Brian called in to report that tailback Kahlil Bell, who has been recovering from knee surgery, has been medically cleared to practice and will be ready to go when camp opens Aug. 5.
Sylmar wing Tyler Honeycutt said he grew up a UCLA fan and is well versed in the history of the program, but that will not be a determining factor on where he plays his college basketball.
He also said geography matters “to my mom, but not me.”
Honeycutt said Texas and Memphis did not offer scholarships yet, but both schools have been watching him closely this month.
What is he looking for in a school:
“Someone who wins. Someone who competes good,” Honeycutt said. “A good school that I could go to. Good coaching. I’ve got to like the coaches if I’m going to go play for them.”
Here is what he said on his four favorite schools:
USC: “It’s a good school. They’re always going to battle in the Pac-10, and battle UCLA.”
UCLA: “They make it far (in the NCAAs). They have good tradition”
Texas: “I like how they run, how they run and gun.”
Memphis: “Same thing as (Texas).”
In talking to the coaching staff, UCLA plans to use junior running back Chane Moline in a hybrid role this season, having him split time between tailback (mostly for short yardage) and also utilizing him as a fullback.
For those that remember how Manuel White was used, it sounds like it will be similar to that.
Time for the Q’s to start coming and the A’s will follow on Friday.
In the mean time, here is the story I wrote about UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow’s contract, and a salary comparison of this staff to coach Karl Dorrell’s last staff.
I spoke to Sylmar High wing Tyler Honeycutt last night, and will have more on his recruitment later this morning. However, the hoops star, who was recently offered a scholarship by UCLA, said he will take a unofficial visits to UCLA and USC this weekend.
He said he was hearing Memphis was beginning to recruit him hard, and Texas was also highly interested, although neither of those teams offered him a scholarship yet.
He said UCLA, USC, Memphis and Texas were his top four, but he did not have a favorite.
UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow finally signed his contract late last month, and I was able to get a copy of it today. Like I reported long ago, it’s a three-year deal. The new part is he is guaranteed $1.24 million if he stays all three years.
I addressed it in Wednesday’s paper, but another interesting thing is UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel put together a remarkable staff, and did so using only $85,000 more than former coach Karl Dorrell had for his last staff at UCLA.
I was able to catch some of the pickup basketball games at the men’s gym today, and incoming freshman guard Jrue Holiday looked superb. He has great court vision, plays hard on defense (even in these pickup games) and looks very comfortable.
Word from talking to several of the regulars in attendance is Holiday is making a name for himself on the court, and also off it for the way he handles himself.
A few of more notable players walking on to the football team this fall is Ian Davis, the brother of former UCLA standout defensive end Bruce Davis. Ian Davis is a defensive end out of Clear Creek High in Texas, and it is my understanding he has not played football in a few years.
Also walking on is Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks defensive back Jeff Dickman, and as been previoulsy reported, offensive lineman Brett Downey from Brett Harte High of Angel’s Camp.
(Editor’s note: We had some blog issues today, so I had to re-post everything from the day. Unfortunately, the comments were lost. Sorry about that.)