Bruin Bites: Super Bowl/Recruiting Homestretch Edition

Matt Sullivan

One Bruin will be playing in the Super Bowl tonight, while several would-be Bruins are in the final days before telling the world whether or not they will be spending their next four years in Westwood.

This morning signals the beginning of a pretty big week of football. The Super Bowl (Har-bowl/Super-Baugh) between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens is later today, and National Signing Day - the day that most elite high school seniors will officially commit to their college of choice - is this Wednesday. Both of these events have a Bruin influence to them.

UCLA has one representative in tonight's game, Baltimore linebacker/special teams standout Brendan Ayanbadjeo. Brendan has been in the news quite a bit over the past few months regarding his views on marriage equality. But today, the attention is on having helped the Ravens back to the Super Bowl. His hometown paper looks at his recent headlines as well as the championships that have just missed his grasp - from high school, to UCLA and the NFL - leading to tonight's chance at glory.

The Bruins are expected to play a more significant role in the latter - with recent projections predicting that UCLA will end up with one of the most significant Signing Day recruiting hauls and one of the top-5 classes overall.

Several sites have written up projections of where uncommitted or 'soft commits' will end up. Pacific Takes has made one such effort, narrowly projecting that Eddie Vanderdoes and Kylie Fitts will choose UCLA over Southern Cal, and more solidly believing that Christian Morris, Issac Savaiinaea and Asiantii Woulard will be putting on the Blue and Gold during their Wednesday signing ceremonies.

With that said, several of those - and other - UCLA targets and verbal commits are using this final weekend to take official visits. Eddie Vanderdoes is in Tuscaloosa, checking out Alabama and chilling at Nick Saban's house.

Kylie Fitts is on an official visit to Utah, and Christian Morris is on a trip to Ole Miss. Mississippi is bringing in a monster recruiting class this year; with the close proximity to his Memphis home and friends already committed to the school, this could be a crucial couple of days for Christian and his longtime commitment to the Bruins. On the plus side, Miles Jack is not taking any official visits this weekend, and as of Friday afternoon did not expect to take any unofficial trips - such as to nearby UW.

That is your Bruin football news for this Sunday Super Bowl Morning. Kickoff of the big game is scheduled for 3:30pm Pacific time, with the various pregame shows likely already on air.


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