Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:46 am

2/9 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

As usual, expect lots of commitments at Texas' Junior Day.

 Urban Meyer calls the Big Ten's gentlement's agreement "nonsense" and Lane Kiffin defends him.

 Defensive tackle Deadrin Senat has a big future ahead of him at Florida State.

 Georgia may add a "mystery" football recruit.

 The final rankings tell the story of how Oregon's past recruiting classes fared.

 Alabama has their eye on Georgia's prized quarterback commit.

 For Oklahoma and others in the state, recruiting is very much a junior-driven thing.

 Ross Els is getting busy as Nebraska's new recruiting coordinator.

 Some video fo Tosh Lupoi talking his departure from Cal and recruiting at Washington.

 Hawaii had a late add to their 2012 class in Juco defensive end Quenton Brown.
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:59 pm

Mora boosts recruiting quickly with two hires

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Jim Mora knows that he has some limitations coming from a long career in the NFL and, recently, from television. Taking over at UCLA, he identified recruiting as one area he would need help in and he significantly boosted the Bruins ability to do that Tuesday night, hiring SMU offensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Adrian Klemm and Arizona State receivers coach Steve Broussard.

The two will take on slightly different responsibilities in Westwood, with Klemm also coordinating the run game and Broussard moving over to running backs.

Klemm's hiring is a coup for Mora given his signficant ability to land West Coast talent and, in particular, Los Angeles-area recruits. A former NFL lineman and three-time Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots, Klemm went to school at nearby St. Monica High before playing at Hawaii. While at SMU, he had a knack at bringing Southern California recruits to Dallas.

Venice (Calif.) wide receiver Gabriel Marks and South Gate (Calif.) running back Robert Lewis are just two top recruits Klemm landed in the class of 2012 for the Mustangs. There's a good chance both stay closer to home and flip their pledges to UCLA with the hiring.

Broussard has numerous ties to the region thanks to time at Arizona State and Washington State, where he was a stand out running back. He managed to break into area powerhouse Long Beach Poly and snag five commitments for the Sun Devils this year.

UCLA has 18 commitments for the class of 2012.
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:27 pm

Another Compton lineman commits to UCLA

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Last Thursday UCLA picked up a commitment from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez High offensive lineman Lacy Westbrook and the Bruin coaching staff has followed that up with a verbal pledge from Westbrook's teammate on Tuesday in defensive lineman Damion Turpin.

"Yeah I committed to UCLA," Turpin told 247Sports. "I just decided I would be better to stay closer to home and benefit from the support of my family and friends. The academics at UCLA are top notch which was another factor in my decision."
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound end also held scholarship offers from Colorado, Duke, Hawaii, Nebraska and others. In addition to academics and proximity to home, what the Bruins showed in a recent win over Arizona State was another contributing factor into choosing to commit to the school.

"I think UCLA is back on the rise and I'm excited to be a part of the program," he said.

Turpin is the Bruins 16th commitment for the class of 2012 and third defensive end.

"He is a very athletic 250 pounder who comes off the ball well," Maxpreps analyst Tom Lemming said. "He shows quick hands, can move his feet, and bends off the edge. Not yet the dominating player he should become but scouts love his athletic ability and potential. Big things are expected of him this season and he shows the frame to carry at least 270 pounds. Plays the game with a reckless abandon and is relentless in pursuit."
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