Bumped. GO BRUINS. - N
UCLA had themselves a busy day Friday as they wrapped up negotiations for a three game series with Houston and added a much needed offensive lineman to their roster. First the series with Houston:
The Bruins will play three games with Houston, two at home and one on the road. The first game will be in 2010 when the Bruins host the Cougars. In 2011, UCLA will travel to Houston's Robertson Stadium before finishing up the series in 2012 at the Rose Bowl. This is a very good series for us IMO because it gives us another game in Texas to go with our trips to Austin (Texas) and Houston (Rice). This can only help in recruiting and hopefully we can tap into that huge talent pool. Here's all the games we have scheduled thus far:
2009: San Diego St., at Tennessee, Kansas St
2010: at Kansas St., Houston, at Texas
2011: at Houston, San Jose St., Texas
2012: at Rice, Nebraska, Houston
2013: at Nebraska
So on top of the scheduling news, we've got a transfer coming to play offensive line for the Bruins in 2009. Kai Maiava is from Hawaii and went to Colorado as a center, ranked the 31st best center in the country out of high school. However as a freshman he played left guard before being moved to fullback as a sophomore. He played sparingly as a fullback and dropped weight to play the position, but has since gained that weight back and is back to 300+ lbs. A quote from Maiava:
"It was a whole bunch of things that added up,'' Maiava said. ``It was a little football, a little this, a little that. It started to crumble on me. It was weird towards the end of the year. I found it better to be closer to home and surrounding myself with family.''
Maiava will be eligible to play in 2009 after sitting out a year per NCAA transfer rules. Looks like a solid day for CRN and the program.