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Pac-12 football recruiting: The top uncommitted prospects considering Pac-12 schools

UCLA and USC still have a shot at a lot of the nation's best uncommitted prospects.

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Budda Baker - S - Bellevue, WA - UCLA, Washington

Baker is an explosive athlete who could play a number of positions at the next level, but is most likely slated as a safety and special teams star. He committed to Oregon back in December but recently dropped the Ducks out of nowhere and is down to just UCLA and Washington, both of whom he visited in January.

Prediction - UCLA - His former teammate Myles Jack is recruiting him and it feels like that if he had decided to stay close to home that he would have already committed to Washington.

Deondre Clark - DE - Oklahoma City (Douglass) - Arizona State, LSU, Mississippi, Oklahoma

An athletic edge rusher that can get after the quarterback, Clark is one of the top uncommitted players remaining in the entire plains region. He is still a soft verbal to LSU, whom he visited last week, but plans to make his final decision on signing day and has taken additional visits in January, including one to Arizona State this weekend.

Prediction - Oklahoma - Whenever a local school continues to build momentum late in the game in a prospect's recruitment that generally means that they are thinking more and more about staying home so the Sooners are a safe bet.

Malachi Dupre - WR - River Ridge, LA (John Curtis Christian) - Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Mississippi, UCLA

A rangy downfield threat that is adept at coming down with jumpballs, Dupre might be the top receiver recruit still available in the Class of 14. He has kept an open official recruitment and has loaded up on visits in January, taking all five in the final month of his recruitment including a final one to UCLA this weekend.

Prediction - LSU - He has maintained throughout his recruitment that he is an LSU fan and they are the local school, so hard to bet against the Tigers even though I wouldn't be surprised if he heads to Florida State or UCLA.

Rashaan Evans - LB - Auburn, AL - Alabama, Auburn, UCLA

Arguably the nation's top linebacker prospect, Evans already has the size, speed and athleticism to excel at the next level and is a highly, highly coveted recruit. Evans has long thought to be a nasty Iron Bowl II battle for Alabama and Auburn, but UCLA has increasingly come into the picture since he visited LA last September and he nearly took an unofficial there this weekend, but cancelled it.

Prediction - Auburn - Like his teammate (and fellow elite linebacker prospect) from last season Reuben Foster, I think he is having fun visiting the West Coast, but will choose between the two in-state schools and I think the Tigers have the momentum and locale advantage to pull him in.

Davon Godchaux - DE - Plaquemire, LA - Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Mississippi, UCLA

One of the best versatile defensive line prospects in the nation that could play end or tackle, Godchaux has great size and a great offer list. He is a soft verbal to LSU but basically still has an open recruitment and has been taking visits, including a final schedule one, this weekend to UCLA.

Prediction - LSU - He has opened up his recruitment, but seems mainly like a guy who knows where he wants to go, but wants to be sure and take visits, so I think he circles back home.

Adoree Jackson - CB - Gardena, CA (Junipero Serra) - Florida, LSU, UCLA, USC

The top prospect on the West Coast, the ultra-athletic Jackson is a potential Olympic level track star that can make plays all over the field and might be the nation's top uncommitted prospect at any position. Jackson has had a very open recruitment but just announces that he is choosing between Florida, LSU, UCLA and USC.

Prediction - USC - USC has made a living with Junipero Serra players.

Nifael Lealao - DE - Sacramento (Capital Christian) - Cal, Oregon State, Utah, Vanderbilt

A huge prospect at defensive end with great size, Lealao is far and away the best defensive end prospect on the West Coast and the kind of guy who could contribute right away for a lot of teams. He committed to Stanford in the Fall, but just recently parted ways with the Cardinal and is now considering schools where he could make a more immediate impact such as Cal, Oregon State and Utah.

Prediction - Cal - The buzz has been that he is now leaning towards Cal and the Bears would offer him immediate playing time along with staying near home.

Damien Mama - G - Bellflower, CA (St. John Bosco) - Alabama, BYU, UCLA, USC

One of the nation's biggest recruits (literally, he is 6'4 370), Mama is likely California's top offensive lineman recruit this year and has been pursued by pretty much every school in the country. He has considered teams far and wide, but looks to now be focusing on USC and UCLA (whom he is visiting this weekend), though you have to wonder at BYU since he has stated that he will do a mission.

Prediction - USC - St. John Bosco is another school that USC recruits very well and Mama has been leaning towards the Trojans for a while now. However, the faith angle of BYU and Mama's connection with now former UCLA star Xavier Su'a-Filo who also is LDS and took a mission is interesting.

Michiah Quick - WR - Fresno (Central East) - Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, USC

The most appropriately named prospect of the Class of 2014, Quick has elite speed and athleticism that make him deadly with the ball in his hands. He's another prospect that has maintained a very open recruitment and he has taken all of his official visits, including a final two to UCLA and USC.

Prediction - Oklahoma - One of the hardest to predict West Coast prospects, but for whatever reason, Fresno area elite prospects like to leave a lot recently and apparently the Sooners have made a huge impression on him. If he does head to Norman, it would be a huge year in California for Oklahoma as they already have a commitment from elite running back and Bay Area prospect Joe Mixon.

Juju Smith - S - Long Beach, CA (Poly) - Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, USC

Yet another elite prospect from powerhouse Long Beach Poly, Smith is a long, athletic and polished prospect that might be the best safety prospect in the nation. He's another that has had an open recruitment and is still considering a good number of schools with such little time left in the game.

Prediction - USC - Smith has long been rumored to be a USC lean and his uncle Johnny Nansen coming from Washington with Sarkisian should seal the deal. The Trojans could close better than anyone else in the country this signing day.

Solomon Thomas - DE - Coppell, TX - Arkansas, Ohio State, Stanford, Texas, UCLA

Thomas is another big, athletic defensive line prospect that could play either end or tackle at the next level and is one of the best big prospects out there that is still uncommitted. He has maintained a national recruitment and is still considering staying home or heading to the Midwest or West Coast.

Prediction - Stanford - It is very hard to turn down an offer from Stanford with their academics and Thomas is exactly the kind of big, hybrid athlete that have made Stanford so strong the past few seasons.

Kenny Young - LB - River Ridge, LA (John Curtis Christian) - Florida State, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, UCLA

One of the top inside linebacker prospects in the nation, Young has great size and strength for a high school prospect. He has mainly considered schools in the Southeast, but has one final visit out to the West Coast at UCLA this weekend as the Bruins host an epic visit weekend.

Prediction - LSU - It sounds like of all of the Louisiana prospects flirting with UCLA, that Young is the most likely to head West, but it is very, very hard for West Coast schools to pluck elite prospects from the South and I think home will ultimately win out.