What has been interesting about this month's recruiting process is that USC has lost its monopoly in Southern California. Back when new recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron was running things for the Trojans in 2002, 2003 and 2004, all he needed to do was identify a prospect, make a scholarship offer and he'd usually get him. UCLA rarely put up a fight.
But there's a crack in the Trojans' recruiting armor, and the Bruins are taking advantage. Anthony Barr from Los Angeles Loyola, Cassius Marsh from Westlake Village Oaks Christian and Malcolm Jones from Oaks Christian are breakthrough recruits for UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel, who has made it clear the Bruins are going to compete for the best in the Southland.
There's still plenty of players waiting until Wednesday to reveal their choices, including defensive back Dietrich Riley of La Cañada St. Francis, linebacker Josh Shirley of Fontana Kaiser and defensive back Anthony Jefferson of Los Angeles Cathedral.
Again, note the comments above came from the LA Times, not a UCLA source. Obviously recruiting is not the only thing that matters in college football (or basketball). However, that's where the battle starts. As the article noted during the previous regimes time after time, Bruins never bothered to fight. Those times are long gone.
Within three years CRN is on the verge of changing the dynamic in LA (building on last year's success). It will only get better if he can keep up steady progression on the field.
Well here is to few more "breakthroughs" on Wednesday.