Football: Staff and Recruiting

UCLA Head Coach Karl Dorrell is speaking with candidates for the openin offensive coordinator position, while we're still hearing there could still be some turnover on the staff. UCLA will have a recruit in on an official visit this weekend, and we've learned about another recent official visit...

So far, four candidates have emerged for the open UCLA offensive coordinator position.

-- Tom Cable, the former UCLA offensive coordinator who spend last season with the Atlanta Falcons as their offensive line coach, has spoken with Dorrell, but Cable is still interviewing for potential NFL jobs.

-- Nebraska offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jay Norvell interviewed recently for the job. Norvell has had his name mentioned for a few head coaching jobs in the past, while being in his first stint as an offensive coordinator at Nebraska. He was a tight ends coach with the Oakland Raiders, and a receivers coach with the Indianapolis Colts, and a wide receivers coach at Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

-- Cleveland Browns quarterback coach Rip Scherer has spoken to Dorrell. Scherer is also a candidate for the Browns' OC job. Before joining the Browns in 2005, Scherer coached for 10 college teams over almost 30 years, and was the head coach at both James Madison and Memphis in the 1990s. He has been an offensive coordinator at Alabama (1987) and Arizona (1988-1990), among a few places.

-- Former North Carolina and Fresno State offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti spoke to Dorrell. Cignetti also was the head football coach at West Virginia from 1976 to 1979.

Also, current UCLA offensive line coach Jim Colletto has been contacted by the Detroit Lions for its opening at OL coach. Colletto is a veteran NFL coach, coming to UCLA from the Oakland Raiders a year ago, after having spent the previous six seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. Colletto, as many know, was UCLA's offensive line coach two other times, once in the 1970s and 1980s. He attended UCLA, and played both football and baseball in Westwood.


UCLA had another official visitor the weekend of January 13th, tight end/wide receiver prospect Chris Underwood (6-4, 215) from Birmingham (Ala.) Vestavia. A update on him today has Underwood visiting Alabama, but quotes him as saying UCLA is his current leader. (Read Underwood Update)

UCLA will have one prospect in on an official visit this weekend: Justin Edison, the 6-4, 220-pound defensive end prospect from Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei. Edison verbally committed to Oregon State in December, but has since taken an official visit to California (he also visited Fresno State before his verbal commitment). Oregon State and Fresno State have offered Edison to date. He's only played football for a year and half. Edison is the teammate of UCLA commit, Akeem Ayers.

Shane Horton, the 6-1, 200-pound safety from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame, is now no being considered by UCLA, with the recent commitments from Glenn Love and Chris Conte.

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