Now(r) What?

With Mater Dei’s Victor Blackwell verbally committing to USC over the weekend, UCLA’s recruiting focus will likely shift to Devon Blackmon and Devin Lucien, at least in-state. The more I see of Lucien, who was heavily hyped by’s Brandon Huffman in our most recent conversation, the more I like. Looks like a big, tough kid.

UCLA does have offers out to seven more out-of-state wideouts, including Kasen Williams out of Skyline in Washington, but Rick Neuheisel hasn’t had any luck with out-of-state WR recruits so far.

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OT (BIDC): Check this out

This is off-topic, but I don’t care.

One of the best guys I’ve ever met is the co-writer on a new CD by former American Idol semifinalist Sway Penala, and if I can help them sell even one extra song, I’ll be happy. Matt Jennings is the co-author on the CD, my former SDSU RA, and I would go door-to-door selling this if I could. If you have any interest in good music, this is worth a listen: Someone Like You

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Weekly Q&A

Hey guys,

Fire away with questions for this week’s Q&A. Please don’t post new questions on the answers section, because I don’t always check the comments. Save them for next week.

I’ll finish off last week’s leftover questions shortly…


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James Washington, UCLA coaches host free youth football camp

From UCLA:

UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel, former UCLA All-America safety and two-time Super Bowl champion James Washington and the members of the Bruin coaching staff will be holding a free football clinic at Los Angeles Southwest College on Saturday, May 29. The clinic will be held in the football stadium.

Sponsored by Washington’s “Shelter 37″ Foundation, “Back to the Basics” is a free one-day football boot camp for youth from grades five through eight(as of Fall ’10).

Enrollment is limited to 500. Campers will learn skills and drills from Neuheisel, the Bruin staff and Washington and will also receive a free T-shirt and a free box lunch.

Registration begins at 8:30 am and instruction is from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Coach Neuheisel will address the campers at the end of the session and lunch will follow.

For more information and to register, go to or call Jolie Oliver at 310/206-6637. Los Angeles Southwest College is located at 1600 West Imperial Highway.

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Missing out on a story

Hey guys,

Now, I come to you for help. I saw a Bruins Nation post from a UCLA grad about his father-in-law, a Japanese-American, receiving an honorary UCLA degree because his internment in the Manzanar Camp derailed his education. (Here’s a link, by the way: ). Unfortunately, I saw the post after the fact.

Here’s where you come in:

I live to tell that kind of story – and this Kermit Alexander story by my boy Tom Friend that absolutely floored me – but I don’t always hear about it. I’m not saying flood my inbox if a former Bruin throws a touchdown or goes 2-3 with a jack. But really, I’d rather get a thousand emails for one good story than none at all.

My email is, and don’t be shy. I’m genuinely upset I missed out on this story, and I don’t want it to happen again.

Thanks for the help.

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