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Posted on: February 28, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Eye on CFB Recruiting Review, 2/28

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Every Monday, our weekly Recruiting Review recaps the past week's top headlines from our sister blog, Bryan Fischer's Eye on Recruiting . Enjoy:
  • Arizona State's underwhelming 2011 class received a much-needed late boost with a pair of late defensive back signings, one of them JUCO safety Kevin Ayers, brother of UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers.
  • Struggling already to keep up with football's Matthews clan? Sorry: there's another member on his way to Texas A&M , this time the youngest son of Bruce, offensive lineman Mike Matthews. Not to be outdone by their archrivals in Austin, the Aggies now have a whopping 14 commitments for the 2012 class.
  • The furor over oversigning has been reignited again after two South Carolina recruits were told the day before Signing Day the school would not be accepting their letters-of-intent.
One more reminder: if you don't want to wait for these Monday recaps, simply read Eye on Recruiting . You'll be glad you did.
Posted on: January 22, 2011 3:52 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Report: Randy Shannon interviewing with UCLA

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well, now that UCLA has gotten the process of replacing an offensive coordinator it hasn't fired yet, the Bruins are now moving on to finding a replacement for a coach they have fired. According to the Los Angeles Times, former Miami head coach Randy Shannon is in Los Angeles to interview with UCLA for the defensive coordinator position.
Former University of Miami Coach Randy Shannon is being interviewed for the UCLA defensive coordinator job on Saturday, according to a person inside the program who was not authorized to speak on the subject.
Shannon was fired by Miami in November after four seasons as the school's head coach, where he went 28-22. He also spent the six seasons before taking over as head coach as the defensive coordinator at Miami. UCLA fired Chuck Bullough from the position in December, as the Bruins were pretty disappointing on both sides of the ball in 2010.

Whoever ends up replacing Bullough will be taking over a defense that just lost two of its best players to the NFL in Akeem Ayers and Rahim Moore.

UPDATE: Chris Foster now tweets that the Shannon interview will take place on Sunday.
Posted on: January 7, 2011 12:32 pm
 

UCLA's Rahim Moore headed to NFL

Posted by Tom Fornelli

This hasn't been a good week for the UCLA defense.  On Tuesday the team found out it would be losing its stud linebacker Akeem Ayers to the NFL, and today the Bruins found out that their top safety and interception machine, Rahim Moore, would be following Ayers out the door.  Moore made the announcement on Friday.

"I just felt like it was time," Moore said. "Leaving UCLA is hard, but it's like I had a mediocre job and now I'm going for a great job. It's not that I think UCLA is mediocre, but I have dreamed about playing in the NFL my whole life."

"I will let my work and interviews at the combine, and my game films, speak for me.  I just know I'm ready."

Moore has been a starter for the last three years at UCLA, and led the nation in interceptions with 10 in 2009.  He's considered by many to be the top safety available in the draft this year, and any time you're told that, you make the jump.  All entries into the draft have until January 18 to change their mind, but Moore says he's already hired an agent, which makes him ineligible to return.

Moore also said that he plans on returning to UCLA to earn his degree.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:44 pm
 

UCLA's Akeem Ayers entering draft

Posted by Tom Fornelli

UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers had a choice to make.  Did he want to come back for his senior season, likely another down year, at UCLA, or did he want to go make a few million dollars in the NFL?  What do you think Akeem chose to do?

“I want to thank my coaches, teammates and everyone at UCLA for all of their help the last few years,” said Ayers in a statement released by UCLA. “I have had a great experience at UCLA and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend such an outstanding school.

“I will miss playing with my UCLA teammates next year but I feel that the decision to go to the NFL is what is best for my family. I will always be a Bruin.”

I know, I was shocked too.

Ayers is projected to be a top-20 pick in the NFL draft this spring, so it only makes sense that he'd be leaving school to cash in on his potential.  Especially considering he missed quite a bit of time this season with an injury -- though that didn't stop him from being named first team All-Pac-10 -- and returning for his senior season only to be injured again would hurt his draft status.
 
 
 
 
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