One of UCLA's prized recruits for a very long time is four-star running back Aundre Dean (6-1, 200, 4.48) from Katy, Texas. Like many other players on UCLA's highly rated class, Dean has attracted an abundant amount of recruiting attention when the Bruins let their head coach Karl Dorrell let go.
"It is, what it is," Dean said regarding the UCLA situation. "I kind of expected it."
"Obviously it changes things, but I am still committed to the Bruins," Dean said. "I'll take other visits though.
Right now it appears that Louisville, Alabama, LSU and Pac 10 foe Arizona State are candidates for visits.
Dean will not be on campus this weekend when the majority of UCLA's commits will be taking their official visit as a unit. He will be busy suiting up for undefeated Katy high (14-0) when they take on once beaten San Antonio (Texas) Madison (13-1)this Saturday in one of the Lone Star's State's semi-final games.
Madison's lone loss came at the hands of Texas powerhouse Judson, a team that is also playing in a semi-final.
So far this season Dean has rushed for 2,101 yards and 22 touchdowns.
When asked if Dean had any plans to visit UCLA officially, the talented running back had the following to say.
"I'm not sure if I'll take my UCLA visit," Dean said. "It depends on who they bring in to take the job. I liked Coach Jay Norvell a lot.
"I don't know much about (interim head coach) Coach DeWayne Walker except he did call me," Dean said. "Coach Walker asked me to be patient and for me to take an official visit, but I really don't know him."
UCLA has a tradition going back to Mel Farr in the 1960's for having outstanding Texas running backs and were hoping that Dean would add to the illustrious list of Lone Star State running backs to don the blue and gold.
Now the Bruins could end up losing Dean and with ASU in the picture, to someone in their conference. It is trying times for UCLA fans.
Dean is a member of the Rivals.com Rivals250 for the class of 2008. Rivals.com ranks Dean as the nation's No. 10 running back prospect and he is a member of the Rivals.com Texas Top 100 team landing as the Lone Star State's No. 18 prospect at any position.