Busy recruiting weekend for UCLA

UCLA’s matchup tonight with USC is not only for bragging rights for the city, but also in recruiting circles.

The Bruins are scheduled to host several official visits, including two of the nations’ top five linebackers, a top-15 running back and wideout, and a handful of already committed players, including quarterback Brett Hundley.

I’ve never put much stock into individual games swaying recruits too much, but this game is a big one. I don’t even necessarily think UCLA needs to win to make a good showing with this group, but just show progress. After three straight seven-point performances against USC, I’m sure the offensive players in particular need to see some forward progress.

This is a crucial class for the Bruins, who’ve been able to ride the Rick Neuheisel’s vision for the future into three top-15 classes. Now that the team has regressed this season, that message loses some of its meaning. But I’ve learned to not count Neuheisel out as a recruiter, and there’s little doubt he’s telling each of these kids they could be the missing link.

Again, this is a tentative list.

DEFENSE

Tony Steward

Brennan Scarlett

Kevin McReynolds

Aaron Wallace

Sam Tai

Ryan Hofmeister

OFFENSE

Brett Hundley

Harvey Langi

Tobias Singleton

Donovan Smith

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  • BRUIN NC

    The fact guys like Christian Heyward, Devon Blackmon, and Todd Barr aren’t using an official to come and get the whole experience is a surprise. That would have made for a special group.

  • Martin

    Can’t wait till this season. Today’s game can’t come soon enough.

  • pixsed

    How about recruiting some offensive linemen and some good TEs? if our classes are that good, maybe the problem is really the coaching.

  • spedjones

    huh? Have you looked at the list of guys who’ve committed? Lots of O-line blood coming in.