Neuheisel A Heavy Bruin Lean

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola quarterback Jerry Neuheisel is in as unique a situation as any recruit in the country in the 2011 class, and he is close to making his commitment to the Bruins. He talks about his official visit to UCLA...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola quarterback Jerry Neuheisel may be the one recruit to visit UCLA who already knew a lot about the Bruins and the Westwood campus.

But despite nearly living on campus, Neuheisel's official visit still took him to parts around the school that he'd not seen before.

"Living around here, and going over there as much as I have, I thought I had seen it all, but there were different parts of the campus I'd never seen before," said Neuheisel. "This was the tour I've been waiting for, for years."

Neuheisel is no stranger to the UCLA program, but he said just hanging out with the other recruits and players was a highlight.

"Tevin McDonald was my host and I get to hang out with the other players a ton and it's always nice to see those guys, but I also got to talk a lot with the incoming guys," said Neuheisel. "The camaraderie between the guys really stood out to me. You see it a lot differently on a visit. You see how in to being a Bruin the guys are. And it was nice to see the campus from a different way and really how beautiful it is. UCLA is a cool place."

He also put his two cents in for the other uncommitted visitors.

"Steven Manfro is a cool guy and Cyrus Hobbi, he was there, so we were working on him. Raymond Nelson is too. And Blair Holliday came down for an unofficial visit on Saturday. It's a good group of guys. If they all end up being Bruins, we'll be looking pretty good," Neuheisel said.

Neuheisel has also gotten to know Brett Hundley over the past few months, and the two have clicked.

"I became really good friends with Brett on his trip and he's a great guy and he's going to do very well at UCLA," said Neuheisel.

Neuheisel had visited Idaho previously and the Vandals as well as UNLV had offered him, but Neuheisel is a heavy UCLA lean. He's just not quite ready to make his commitment.

"I'm making my dad (Rick Neuheisel) work for that," joked Neuheisel. "He gets to have an in-home visit every night, but I'm making him work for my commitment."

Neuheisel admitted the decision to commit to the Bruins is imminent.

"It will probably will pretty soon, this week," said Neuheisel. "I might do something funny. Drop him a little note in his lunch and say ‘I want to play for UCLA."

Despite being the head coaches son, he was treated like any other recruit on a visit.

"Me and Christoph Bono sat in with him and watched film and talked about the offense," said Neuheisel. "It was great to sit in there and just break down film."

Neuheisel knew new offensive coordinator Mike Johnson from when he coached with his father in Baltimore.

"I actually knew him from when he coached with my dad and it's nice to see him with my dad again," said Neuheisel.

Neuheisel also addressed when he will enroll at UCLA.

"The plan is to sign (next week), greyshirt and be counted in next year's class," said Neuheisel.

And with one of the more unique recruitments around, Neuheisel said he's eager to get his recruitment over with and move on to playing for the Bruins.

"I kind of want the whole thing over with," said Neuhiesel. "My recruitment is a unique situation. A lot of people saying I should go to UCLA, and a lot people saying I shouldn't go there. Honestly, I can't wait to prove all the unbelievers in me wrong."

In the meantime, he's working the phones to make a last-ditch effort on other uncommitted guys.

"I'm calling a lot of the guys," said Neuheisel. "If I'm going to college somewhere, I want the guys around me to make us win."


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