BrandonHuffman Just heard from CC of San Francisco QB Darius Bell that he's been admitted to UCLA...
"Last year, they didn't get their first commit until first week in June. Second and third came the exact same time last year, span of 24 hours. By the end of June, they had commitments from Moore, Nottingham, McDonald and Flowers. What I think it is, because they have such few scholarships, they're being a lot more judicious. Quite a few went out at the camp, and the way they changed format, more went out now than normal. You'll see things pick up more. But because the class is small and they're going after big fish, it will be a more top-heavy class. Those are the guys who wait til December, January to decide."
What team had the biggest signing day surge?
Allen Wallace | Scout.com's National Editor: For me, that team is UCLA. The Bruins elevated their rank hugely on LOI Day by adding LB Jordan Zumwalt, LB/DE Josh Shirley, DB/WR Anthony Jefferson, D Dietrich Riley and perhaps most importantly Owamagbe Odighizuwa. That's an amazing amount of firepower and it's all the more impressive because Pac-10 rivals USC, Stanford, Oregon, Washington and Arizona were all the victims of this final Bruin onslaught.
"I would have been disowned by my family if I went to USC."
Allen Wallace, national recruiting editor for Scout .com, described the Trojans' class as "bipolar" because there was so much talent at receiver and so few linemen and linebackers.
Santa Clarita (Calif.) College of the Canyons four-star defensive end Marquis Jackson is on the clock. With a surprise official visit to USC in the books Sunday, Jackson is determined to make a final decision on a college sooner rather than later. Will he switch from UCLA to USC?
"Academics are big to me and UCLA is very strong there," Heimuli said. "I was very comfortable at UCLA and got along great with everyone I met. Coach (Norm) Chow is very close to my whole family and my parents really trust him and know he would look after me if I went there.
"I also like UCLA because of the chance to play early. They don’t have much depth at defensive tackle and I’m planning to go on my (Mormon) mission after my freshman year so I want to go somewhere that I can play right away before I leave for two years."
Coaches are hitting the road in full force, bringing student-athletes to UCLA to continue the tradition of Bruin excellence!
Rick Neuheisel is getting things done as far as recruiting is concerned. With a couple of last-minute pickups in this year's class, the UCLA head coach could push his program clearly into the top 10 national recruiting rankings.
In his first two years, the coach and his staff had the Bruins back in the top 20 when it came to recruiting, but by Feb. 3--if everything goes their way--this will clearly be his best class yet.
Chris Ward on Norm Chow:"There's no worries. If he does leave, I still have the best people there to make me stay. He wasn't a main factor in my recruiting. It would be a big plus to have him. But it won't change my mind at all."