Four-star offensive lineman Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosc0) spent this past weekend on his official visit to USC, where most observers expect him to land come signing day. However, that hasn’t stopped him from exploring the Trojans’ crosstown rival UCLA.
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The St. John Bosco product is considered the top offensive guard prospect in 2014, according to 247 Sports.
The Bruins also expect a visit from another USC target, John “Juju” Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly). Both Mama and Smith are members of the so-called “Uce Crew,” a collection of 2014 Polynesian athletes who have banded together in the recruiting period.
UCLA holds one ace in their pocket when it comes to recruiting the “Uce Crew.” Former USC player and offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu was hired by Jim Mora Jr. as the Bruin running backs coach in December. Polamalu has a strong presence in the Polynesian community.
Still, the Trojans apparently own the lead when it comes to securing the signatures of several “Uce Crew” members. Toa Lobendan (La Habra, Calif./ La Habra) is already enrolled and Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial) is considered a strong commit to USC.