If things weren't going good enough for the Bruins on this Saturday the red hot UCLA football program received the commitment from another player who was red hot on the recruiting trail in defensive end Damien Holmes (6-3, 245, 4.9) from Colton, Calif.
"I went over to UCLA at about 10:00 AM (PST) and there were about six to 10 guys there," Holmes said. "The UCLA coaches went over a lot of things and told us how UCLA football goes and how important football is but they also want us to do well with our academics.
"Then we went and talked with our position coaches," Holmes said. "I talked to Coach Todd Howard and he told me about the defensive end situation with graduation and the depth chart.
"Coach Howard told us what his credentials were," Holmes said. "I don't have any doubt having coach Howard as my position coach.
"I feel great about the coaches at UCLA," Holmes said. "The campus is beautiful and as far as academics are concerned UCLA is one of the top schools in the country.
"I'm very confident about my decision to attend UCLA."
Holmes racked up 72 tackles, 14 sacks and two fumble recoveries as a junior.
Like most UCLA recruits Holmes is a two-way standout who also played tight end. He had 25 receptions for 396 yards and one touchdown on the offensive ball for his junior season.
Holmes was recruited by John Wristen and he chose UCLA over offers from Ole Miss, Duke, San Diego State, Nebraska and Oklahoma. He went USC's junior day and Colorado and Arizona were heavily recruiting him and offers were said to be forthcoming.