National Outlook

UCLA hosted several juniors this Saturday for their "Meet and Greet" day and it resulted in eight commitments. After receiving three commitments earlier in the week, the Bruins currently have 11 recruits slotted for their 2008 class, all of whom are from California.

Anthony Dye of Corona was the first to jump on board when he committed on March 5th. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback visited UCLA the previous weekend and was offered by head coach Karl Dorrell. Dye made all-league and all-county teams after accumulating 90 tackles and intercepting four passes in 2006. UCLA was his first offer, though he was being pursued by BYU, Arizona State, Cal, and Washington State.

This past Friday, the Bruins picked up commitments from two Los Angeles area wide receivers in Jerry Johnson and Aaron Hester before hitting the mother load the next day. Of the eight Saturday commitments, seven of them play on the defensive side of the ball. The one offensive commit is wide receiver Kemonte Bateman of Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Bateman is quick and has very good hands. He caught 46 passes resulting in 836 yards and nine touchdowns in 2006 and for his efforts was named to the all-city team. Oregon, Nebraska, and Cal were some of the other schools recruiting Bateman.

Two of the players that committed to UCLA on Saturday attend Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. 6-foot-2, 190-pound Rahim Moore is on's 2008 Hot 100 list and, like Bateman, was an all-city selection in 2006 because of his 122 tackle, seven interception season. Moore plays safety in high school, but he could possibly shift to corner at UCLA. He picked the Bruins over USC, Auburn, Oregon, and several other high profile programs.

His teammate, Jonathan Franklin, plays on both sides of the ball in high school. While he is a very skilled running back, most expect the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder to grow into an outside linebacker. Franklin had not received any other offers, but he was being recruited by many schools, including Arizona, Cal, and Washington.

Two coveted defensive end recruits were among the players that committed to UCLA on Saturday. Earlier in the week, 6-foot-4, 240-pound Datone Jones told how excited he was to receive an offer from USC. He said that he nearly committed to the Trojans immediately but indicated that he would probably not make a decision until signing day. Two days later, not only had the Compton native made a commitment, but it was to the cross-town Bruins. Jones was an all-league pick in 2006 and had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, and Ole Miss along with the ones from UCLA and USC.

Colton defensive end Damien Holmes registered 72 tackles and 14 sacks this season and that caught the eye of many top programs. Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Ole Miss had offered and he had recently visited USC. But after attending the "Meet and Greet" at UCLA, he ended his recruitment. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Holmes was named all-league as both a defensive end and as a tight end, but the Bruins recruited him specifically for defense.

The other UCLA commitments are linebacker Uona Kaveinga of Lawndale, safety E.J. Woods of Encino, and safety Antwon Moutra of Culver City.

After signing just one offensive lineman this past February and three last year, offensive line is a high priority for Ohio State. This week they picked up a commitment from the top lineman in Ohio this year, Mike Adams of Dublin. Adams weighs 300-pounds right now, but at 6-foot-8 adding more weight seems inevitable. He has great technique and once he gains more strength, he should be an outstanding tackle in the Big Ten. Though Adams had long been considered a lock for the Buckeyes, he still picked up offers from just about every school in America.

Adams was the second player to commit to Ohio State, following punter/kicker Ben Buchanan of Centerville, Ohio. 80% of Buchanan's kickoffs were not returnable and his career long filed goal came from 54 yards. As a punter, he averaged 41 yards per punt and was very adept at pinning the opposition inside their own 20 yard line. Freshman Aaron Pettrey had a solid season kicking for the Buckeyes in 2006 as did sophomore punter A.J. Trapasso, so Buchanan may have to wait a couple of years before he becomes a contributor.

Finally, Jermie Calhoun of Van, Texas is rated as the No. 1 player in the state for the class of 2008. But when the home state Longhorns decided to take Tre Newton as their lone running back this year, Calhoun decided to cross the Red River and commit to the Oklahoma Sooners. Calhoun has good size at 6-foot-0, 210-pounds and also stars on the Van High School track team. In 2006, he rushed for 1,803 yards and 26 touchdowns after going for 1,650 yards and 23 touchdowns as a sophomore. LSU, Alabama, and Florida were some of the other schools that offered. Top Stories