Hamdan Still Hoping to Visit

The last that Virginia quarterback prospect <b>Bush Hamdan</b> knew was that he was visiting UCLA next weekend. With recent developments in UCLA's quarterback recruiting situation, he hopes that hasn't changed...

If everything stays as scheduled, Arlington (Virg.) Bishop O'Connell quarterback Bush Hamdan, 6-1, 195, will get on a plane next weekend and fly to Los Angeles for his visit to UCLA. If everything goes as he hopes, Hamdan will finally receive an offer from UCLA. And if that offer comes, Hamdan will commit to UCLA.

"I want to be on the plane to LA next week," Hamdan said. "UCLA is where I want to be at. If they offer me, I am going to commit. UCLA is where I want to be."

The only problem is, Hamdan has seen UCLA give a scholarship to one quarterback already (David Koral) and the recent soft verbal from Rudy Carpenter has thrown a minor wrench into his plans.

"I saw today that they got a commitment from him (Carpenter), so I don't know if they will offer me now. Coach (Jon) Embree talked to me before the bowl game and said everything was still set, that I would visit out there. I am supposed to go out there on Friday of next week and take my visit. I just want to get on that plane."

Hamdan had a fine senior year, throwing for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns, but the scholarship offers he expected to come in, never materalized.

"It's frustrating," Hamdan said. "When a guy like (former Washington Redskins coach Steve) Spurrier watches your film and tells you that a bunch of schools will line up for you, and they never come, it's frustrating. He knows about quarterbacks yet no schools are offering me." The frustrations continued when a slew of quarterbacks ranked below Hamdan were given several offers.

"Coach (Bob) Johnson told me at the Las Vegas (Elite 11) Camp that I was one of the best quarterbacks he had seen this year. I was told I did better than three guys who went to the Elite 11 and I outperformed some guys at the Penn State Nike Camp. Yet they all have scholarships, and I don't. If I had gotten hurt this season, and the offers didn't come, I'd understand, but I had a good year. I understand my height might be part of it. I've just got to hang in there and know things are happening for a reason."

If UCLA doesn't happen, Hamdan said he may also try to walk on somewhere back east, but a walk-on spot, preferred or not, wouldn't be enough to make him come out here.

"If I were to walk on somewhere, it would be in the east. I could walk-on at Maryland or something. But I really want to go to UCLA. And I am just hoping I get to take the trip. It's getting late so I hope if I go they offer. And I'll commit to UCLA."

Hamdan is fully qualified.


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