It's definitely football time at UCLA. The coaches are back in the offices after their July vacations, the players are working out, the incoming freshmen are getting ready to report, and recruits are visiting campus.
On Tuesday, as was reported, Joe Garcia, DB, 6-0, 180, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High, was on campus and made it official, verbally committed to UCLA. He reportedly didn't have any questions or doubts about his commitment, but merely wanted to do it in person.
A couple of other highly-sought recruits were also on campus Tuesday. Andy Matakis, LB, 6-3, 220, Corpus Christi (Tex.) Flour Bluff, received the full, red-carpet treatment. Matakis is a good-looking kid, with a good build that looks like he could gain even more weight. Reportedly, he was very impressed with UCLA, and the word is that his main three schools are UCLA, Texas A&M and Illinois. UCLA was the first to offer him and look to have a really good shot at getting him.
Vickiel Vaughn, DB, 6-1, 183, Plano (Tex.) High, was in town for the Pumps Best of Summer basketball tournament, and came by campus for an unofficial visit.
Many other recruits are expected to visit campus during fall practice, and we'll keep you posted as they do.
On another part of campus, UCLA's incoming freshmen have been training and playing in the informal seven-on-sevens. The consensus is that Jibril Raymo is an elite talent, looking big, fast and explosive at safety. Matt Ware was apparently slowed this summer by a hip pointer he suffered in the Cali-Florida game, but is said to be ready to report to practice next week healthy. Also looking good have been Marcus Cassel and Matthew Clark at cornerback. Also, observers have said that Jacques Lazarus has looked good playing receiver.
A pre-fall practice report will be coming in the next couple of days…