Thomas Bachman, 5-10, 175, Shreveport (Louis.) Evangel Christian, had more or less decided on committing to Texas Tech, until he found out UCLA was interested.
"I wouldn't have called it a verbal commitment," Bachman said of what he had told Texas Tech a few weeks ago when he officially visited there. "Texas Tech has always been my leader. They were the first to recruit me, have been loyal and they've called. I enjoyed my visit, meeting with the staff, and it seems like a good place for me. But then I found out UCLA was interested and I wanted to take a trip to UCLA. So I told Texas Tech I was visiting UCLA."
How did the situation with UCLA arise? "A week or two before I went to Texas Tech on my official visit (Nov. 2nd), I thought about who else I wanted to look at, who had been writing. My high school coach, Head Coach Booty, called a few of the schools to see if they were going to recruit me. If not I was going to commit to Texas Tech. UCLA then talked to Coach Booty and said they had just gotten new film on me and they definitely wanted to recruit me. My dad had sent it. So, they told me not to commit and wanted to get me on a visit, so I'm definitely taking a visit."
Bachman, who has never been to California, will visit UCLA December 1st, the weekend of the Arizona State game. "I can't wait for the trip," Bachman said. "I've heard it's different in California. I'm really looking forward to seeing it, and seeing UCLA. I've heard the campus and the setting is gorgeous. And it's a great program."
Tulane is also still a consideration for Bachman. "The Tulane coach is coming to the house tomorrow. They've expressed a great amount of interest. I could possibly still visit them officially. It's not set up right now, though," Bachman said.
Evangel Christian will play in the state quarterfinals this Friday. Bachman, who has 4.45 speed and is ranked the #22 receiver in the country by TheInsiders.com, has 74 catches in 12 games this season for close to 1,200 yards. Bachman is also close with sophomore quarterback, John David Booty, who is considered one of the best quarterback prospects in the nation regardless of class and has expressed early interest in UCLA.
The wide receiver prospect said he expects to make his decision in late December, possible on the Sunday before Christmas at his church. "We'll be done with the state championship, hopefully," Bachman said. "So it gives me time to think about it, too."
Being a good student – maintaining a 3.8 GPA and scoring a 21 on the SAT – will afford Bachman an option that not all prospects have. He intends to graduate in December from high school and enroll at the college of his choice in winter in time for spring practice. "Wherever I go, I'm going to go this year. I want to get into the program and try to establish myself as one of the receivers."
Coming from a passing high school team, a big factor in Bachman's decision will be how much the program throws the ball. "I ultimately want to win, that's the biggest factor," Bachman said. "But I come from a school with great coaches who have played at many levels. They've taught me a lot and they're great at the passing game. Texas Tech has told me that they're pretty dedicated to throwing the ball. And they've told me they expect me to play early. But the most important is that the program is committed to winning."Thomas Bachman's Database Player Profile