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UCLA Football: Target Practice

Each week and every week, as frequently as possible, we plan to take an inside look at multiple players from the Class of 2014 that UCLA is keeping a close eye on. Securing an all-important commitment, of course, is the goal for the coaching staff of the Bruins.

In the future, think of this space as your proverbial one-stop shop for news and notes about the gridiron goings on for potential targets of UCLA. So without further ado, it's time to reveal a list of who’s who and the chances the Bruins have to land each individual.

Kyle Allen, QB, Scottsdale (AZ) Desert Mountain: At first glance, it appears as if the 6-foot-3 and 185-pounder might not be an ideal fit in Westwood given his pro-style tendencies in the pocket. Then again, Allen (pictured) is about as talented as they come. Thus, the offer from the Bruins back in mid-May. In the 247Sports Composite Rankings, he is the nation's No. 6 player at his position. Coach Jim Mora and his staff figure to keep a close eye on Allen from here on out.

Myles Autry, ATH, Norcross (GA): It's difficult to determine where he'll play in college, likely receiver or running back. One thing is certain: UCLA is interested in the 5-9 and 175 play-maker. If given the choice, Autry prefers lining up in the backfield. The Bruins, however, are in the market for ball-carriers such as Joe Mixon of Oakley (CA) Freedom and Nathan Starks of Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman. Expect them to keep their options open with Autry, nevertheless.

Michiah Quick, WR, Fresno (CA) Central East: UCLA was recently in position to land a commitment from the 6-0 and 170-pound wide-out. Times might have changed, unfortunately. Quick announced his top five programs a couple of days ago and Pac-12 Conference schools USC and Oregon made the cut. Not the Bruins. His other favorites are Alabama, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. All is not lost. Keep this in mind, the coaching staff has some time to make up ground.

Bryce Dixon, TE, Ventura (CA) St. Bonaventure: He was in Westwood when UCLA hosted a group of underclassmen in early February and signs point to the 6-4 and 220-pounder enjoying his visit. Much of the recruiting focus at the position has been on Tyler Luatua from La Mirada (CA) up to this point. There is, however, no disputing the fact the Bruins are intrigued with what Dixon could potentially bring to the table. Accordingly, they offered him in November.

Ainuu Taua, DT, Lompoc, (CA): As it stands now, the Bruins appear to be the midst of a heated battle with Washington for him. They could, in fact, have advantage over their counterparts considering the 6-1 and 270-pound big man said he'd like to stay close to home. USC could also emerge as player after Taua recently visited the Trojans for Junior Day. In terms of a national buzz, Alabama, Michigan and Wisconsin are among those expressing varied levels of interest.

Sean Ceglinsky has covered prep and college sports on the West Coast for the better part of the past 15-plus years. Follow him on twitter: @SeanCeglinsky

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