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12/20/2003:

Bo Renaud, who played this year as a true freshman at Division II Adams State, is considering transferring to UCLA as a walkon.

Renaud, 5-9, 193, played at Los Angeles Loyola High. -- Tracy Pierson

12/20:

Defensive line coach Don Johnson was offered the defensive coordinator position at Nevada-Reno.

He contemplated the move for a couple of days, but today announced he had turned down the offer and would return to UCLA as the DL coach. -- Tracy Pierson

12/19:

TheInsiders' Greg Hicks is in Oregon for the Les Schwab tournament.

He saw 6-8 freshman PF/C Kevin Love play yesterday, and it further cemented Greg's opinion that the young Love is the best post prospect in the west after Robert Swift.

Love had around 30 points, 18 boards and 10 blocks. He, admittedly, isn't playing against very tough competition, but Love is so advanced in his post skills.

UCLA assistant coach Kerry Keating was in attendance for Love's game.

Hicks also saw the game of Artem Wallace, 6-8 JR PF, Toledo (Wash.) High. Despite playing for a mess of a high school program, Wallace still looked good, scoring 20 points and getting 22 rebounds. Hicks said Wallace was impressive in the game as well as in the pre-game shoot-around when he was knocking down threes.

Keating was also at Wallace's game... -- Tracy Pierson

12/19:

Being a late bloomer is nothing new to the Cowan family. Joe Cowan, now a freshman receiver at UCLA, didn't really shine until his senior year at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco.

Now, the next in line is current senior Bosco quarterback Patrick Cowan (6-4, 200) who, like his brother, is a sort of late bloomer.

Cowan spent the 2003 season as Bosco's starting QB, his first year as a starter on varsity and had what he described as an "alright" season.

"We didn't do as well as we hoped," Cowan said. "We kind of underachieved. We had big expectations this season, and we felt we could have done better."

Recruiting has been a bit slow for Cowan, with only one offer to date.

"Sacramento State is my only offer. Washington is recruiting me a lot (his father played there). UCLA has told me that I could walk on and that is a strong possibility," said Cowan.

A raw QB, Cowan thinks he can grow into a college quarterback.

"I thought about doing a JC. I could go to Sacramento State (where he will visit) or I could try and walk on some place. I guess I just want to make sure I have all my options available and see if anything else comes from it," said Cowan.

This past season, Bosco went 7-4 and Cowan was 92-for-197, throwing for 1,101 yards and 5 TDs while rushing for 4 TDs.

He has a 3.7 GPA and took his SAT for the first time recently. -- Brandon Huffman

12/17:

As of right now, the UCLA football team has 21 open scholarships for next year total.

If Potasi doesn't return, which I hear is likely, they have 22.

If Sciarra transfers, they have 23.

So far, they've given out 17 rides total that would count against that 23.

That includes the JC recruits. The JC recruits coming in this year just doesn't count against the NCAA annual limit of 25. But it, obviously, still counts against the total scholarships open on the team, which, as stated above, is potentially 23.

So, they probably have 6 rides left to give. Among those six, here are those that are probably earmarked with a high priority: QB 2 OL 1 DT 2 DB 1 They could possibly take more commitments than 6, and let it all sort itself out by next fall. They could also possibly gray shirt some commitments in order to take more. Also, some of the OLs they've gotten commitments from could also end up at DT, so they could take more than one more OL. And if, say, OLs Klovas and Smith want to come, they'll take them, and possibly not take another DB. -- Tracy Pierson

12/17:

UCLA was doing the evaluation on David Koral's academics yesterday (Tuesday), so it could very well have been he was admitted, offered and accepted the offer. We have yet to confirm it.

Devin Hollins, from West L.A. College, is a player that many have been pushing to the UCLA coaches in recent weeks. A source I know that's close to Hollins said he was unaware of Hollins committing, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen. We're still looking into it. -- Tracy Pierson

12/15:

In comparing prospect Malik Hairston to UCLA's committed players, Hairston is a better prospect than Afflalo and Shipp.

He's got a better basketball body. He has one of those flexible, floppy kind of Kobe bodies that can just fluidly move in any direction. He has very good lateral quickness, and is explosive off the floor. He also plays his ass off.

Skills-wise, he's probably a little worse of a shooter than Afflalo or Shipp. He's about as good a passer as Afflalo.

But his overall athleticism makes him a better prospect.

IMO, he's about 6-4 and is best suited on the perimeter as a shooting guard.

I think he might be a little over-rated as a top ten national player, but definitely a top 25... -- Tracy Pierson

12/15:

Offensive lineman Alex Potasi was suspended from the team at about the time of the Oregon game for violating team rules.

He is still in school at UCLA.

Head Coach Karl Dorrell said Potasi was "relieved of duty" from the football program.

He didn't elaborate about Potasi returning to the team, but did say he'd get "a chance" to have his situation re-evaluated at a later date. -- Tracy Pierson

12/15:

UCLA was thought to be a potential destination for Duke transfer Michael Thompson. But we're hearing that UCLA has decided to not recruit Thompson, and he won't be coming in for an official visit. The lack of available scholarships appears to be the primary reason behind the decision. -- Tracy Pierson

12/13:

BRO reported that sources have told us that T.J. Cummings has achieved the grades needed to be eligible to play Wednesday.

Head Basketball Coach Ben Howland, however, didn't concede it completely. Howland said that they received back the grade they were most anticipating on T.J. Cummings, and it was good. They are still waiting on one more, but it was in a class Cummings was doing well in.

Howland said he's "almost certain" Cummings will be eligible. -- Tracy Pierson

12/12: UCLA football coaches were at the Carson/Venice City championship game Friday night at the Coliseum.

It could possibly go a long way in determining whether they offer Venice's Erick Lobos or Mesphin Forrester. -- Tracy Pierson

12/11:

In regards to UCLA not recruiting elite point guard prospect Quentin Thomas, who committed to North Carolina:

There were some academic issues early on that kept UCLA from really recruiting him aggressively.

Then once UCLA got a commitment from Jordan Farmar in spring, they were hesitant to recruit Thomas, since he was considered a point guard and they didn't want to disrupt the situation with Farmar. -- Tracy Pierson

On 6-8 sophomore power forward/center Alex Stephenson of Studio City (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake:

We've seen Stephenson play quite a bit, including just the other night.

I really like him, and think he has the potential to develop into a high-major player.

He's about 6-8ish, long and has grown in the last year and could continue to grow.

He's still developing, so IMO, it's difficult to say that he's a lock as a UCLA recruit. He has a very good chance to be. He has good athleticism, decent hands and feet, and a very nice shooting touch. He is a five, IMO, a true post. He's still fairly awkward, and getting his body under control. He needs to get stronger and more physical, as most sophomore posts do.

I don't think he's the best soph post in the west. Ray Hall from Colorado, IMO, is better. But Stephenson is among the few best and certainly has a chance to overtake Hall if he continues to develop.

But I agree that Stephenson is a guy that UCLA should be showing a lot of love to early on. And from what I know, UCLA agrees. -- Tracy Pierson

12/10:

In regards to how hard the new basketball coaching staff works in recruiting:

It's a whole new world.

The new staff has been out scouting kids in the 2005, 2006, and 2007 class since the evaluation period started.

If you talk to them, they know who all of the younger prospects are. Very refreshing, and actually stunning. -- Tracy Pierson

12/10:

On Jerome Boyd, the safety prospect from Dorsey:

We're hearing that it's very unlikely UCLA will be able to take Jerome Boyd due to academics. -- Tracy Pierson


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