Larimore On Meeting Neuheisel

The linebacker prospect verbally committed to UCLA from Newhall (Calif.) Hart, Patrick Larimore, talked about being on campus Saturday as one of the recruits to meet new Head Coach Rick Neuheisel for the first time...

Newhall (Calif.) Hart linebacker Patrick Larimore has yet to take his official visit to UCLA, but when he does, he'll be one of the few committed recruit who'll do so under the regime of new coach Rick Neuheisel.

In the meantime, Larimore took an unofficial trip to Westwood over the weekend to meet with Neuheisel and came away impressed.

"It was pretty nice, I enjoyed meeting Coach Neuheisel," Larimore said. "He is fiery and electric. I think it was a good hire. He's inspirational and he gets people going. He's got a good record in college and he already is laying a nice foundation. He was talking about his four cornerstones. We each have a responsibility to each other and he's got a responsibility to us. He told this recruiting class that we're family and to stick together."

And Larimore took note of Neuheisel's experience as a player and coach, specifically with the success in the Rose Bowl. "Coach Neuheisel has played in one and coached in one and he's won them both, so he knows the steps it takes to win. It's very convincing to me," said Larimore.

To say Larimore left UCLA pleased with the meeting would be an understatement. "I was nervous at first, because you're always nervous about things that change, but I really think this is going to be a good change. I'm still solid to UCLA and I left probably more solid than before."

Larimore said that Stanford tried to woo him in the last few months, and they already had a commitment from his teammate, Delano Howell, but his lifelong goal of playing for UCLA wouldn't be changed by the coaching change. "I told them I was solid with UCLA no matter what," said Larimore.

Larimore said he was also pleased that UCLA retained defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker and, more importantly, linebackers coach Chuck Bullough. "I was worried they may lose them, but I was relieved to know they were coming back. And Coach (Todd) Howard is coming back so the defense should continue to be good. Coach Bullough said he'd like me to come in as an inside linebacker."

Larimore may be the most physically ready of the linebackers committed to UCLA, and he said that he hopes to play early on. "I know I'd like to play as a freshman and I know they're going to need some linebacker depth," said Larimore.

He does plan to discuss this in more detail, though, when he takes his official visit, which will be this month. "I haven't heard specifically when it will be but it will be probably on January 18th," said Larimore.

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