The Status of Commits: Offense

We gauge the commitment status of UCLA's six verbals on the offensive side of the ball in 2012, which includes arguably the most important player in the entire class...

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 12 commitments, six on offense and six 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 Westlake.

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

Steven Lakalaka, 5-11, 185, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou.  Lakalaka was the first verbal to the Bruins, committing in the middle of May after UCLA assistant coach Inoke Breckterfield made his way to the Islands.  Lakalaka comes from one of the top programs on the Islands and is one of four Punahou players UCLA has offered, but the only one who's committed (teammate Luke Kaumatule committed to Stanford and defensive end DeForest Buckner and kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn are uncommitted). Fairbairn was offered last week and said Lakalaka is heavily recruiting him, so Lakalaka doesn't sound like someone looking elsewhere. Solid Verbal

Psalm Wooching, 6-3, 215, Kailua Kona (Hawaii) Kealakehe. Wooching committed the day after Lakalaka but is now starting to see his recruitment pick up.  UNLV offered and Wooching has said he'll visit the Rebels and he's also confident that Washington and Utah could offer.  He said that he's solid to UCLA, but they want him as an outside linebacker and he wants to play running back.  If he takes any visits, and if any other Pac-12 schools offer, that could open him up.  But he's pretty strong right now. Solid Verbal

Ian Taubler, 6-6, 250, Fresno (Calif.) BullardTaubler fits the bill of the all-around tight end -- he's a tremendous blocker and has great size, but he can also get out and catch the ball and run.  UCLA was one of the schools he coveted an offer from and even with USC offering him at their camp, Taubler turned it down and committed to the Bruins.  Since then, though, Washington has offered him and Cal, a school he had long coveted an offer from, is still in search of a tight end and they could try and jump in.  Pretty Solid

Hiva Lutui, 6-3, 280, Euless (Texas) Trinity.  One of the premier interior linemen nationally, Lutui had a slew of offers from the Southwest, but he chose the Bruins.  Lutui is originally from Southern California and with his cousin Folasa committed, UCLA got into a good spot for him and landed what is arguably their top commit, a top-five player at his position nationally.  Lutui has said he will still take some trips, and with the uncertainty of the coaching situation, other schools will try to poach him.  The ties to Southern California and Folasa are strong, and should help UCLA, but they'll have their work cut out to keep him in the fold.  Decently Solid

Isaiah Folasa, 6-3, 335, Corona (Calif.) Santiago.  A mammoth offensive lineman, Folasa shined at UCLA's camp and landed an offer from the Bruins not too long after.  Not long after that, Folasa jumped on it and committed to the Bruins.  He's also a cousin to Hiva Lutui and UCLA would love to keep them together.  UCLA was one of a handful of offers for Folasa but is the biggest and the school he wanted to go to.  The key with Folasa is his academics.  He needs to continue to shore those up.  Decently Solid

Mario Yakoo, 6-4, 320, Spring Valley (Calif.) Steele Canyon.  One of the top linemen in San Diego, Yakoo came to UCLA's camp with just a couple of offers, but UCLA then offered him and he committed on the spot.  Yakoo could play guard or center in college.  He jumped on the UCLA offer immediately and the only other BCS offer he has is from Arizona, who's going through some transition of their own.  Yakoo is one who we feel is rock solid to the Bruins regardless of the situation.  Solid Verbal.

Xavier Su'a-Filo.  Amongst everyone in the class of 2012, no one is more crucial to this class than Su'a-Filo. A starter in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2009, Su'a-Filo left to serve his LDS mission after that season, a huge blow to the Bruins' offensive line the past two seasons.  Su'a-Filo may be the best and most talented offensive lineman since the Andy Meyers/Chad Overhauser/Kris Farris trio in 1997, and was an instant impact guy as a freshman.  Before the season, we heard from numerous people close to him that said Su'a-Filo would absolutely be back at UCLA after his mission, but that was before the 2011 season started.  Even in the past couple weeks we've heard Su'a-Filo is planning to come back to UCLA regardless of the coaching situation, which could be one silver lining in the cloud.


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