There's no doubt about it, our colleagues on the 247Sports network are about as creative as they come when it comes to college football recruiting. So pardon us if we steal, perhaps borrow is a better phrase, an idea (here's the link) from the fine folks at Duck Territory.
With National Signing Day right around the corner, seven days away to be exact, we figured it was time to narrow down the field of high-profile unsigned prospects from the Class of 2013 that the Bruins have a chance to land an all-important commitment from.
Securing a signature and filling needs across the board is the end game, of course, for coach Jim Mora & Co. That said, we plan to provide an inside look at five recruits on the radar of UCLA as the home stretch approaches. In no particular order, here goes nothing.
Isaac Savaiinaea, ILB, Honolulu (HI) Punahou: Some good news here, all signs points to the Bruins being the frontrunner for the 6-foot-3 and 230-pound backer. At one point, Texas A&M was thought to be a threat. The Aggies, however, have appeared to become an afterthought since his recruiter Brian Polian took over the coaching job at Nevada. UCLA assistant Angus McClure, on the other hand, has built up a good, and well-documented, rapport with Savaiinaea (pictured). If the Bruins miss the boat on him it would come as somewhat of surprise. Stay tuned.
Asiantii Woulard, QB, Winter Park (FL): The 6-4 and 200-pound signal-caller visited Westwood this past weekend and UCLA did its best to leave a lasting impression. Mission accomplished, by the way. Woulard enjoyed the experience. So much so, it was rumored that he committed before his departure. The whispers were premature in the end and Woulard confirmed with Bruin247 that he'd make his decision on Feb 6. Clemson and Kentucky were once considered as players, but that does not seem to be the case anymore. The Bruins are on the verge of getting their guy.
Kylie Fitts, DE, Redlands (CA) Redlands East Valley: A one-time USC commit, Fitts recently opened up the whole recruiting process. That bodes well for UCLA, picking up a player destined to line up for the rival would be icing on the cake. The Bruins have plenty of competition for the 6-4 and 241-pound pass-rusher who puts pressure on the opponent from the strong-side. Fitts was impressed with what Notre Dame had to offer. Plans are in the works for an official visit to Utah this weekend. The Trojans are still in the mix, along with Washington. This one is far from over.
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Auburn (CA) Placer: If we sound like a broken record, it's not our fault. The 6-2 and 310-pound interior lineman initially committed to the Trojans. A change of heart followed and opened the door for many schools to test the waters, UCLA included. He visited Notre Dame on Jan. 25 and will take a trip to Alabama in a couple days. With those powerhouse programs lurking, it might be difficult to lure him to Westwood. Don't count out USC either. Gut feeling says Vanderdoes reconsiders his options, goes with his first instinct and signs with the Trojans.
Cornelius Elder, ATH, Nashville (TN) Ensworth: This one is tricky. Who are we kidding? All of them are tricky at this stage of the game. Let's get to the point: The 5-10 and 165-pounder is a jack-of-all-trades type. And therein lies the problem. It's no secret that Elder is considering playing basketball at the next level. Football, believe it or not, could be put on the back-burner. Mora and his assistants would be on the outside looking in. Same thing could be said about Ohio State. If Elder decides to stick the gridiron, the Bruins and Buckeyes are in the running for a commitment.
For an additional perspective on some of the aforementioned recruits, check out this link and the spin from 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Gerry Hamilton. Also, there's plenty of inside information to be found here, courtesy of the message board at Bruin247.
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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