National Signing Day in Westwood, thought rated at only No. 16 in the country by rivals.com, and No. 10 by scout.com, on closer inspection, looks like some major talent will be helping the Bruins really begin the next, hopefully winning, phase, of the Rick Neuheisel era, this coming season.
The top couple of players according the the “experts” are DL Iuta Tepa, OT Xavier Su’a Filo, and receiver Ricky Marvray, but a couple of others look to be the key guys to help bring respectability back to Westwood: Running back Damien Thigpen, and the real key to the recruiting class, and to the 2009 season, QB Richard Brehaut.
Come September, it will be the right time to forget the injury-plagued quarterbacking of Ben Olson and Patrick Cowan, and the 5-yard passes and drive-stopping interceptions of Kevin Craft, and give the reins to Brehaut. Another rookie qb year doesn’t sound so good after last year’s fiasco, but Brehaut is not Kevin Craft; he’s the guy to lead the team now, not to sit in the wings for a year or two.