Back in May Karl Dorrell spoke at "Sports at Lunch" at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park, San Diego. As usual he didn't make sunset. Tom Shanahan, who is the media coordinator for the San Diego Hall of Champions, and also a sports columnist has an article on Karl Dorrell and Bruin football recruiting in San Diego. It's a mixed bag. Let's start with the bad, which is as usual Karl Dorrell sounding incoherent in public. Here is Dorrell on his first year:
Second, he admits how he "forgot" about individual players in his first year at UCLA (i.e. he forgot to use Manny White in his first game against Colorado). In other words he is openly admitting he was unqualified to take over the job as the UCLA head coach. You'd think an aspiring college head coach before taking over the program would learn and memorize his roster and get to know his players before the first season. Seems like it is one of the most fundamental aspects of college head coach's job description. But Dorrell apparently was not well versed in those basic fundamental job descriptions when he was hired by UCLA admins. to take over in Westwood.
Anyways Dorrell wasn't done. He went on and said this about his second year in Westwood:
Anyways there is a sliver of good news in the column. Guess UCLA is currently edging SC in recruiting in - San Diego:
Cotton Warburton and Russ Saunders, pre-World War II All-American Trojans from San Diego High, must be rolling over in their graves. Saunders was the model for the Tommy Trojan statue outside Heritage Hall.
UCLA, meanwhile, has early oral commitments from St. Augustine High quarterback Chris Forcier and Mira Mesa High tight end Nate Chandler to go with returning players and a high-profile incoming freshman.
Forcier is one of the top quarterback recruits in the nation who threw for 31 touchdowns with only eight interceptions last year. He was sitting on 25 scholarship offers when he announced his commitment in April.
"I think Karl Dorrell is a great coach who has the program back on track," Forcier said. "I like how he has an even-keeled demeanor. He's someone I felt comfortable with."
Chandler, a big body as a 6-foot-6, 225-pounder, plays the position like Marcedes Lewis. You remember Lewis. He's the tall, rangy UCLA tight end who ran roughshod over San Diego State's secondary last year and was drafted in the first round by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
UCLA's incoming freshmen include Morse High's Darius Savage. The 6-foot-3, 320-pound offensive and defensive lineman swept the CIF State track and field titles in June in the shot put, an event requiring brute strength, and the discus, an event requiring agility and quickness.
UCLA, which begins practice Monday, has a roster that features two starters, a backup and two promising redshirt freshmen from San Diego.