Sarao Set to Visit UCLA

Stanford commit Anthony Sarao, from Holy Spirit HS in Absecon, N.J., will take two official visits, both to Golden State, and he talks about the coaching change in Palo Alto and his upcoming visit to UCLA...

Absecon (N.J.) Holy Spirit linebacker Anthony Sarao had an interesting week, starting with watching the school he's committed to, Stanford, win the Orange Bowl.

"Man, in the first half, I was a little nervous because it was a close game," said Sarao. "But then you saw when the NFL coaches of Stanford made their adjustments and the college coaches of Virginia Tech made their adjustments, and it ended up being a blow out for Stanford."

The week then hit a point where the coach Sarao had committed to, Jim Harbaugh, left the Farm to take the head coaching position of the San Francisco 49ers.

"I know what kind of coach that Coach Harbaugh is and I know that a lot of teams wanted him," said Sarao. "It really doesn't do anything to my commitment to Stanford. I'm going to Stanford anyway. I'm sure they're going to bring in a good coach, and I'm just going to go out there and ball with my class."

Sarao had already been admitted into Stanford, so that wasn't a concern.

"That was a huge relief to me to get accepted into Stanford," said Sarao.

Sarao is also watching what defensive coordinator Vic Fangio does, as he's been mentioned as a possible replacement for Harbaugh in Palo Alto, to a possible addition to Harbaugh's staff in San Francisco, to even a candidate for other college defensive coordinator positions, like at UCLA.

"His decision is a big part of my decision because you saw what he did with that defense this year," said Sarao. "He's a mastermind and a tactician. It was an underrated defense, and they shut a lot of people out. What he does, it would affect me a lot because it does have an affect on my future."

Sarao will visit Stanford and then UCLA officially, maximizing his time on the West Coast.

"I'm taking my official visit to Stanford (next weekend), and then I'm going to go down to UCLA from Sunday to Tuesday and do a back to back, combo weekend," said Sarao.

Sarao said he considered himself a full commit to Stanford, and is taking the visits just to be sure, especially with the transition in coaching at Stanford.

"I'll probably know something on my visit to Stanford about the coaches," said Sarao. "But those are the only two schools I'm still left even considering."

Sarao spoke with UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel during the All-American Bowl week and linebackers coach Clark Lea are recruiting him. He said that Neuheisel is planning an in-home visit for later in January, after his official.

Brandon is in his sixth year with Scout.com, currently as the West Regional Manager. Prior to joining Scout, he spent three years as an o-line and tight ends coach in the high school ranks.
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