UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel was at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp Sunday because his son, Jack, was participating and he must've seen something in Kodi Whitfield - or maybe it was just time - because the Los Angeles Loyola receiver got an offer from the Bruins on Monday.
"I was definitely excited about it," Whitfield said.
"It's a relief to finally get one from coach Rick. A couple guys from Loyola went to UCLA and I spoke to them and they had great things to say about the place. I'd definitely like to take a visit there. There's a lot of interest in UCLA and I see it as a possibility."
Whitfield, a 6-foot-1, 178-pound prospect, said he'd like to get to know the coaching staff a little more especially because there have been a few changes heading into next season.
He knows Neuheisel well because Whitfield is a friend of the UCLA coach's sons but talking to some assistants will be important moving forward.
"I want to get to know the coaching staff because they've had some changes but it's definitely a relief and hopefully more offers come in," Whitfield said.
"I took some visits there for spring ball and for some junior days but other than mail I hadn't had much contact with the coaches. At the NIKE camp I saw Rick because I knew he'd be there because Jack was working out. Hopefully, I impressed everybody that was out there."
Whitfield has been invited to UCLA's spring practice this weekend and is strongly considering going. Arizona State, Washington and Cal Poly are his other offers.
Northwestern, Stanford, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Oklahoma and others are showing interest in Whitfield, whose father, Bob, played at Stanford and for the Atlanta Falcons.
In his junior season, Whitfield finished with 31 catches for 440 yards and five touchdowns. He probably would have had much better statistics if Neuheisel's son, Jerry, wasn't slowed by injuries.