The big question that was on many recruitneks minds, not to mention UCLA fans was will this very talented class of 2008 stay intact once the new coach was named. Now that one part of the equation has been handled by naming Bruin Rose Bow hero and MVP, Rick Neuheisel as the UCLA head football coach.
Over the next few days Rivals.com and BruinBlitz.com will get a hold of all the players committed to UCLA get their thoughts on Neuheisel and if they will continue to take trips.
Three-star Bruin linebacker commit Donovan Carter (6-2, 226, 4.65) from Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham, who with the twin defensive end tandem of three-star Marquis Jackson (6-4, 223, 4.7) and four-star Malik Jackson made up what one opposing coach called the Devil's Triangle because of the fact that once you entered it was over for you, had the following to say about Neuhiesel.
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"I'm just happy that they finally got a coach," Carter said. "I'm not familiar with Coach Neuheisel as a coach. I know he coached at Washington and Colorado, but I don't know his stats.
"I've heard that he wants to keep Coach DeWayne Walker and that's good news, but I'm still going to take my trips," Carter said. "My hope is Coach Neuheisel calls me as soon as he can so I can build a relationship with him."
Carter has visits scheduled to Washington (1-11) and ASU (1-18).
The first commit out of this class was four-star defensive back Anthony Dye (5-11, 180, 4.5) from Corona (Calif.) Santiago. The following is Dye's thoughts on the Neuheisel hire.
"To be honest with you, I don't know much about him except that he's an amazing coach and he has the qualifications," Dye said. "I want to meet him and see what he's about, where he wants the program headed and what are his philosophies.
"I am still definitely taking my visit to Oregon State on Jan 18th," Dye said. "I was thinking about taking another visit, but I'm not too sure about that now."
Another prize of this class is four-star cornerback Aaron Hester (6-1, 190, 4.4) from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. He seemed to be happy about the choice.
"I'm cool with it as long as Coach Walker stays," Hester said. "I hope he (Walker) stays.
"I do know that Coach Neuheisel is a good coach and there is nothing wrong with having a good coach," Hester said. "I'm on my way to make a plane to Miami. I am going to play in the Offense-Defense All-American game."
Hester at this time will still take his scheduled visits to Oregon (1-11) and Miami (1-18).