Damien Mama is among the top targets of the coaching staff at UCLA.
Each 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.
Damien Mama, OG, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco: The 6-foot-4 and 370-pounder is on top of the wish list for UCLA. Rightfully so considering Mama is the nation's No. 1 player at his position in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and No. 26 overall. Problem is: The Bruins have a ton of competition for him. Plans are in the works for trips to Wisconsin in mid-October and Alabama in mid-November. Closer to home, USC poses as the biggest threat. UCLA has some work to do.
Michiah Quick, WR, Fresno (Calif.) Central East: At first glance, the 6-foot and 170-pounder appears to be the perfect in Westwood. Then again, Quick would be a prized piece of the puzzle for a number of programs. Suppose that best explains why the country's No. 5 athlete in the 247Sports Composite Rankings has close to 15 scholarship on the table, quite a few from the premier programs around. Notre Dame must be considered the frontrunner at this stage of the game.
Bryce Dixon, TE, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure: Signs point the 6-4 and 220-pounder staying close to home for his college ball and that bodes well for the Bruins. They would like nothing more than to land a pledge from the nation's No. 1 player at his spot on the field in the 247Sports Rankings and UCLA remains in the running with USC and Arizona State. Oregon has recently entered the picture and Dixon will visit the Ducks on Oct. 18. Miami is also a player for him.
Ainuu Taua, DT, Lompoc (Calif.): Unlike the situations with Mama, Quick and Dixon, the Bruins have a realistic chance to secure a commitment from the 5-11 and 287-pounder. In the not so distant past, Taua has said UCLA is a potential destination. Since then, however, Oklahoma and Ole Miss offered and thus grabbed the attention of the country's No. 16 individual at his position in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Nevertheless, the Bruins will not to go down with a fight.
Mattrell McGraw, S, New Orleans (La.) John Curtis: Another player who has eyes on UCLA for a while now is this 6-foot and 183-pounder. As things stand now, it appears to be a two-horse race between the Bruins and Oregon. The Ducks seem to have the early lead mind you and the finish line does not look to be close. The nation's No. 16 player in the 247Sports Rankings, McGraw has recently been in contact with Florida State and the Seminoles are determined to make a difference. Odds are, UCLA steps up its efforts to keep him interested in playing on the West Coast.