Update 2/05/14: Rashaan Evans has committed to Alabama.
Update 2/05/14: Malachi Dupre has committed to LSU.
Update 2/05/14: Kenny Young has committed to UCLA.
Update 2/05/14: Solomon Thomas has committed to Stanford.
Update 2/04/14: Budda Baker has committed to Washington.
Update 2/01/14: The official visitors for this weekend include Malachi Dupre, Kenny Young, Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, Davon Godchaux and Kalen Ballage.
Update 1/29/14: Per Greg Biggins of Scout.com, Damien Mama has canceled his visit to UCLA.
Update 1/28/14: Adoree' Jackson has tweeted a final four list of UCLA, USC, Florida and LSU.
Update 1/28/14: 5-star OL Damien Mama will visit UCLA officially on Jan. 31.
Update 1/25/14: UCLA offensive line target Nick Gates has committed to Nebraska.
Update 1/25/14: Bryce Dixon will not visit UCLA officially. He has reaffirmed his commitment to Southern Cal.
Update 1/21/14: Per Matt Scalici of AL.com, Rashaan Evans will visit UCLA on Jan. 31. This is a massive development for UCLA...
Update 1/21/14: 4-star OT Kolton Miller (6'8", 280 lbs) has committed to UCLA.
Update 1/21/14: UCLA is having an in-home visit with elite linebacker Rashaan Evans. Per Matt Scalici of AL.com, Evans could visit Westwood on Jan. 31 with his family.
If that does come to fruition, UCLA could be sitting pretty with the Auburn, Ala. native.
Update 1/21/14: Elite 4-star OG Demetrius Knox will officially visit UCLA on Jan. 31. Knox is currently committed to Ohio State.
Update 1/20/14: Per Ryan Kartje of the Orange Country Register, Quarterback Aaron Sharp has committed to UCLA.
Update 1/20/14: Budda Baker has decommitted from Oregon. According to Lars Hanson of 247Sports, Baker has narrowed his list down to UCLA and Washington. He will visit UCLA officially on Jan. 24.
Update 1/19/14: 5-star ATH John "Juju" Smith has included UCLA on his final list of schools. The list includes Southern Cal, Notre Dame and Oregon in addition to the Bruins.
Update 01/16/14: Tailback Marlon Mack has decommitted from UCLA. Per Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, Mack will look at Michigan and Louisville.
Update 01/09/14: Talented 3-star defensive lineman Matt Dickerson decommitted from Notre Dame and opted to become a UCLA Bruin.
Update 01/07/14: Defensive end Jacob Tuioti-Mariner committed to UCLA over offers from Wisconsin and Arizona, among others. He is a high school teammate of fellow UCLA pledge Jaleel Wadood.
Update 01/06/14: 3-star DB John Plattenburg flipped from UCLA to USC.
Update 01/04/14: Fellow Army All-American Nate Starks (4-star ATH, 5'11", 200 lbs.) has committed to UCLA. The running back from Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, Col. became the second tailback pledge in UCLA's 2014 class. He's a physical player with very good ability.
Update 01/04/14: In a bit of a shocker, Dwight Williams (4-star LB, 6'1", 205 lbs.) committed to UCLA at the Army All-American Bowl. The Serra High School product chose to stay home in Los Angeles over offers from Oklahoma, Florida and Michigan.
Update 01/03/14: Zach Whitley (4-star LB, 6'2", 223 lbs.) committed to UCLA. He was previous a pledge to Alabama before switching to the Bruins. Whitley graduated from high school early and enrolled at UCLA in January.
It's been a relatively quiet month of December from a recruiting standpoint for Mora and the Bruins.
The biggest news came in the form of retaining both Mora and Adrian Klemm as members of the staff. UCLA stepped up financially and ensured that the vast majority of UCLA's staff would stay together. Mora did fire running backs coach Steve Broussard, and brought on highly respected Kennedy Polamalu.
Polamalu has extensive recruiting ties in the Polynesian community, as well as all over the state of California. The addition should help the Bruins in a coaching and recruiting capacity.
The Bruins did get two big commitments this month from 4-star safety Jaleel Wadood and 4-star defensive lineman Ainuu Taua.
Wadood is cerebral in every sense of the word. He's excellent at diagnosing the action on the field and making the requisite play. Wadood is a great tackler and plays bigger than he is. Although a bit thin, expect Wadood to see the field as a true freshman.
Taua is a high-energy player. He's relentless with his effort and drive, making him very tough to deal with. He does not possess ideal size. However, Taua is equipped with the quickness and power to play anywhere on the defensive line.
As he matures physically, he'll likely settle in as a nose guard. Taua could see time at defensive end as a true freshman. A fullback in high school, Taua might also be utilized in UCLA's special package, which uses defensive players on offense.
Mora is a closer when it comes to recruiting. Last year, he landed 12 prospects after the month of December. Every single recruit was either a 4-star or 5-star player (according to Scout.com).
Expect that trend to continue this season.