Spoke with Scout.com’s Brandon Huffman yesterday about the Building a Class story, here are some leftovers:
What do the other UCLA coaches do with their futures in doubt?
“You can’t just be polishing up your resume. You have to prove you want to still be on this staff. The reality is that some of these guys might end up at a Pac-12 school, and they want good reputations.”
Is a new coach on defense or offense? That is, is he more protecting the commits they already have, or going for new ones?
“It’s going to be both. What happened with Neuheisel, when he walked in, they already had 18-20 guys committed. Rahim, Datone, Tony Dye, Patrick Larimore Nick Crissman – those were guys who had committed by June or earlier. Nobody wanted to be that guy who left.”
Can this get UCLA in the living rooms of any elite prospects?
“It all depends on who they hire. A lot of it is dependent on if it’s an offensive guy – maybe some guys didn’t think they can do the Pistol, maybe the new guy runs the spread or the pro-style. Maybe it’s a defensive guy, and maybe there can be an outside linebacker who doesn’t want to play in a 4-3, but the new guy runs a 3-4 and now he looks at UCLA.”
Give me one surprise with this news:
“They’re not going to lose any of their elite prospects. I don’t think they lose those guys like Hiva Lutui and Aaron Porter. Even though Porter said at halftime of the Arizona game, he had three Pac-12 coaches call him.”