When Rick Neuheisel was fired as UCLA's head coach in December and Jim Mora took over, it was thought that some UCLA commits might be encouraged to look elsewhere to make room for Mora's recruits. While that still may be the case, you can probably count Bear (Del.) Red Lion Christian Academy defensive end Eli Ankou among those who will be in Westwood in the fall.
"Right now, I'm totally committed to UCLA," Ankou said. "They have made it clear that everything should be fine with my scholarship. I'm very comfortable with the staff and everyone there."
Ankou, who looks the part for that newly coveted outside linebacker/defensive end position at 6'3, 240, took a visit to UCLA two weeks ago, primarily to meet with the new coaches. After committing to UCLA in the summer, it was also an opportunity to make sure that the school still felt like the right fit.
Suffice to say, Ankou was satisfied on all counts.
"I was really impressed with the coaches, and really everything at the school, but primarily the coaches," Ankou said. "It feels like they really just genuinely care about you."
Ankou's only real knowledge of the new coaching staff had come from Internet reports, and so he relished the opportunity to meet with Jim Mora and the rest of the staff in person.
"The best part of the visit was just generally meeting with the coaching staff and getting to know them better," Ankou said. "I just felt like I wanted to meet them and greet them in person and talk to them face to face. I was really comfortable int alking with them and getting to know them a bit better."
Mora, in particular, impressed Ankou as a "straightforward, honest man."
As for the possibility of greyshirting, Ankou hasn't heard any word from the staff.
"I'm not quite sure right now," Ankou said. "I'm going to try my best to see if I can get in and play early, but I'm just not sure right now."
Ankou Ready for Westwood
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