February 17, 2009

Grading the class of '09 - Offense

It has been almost two weeks since the Bruins surprised and were the talk of the recruiting world with their strong finish. Even though the Bruins ended up the season with a record of 4-8 they put everyone in the Pac 10 on notice that they will compete and win their fair share of recruiting battles for the West's top talent. Let's break it down by position and see how UCLA grades out.

Quarterback: After a thorough search conducted by UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel and offensive coordinator Norm Chow the Bruins decided to offer Richard Brehaut the lone scholarship slated. Brehaut was considered one of the best quarterbacks in the state of California in year where 31 high school signal callers signed letter of intents. Even better for the Bruins is Brehaut will enter school in March, just in time to participate in spring ball. Grade A

Running Back: For those who have seen the outstanding play on the scout team by junior Christian Ramirez and redshirt freshmen Milton Knox and Johnathan Franklin, plus the play of true freshmen Derrick Coleman and Aundre Dean, it was common knowledge that running back wasn't a position of dire need, still they landed four-star all-purpose running back Damien Thigpen who add another homerun threat because of his speed for the Bruins. Grade B

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