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Dividends: Football News & Notes

More signs that level of interest and excitement around Bruin football is a little different than what we have been experiencing in last few years. From Perelman in What's Bruin, the football team is moving to a new (familiar) venue for spring scrimmage:

Thanks to a surge in interest following the hiring of Rick Neuheisel, the retention of DeWayne Walker and the hiring of Norm Chow to the UCLA football coaching staff, the Athletic Department is preparing to announce that the spring scrimmage to conclude the spring football program will be held at the Rose Bowl.
And that's not all. Bruins are now recruiting the number 1 running back in the country:
In one of the first clear dividends from the hiring of new Coach Rick Neuheisel and offensive coordinator Norm Chow, UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker was seen on the campus of St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura today, speaking with five-star running back Darrell Scott.

Walker apparently was there to speak with some of the school's junior players, but had a chance to talk to the 6-2, 215-pound Scott, who is now reportedly considering UCLA. He gained 1,697 yards and scored 21 touchdowns this season; he has been reported to be considering Colorado, Texas, LSU, Michigan, USC or Florida.

The Bruins already have verbal commitments from two top running backs: Birmingham High's Los Angeles City Player of the Year Milton Knox and Katy (Texas) star Aundre Dean.
Here is a little taste of Scott. The highlights are a a little grainy but I think they gave us a pretty good idea:

The pragmatic part of me tells me we don't have a realistic shot since we are getting involved a little late in the game. Then again I wasn't all that optimistic that CRN would be able to bring in Chow.

So what the heck? Hope Coach Walker made enough of an impression on him to bring him in for an on campus visit. I imagine having a running backs coach with NFL experience is only going to help. And then we have CRN waiting in the wing to seal the deal. These days as a Bruin fan it doesn't seem all that crazy to be a little optimistic.