Each and every week, or 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.
Brandon Dawkins, QB, Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian: The 6-foot-3 and 190-pounder is well on his way top becoming one of the nation's most sought-after recruits, and if the Bruins don't step up their efforts with an offer for Dawkins (pictured), they could be on the outside looking in when to comes time for a commitment. Alabama, LSU and USC have recently expressed varied levels of interest. Also worth noting, Notre Dame and Utah have offered him.
Joe Mixon, RB, Oakley (CA) Freedom: There are some questions about the position best suited for the 6-2 and 195-pounder. He's lined up in the backfield and linebacker in the not so distant past. One thing is fairly certain: Mixon will make an impact at the next level. In the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Mixon is the nation's No. 9 athlete, No. 108 overall. UCLA has offered, and if coach Jim Mora & Co. recruit him at running back, their chances will improve.
Jalen Brown, WR, Phoenix (AZ) Mountain Pointe: Perhaps the only thing slowing down the recruiting process for the 6-2 and 170-pound wideout is a recent shoulder injury. Even with what is expected to be a short-term setback, the list of potential suitors expands. The Bruins have offered Brown and he plans to visit Westwood on Monday. Pac-12 Conference counterparts such as Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Oregon State have scholarships waiting.
Budda Baker, ATH, Bellevue (WA): In terms of some of the more unique names around, this one is the best in the business. Nevermind that, let's talk about his game, the 5-10 and 170-pounder is about as versatile as they come. His likely home for college ball will be in the secondary, however. UCLA has offered and Baker recently said the Bruins will be one of his official visits. Oregon is another trip currently in the works. Alabama is also in the mix for a visit.
Natrell Curtis, OG, Phoenix (AZ) Mountain Pointe: If and when the Bruins decide to offer the talented 6-3 and 285-pound lineman, signs point to them having the all-important inside track. Current UCLA freshman Kenny Lacy was a teammate of Curtis last season and has been campaigning since arriving on campus. The Bruins coaching staff has built a good rapport Curtis and he'll be in Westwood this weekend. Why haven't they offered you say? Good question.
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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