Here is a column colleague Ramona Shelburne wrote about UCLA’s football recruiting.
Also, here is the story I wrote on UCLA’s newest commit.
Recruiting for the 2009 class is coming to and end, and UCLA is hoping Saturday’s non-binding oral commitment from Long Beach Poly defensive end Iuta Tepa is the beginning of a bountiful few days.
Tepa, who was committed to Hawaii, made the decision during a meeting with Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel. He said he already informed Hawaii’s staff of his decision.
“I like the system that they run with being able to get up the field,” Tepa said. “The defensive line coach wants their defensive ends to get the sacks. They need the guys to come off the end, and I think I can do it.”
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Tepa had 102 tackles and 14 sacks as a senior.
The Bruins are also in the mix for several other high-profile recruits, including Cal commit Stan Hasiak, a one-time UCLA commit from Kapolei (Hawaii) High, Punahou High of Honolulu linebacker Manti Te’o and Timpview High of Provo, Utah, offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo.
Recruits can sign binding national letters of intent beginning Wednesday, and UCLA is expected to have at least 17 high school seniors and one junior college player sign. Carson tight end Morrell Pressley is already enrolled at UCLA, and Tyler (Texas) Junior College offensive lineman Ryan Taylor signed a letter of intent during the early JUCO signing period.