With college football's national signing day inching closer, college staffs are starting the stretch run to finish the 2013 cycle. In our latest “Finish Line” feature, 247Sports and Bruin247 take a look at what left for Florida in the 2013 cycle, which is a class currently with 18 commitments.
Talented Arizona receiver Devon Allen could end up being a difference-maker for Jim Mora Jr. and UCLA in the coming years.
Devon Allen, WR. Phoenix (Az.) Brophy Prep
The two-sport star has been a lean to the Bruins for sometime time now. While Arizona State, Oregon and a couple of others are remain as lurkers, it will be a major upset if UCLA doesn’t land the vertical threat.
West Coast analyst Justin Hopkins on Allen’s recruitment: “Allen has visited UCLA on several occasions in the last few months. It's no secret the Bruins lead in his recruitment as he tries to finalize his recruitment. Ohio State, Oregon and ASU are some others that are still in the mix. But at the end of the day UCLA looks very likely to land this four-star burner.”
Tahaan Goodman, S, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
The recruitment of the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Goodman is one of the most intriguing on the West Coast. While most believe the U.S. Army All-American will end up at USC or UCLA, he is playing things very close to the vest.
Hopkins on Goodman’s recruitment: “Goodman continues to be an enigma on the recruiting trail. He often dodges questions and his top group remains fluid. However by most accounts, this appears to be a fierce cross-town battle with USC for the Bruins. Assistant Demetrice Martin is one of the best recruiters in the Pac-12 and sources indicate he may have widened his lead in the last few weeks.”
Priest Willis, CB/S, Tempe (Az.) Marcos De Niza
Willis is another recruitment that is close to the vest as we close in on the stretch drive. While the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder has already visited Nebraska and Virginia with LSU still a possibility, a number believe his recruitment will still come down to programs in the Pac-12.
Hopkins on Willis’ recruitment: “Like Goodman, Willis continues to be an enigma of sorts. He refrains from naming leaders but recently announced a top seven. The latest suggest UCLA and USC are once again in a battle for the five-star corner. Which ultimately has been the case for some time. Once again, Demetrice Martin has done well here and it appears UCLA is starting to separate from the pack.”
Caleb Benenoch, OG, Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Benenoch is nearing a decision with UCLA, Baylor and Texas the finalists. A recent visit to UCLA has put the Bruins in a good spot with a possible official to Texas still looking.
Hopkins on Benenoch’s recruitment: “UCLA assistant Adrian Klemm continues to make his presence felt on offensive line recruiting and beyond. The Bruins could end up with as many as 9 offensive line commits which would all come at the work of Klemm. After his recent official visit to UCLA, sources indicate the staff is optimistic with Benenoch and wouldn't be surprised if a commitment happened soon.”
Alex Redmond, OG, Los Alamitos (Calif.)
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Redmond de-committed from Oregon within the last two weeks. With the news, UCLA was one of several teams to jump back into the race with some believing the Bruins are the team to beat.
Hopkins on Redmond’s recruitment: “The former Oregon commit opened things back up within the last few weeks and UCLA wasted no time. Expect Redmond to take a visit and don't be surprised if he ends up adding to UCLA's deep offensive line recruiting class.”
Danny Mattingly, OLB, Spokane (Wa.) Mead
While the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Mattingly has been committed to Notre Dame since late June, hie recruitment is anything but a done deal for the Fighting Irish. He has visited Washington and most recently UCLA, who is believed to be the team that could upset Notre Dame.
Hopkins on Mattingly’s recruitment: “The Bruins never gave up on Notre Dame commit Danny Mattingly who recently took a trip to UCLA. The talented jumbo athlete has gone quiet with the media but there are doubts he will remain with the Irish and sources suggest UCLA is optimistic on their chances. His uncle also manages a little baseball team in LA named the Dodgers.”
Patrick Enewally, S/CB, Cerritos (Calif.) Richard Gahr
The versatile Enewally is one of the top senior risers on the West Coast. While he slated to officially visit Boise State Dec. 7, it is believed that UCLA is the team to beat for the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder.
Hopkins on Enewally’s recruitment: “Enewally has benefited from a big senior season and a position change. After proving he can play at the next level at corner, his rangy size has garnered him several new offers, including UCLA. Don't be surprised if Enewally commits to the Bruins before the end of the year.”
Terrell Newby, RB, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Newby is another that has seen his recruitment pick up steam as a senior. Among the most recent offers are the Bruins.
Hopkins on Newby’s recruitment: “Newby has always had the speed and big-play ability college coaches covet. UCLA has kept a watchful eye on Newby for quite some time before offering nearly two months ago. Newby has some great options, but don't be surprised if the offer from UCLA is the one he takes.”
John Johnson, CB, Fresno (Calif.) Central East
Johnson recently visited UCLA after having visited Oklahoma in late October. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder has been very quiet about his recruitment, but some on the West Coast believe UCLA is, and has been the team to beat for a while.
Hopkins on Johnson’s recruitment: “Johnson has also been rather coy about his recruitment but many believe UCLA has led for a while. With his season behind him expect him to take some official visits but he has built a very good relationship with ace recruiter Demetrice Martin.”