Status of UCLA's Defensive Commits

We gauge the commitment status of UCLA's seven verbals on the defensive side of the ball in 2012...

With things looking bleak for Rick Neuheisel at UCLA, the biggest question from a recruiting standpoint is what are the current commits going to do.

UCLA has 13 commitments, six on offense and seven on defense, and at least several are still getting attention from other schools, testing the strength of that verbal in the wake of the turmoil in Westwood.

We take a look at the seven defensive commits, and the likelihood of them wavering on their commitment to the Bruins.

Eli Ankou, 6-3, 245, Bear (Del.) Red Lion Christian Academy.  The Canadian prospect got his first offer from UCLA and the Bruins got a commitment from him in July.  He moved to Delaware for his senior year, and has looked just o.k.  There are some rumblings that he's checking out some other options.  Ankou recently told he plans to take some officials.  Being an out-of-region guy, if a coaching change is made, this could be one to watch. Decently Solid 

Morgan Breslin, 6-3, 250, Diablo Valley (Calif.) College.  A JC prospect, Breslin played at Walnut Creek (Calif.) Las Lomas but injuries and academics kept him from signing with anyone out of high school. Then after a year at DVC, he racked up offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Utah, Boise State, Purdue, San Diego State, Iowa State, Nevada and Arkansas State but he chose the Bruins.  He'll graduate in December so he can participate in spring ball in 2012. Breslin said he was solid to UCLA regardless of the coaching status  Solid Verbal 

Aaron Porter, 6-2, 230, La Habra (Calif.). Porter is the defensive headliner so far in the Bruins' recruiting class and given the season he's having so far, numerous schools are seeing just how solid he is.  Porter told us last week that three Pac-12 schools called him last week at halftime of the Arizona debacle, so schools aren't being shy about poaching him.  He'll likely take his official visits, but UCLA is still the team to beat for him, and he has said that he's still pretty solid, despite being very aware of the coaching situation.  Decently Solid 

Raymond Ford, 5-9, 160, Gardena (Calif.) Serra.  UCLA has made no bones that  they want to recruit at Serra, one of the more prolific programs in the Southland.  They've struck out there a lot the past few years, but this year's top prospect, Ford, chose the Bruins in the summer after getting an offer from UCLA at their camp.  But Ford is going to take his visits and several schools are getting in on him and UCLA will have to work hard to hold on to him. Soft At Best 

Shannon Edwards, 5-10, 175, Bakersfield (Calif.) Ridgeview.  Speed is what Edwards has, and a lot of it.  UCLA offered him after their camp after he ripped off a 4.4 in the forty.  He also had offers from Oregon State and Washington State before he jumped almost immediately on the Bruins' offer.  Edwards said he was solid to the Bruins no matter what.  Solid Verbal 

Jerico Richardson, 6-1, 185, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany.  Richardson's first and only offer was from UCLA.  Richardson has nice versatility, he could play corner (where he's better built), but he'll come in as a safety.  He's also close friends with 2013 prospect Steven Mitchell, who UCLA has already offered.   Since no other schools have offered, we don't think Richardson will be looking elsewhere.  Solid Verbal

Laiu Moeakiola, 6-0, 195, Euless (Texas) Trinity.  The most recent commitment to the Bruins, Moeakiola committed to UCLA on Monday after getting an offer from the Bruins over the weekend.  He's very much in tune with the coaching situation, and chose to commit anyway, which bodes well for UCLA.  He's also teammates with UCLA's top offensive recruit, Hiva Lutui, and so UCLA is hoping to keep Moeakiola in the mix, along with Lutui's cousin, Isaiah Folasa, to keep Lutui in the fold.   Solid Verbal

Brandon is in his seventh year with, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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