Bruins Get Eight Verbals

In perhaps its biggest one-day recruiting haul in recent memory, UCLA got commitments from eight local Los Angeles prospects, including top 100 players like safety Rahim Moore from Dorsey and wide receiver Kemonte Bateman from Crenshaw. Many of them went to campus today to verbally commit in person...

UCLA raked in eight verbal commitments Saturday, when the UCLA staff offered a number of prospects and had them on campus.

The commitments were: Dorsey safety Rahim Moore (6-2, 190), who many feel is the top defensive back prospect in California and a top 100 national player; Johnathan Franklin (6-0, 190), a RB/LB/DB, also from Dorsey; Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger linebacker Uona Kaveinga (6-1, 235), who is thought of as one of the best middle linebacker prospects in the state; Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety E.J. Woods 6-1, 205); Datone Jones (6-4, 240), a defensive end from Compton (Calif.), who many schools, including USC, have offered; Kemonte Batemon (6-1, 195), considered one of the best few wide receivers in the west and a top 100 national player; Antwon Moutra (6-3, 190), the very highly regarded safety from Culver City; and Damien Holmes, the 6-4, 255 defensive end from Colton.

It is the biggest one-day recruiting haul in recent UCLA history.

A great deal of credit has to go to Eric Scott, the recently hired wide receiver coach, who has deep ties to the L.A. inner city.

Moore told us all about how he committed. "I committed to the Bruins today," said Moore. "I went up there with my mom and met with Coach Walker and Coach E-Scott and told them I'm coming."

Moore was the first prospect in this class that UCLA offered, which they did in the fall, and the constant attention paid off.

"They've been showing me the love really since last June and I know that coaching staff real well and they're going to be good for a long time," said Moore. "When E-Scott got hired I kind of knew then.

Moore also was offered by Auburn earlier this week and Miami could be soon to offer, but he said he's solidly committed to UCLA.

"My mom was really happy that I'm staying close to home," said Moore.

Also visiting on Saturday was Moore's teammate Johnathan Franklin. "He went up there with his mom, too, and we committed together," said Moore.

Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger linebacker Uona Kaveinga also unofficially visited UCLA on Saturday and was offered on the spot, which he immediately accepted.

"That is where he always wanted to go," said Leuzinger assistant coach Ralph Oliver. "We went up there today and met with Coach E-Scott and Coach Walker and they offered him as a linebacker. He committed right away."

Kaveinga had been offered by Utah, BYU and Arizona in the last week, but had been waiting for the UCLA offer.

"They met as a staff on Wednesday to decide where to offer him as and they have him as their No. 1 middle linebacker target," said Oliver.

Kaveinga was a second team all-State underclass pick and was the Bay League Defensive MVP as a junior.

Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety E.J. Woods said it was something he couldn't pass up.

"UCLA just seemed to care the most and they showed the most love," said Woods. "I went up there today and committed.

The Bruins got commitments from three other players earlier this week: Corona Santiago cornerback Anthony Dye (5-11, 180); Compton Dominguez cornerback Aaron Hester (6-0, 185), and Venice wide receiver Jerry Johnson (6-2, 190).

UCLA's Commitment List


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