Where Does Porter Stand?

The Bruins' top defensive commitment, La Habra (Calif.) linebacker Aaron Porter, talks about where his verbal to UCLA stands...

Despite playing in only one half on Friday night against Fullerton, La Habra (Calif.) linebacker Aaron Porter registered a stat line that some players would need a few games to accomplish.

Porter helped the Highlanders win their second consecutive Freeway League game, 49-10 over Fullerton, by tallying 11 total tackles, including five tackles for lost yardage, one forced fumble, an interception and a sack. Minutes before halftime, La Habra replaced their starters with their reserves, much to the dismay of Porter.

"I didn't really like it. I like playing the whole game," said Porter. "But it was good for a lot of the second-team guys for all their hard work in practice."

The 6-2, 230 pound linebacker is listed by Scout.com as the tenth best inside linebacker in the country, but it's on the outside and close to the line of scrimmage where he does most of his damage for La Habra.

The four-star linebacker has been committed to Rick Neuheisel's UCLA Bruins since early July, but that was before the Bruins were blown out by Arizona before a national audience on Thursday and the heat under Neuheisel's hot seat wasn't as hot.

By halftime of Thursday night's game, UCLA netizens and writers were all abuzz, speculating the fate of Neuheisel and the rest of the coaching staff.

When asked how solid his commitment to UCLA was, Porter said, "I don't know. It's pretty strong unless something happens with the coaches."

"The coaching staff has a big impact, but I still like UCLA no matter what," added Porter.

"I told him from the start never to pick a school based on the coaches alone," said Tony Porter, Aaron's father and La Habra's defensive coordinator. "With the coaching situation at UCLA, he still says he's pretty strong to them. There are some teams that are going to try and take advantage of what's going on and three of them called [Thursday night] during the second half."

Porter's father would not say which three schools called but did say they were from the Pac-12.

When asked if he had been communicating with UCLA's other committed players, Porter said that he had been in contact with a couple of other players.

Given the uncertainty at UCLA and despite his commitment, Porter is still receiving phone calls and letters from several schools, including Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego State and Washington State.

For now, Porter plans on taking all five of his official visits. Although he has not scheduled them all, he says UCLA is a certainty while also mentioning Arizona State and Washington.


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