A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing.
Always be closing, always be closing. Could Randall Carroll be the last domino to fall in what is shaping up to be the best signing day for UCLA football since 1998. From Eric Sondheimer in the LA Times (site is crashing from traffic):
I've confirmed that Los Angeles Cathedral receiver Randall Carroll has chosen UCLA as his college choice.
It puts the final touch on a day to remember for the Bruins. Not since the 1990s has a Bruins program succeeded in landing as many late-deciding top recruits as Coach Rick Neuheisel and his staff did today.
It's the second time in a month that UCLA took away a USC commit. In January, tight end Morrell Presley from Carson enrolled at UCLA after being a long-time USC commit. Now Carroll, the fastest teenager in California, will join him at UCLA after being committed to USC for more than a year. He was scheduled to make his announcement on FSN Prime Ticket at 6:30 p.m. (tape delay).
Carroll is the reigning 100- and 200-meter state track champion. USC wanted Carroll to play cornerback. UCLA wanted him at receiver, and that’s what probably won out.
We will wait for the confirmation. Meanwhile here is what CRN had to say about some of his key signees in an afternoon presser:
Kapolei (Hawaii) High OL Stanley Hasiak
"Thrilled to death when he announced this morning he was going to UCLA. This is a big guy who benches 435 pounds right now. He likes football. He likes the physical challenge. ...He can play right away."
Punahou (Honolulu) High ATH Dalton Hilliard
Neuheisel said Hilliard will come in as a defensive back, rather than a running back, because of depth.
"He's willing to do whatever he needs to do." Neuheisel said
Centennial of Corona receiver Ricky Marvray
Will start at receiver, but could move to another position.
"It always behooves you to have people dying to become Bruins in uniform. Clearly, a UCLA guy."
Timpview of Provo (Utah) offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo
"A neat surprise for us today. A very, very great kid. This is a kind of pied-piper personality. He's going to have a lot of fun being a student at UCLA. Aside from that, an unbelievable talent. He's a 300-pound guy that can dance around like nobody else's business. ...He put on a Bruin hat and made our offense jump and scream."
Stonewall Jackson of Manassas (Va.) running back Damien Thigpen
"It's fun to have speed back in the program, and this guy's highlight tape is indicative of that."
And about the day UCLA football had today:
--He thanked the administration and staff
--"I believe UCLA football had a great day. Very, very exciting day for us."
--"Offensive line coahc Bob Palcic had never been to Hawaii. He had been four times in the last month."
--Said offensive line was the primary concern,and was very pleased. He said UCLA shored up depth at linebacker and in the secondary.
Coffee is for closers baby.
UPDATE (N): Carroll makes it official:
Fox just aired Cathedral receiver Randall Carroll's announcement he chose UCLA over USC.
"I pretty much made my decision today,'' Carroll said. "I'm looking forward to the youth we have on the team. Everybody is young.
"I think I can get on the field pretty quickly because the lack of speed. That's what I bring to the field."
And Dohn reveals how CRN had an "ace in the hole" wrt to Hasiak and other recruits in Hawaii:
Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel hired intern Vae Tata as a full-time assistant for a couple of weeks so Tata could go out on the road recruiting.
It was cleared through the Pac-10 and the NCAA, and Tata passed the recruiting test so he could go on the road. He spent two weeks in Hawaii, and from everything I understand, did an awesome job.
Simply an incredible effort by Neuhiesel and the entire staff. Congrats to all of them. GO BRUINS.
UPDATE II (N): Might want to check out the latest recruiting rankings on Scout.com. Guess which LA school is at top at the end of signing day. GO BRUINS.