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Recruiting Roundup & Notes

Rich Perelman from What’s Bruin gives us a little preview what’s ahead for UCLA football this week:

Recruiting is the name of the game this week as the signing period begins Wednesday, Feb. 6. Word is that Neuheisel has been in more homes than a Century 21 agent, many of them for prospects not already committed to UCLA.
One of those recruits who was not committed to UCLA – Sean Westgate (LB from Oak Park High) – gave his word to CRN yesterday. From Brian Dohn:
Oak Park High linebacker Sean Westgate pulled back his commitment to Arizona and Sunday gave a non-binding oral commitment to UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel.

Westgate is the first player not already committed to UCLA to give Neuheisel a commitment.

"I sat down with my family and UCLA, being this close to my family, it was the right place for me," Westgate said. "There are a lot of reasons why I want to go to UCLA, but that one stands out in my mind."

Westgate, who had 130 tackles and five sacks in 13 games as a senior, committed to Arizona in June. Many schools recruited him as a safety, UCLA told him he can play weakside linebacker.
I am guessing Coach Walker pushed for Westgate because a LB spot opened up due to Kavienga’s move to BYU.

Meanwhile, CRN and his staff continue shore up our soft vebals. We now just have 5 soft verbals left on our recruiting board. The latest kid to reaffirm his commitment to UCLA is Donavan Carter (LB) from Van Nuys.

Also speaking of "soft verbals" Milton Knox got some good news over the weekend. In case you have forgotten here is Milton:

He now has the necessary score to get through UCLA admissions. Congrats to Knox. We hope to see him shred through opposing Ds in a year or two in that Neuheisel/Chow offense that has everyone’s passion bucket overflowing in Westwood.