Late yesterday, UCLA cemented a top recruiting class with the signing of receiver Randall Carroll, a speed-burner that the brain surgeons thought they had locked up. The Bruins had earlier signed TE Morrell Presely, who sc also thought was set in red and yellow.
Scouts.com’s final listings actually rate the Bruins at number four in the country, though neither rivals.com nor ESPN have them in the top ten. Regardless, with an emphasis on the offensive line, yesterday was a major UCLA success.
The brain surgeons had their typical highly rated group, but one thing stands out. While sc did tremendously well nationally, even with the loss of Hawaii’s Manti Te’o to Charlie Weis’s Irish, the Bruins had the better class of California recruits, and that bodes well not just for now, or for the 2009 season, but for the entire Neuheisel era.