Avinash at Pacific Takes has posted a general roundup on UCLA basketball recruiting which shows Steve Alford and his staff have been "active" on the recruiting trail. They are watching top recruits from class of 2014, 2015 and 2016. Alford is flying around in a private jet to check out recruits.
But as Meriones note you don't really need a private jet to sign the best players in Southern California. And, looking at Avinash's list one will note that UCLA is not leading with any of the top recruits from Bruins' backyard. Notably Jordan McLaughlin, the outstanding pg from Etiwanda (the same high school DC went to) doesn't have the Bruins as his leader and he is also considering Southern Cal (just wow).
It's unclear whether the Bruins are leading with Josh Perkins who Alford has been recruiting heavily for weeks. One of the reasons, Howland's coaching regime fell apart was a flawed recruiting strategy that mistakenly assumed that UCLA could sustain a recruiting flow of top talent from national/AAU (mercenary) circuits. As a result lot of the local recruits who could have been solid multi-year college players ended up going somewhere else.
Three months into Alford's coaching regime it's unclear whether there has been a shift in UCLA's recruiting strategy. Perhaps Alford's efforts will pay off. But right now it appears he has not been able to generate much buzz on the recruiting trail like Howland did when he came here from Pittsburgh (with a clean slate and without any baggage). It didn't take long for Howland to reel in JF and AA, who provided the foundation for those Final-4 runs.
As Coach one said, "don't mistake activity for achievement." For the sake of UCLA basketball, I hope that's not the case in current landscape of Bruin hoops recruiting.