Posted by Bryan Fischer
It's supposed to be the beginning of the dog days of summer but that hasn't stopped UCLA from hitting the recruiting trail hard in late June. The Bruins continued some earlier momentum and added two commitments Friday afternoon in a one-two punch of in-state commitments on offense.
“I called Coach [Rick] Neuheisel, I told him I’m ready to be a Bruin,” Fresno (Calif.) tight end Ian Taubler (right) told BruinReportOnline.com. “I’m part of the UCLA family. I loved all the coaches there. I can see myself out there.”
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Taubler had USC, UCLA, Cal and Stanford in his final four. He was down to the two Los Angeles schools this week and just picked up an offer from the Trojans on Thursday but it was ultimately the Bruins that he felt most comfortable with.
“If I wanted the offer, I had to call and commit,” Taubler said about USC. “It’s an honor but I don’t think that’s where I needed to be. I called USC and told them I committed to UCLA.”
The Pac-12 South program wasn't done on Friday as they picked up the verbal pledge of Spring Valley (Calif.) offensive lineman Mario Yakoo to fill a position of need for the Bruins.
"I called up Coach (Tim) Hundley and he offered me and I committed right then," Yakoo told the site. "I talked to Coach Neuheisel too and they were both pretty excited."
Yakoo, who is 6-foot-4, 310-pounds, also held offers from Arizona, Oregon State and San Diego State. The pair of Friday commits give UCLA three for the week and five overall in the class of 2012.