1) It Randall Carroll the KR/PR for next season? – Spencer
I’d expect Josh Smith to get the first look.
2) Sorry, I have a few more questions. Considering the big recruiting weekends over the past few weeks, I am a bit surprised that we did not get a few more commitments. Were you surprised by this as well, or were you expecting this to happen? – Bruwin5931
Well, UCLA is in play for its biggest recruiting class in a while, and the best recruits tend to wait until later to commit. That’s the double-edged sword here.
3) Also, the Yates commitment was a bit of a surprise. Although I know we need defensive linemen, are the coaches worried with the recruitment of Owa at this point? As far as I know, Yates was offered a scholarship during this weekend. Considering the timing of this offer, I am a bit concerned that this may be a reaction to the progression of Owa’s recruitment. – Bruwin5931
Owa sounded completely torn when I talked to him earlier this week. I believe UCLA is in major play, but he is torn. When a guy is torn like this, and you get the chance to get an immediate commitment, you take it.
4) Do you think the Nottingham decommit had anything to do with the hoopla surrounding USC and Norm Chow? Seems like a legitimate change of heart, but the timing is interesting. – Vin
I’m sure that didn’t help the cause, but everything I’m hearing on Nottingham was that he basically played UCLA.
5) How did the big recruiting weekend go? Besides Yates, any other non-committed players interested? Heimuli,Marsh,etc. – Anonymous
It went well, very well, but the immediate dividends were not there. No major commitments. Heimuli, Marsh are both very high on UCLA but are going to wait.
6) Name your final 5-7 recruits that you think we land? – Anonymous
Heimuli, Pullard, Jefferson, Epenesa, and some form of Zumwalt/Marsh/Riley/Barr. Maybe two of those.
7) I just asked Wolf the same question – LK was not SC’s first choice, so what is the thought process with SC (which is possibly going on probation) hiring a coach whose previous program is already being investigated in his first year at Tennessee? – tim warren
8) Who do you think will be our Kick returners and punt returns will be next year? – Anonymous
Josh Smith, Randall Carroll, Damien Thigpen.
9) Jon – any recruiting updates for basketball? What’s your take on Lazeric Jones? We need some impact players, pretty badly, based on this season so far – do you agree? – issixit
The latest on McCallum and Ziegler is that they both really like UCLA…but also really like their other finalists. I think it will come down to the end for both. This losing isn’t helping. UCLA doesn’t need immediate impact players like you think, but guys who will grow into major roles as their careers progress. Lazeric Jones is a good defender with decent offensive ability, but won’t be a major scorer.
10) Our offense is terrible…do you ever see Ben opening it up? Are we the worst free throw shooting team you have ever seen? – Anonymous
It all starts off with the little things, and on offense in particular, UCLA is BRUTAL at the little things. Pathetic attempts at screens. Awful boxing out. Zero penetration. I don’t blame Howland for this. I think it spiraled out of control faster than anyone imagined.