Since we have done some recruiting related posts this weekend might as well start this roundup on a recruiting related note. Nice article in the San Diego Union Tribune on Nelson Romario, the latest recruit to commit to Karl Dorrell. Nelson sounds like a Bruin:
"I like everything about UCLA, and I don't like USC, so it was pretty easy," said the 6-foot-5½, 210-pound Rosario, a three-sport standout who said he will sign a football letter of intent in February. "USC is good, it's just that I'm not one of their fans."
Rosario said it helped that UCLA coach Karl Dorrell went to school in the San Diego area (Helix) and played wide receiver.
That's the position at which the Bruins will play Rosario, who said he was assured he could participate on the track team in the spring, at least as a freshman.
UCLA beat out Oregon, Arizona State and Boise State.
As for Nelson's future team, have been meaning to share this post from Washington Husky Sports for a while now. WHS has a pretty solid preview of UCLA. It nailed down the key question wrt to Dorrell's team this coming season: will the Bruin offense step up?:
The Bruins have a tough schedule this season, with the PAC-10 looking like one of the toughest conferences from top-to-bottom in the country. The good news is that most of the difficult games are at home (California, Oregon, ASU, and Notre Dame) with just a few brutal road trips (OSU and USC). The offense will still be on the learning curve with Norvell's new system but a relatively easy early schedule (Stanford, BYU, Utah, Washington) should give them enough time to find their sea legs.
The big question marks are still on offense. We can pontificate all day about single back sets and spread packages, but it really all comes down to the confidence and competence of the quarterback. UCLA has a great defense that will keep us in each contest, but games will be decided on how well Ben Olson performs. He had flashes of brilliance last season, but also spent many games looking lost and shaken. I do expect some improvements but I wouldn't bet the house on Ben turning out a Heisman worthy year. Hopefully he can improve his game in time for a brutal November and December schedule.
And the only way Dorrell can answer the questions circulating around his program right now is winning a Pac-10 championship. Nothing less will suffice.