Friday, November 22, 2013
Recruits watching Arizona State at UCLA
By Erik McKinney
The Pac-12 South title is on the line at the Rose Bowl this weekend as Arizona State travels to UCLA. With USC out of town, the Bruins have the city to themselves for recruiting purposes on Saturday and will welcome in several official visitors, including some standout unofficial visitors from the 2014 and 2015 classes. With both programs looking to fill and solidify impressive recruiting classes this year, this will be a significant opportunity to make an on-field statement. While dozens of recruits will likely be in attendance or watching on television, here are 10 who will be paying close attention to the game.
OT Chris Brown (Los Angeles/Loyola): The four-star offensive tackle has come on strong during his senior season and will be taking an official visit to UCLA, his third official after trips to Texas A&M and Oregon. Brown also holds an offer from USC and his recruitment could come down to the two local programs. It's an interesting situation for Brown. The Trojans' 2014 class already has four offensive linemen in it, while the Bruins have six true freshmen linemen that came in with the 2013 class. He'll get a good look at several of those this weekend as UCLA continues to showcase its true freshmen, which has been scoring big with the 2014 class.
Brad Kaaya is a Miami commit, but rumors linger he could end up at either UCLA or USC.
QB Brad Kaaya (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade): Kaaya has been committed to Miami for some time, but he hasn't been able to put down rumors of a possible flip to either of the Los Angeles schools. Though he hasn't said anything publicly about possibly leaning that way, he'll face plenty of pressure between now and signing day to stay close to home.
OG Kammy Delp (Pomona, Calif./Diamond Ranch): The three-star lineman will take several visits in the next couple months, but the Bruins could already be in good position. Arizona State will have an opportunity to make an impression this weekend, and also when Delp takes his official visit there in the weeks leading up to signing day.
TE Bryce Dixon (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure): The ESPN 300 tight end hasn't hidden his admiration for UCLA, and Arizona State continues to hang around in the recruitment for the nation's No. 126 recruit. The Sun Devils will receive an official visit next weekend, so there's a chance for Arizona State to make back-to-back statements for Dixon. The Bruins, on the other hand, have been the likely team to beat for Dixon for some time.
DT Trey Lealaimatafao (San Antonio, Tex./Earl Warren): A Texas commit, Lealaimatafao will take an official visit to UCLA this weekend. The Bruins have found success in Texas over the past few classes and will look to win another battle in the Lone Star State.
OG Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco): The hill the Bruins need to climb for Mama got slightly steeper when good friend Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial) committed to USC earlier this week. But UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm has developed a very strong relationship with the ESPN 300 lineman and Mama will give the Bruins a long look.
S Mattrell McGraw (New Orleans/John Curtis): McGraw is part of a John Curtis trio that UCLA is actively pursuing. It includes teammates Kenny Young and Malachi Dupre, but McGraw is the one who has spoken openly for some time about giving a serious look at West Coast schools Oregon and UCLA. It would be a huge recruiting win for the Bruins to reel in any of those three, and as the wins continue to pile up, their chances follow.
RB Demario Richard (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale): Richard holds offers from both programs but has been looking hard at Arizona State for some time. While Washington is in the mix as well, the four-star tailback seems as though he could be bound for Tempe, as the Sun Devils' terrific season is only helping them in his eyes.
ATH Jaleel Wadood (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco): After his decommitment from Cal, Wadood will take an official visit to UCLA this weekend. The nation's No. 297 recruit is down to the Bruins and Trojans and he'll get a big push from the UCLA coaches this weekend. Wadood was committed to Arizona State before decommitting the first time, so he could also wait a while to make sure his next commitment is his last.
OLB Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calif./Serra): Williams has been very quiet on the recruiting front this season as a number of his teammates grab headlines and take visits. The nation's No. 175 prospect has mostly cast his gaze across the country, with an official visit to Oklahoma in October and one set to Florida next weekend. But the Bruins are doing well with Williams and could be the team to watch out for when it comes time for him to decide.