East Coast QB A Possibility

Virginia quarterback prospect Bush Hamdan has maintained interest in the Bruins, and UCLA has continued to recruit him since he came to the UCLA four-day camp in spring. He gives us an update on his recruitment...

While UCLA has some options for quarterback on the West Coast, one signal-caller in the East who the Bruins are interested in is Arlington (Virg.) Bishop O'Connell's Bush Hamdan (6-1, 195).

The younger brother of Washington Redskins and former Indiana quarterback Gibran Hamdan, Bush is having a solid senior season, thus far throwning for 1,100 yards and 12 tochdowns. He landed on the Bruins radar this summer following a trip to the EA Sports QB Camp in Las Vegas. After that camp, Hamdan's brother had a friend who was working at the UCLA 4-Day camp, so he headed west to the Bruins' camp.

"It was an unreal experience at the camp. I got to meet Coach Dorrell and his staff and I really liked them. They had some good workouts there. Between there and the Vegas combine, I had a good summer on the West Coast," said Hamdan.

Wide receiver coach Jon Embree is recruiting Hamdan, and the quarterback has gotten a good impression of the UCLA staff. "They call a lot, and while I am not exactly sure if an offer is coming anytime soon, I am staying patient. I really liked it out there. I love California. I used to live in San Diego. If UCLA is an option that opens up, I would jump all over it. It's such a good opportunity, a fine educational school. It would be great to be there for four years. I've given it some thought. I wouldn't have gone out there this summer if I didn't think I would want to go to school there."

Hamdan attended the Nike Camp at Penn State, the same one with Anthony Morelli, Chad Henne, Brian Savage and Jordan Steffy. "I felt good about how I did at the camp. I don't have the national name that those guys do, but I felt I held my own, and the guys at the camp said I did real well."

While he hasn't received a scholarship offer yet, Hamdan has stayed encouraged and hopes his senior season will produce some offers. ""I don't have any offers yet, but I have really four schools I am consistently hearing from that I like the most: UCLA, Syracuse, Penn State and Maryland. It's somewhat frustrating not getting any offers yet, when I know that I've out-performed some guys that have a lot of top schools. But my brother just tells me to hang in there, be patient and keep playing well and they'll come."

Hamdan is also a top baseball prospect, and turned down a chance to play with a Baltimore Orioles youth team this summer to do the football camp tour. "I've talked with some scouts and some division I baseball coaches, but I am a football player. If something didn't happen by December, than I may play baseball, but right now I am leaning towards doing football."

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