Played in the Under Armour All-American High School Football Game January 2, 2015. As a senior, Jamabo rushed 235 times for 2,279 yards and 44 touchdowns. He also made the first team on MaxPreps 2014 All-American Football Team.|
RB 6’0″ 211
Central Catholic High School
|Committed to Stanford 12/15/2014
|4-STAR||Scarlett is a guy UCLA would like to have and Scarlett reportedly loves UCLA. However, with Jamabo still out there, Scarlett and UCLA may both be waiting until Jamabo decides. We suspect UCLA would be happy to take both, but a commitment from Scarlett might start looking like an overcrowded backfield for Jamabo. And vice versa. Scarlett is expected to announce Monday, December 15, 2014 which indicates to us, it is not likely to be UCLA, and probably Stanford. Final schools: UCLA, Stanford, Washington, and Notre Dame. Has officially visited UCLA. UPDATE: 12/15/2014 – as we believed, Scarlett has committed to Stanford.|
|QUARTERBACKS||Interest Level and likely percentage of signing with UCLA||247 Composite Rating||Comments|
St. John Bosco High School
|BOOM Committed to UCLA 4/20/2014
|5-STAR||Probably the top high school quarterback in the entire country, Rosen has already enrolled at UCLA so that he can participate in Spring Practice. Was selected (but declined) to play in the Under Armour All-American High School Football Game January 2, 2015. Has officially visited UCLA. In his senior season, Rosen completed 64% of his passes, passed for 3,186 yards and 29 touchdowns. Rosen passed for 90 touchdowns during his high school career. He also made just about every major All-Star team imaginable as well as being named the Los Angeles Times Player of the Year.|
|Others||Having the top quarterback in the country is a great luxury for the coaching staff to have this recruiting season. It takes a lot of pressure off. However, it wouldn’t hurt to take a second gunslinger in this class. Someone with potential, willing to redshirt, and understands they will need a year or two to develop. A QB who might fit that scenario has recently opened up his recruitment, Kyle Kearns, a 4-star from Pleasanton, California who recently de-commited from SMU. (NOTE: Kearns committed to Wake Forest January 24, 2015). We were also hoping UCLA would get involved with Sheriron Jones, a 4-star from Moreno Valley who recently de-commited from Florida. Interestingly, Jones attends the same high school as UCLA offensive lineman commit, Tevita Halalilo. However, Jones just committed to Tennessee. Also, despite what others are saying, we don’t think that UCLA is out of the running for 2016 QB star and Florida State commit, Malik Henry. Florida State may sign as many as three 4-star quarterbacks in the class immediately in front of him. That is a lot of young quarterback competition. Also, on January 23, 2015, Henry announced he will be transferring to IMG Academy in Florida for his senior season. This is an interesting development since it will give him a good idea if he wants to spend several more years in Tallahassee. He may be ready to come home after a year. We shall see. With Henry’s decisions, and a declining interest in 2016 quarterback K.J. Costello, UCLA is starting to increase their recruitment of other top 2016 quarterbacks, especially Dwayne Haskins Jr. of Maryland.
In other recruiting news, UCLA has just offered a 2018 QB from Florida, Joey Gatewood.
|OFFENSIVE LINE||Interest Level and likely percentage of signing with UCLA||247 Composite Rating||Comments|
St. Louis High School
|BOOM Committed to UCLA 7/11/2014
|4-STAR||From a traditional powerhouse football program, Ulu-Perry played in the Under Armour All-American High School Football Game January 2, 2015. Has officially visited UCLA.|
Herriman High School
|BOOM Committed to UCLA 7/10/2014
|4-STAR||James has flirted with other programs since committing to UCLA, but in the end, we feel certain he will stick with the Bruins. Has officially visited UCLA.|
Rancho Verde High School
Moreno Valley, California
|BOOM Committed to UCLA 4/18/2014
|4-STAR||Halalilo played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl January 4, 2015. Has officially visited UCLA. Recent reports state he may be waivering. We are in a wait-and-see what happens on signing day mode. UPDATE: Now all the reports are that he is still completely committed to UCLA. We never changed our committed percentage because our sources said from the beginning there was nothing to those rumors. Not to mention, we don’t report unverified information for the purpose of increasing website hits.|
Orange Coast Community College
Costa Mesa, California
|BOOM Committed to UCLA 11/16/2014
|3-STAR||The JUCO big man has already enrolled at UCLA and begun classes.|
Casady High School
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|4-STAR||Wariboko has suggested on several occasions that he was ready to announce, yet he never did. The former Oklahoma commit Wariboko has taken some official visits. While UCLA has often been reported as leading for Wariboko, we are not so sure. Oklahoma is reportedly pulling out all the stops to keep the big guy home. It will be interesting to see if the home state team can keep him local. Ohio state is also in the hunt. Was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American High School Football Game January 2, 2015. Has officially visited UCLA.|
|4-STAR||From one of the traditional island football powerhouses, Uluave has long been considered a UCLA lean. Has already visited Oregon where his teammate and cousin Canton Kaumatule is committed. According to a 12/10/2014 OregonLive.com report, Uluave stated that UCLA has not been in much contact with him lately. This is usually a sign that UCLA is doing well with other prospects they prefer. Uluave has yet to take an official visit to UCLA and Oregon may be the front-runner now.|
San Ramon Valley High School
|Committed to Oklahoma
|4-STAR||Samia, surprisingly committed to the Oklahoma Sooners back in August. This came after an unofficial visit to Norman on a beautiful August day. Before committing to Oklahoma, Samia admitted he was a UCLA lean. While we don’t know what changed, we do know for a fact that Samia is one of offensive line coach Adrian Klemm’s favorite players in this class. Our Oklahoma sources are saying that Klemm is again reaching out to Samia, and he is accepting the calls. For some reason, this just feels like one of those recruiting battles that is just not over yet.|