UCLA is making a concerted effort to hit the Grand Canyon State hard—and it has paid dividends thus far.
4-star tackle Kenny Lacy was the first Arizona native to join the Bruins, and he seems very strong in his commitment (despite some scheduled official visits to other schools). Lacy has an impressive offer list, which includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, Cal, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, West Virginia and others.
Very recently, UCLA landed a pledge from another Arizona product, running back/wide receiver Jalen Ortiz.
The Peoria, Ariz. native has great quickness and agility, and looks like a perfect fit at the F-back position in Noel Mazzone's offense. Ortiz chose the Bruins over offers from Arkansas, Boise State, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona and Arizona State.
Two notable undecided prospects that UCLA wants desperately are wide receiver Devon Allen and defensive back Priest Willis.
Willis is a fantastic athlete. He has the ability to play both safety and cornerback. With UCLA graduating three starters in the secondary, it's quite feasible that Willis could come to Westwood and slot in at one of the openings.
At this point, UCLA is a big player for Willis' services.
He has connected well with Mora, and Mora's long history of coaching defensive backs in the NFL is surely a point of emphasis in regards to Willis' recruitment.
It's no secret that the Bruins lack a big play receiver with speed. Allen brings speed, and then more speed. He has a top mark of 10.49 in the 100 meter dash. As a hurdler, he's got a top mark of 13.36 in the 110 meters.
To show how fast that is,13.30 is the national record.
Allen recently took an official visit to UCLA, and it's safe to say that the Bruins are in the driver's seat right now.
It also helps out the Bruins considerably that Olympian Maurice Greene is the new sprinters' coach. Allen also plans to run track in college, and learning under the tutelage of a gold medalist is something that surely appeals to the Brophy Prep prospect.