Happy Thursday morning, Bruins. Let's take a look at some of the news and notes surrounding our teams and players.
** The big, as in really big, news in the last week came in the form of two highly coveted JuCO OL recruits Dominick Jackson and Eluemunor, who are coming to Westwood. The key behind these commitments continues to be our ace recruiter Adrian Klemm. Coach Klemm is bringing the Boom! to U.C.L.A. football recruiting, and the college football world is taking notice. Several outlets this week have pointed at Klemm being the key. The SBud Elliott with the SBNation mothership was lauding Klemm this week:
Jackson is the third commitment of the 2014 class for the Bruins. He was recruited by superstar recruiter and offensive line coach, Adrian Klemm.
Edward Lewis at Bruins Sports Report shared Klemm's praises from Eleumunor:
"The way he coaches - it's one thing to coach the O-line, but it's another to have actually played the position and play it at the highest level for a long time. And he's young too. He really knows what to do and how to develop linemen. I'm guessing that's why he's getting all the best linemen in the country. It's really cool, he knows everything and he knows - when he came to my spring game, I'm still raw, and as soon as he spoke to me over the phone, he told me right away the things I was doing wrong and the things he can help me develop. That was really cool.
In Alabama, AL.com was ruing Klemm's work this week:
The common denominator for Jackson and Eluemunor? UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, a former NFL lineman who won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.
And Bleacher Report, which continues its assault on the English language by first negating its own praise and then slaughtering any self respecting attempt at grammar, eventually gets the same point as the others.
By landing Eluemunor and Jackson, it just further validates Klemm's recruiting prowess. It cannot be overstated enough how startling the feat truly is. Klemm was able to beat out Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Les Miles and Lane Kiffin for these two recruits.
In terms of the UCLA ofotball [sic] program, unprecedented territory is truly being trekked across.
It all begins with Klemm
Agghhhh, my eyes!
Anyway, Coach Klemm's work isn't done, as 4 star OT Demetrius Knox is set to visit U.C.L.A. on Monday. And while Knox has suggested he will not commit until the spring all star games or signing day, don't bet against Adrian Klemm. As Klemm's keeps impressing, he'll start to draw interest from programs for a coordinator position, so Mora and Guerrero need to have a plan to keep Klemm happy and keep him in Westwood. At least I trust one of them to be ready.
** Remember Norm Chow? Well, the former Bruins offensive coordinator will be coming back to the Rose Bowl in 2017, but this time it'll be as head coach of the University of Hawai'i. U.C.L.A. and Hawai'i agreed to fill an open date on their schedules that season with a meeting on September 9th at the Rose Bowl. Tragically, in yet another of our apathetic director Dan's Grr-errors, this was not a home and home matchup, so the Bruin fans won't get the opportunity to
take a vacation travel to a road game in the beautiful state of Hawai'i.
** Since Johnathan Franklin still has some time to fill before becoming mayor of Los Angeles, he is doing a series of video installments following his path from U.C.L.A. to the NFL called Johnathan Franklin's playbook. You can see the first episode here.
JetSki gives us some glimpses into his beginnings in football, some of the hardships he faced growing up, and how those things have contributed to his amazing character and work ethic. It's a great watch. We'll keep you updated as new episodes are completed.
** In what is hopefully some good Karma for Bruin Baseball at the CWS this weekend, two Bruin pitchers had their major league debuts on this week and both looked very good. Charles Brewer, who pitched for the Bruins from 2007-2009, made his first appearance in the bigs for the Arizona Diamondbacks on monday night against the Dodgers. Brewer came in the game in the 7th and pitched a scoreless 1 2/3rds innings, giving up 3 hits, and striking out one. The D'backs won the game 5-4. The following night, Gerrit Cole made his long awaited debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the SF Giants (who included former Bruin Brandon Crawford). Cole was the #1 overall draft pick in 2011, and I'd say the wait was worth it. Cole struck out the first batter he faced with three fastballs, the 3rd hitting 99 on the radar gun. Cole got it done at the plate, too, knocking in 2 runs with a single in his first major league at bat, off Tim Lincecum, no less. Cole's line was 6.1 innings, 2 runs, 7 hits, and ) walks. Oh, and 1 win. Let's hope Adam Plutko and Nick VanderTuig were watching. U.C.L.A.: #PitcherU
** U.C.L.A. has a new Men's Track and Field coach. John Frazier, who was an All-American shot putter for the Bruins and graduated in 1986 is returning to Westwood to be the head coach for Men's Track & Field. Frazier was an assistant coach at Tennessee for the last seven years.
"My fellow coach, the entire team and I are excited to welcome John Frazier back to Westwood and the UCLA family", Mike Maynard, director of men's and women's track and field and cross country said in a statement. "John's professionalism and the coaching expertise he brings will certainly help us continue to move the programs forward toward our goals."
Let's welcome Coach Frazier back to Westwood. The Bruins have an incredible legacy in Track and Field, but have not had the same success lately to match that legacy. Hopefully Coach Frazier can return the Bruins to some of the T&F success that we have seen in the past.
** Finally, leave it to Coach Mora to have to insist on things that the Unathletic director should be taking care of himself, but the Bruins are moving to a single color of blue going forward. As Coach Mora noted in one of the final spring football recaps, the equipment sheds at Spaulding have gotten a makeover, and Coach Mora wants this to be the color of blue that is associated with U.C.L.A. Football and will be our brand. Edward Lewis tweeted a picture today and you can see for yourself.
Although I'm more of a fan of the older powder blue, I agree that there should be just a single shade of blue associated with our teams. If this is our blue, then that's what I'm wearing. And bleeding.
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Tomorrow is Friday! GO BRUINS!