UCLA: Football recruiting

ESPN 300: Top Pac-12 targets 

April, 16, 2014
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This recruiting cycle represents a huge year for talent in California, which means the Pac-12 should be able to put together some very healthy recruiting classes. In looking at the top five targets for the conference in the 2015 ESPN 300, it's no surprise that three come from Southern California. But if the Pac-12 wants to have a better overall finish in the recruiting rankings next year -- USC at No. 14 overall was the highest finish in 2014 -- the conference will need to reel in several out-of-area standouts, which is why the first two names on the list are here.


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Get to know Keisean Lucier-South 

April, 4, 2014
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video Throughout this recruiting cycle, RecruitingNation will profile a number of ESPN 300 prospects in the 2015 class, including an inside look at the prospect, his recruitment, a scouting report and what college program could benefit when he ultimately makes his decision.

Unlike a number of ESPN Junior 300 prospects, Keisean Lucier-South didn't grow up dreaming of becoming a football star. In fact, he had to be convinced that it was the best path for him.

Lucier-South began playing sports at an early age, but it was always basketball that grabbed the majority of his attention and passion. It became his primary sport when he was 5 years old, and even though he picked up football only a few years later, the gridiron couldn't captivate his imagination quite like the court.

But a conversation before his sophomore season between his head coach and defensive coordinator -- a conversation he wasn't initially involved in -- turned things around for Lucier-South.


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Getting to know Iman Marshall 

April, 3, 2014
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Iman Marshall is already one of the most well-known and sought-after recruits in the West region, but don't expect to hear that name much between now and signing day.

Around the Long Beach (Calif.) Poly campus and the entirety of Southern California, Marshall is simply referred to as "Biggie."

"It goes all the way back to when I was a baby, from my mom," Marshall said. "I guess I was a chubby little baby."


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Texas Relays recruiting notebook 

March, 30, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas -- The state of Texas’ top track athletes descended on Austin this weekend to compete in the annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on the campus of the University of Texas, and the field of competitors included several touted 2015 and 2016 recruits. Here’s an update on where a few of them stand in their recruitment.

RB Jones wants to travel

The battle for Ronald Jones II, one of the state’s top running back recruits out of McKinney North, rages on as he should be hitting the road in the next few months.


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Recruits weigh USC-UCLA differences 

March, 27, 2014
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Same city, same conference, top-notch academics. Yes, USC and UCLA have similarities that oftentimes cancel each other out on the recruiting trail.

Both schools hold verbal commitments from coveted quarterbacks -- UCLA has No. 1-rated pocket passer Josh Rosen in tow, and USC has No. 2 Ricky Town. It would be safe to assume the rest of these schools' recruiting classes will likely be made up of the top prospects in the West region.

The choice might be easy for some, but other recruits considering the crosstown rivals must find differences between the two.


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Scout's take: Bruins get their QB 

March, 20, 2014
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On Thursday, highly coveted ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Josh Rosen made his commitment to UCLA. Ranked the nation's No. 1 pocket passer and No. 16 overall recruit for the Class of 2015, Rosen is now the Bruins' top verbal commitment. Read below to see what our scouts expect from him in Pasadena:


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Meet No. 5 OLB John Houston Jr. 

March, 20, 2014
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video Throughout this recruiting cycle, RecruitingNation will profile several ESPN 300 prospects in the 2015 class, including an inside look at the prospect, his recruitment, a scouting report and what college program could benefit when he ultimately makes his decision.

For much of the past decade, Gardena (Calif.) Serra has been a must-stop destination for college football coaches. Not only have the Cavaliers not lost more than three games in a season since 2005, the last five recruiting classes have featured ESPN 300 prospects Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and George Farmer of USC and Jason Gibson of Cal, as well as standout receiver Paul Richardson of Colorado. In the 2014 class, nine Serra players signed with FBS programs, including No. 9 overall prospect Adoree' Jackson with USC and No. 180 overall prospect Dwight Williams with UCLA.

The Serra campus will again be swarming with college coaches in 2014, as the school has three ESPN Junior 300 prospects and several more 2015 recruits that will sign with FBS programs. And right in the middle of it all will be John Houston Jr.


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QB Henry has dual-threat, dual-sport goals 

March, 19, 2014
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When the next big thing in Southern California recruiting isn’t standing behind center, he’s in the middle of the baseball diamond, staring down batters from the pitching mound.


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Meet ESPN Junior 300 QB Josh Rosen 

March, 19, 2014
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Most of the 2015 quarterbacks will be busy this spring, bouncing between camps and 7-on-7 tournaments. On the other hand, the nation's No. 1 overall quarterback, Josh Rosen, will also have bouncing around on the tennis court on his to-do list.

Formerly a nationally-ranked prospect on the youth circuit, Rosen said he hasn't picked up a tennis racket for competitive purposes in four years but wanted to give it a go during his final spring semester of high school.


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Pylon Elite West Coast Regional notebook 

March, 17, 2014
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LAS VEGAS -- Sin City was home to the largest 7-on-7 tournament on record this past weekend, as 82 teams representing at least 10 states participated in the Pylon Elite West Coast Regional 7v7.

Gridiron Get It Done, a Southern California-based squad, came away with the title thanks to big performances from quarterback Cole Norris, wide receiver Kyle Sweet and safety Barrett Barbato. Sweet walked away with MVP honors and could be a name to watch on the recruiting circuit as he preps for his senior season at Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita.

A number of ESPN athletes were also in attendance, highlighted by the nation’s No. 1 quarterback, Josh Rosen, No. 3 safety Marvell Tell, No. 5 outside linebacker John Houston Jr. and No. 2 inside linebacker Cameron Smith.

Rosen visits Michigan; decision coming soon


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Broadus changes location, not plans 

March, 11, 2014
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Highly-coveted wide receiver Cordell Broadus' desire to play against stiffer competition should be quenched following his transfer to powerhouse Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, but it could carry underlying recruiting implications as well.

USC and UCLA used to be about a one-hour drive from Broadus when he was at Diamond Bar (Calif.), where he burst onto the spotlight two years ago after transferring from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Now both coaching staffs, like others across the country, will likely have to hop on a plane to see him this fall.


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Four earn Opening invites at L.A. NFTC 

March, 9, 2014
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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- Thirty athletes from the West region in the ESPN Junior 300 met at Redondo Union (Calif.) High School on Sunday morning for the first Nike Football Training Camp of the spring. With hundreds of recruits in attendance, it wasn't surprising that many of the top prospects coming into the event stood out.


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Top position classes: Pac-12 

February, 27, 2014
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With national signing day in the books, RecruitingNation is looking at the top position classes in each conference. For the full series, click here.

Quarterback
Not only did the Arizona Wildcats sign a top-25 class in 2014, but did so while addressing several needs. Arizona signed a pair of quarterbacks in the class in four-star Brandon Dawkins (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) and three-star junior college prospect Jerrard Randall (Hollywood, Fla./Northeast Mississippi Community College), with both being dual threats who fit Rich Rodriguez’s scheme. Randall, a former LSU recruit, is already on campus and is expected to challenge for the starting spot in the spring with a skill set that features a very strong arm and well-above-average athleticism for the position.


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Early Offer: Mora’s must-get guy for 2015 

February, 19, 2014
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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings.

Wednesday's offerings: After several swings and misses on signing day, UCLA has all the ingredients to turn things around with the 2015 class, and it all starts with the nation’s No. 1 quarterback. Also, Wisconsin is using Gary Andersen’s ties to the West to land quality prospects.


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Top position classes: LB 

February, 17, 2014
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With national signing day in the books, RecruitingNation is looking at the top position classes. For the full series, click here.

Nationally (and SEC)
The Alabama Crimson Tide’s 2014 class fill just about every need on the board, and that includes linebacker. With designs on addressing pass rushing and the ability to play in space on the edge at outside 'backer in Nick Saban’s 3-4 scheme, Alabama signed the Nos. 1 and No. 2 outside linebackers in the country in No. 48 overall Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) and No. 52 overall Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn), who is pound for pound of the best pure athletes in the 2014 cycle. The Crimson Tide added two more talented linebackers in ESPN 300’s No. 102 Shaun Dion Hamilton (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) and No. 281 Keith Holcombe (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest). Hamilton is an MLB.

The Crimson Tide had the nation’s best linebacker class; here’s which schools had the best in each of the remaining power conferences:


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