Graham and UCLA

There is a lot of talk about Silverado High (Las Vegas) defensive end Keenan Graham, a UCLA commit, visiting Utah over the weekend, and what this means for UCLA.
Sources told me UCLA was aware Graham was taking the visit, and that Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel will be in Graham’s house today for an in-home visit.

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  • LAWYER JOHN

    Untill Dohn says that Sir Graham has decommitted, he remains committed to UCLA. Remember folks, Dohn deals in FACTS not rumours. Dohn would have made an excellent attorney at law.

    LAWYER JOHN

  • cv

    Thanks Brian.

  • J

    Once he comes down from the high of the Utah trip and gets love/attention from CRN he will confirm with the bruins…

  • Anonymous

    Every time Graham takes a trip, that school things they are #1. He always speaks very highly of the hosting schools. Just my two cents, but he is a Bruin.

  • Tupperware Party Reject

    Hopefully this in home visit will work out better that Stan’s.

  • Bill Jomes from RSM

    Brian:

    We all know how totally awesome our Dream Team Coaching staff is (and that the “mind blowing” DC is about to be revealed). Can you write an article in the paper about how stupid these recruits are that are not signing up for the incredible future that is just around the corner. I mean, when we hired Coach Rick it was just a matter of time until we were playing in the Rose Bowl. It doesn’t seem like the recruits are buying into the vision. Please do something about this. THIS ISN’T THE WAY IT IS SUPPOSED TO GO.

  • UB (Ultimate Bruin)

    Talking about ‘commits’ is nice and all that, but until the ink hits the paper, don’t get too bunched up about verbals jumping somewhere else. In fact, until they enroll in classes, have their first meal at Panda Express in Ackerman Union and buy their lectures notes, . . . . When signing day is over, we will know what we know and have who we have. I trust that CRN and Chow have a little idea about how to recruit and will do their best to get the best available talent. They will win some/lose some. It is a rebuilding PROCESS, not an instant fix. We gave Dorrell 5 years, let’s give CRN at least 3. I think we will see marked improvement by then.

  • mike chat

    Brian:

    We all know how totally awesome our Dream Team Coaching staff is (and that the “mind blowing” DC is about to be revealed). Can you write an article in the paper about how stupid these recruits are that are not signing up for the incredible future that is just around the corner. I mean, when we hired Coach Rick it was just a matter of time until we were playing in the Rose Bowl. It doesn’t seem like the recruits are buying into the vision. Please do something about this. THIS ISN’T THE WAY IT IS SUPPOSED TO GO.

    What do you mean this isn’t the way it is supposed to go? We had a 4-8 season. There are numerous reasons why. We have a top 25 recruiting class even though we are ranked 80th in the nation. Did you think we were just going to get a #1 class because we have a good coach? They will have to win us more games next year. Then our recruits will stock better.

  • cv

    Next year should be a 5 win season, right?

  • Bill Jomes from RSM

    I thought we would win 7-8 this last season and then compete for Pac 10 this season. Come on now it is Norm Freaking Chow calling plays. We suffered under Coach Dorrell, it is our time to shine.

  • mike chat

    why only 5 wins?
    we won 4 last year despite losing 18 starters to graduation the year before plus our top 2 (3 if you count bethel thompson) qb’s, starting tight end and fullback, losing 2 starting offensive linemen before the season started, having our #1 & 2 running backs coming of knee surgery our 3rd being declared acedemically ineligible.

    This year, barring any unforseen occurences, we only will have lost 4 senior starters instead of 24 players like the year before. That is a huge difference

  • cv

    I was asking a question. What do you think? The poster above said “they will have to win us more games next year”.

  • Bill Jomes from RSM

    If we only win 5 games this year I think it will be a total disaster. Nobody likes a loser, we cannot settle for 5 wins in year two. CRN & NC must be able to score points at will to overcome the loss of DWW.

  • Anonymous

    “CRN & NC must be able to score points at will ”

    okay, so CRN will become QBRN and what possition is NC gonna play?

  • Aussie Bruin

    Next year is going to be awesome!! Win or lose recruits, who cares!? With the players we now have, and under the superb tutelage of our coaching staff, we will kick major arse. A minimum 9 wins. Hopefully more. You mark my words.

  • Trenches are lacking!!

    Chow isnt a magician. no blocking, no offense. After Price leaves the DLine will be lacking… Rick isnt winning over the right kids as usual

    Las Vegas Sun
    PREP FOOTBALL RECRUITING:

    Silverado star now considering Utah over UCLA
    Cheyenne lineman also ponders joining the Utes
    By Ray Brewer

    Mon, Jan 19, 2009 (9:04 p.m.)

    Silverado football player Keenan Graham has had a change of heart about his college choice.

    Graham, who committed to UCLA in November, said Monday that Utah is now the leading contender for his services. The defensive end took a recruiting trip to Utah last weekend and two Utah coaches visited Graham Monday night at Big Dog’s on Sahara Avenue and Torrey Pines Drive prior to the Sunrise Region awards banquet.

    Graham, the region’s defensive player of the year, said UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel is scheduled to make a home visit Tuesday night. He should decide between UCLA and Utah by the end of the week.

    Graham was a first-team All-Sunrise performer for the second consecutive year. Often double teamed, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end finished with 73 tackles, seven sacks and three fumble recoveries.

    Graham is not the only Las Vegas prospect Utah is after. The Utes are also also recruiting Cheyenne lineman Jeremiah Tofaeono. Utah coaches made a home visit to the 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman Monday night.

    Tofaeono took an official visit to Washington last weekend and said he loved the campus and the direction the program is headed under new coach Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian will visit with Tofaeono and his family Tuesday.

    Both Tofaeono and Graham have until Feb. 4, the national signing day, to make their final decisions.

    Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or ray.brewer@hbcpub.com.

  • The Don Key

    The Donkey believes that with time ucla, will compete with the upper echelon teams. Such as USC, Oregon and Cal, but pleads caution to bruin fans that there will still be turbulent times ahead.

    The Donkey urges everyone on Inside ucla with Brian Dohn to be calm during this time of recruiting and to wait to explode until the magical day of February 4th. When every potential commit will have to sign on the dotted line.

  • amm

    this is strange because utah’s recruiting site isn’t reporting any visit by graham or any mention of utah in his recruitment

  • Bill Jomes from RSM

    We were promised better by CRN during his numerous “Chats” with the fans at many sporting events. I for one will not settle for less. WHo else is with me. We must remain relentlessly positive.

  • Tupperware Party Reject

    Hey BJ maybe if we click our heels together three times we can get some decent Offensive linemen to commit.

  • Anonymous

    or maybe we need beetlejuice

  • Anonymous

    I mean seriously, Utah is a better program than UCLA. Not a flame. It is the truth right now, UCLA has to sell football players on a dream. Utah can present them the facts. Anybody who has sales experience would know which is easier to sell.

    I know UCLA is superior than UTAH is a thousand different ways, but if the measuring stick is football program, UCLA unfortunately currently lags behind.