With UCLA offering Equanimeous St. Brown, the 6-5 receiver from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, today, we thought we'd concentrate a bit on receiver recruiting.
Brown visited UCLA a week ago, and he had camped at UCLA previously, and some close to the recruitment thought that UCLA was always one of his favorites. USC, Stanford and Notre Dame have been on him aggressively for a while, so we'll see how the UCLA offer impacts his recruitment. We've heard from sources close to St. Brown that St. Brown's father had been talking with Jim Mora, and the offer came from Mora.
UCLA doesn't have a great many scholarships for wide receivers in the 2015 class, and they could be getting scarce. Like we've been saying for a while, we've heard that UCLA is doing well with Cordell Broadus, the 6-3 prospect from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, to the point that UCLA could be considered the favorite. Sources are telling us that UCLA also leads, pretty sizeably, for L.J. Reed, the 6-4 prospect from Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks. Today there are some UCLA coaches out on the recruiting trail, and we've heard that UCLA assistant Angus McClure is at Cosumnes Oaks to see Reed. Reed could want to commit, but he very well might have a little bit of work to do academically.
Between Broadus, Reed and St. Brown, UCLA could possibly take two bigger-type receivers, and leave at least one spot open for a smaller, faster receiver prospect. So, it will be interesting to see if St. Brown, with the newly minted offer, considers jumping on it. We completely believe that UCLA will have a very good chance to get two of three from Broadus, St. Brown and Reed.
When it comes to the smaller, quicker receiver, we're still hearing UCLA is very much in the thick of it with Christian Kirk, the 5-11 receiver from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro, and continue to hear that it's mainly a UCLA/Texas A&M battle, with the Aggies perhaps ahead at this time.
The Bruins are still in good standing with Ryan Newsome, the 5-10 speedster from Aledo (Tex.). Newsome has been taking official visits to other schools, like Texas, and still plans to see more sometime this spring and summer, including UCLA. He'll also try to see Notre Dame, Florida State and Oregon.
There is also Taeon Mason, the 6-0 speedy receiver from Pasadena (Calif.) Muir, who is verbally committed to USC. UCLA is very much recruiting him, and you could see Mason fulfill that role of the speed guy along with a couple of bigger receivers. We're hearing UCLA has a real chance with Mason, since UCLA defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin is a Muir alum and has connections.
UCLA had a pretty big visitor to practice Monday – Gardena Serra linebacker John Houston. UCLA linebacker coach and defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich spent some time talking to Houston after practice.
Jack Dreyer, a 6-8, 280-pound offensive lineman San Mateo (Calif.) Serra, also visited practice. He definitely looked at least 6-7, and filled out well. He's a good student, with some Ivy League offers, and some offers from Pac-12s. He is high school teammates with incoming UCLA defensive end Matt Dickerson, so that has gotten Angus McClure, whose area is Northern California, to recruit Dreyer. We've heard that Dreyer could return to participate in UCLA's camp in June, to try to earn a UCLA scholarship offer.
A NorCal OL prospect that does have a UCLA offer and his own connections to UCLA is Darrin Paulo, the 6-6 320-pounder from Sacramento (Calif.) Grant. Paulo is the cousin of UCLA fullback Nate Iese, and we've heard that UCLA has a really good shot with him. McClure was reportedly on Grant's campus today.
Speaking of NorCal OLs with high school connections to UCLA, today McClure is also visiting Johnny Capra, the 6-6, 270-pounder from Auburn (Calif.) Placer, the alma mater of current UCLA freshman DL Eddie Vanderdoes.
We've also heard that McClure will be on the campus of Granite Bay (Calif.) today, to see linebacker prospect Cameron Smith.
We're hearing that some programs are cooling a bit on Stanley Norman, the 5-10 WR/DB from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, because of some issues. Last night there was a big contingent from Serra at UCLA's practice, but Norman wasn't there. We'll see if UCLA also cools on Norman.
We've heard that UCLA assistant Mike Tuiasosopo will drop in on some L.A. City schools today. His recruiting region is the Carson area L.A. near and around his alma mater of Wilmington Banning. UCLA offered and is recruiting aggressively Porter Gustin, the 6-4, 230-pound outside linebacker from Salem (Utah) Salem Hills. Tuiaososopo, since he's the UCLA outside linebacker coach, is the main recruiter on Gustin and we've heard from sources close to Gustin that Tuiasosopo plans to visit the prospect next week.
Christian Bell, the DE/LB from Hoover (Ala.) UCLA is recruiting, said that he'll probably decide soon, and pick from probably Alabama and Mississippi State.