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    This, I had to share.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Pierson, Scout.com
    Remember 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.
    Clever.

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    do we have a marquis running back? As far as I could tell(from last year) we had a ****ty running game which exposed our ****tier qbs. What's the story there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seraphim View Post
    do we have a marquis running back? As far as I could tell(from last year) we had a ****ty running game which exposed our ****tier qbs. What's the story there?

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    Scout.com: Damien Thigpen Profile

    Neuheisel and the Bruins recruiting class are the top story on scout.com. Kinda nice.
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    UCLA is ranked #4.... it's been a long time! Outstanding job by Neu, Chow & Bob Palcic. It looks like former player Vai Tata had a lot to do with them landing those Hawaiian recruits. If the recruiting turns into "W's" on the field, the program will begin to (as it does at SC) recruit itself. Great day to be a Bruin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seraphim View Post
    do we have a marquis running back? As far as I could tell(from last year) we had a ****ty running game which exposed our ****tier qbs. What's the story there?

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    Most of that was because we had a terrible offensive line that couldn't pass block or run block, which made both our QB and RBs look terrible. O-line was by far our biggest weakness last year, and we picked up a lot in that area.

    We brought in some RB studs in last year's class in Dean and Knox, and as mentioned Thigpen this year is another good get.

    Next year I assume we'll be better but mediocre, but by 2010 with another strong class we should be the #2 program in the Pac-10.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/spor...eisel-era.html

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    We have Ramirez penciled in as the starter, after talking to some sources close to the program. The coaches were really excited about him last off-season before he was suspended for the season. He’s expected to be the bigger, slasher type. We fully expect Knox to be right there, and even if he isn’t the official starter, get significant playing time next season. He was probably the best tailback on the roster last year, but had to redshirt due to academic and other considerations. It will be interesting to see Coleman after his first off-season; we still believe he’s a fullback, but we’ll see. There were rumors Dean could transfer, but he’s telling everyone he’s definitely staying and putting in the work to get better, and get on the field. Carter is really going to have to show something this spring and fall or get left out of the rotation. Franklin was very impressive on the scout team, and he looks quite a bit bigger physically; he could, though, end up in the defensive backfield. Hilliard, too, could end up a defensive back. Thigpen’s speed will get him on the field, it’s just uncertain whether that will be at tailback or perhaps at defensive back. He’ll definitely get a look at kick-off returner as a true freshman, and on special teams, like on punt block.
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    Quote Originally Posted by santiclaws View Post
    Scout.com: Damien Thigpen Profile

    Neuheisel and the Bruins recruiting class are the top story on scout.com. Kinda nice.
    Besides the obvious injection of highly regarded offensive and defensive lineman I love the way that Skippy injected speed into the lineup in Thigpen and Carroll. Both guys sound like they can run track as well.

    Oh and anytime Skippy can steal from Pete it ends up being a GREAT day in Westwood ...

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