February 5, 2008
UCLA on verge of very special class
In about 24 hours UCLA will be putting to bed their best recruiting class based on numbers and talent, regardless if there is a defection or two, that they have signed in a very long time. It was a true roller coaster ride for the coaching staff, the players and of course the Bruin faithful.
The roller coaster began when UCLA offered a little known corner by the name of Anthony Dye from Corona (Calif.) Santiago. The Bruin coaching staff was way ahead of the curve on Dye.
During the season, Dye was moved to safety to prevent the opposition from avoiding him. At one point during his senior season, Dye led the state in tackles.
The next man aboard was Aaron Hester from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. When the Bruins landed Hester, they received a player who his Dominguez DB coach Martin French called the best he had ever coached.
Hester committed on a Friday night because of a track meet he was involved in on the next day.
The next day was the day that will forever live in the minds of recruitneks as 'Sudden Saturday" as the Bruins brought in their single greatest haul in school history.
"Sudden Saturday" was the brainchild of newly hired wide receiver coach Eric Scott and second year defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker.
These two men, Walker and Scott, brought a new attitude to UCLA. It can't be said enough how important Scott was to the success of UCLA's recruiting efforts.
One by one Walker and Scott were able to get the likes of Rahim Moore out of Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey arguably the nation's best safety prospect, commit to the Bruins.
It was beginning to look like Christmas Day in March for Bruin fans.
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