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Tyrone Wheatley

We have recruiting tidbits on Rasheem Green, Tyrone Wheatley, Marvell Tell, a five-star defensive end from the east coast, and more...

Rasheem Green, the five-star defensive lineman from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, will visit UCLA Thursday, for spring practice, and to more than likely spend time with the coaches before and/or after. It's the second time Green has been to campus in the last few weeks, and the first time to observe practice.

As we reported, Marvell Tell, the much-sought, four-star safety from Encino (Calif.) Crespi, watched practice Saturday, and we've learned he spent most of the day with the coaching staff. He sat in on meetings and watched tape, and the feeling is that UCLA is doing well with him.

The #1-ranked defensive end in the nation, CeCe Jefferson, from Glen Saint Mary (Fla.) Baker County, plans to visit UCLA in June for the Bruin Camp. Jefferson has been on campus previously, last summer, and it's a good sign that a five-star prospect from back east has enough interest to again visit campus. The feeling is that UCLA has a chance, even though Jefferson's recruitment is very competitive, with the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and others recruiting him aggressively.

The word from the east coast is that UCLA is lined up to get one of the five official visits of Tim Settle, the five-star defensive tackle from Manassas (Virg.) Stonewall Jackson.

That east coast source is telling us that Tyrone Wheatley, the four-star defensive end from Buffalo (New York) Canisius, will visit UCLA next week. <p>

A player to watch is Justice Shelton-Mosley, the 6-0, 180-pound prospect from Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian. Shelton-Mosely is a bit under the radar at this point, but his recruitment is starting to pick up, having gotten offers from Northwestern and, just yesterday, Utah. He's also a very good student, with a 4.14 GPA, which has garnered attention from Ivy Leagues. Shelton-Mosley is a fast, shifty athlete, who some project at cornerback, while others see him as a slot receiver (watch his highlight reel). UCLA has been recruiting him for a while, without having offered, but there is some definite interest, according to some NorCal sources. He plans to visit UCLA for a spring practice next week. Shelton-Mosley is also close with L.J. Reed, the wide receiver from Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks, who is one of UCLA's targets at the position, and the two have talked about going to college together. Reed, actually, is leaning toward UCLA pretty heavily at this point.

It could, in fact, be interesting to watch to see what "big" receiver jumps in the boat first. Since UCLA will bring in a good amount of bigger-type of receivers with the 2014 class, it's only looking to earmark one of that type in 2015. It looks like it could be Reed or Cordell Broadus, the prospect from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, who is leaning to UCLA, and just visited campus Saturday and hung with Josh Rosen, the UCLA-committed quarterback, and the #1 prospect in the west, Iman Marshall, from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Reed, possibly, could be held up in committing because of some academics, but it definitely looks like a case of first-come-first-serve between Reed and Broadus.

One of the most mysterious 2015 propects is Darrin Paulo, the 6-6, 320-pound offensive line prospect from Sacramento (Calif.) Grant, who has a UCLA offer. He pretty much doesn't talk to the media, and we've heard it's even difficult for college coaches to get ahold of him. The word is that UCLA, having been on him early because of connections that UCLA assistant coach Angus McClure has, and the fact he's current Bruin Nate Iese's cousin, will get an unofficial visit from him for spring practice. His brother goes to Washington State, so the Cougars will put up some competition, we've heard.

Kahlil McKenzie, the nation's #5-ranked defensive tackle, from Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, will come down south to attend UCLA's spring game on April 26th. UCLA is in a very good position for McKenzie at this time.

A Norcal prospect to watch is Johnny Capra, the 6-6, 280-pound offensive lineman from Auburn (Calif.) Placer. If that high school sounds strikingly familiar, it's the alma mater of UCLA sophomore Eddie Vanderdoes, so obviously UCLA has some great connections at the school. Capra has offers from Cal, Washington State and a few others, but has high interest in UCLA, and he'll visit UCLA this weekend to take in a spring practice.

Another NorCal offensive line prospect that will take a trip south to watch UCLA's practice is Jack Dreyer, a 6-8, 285-pounder from another familiar high school, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra. Serra is the high school of incoming UCLA defensive end Matt Dickerson, so UCLA has a connection to Dreyer. Dreyer is a very big kid who has some upside as he continues to grow into his body (check out his highlight reel).

An interesting prospect is Matt Snyder, the 6-5, 245-pound prospect from San Ramon (Calif.). Snyder has some schools recruiting him as a tight end, with offers from Idaho and Nevada, but other schools, including UCLA, have shown interest in Snyder as a potential offensive tackle. Snyder has very good agility, but also a wide frame that could probably put on a good amount of weight. UCLA, too, with the amount of young OL talent it has on the roster, might look to take on a guy like Snyder, who has athleticism but needs a couple of years to put on weight and build his body. He's supposed to visit UCLA in the next couple of weeks, which will give the UCLA coaches a chance to eye-ball him.

Bar Milo, the 6-6, 280-pound prospect from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, visited UCLA's practice Monday. UCLA hasn't yet offered Milo, and we've heard he's really looking for one. In fact, if UCLA offered it would probably only be a matter of time before he committed. Milo, who is currently the nation's #23-ranked offensive tackle, in fact, has plans to camp at UCLA to try to earn a scholarship offer, which is a testament to how much he wants it and the type of kid he is since he already has a good offer list, which includes Arizona State, Cal, Nebraska, Washington and others.

Kirk Johnson, the athlete from San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian, will visit UCLA in the next couple of weeks, with his younger brother, 2016 prospect Collin Johnson. The Johnsons had intended to visit recently, but it was during UCLA's spring break, and the UCLA coaches told them to come down when students are on campus. Collin Johnson will be in town the weekend of April 26-27th, for a 7-on-7 in the L.A. area, so it very well might coincide with a visit to UCLA's Spring Game April 26th. Kirk Johnson is a 5-11 athlete who could plug in at running back, slot receiver or defensive back, while Collin is a 6-4 wide out.

Tim Lynott, the 6-4, 275-pound offensive line prospect from Aurora (Col.) Regis Jesuit, will visit UCLA sometime this month for spring practice. Lynott has an offer from UCLA, as well as from Oregon, Arizona State, Miami and others. UCLA Quarterbacks Coach Taylor Mazzone has been the lead recruiter for Lynott and the Bruins are doing well with him.

Micah Croom, the 6-1, 180-pound safety prospect from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, might be one of the handful of best prospects in the west for 2016. He attended UCLA's practice Monday, and spent a great deal of time with UCLA Defensive Backs Coach Demetrice Martin, actually on the field talking with Martin during the practice. When the defense was on a little break, we saw Croom walk up to Long Beach Poly alumnus and current UCLA linebacker Jayon Brown to say hello. UCLA hasn't offered Croom yet, but we're hearing that could happen this spring.

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