Main Story Lines:
-- Joe Mixon will announce his decision between UCLA and Oklahoma.
-- Bryce Dixon will announce, and the latest is that it will be USC, even though he could surprise.
-- There could be another UCLA-related surprise.
-- Zach Whitley, who was committed to Alabama, flipped to UCLA late last night.
2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Saturday, January 4th - Alamodome -
San Antonio, Texas - 10 a.m. PT - NBC
DB Jaleel Wadood, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- COMMIT
Named the Los Angeles Times Area Player of the Year this week, Wadood hasn't
lost a game all season, helping the Braves go 16-0 and win the CIF State Open
Division title. Now Wadood heads to San Antonio as one of three Braves in
the game (with Mama and Naijiel Hale), and one of three UCLA commits in the
game. The lone Scout 100 commit to UCLA so far, Wadood is the Bruins top
commit to date.
WR Austin Roberts, Carmel (Ind.)- COMMIT
Roberts has still yet to visit UCLA officially, but will do so in January.
However a commit since July, Roberts hasn't wavered at all in his verbal to the
Bruins. One of three Bruin commits on the West, Roberts is one of the best
players in the Midwest and should be a big target during the week for the West.
DT Ainuu Taua, Lompoc (Calif.)- COMMIT
California's top defensive tackle prospect, Taua committed to the Bruins earlier
this month, a four-star prospect who's now made it three years in a row the
Bruins have had a defensive tackle in the game and fourth in the last five
years. Interestingly, though, Taua is the first of those four to actually
be a Bruin commit before he got to San Antonio (Cassius Marsh was an LSU commit,
Ellis McCarthy committed to Cal during the game and Eddie Vanderdoes had just
decommitted from USC). Taua said in the past he hopes to get in on offense
on short yardage plays during the Army Bowl.
RB Joe Mixon, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom
All eyes will be on Mixon during the Army Bowl, the five-star running back set
to announce his decision during the game. Mixon announced last weekend
that he will have three hats on the table: Oklahoma, UCLA and Wisconsin.
But most still think that Cal is a factor in his recruitment and he has said he
wants to surprise people with his announcement. Who he picks may take a
back seat to how he actually announces.
TE Bryce Dixon, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
The No. 2 tight end in the country, Dixon is down to UCLA and USC, while
Oregon is still trying to stay in the mix. But it appears that it's a Los
Angeles battle. Dixon won't be announcing at the Army Bowl, with plans to
visit both UCLA and USC officially in January.
DE Davon Godchaux, Plaquemine (La.)
Godchaux is a soft verbal to LSU, but he's still considering taking official visits in January, including one to UCLA. He did visit unofficially back in the spring, so UCLA is a legitimate option for him. He may firm things up at the U.S. Army Bowl, but UCLA is still trying to get him out for an official visit next month..
OL Damien Mama, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
The No. 1 offensive guard prospect in the country, Mama has had the Bruins on his short list with Alabama and USC and they got back in the running with
offensive line coach Adrian Klemm trying to stay in the race. Mama had been UCLA's top offensive line target and he's been to a couple of UCLA's home games and getting plenty of attention from the Bruin coaches, particularly Klemm. UCLA is still in the mix for him, but everything points to him going to USC.
DE Solomon Thomas, Coppell (Texas)
Thomas has been on UCLA's radar for over a year, ever since he came out for the
Elite Camp going in to his junior year. In fact, one of his first offers
came from Adrian Klemm when he was at SMU. So the Bruins have been a
constant in his recruitment. Thomas visited UCLA earlier this month and he also named a top five
last week, which includes UCLA. He'll still visit Ohio State and Arkansas as well as Stanford, where he's awaiting word on his admission. But UCLA has firmly put themselves into the mix.
LB Kenny Young, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian
Young is one of three JCC prospects that UCLA is recruiting that is playing
in one of the All-American Games (in fact, each of the three are playing in a
separate game). He's set to visit UCLA officially the weekend before Signing Day and the Bruins have that last weekend to wow him, after he's visited Texas A&M and Miami prior to the visit.
Young isn't expected to announce at the Army Bowl.
LB Zach Whitley, Galena Park (Texas) North Shore
Whitley is verbally committed to Alabama, and publicly re-affirmed his commitment after officially visiting Tuscaloosa December 14th. The #6-ranked inside linebacker in the nation officially visited UCLA the weekend before. His teammate, offensive lineman Najee Toran, is already signed to UCLA and accompanied him on his visit to L.A. After that UCLA visit, there was some buzz that Whitley was strongly considering flipping to UCLA. We're still hearing that UCLA has a chance with Whitley. The four-star linebacker is an early entrant to college, so he can currently sign with the college of his choice to enroll by early January. As of today, Whitley has yet to sign. If he is, indeed, going to enroll early at the college of his choice, to do it he will have to decide in time to enroll within two weeks.
Other UCLA recruits in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl
OLB Bryson Allen-Williams, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
OL Demetrius Knox, Fort Worth (Texas) Episcopal
OLB Dwight Williams, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
LS Tanner Carew, La Verne (Calif.) Damien
DT Trey Lealaimatafao, San Antonio (Texas) Warren