Jaleel Wadood is not hearing much from the UCLA coaching staff but the 2014 cornerback from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco saw the Bruins beat Nebraska in person last week and was thoroughly impressed.
"I didn't really know how good they were this year until I saw them in action," Wadood said. "It was pretty fun. The game was fun and the fans were going crazy about their win over Nebraska. It was a lot of fun down there.
"From my point of view their defense is very strong. I don't know if it's coach (Jim) Mora being a defensive-minded coach as well as being the head coach but I really like their defense a lot."
Article Continues Below
So far, Wadood has offers from Arizona State and Oregon State but many other Pac-12 schools could definitely get involved as his recruitment continues.
UCLA has not been in much contact but if Wadood keeps playing so well and St. John Bosco keeps winning games then his name will get out even more.
"I just wanted to go see a good game since they were playing Nebraska and Nebraska is a very good team," Wadood said. "I haven't really talked to many coaches yet at UCLA."
The two teams that offered also had big wins last weekend as Arizona State pounded Illinois and Oregon State shocked Wisconsin.
The communication between Wadood and coaches at both of those Pac-12 schools has been good so far but no frontrunners have emerged yet.
"I'm still hearing from both of my position coaches at those schools," Wadood said. "They're asking me how the season is going, to stay healthy and to keep playing how I'm playing."
St. John Bosco is playing extraordinarily well. Through three games, Wadood's team has outscored its opponents 172-22.
"We're playing really well," Wadood said. "I consider our team a championship contender. We're playing excellent football and we're scoring over 50 points per game. Our defense is doing really well."