This, I had to share.
Originally Posted by Tracy Pierson, Scout.comRemember I alluded to something Head Coach Rick Neuheisel was doing with his coaching staff to help in recruiting.
I said that, in holding off in hiring Carnell Lake, it would benefit recruiting.
At the time, I couldn't tell you what it was. But now I can.
When DeWayne Walker left the staff, UCLA had a spot open on the coaching staff. Instead of rushing out and hiring Lake, Neuheisel was clever to take advantage of the situation.
He hired Vae Tata, the former UCLA player, as an assistant. Tata, of course, has deep ties to the Hawaiian community, and Tata spent a great deal of time recruiting for UCLA in Hawaii over the last month or so, and his effort was highly influential.
It was critical in UCLA getting Stan Hasiak, and without Tata UCLA wouldn't have had near as good a chance with Manti Te'o as they did (I've heard it was between Notre Dame and UCLA).
Neuheisel hiring Tata temporarily was entirely within NCAA rules.
It's just another instance that shows how smart and aggressive Neuheisel is at his job, and has become in regard to recruiting.