Although one prominent recruit decommitted upon hearing about the departure of defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, the majority of the prospects have re-affirmed their pledge with one of the most high profile recruits being La Habra (Calif.) La Habra 2016 linebacker Jacob Colacion.
“It’s a bummer about Coach Casteel leaving, but at the same time I committed to the entire program not just one coach,” Colacion said.
“I still have a lot of faith in what Coach Rodriguez is doing and I still am going to go down there and fight my heart out for a starting spot."
No matter who the new defensive coordinator is, the current coaches believe he has the versatility to contribute right away
“The coaches have talked about how they love my flexibility and they think I can do a lot of different things for them," Colacion said. "I’m excited to see what they plan on doing and how I fit in.
“I feel I can fit in all around the defense. My coverage skills are solid but I’ve been working on getting stronger and adding the bulk I need so I can hold up in the Pac-12.”
Before Colacion gets back on the practice field, he must first rehabilitate a knee injury.
“The injury is coming along really well," he said. "The doctors are pleased with how everything is going.
"I would love to be 100 percent ready to go by camp. I don’t know for sure if that will be the case or not, but that is what I’m shooting for."