Today I came across an article on 247sports that had information regarding all the twists and turns in the days leading up to recruits announcing. Here's the link. It's an interesting read and well worth the time. I'm not going to do much analysis myself, so here are some key quotes from the article pertaining to UCLA.
There’s always recruiting drama at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, or any all-star game, and a trio of California prospects did not disappoint. One college assistant took an estimated 50 incoming phone calls on Christmas from the father of five-star running back Joe Mixon. It doesn’t stop there.
Mixon told UCLA’s staff he was coming and going to pick the Bruins two nights before the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The next day he told Oklahoma the same thing.
The day after he picked the Sooners.
Four-star tight end Bryce Dixon made a similar flip before announcing for USC publicly on the U.S. Army game broadcast. He told UCLA they were the team he was going to pick a day prior before changing his mind late the night before the game.
Linebacker Dwight Williams wanted to have hats from Clemson, Georgia, Florida and LSU on the table for his announcement. One problem. He didn’t have committable offers from any of the four schools. Williams was informed of this and inserted UCLA, where he was an instate take, and chose the Bruins.
Wow, well that's really interesting. After hearing that I have more understanding toward our coaches and their recruiting effort this year. But wait, there's more:
Crazy enough, the night before signing day, it was UCLA that was the most confidence on Thomas and the Bruins felt that four-star linebacker Kenny Young would go to Texas A&M. Thomas signed with Stanford and Young, who said he was generally torn, signed with UCLA.
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