Spaulding Roundup: Football Recruiting Notes and Senior Bowl Week Begins

Stephen Dunn

UCLA Football coaches brought one player into the program this weekend, and made strong cases to a pair of recruits this weekend, while graduating seniors Shaq Evans and Jordan Zumwalt prepare for the Senior Bowl.

The past weekend was one of UCLA's final recruiting weekends of this recruiting season. It was not the most significant of the three weeks falling between the end of the last dead period and National Signing Day - the final weekend before signing day is looking like a massive recruiting effort for the staff - but is already paying dividends.

As we noted last night, University of Miami offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche was a late addition to the visit weekend and has become our newest Bruin after gaining his release to transfer out of the Hurricanes program. Two other recruits who are considering UCLA were also on campus - offensive lineman Kolton Miller and quarterback Aaron Sharp. In the middle of all those happenings, Budda Baker announced his decommitment from Oregon. He is expected to end up with  either the Bruins or Chris Petersen's Huskies. Baker took an official visit to Washington this past weekend, and still has official visits available to take. He could make a trip to Westwood this weekend or for our massive recruiting weekend starting on the 31st.

Senior Bowl week begins today - Shaq Evans and Jordan Zumwalt are representing the Bruins in the annual all-star game between college seniors representing the North and South. Moreso than the game itself, the big draw of this game for the players is the week of practices led by a selected NFL coaching staff for each team, and the coaches from other pro teams that come to scout them in a unique setting.

The North team which includes Evans and Zumwalt is being coached by the Atlanta Falcons staff, while the Jacksonville Jaguars coaches are leading the South squad. SB Nation will be covering Senior Bowl week, and good luck to both in impressing NFL coaches and scouts this week.

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