While new coach Rick Neuheisel is busy trying land his number one recruit DeWayne Walker to stay as defensive coordinator many of UCLA's very talented class are out participating in All-Star games across the country wondering when things will settle down on the Westwood Campus they committed to.
So far the according the players Rivals.com and BruinBlitz.com have been able to get a hold most of the comments have been positive, but the consensus is they would like DeWayne Walker and wide receiver coach Eric Scott.
Four star defensive end Damien Holmes (6-3, 250, 4.9) from Colton, Calif., was glad that the Bruins hired a coach.
"I like the hire," Holmes said. "I know that it came down between Coach Neuheisel and Coach Walker and that he (Neuheisel) said he wants to keep Coach Walker, I'm glad they made a hire."
The highly coveted four-star wide receiver Jerry Johnson (6-3, 187, 4.47) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice was happy that UCLA hired an offensive minded coach.
"I haven't met the guy, but I hope he is a guy I can get along with and we can get along with each other," Johnson said. "I know he used to play quarterback for UCLA and that he has a good passing offense.
"I really don't much about Coach Neuheisel except that he runs a good offense," Johnson said. "I will visit Cal on January 11th, Oregon on January 18th and possibly Nebraska on January 25th.
Four-star safety Rahim Moore (6-1, 185, 4.45) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey is busy wowing them at practice at the US Army All-American Bowl. He took a more cautious approach to the hire.
"I'm just going to see what happens," Moore said about the Neuheisel hire. "I hope that Coach D Walk (DeWayne Walker) and Coach E (Eric Scott) stay on staff so we can do what we planned to do when we all committed to UCLA.
"If they (Walker and Scott) don't end up at UCLA," Moore said. "There is a good chance that I will go somewhere else..
"Texas, North Carolina and Arizona are also looking good to me right now," Moore said. "I hope they (UCLA) take care of this soon.
"It kind of puts us in a situation that we didn't think we were in. We thought we were done with recruiting.
Four-star wide receiver Nelson Rosario (6-4, 210, 4.43) from Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino has a ton of upside and though he has pretty much kept a low profile there is another school that has picked up recruiting Rosario.
Rosario had the following to say about Neuheisel's hiring.
"I don't know much about him, but I hear he's a smart guy," Rosario said. "I understand that he is trying to bring in Norm Chow and that could only be great.
"LSU wants me to go on a trip so might do that," Rosario said. "I'm kind of waiting until I talk to Coach Neuheisel and see how everything unfolds.