Golper Recruits at Junior Day

Todd Golper, the Arcadia, Calif., linebacker verbally committed to UCLA, has appointed himself de facto recruiter for UCLA, and he went to work this last weekend for Junior Day when many fellow recruits in the class of 2009 were on campus...

Arcadia (Calif.) linebacker Todd Golper, the #9-ranked middle linebacker nationally by Scout.com, was the second commit to UCLA in the class of 2009 but the first to commit to Rick Neuheisel.

As such, Golper and Marlon Pollard, who committed last summer, have taken on the role of being the personal recruiters for the Bruins this year.

On Saturday, at UCLA's Junior Day, Golper went to work.

"Junior Day was cool, there were a lot kids there and I was able to talk with a lot of them," said Golper. "The coaches want me to be recruiting too so I was talking with some of the guys like Bryon Moore and Shaquelle Evans and Morrell Presley. I'm enjoying that part of the process. I like talking to other guys and talking up UCLA."

But Golper didn't have to spend all the time making a pitch for the Bruins; he was able to enjoy some of the aspects of Junior Day himself.

"I got to see the dorms on the tour which was cool and those were pretty impressive. I got to see the back part of the locker room, which I hadn't seen before, and that was cool to check out," said Golper.

Golper has had plenty of time to talk with head coach Rick Neuheisel and defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, but he said that both made an impression on the other parents there.

"Coach Neuheisel was talking with the parents and they were all really impressed with him and really liked what he had to say," said Golper. "Coach Neuheisel is a great guy. And Coach Walker was really doing a good job of recruiting players on Saturday."

Golper has attended a handful of UCLA practices and even though he's still a good 16 months away from taking Spaulding Field, he's chomping at the bit to get out there.

"It's been fun to watch them out there and see the energy of the coaches," said Golper. "I've watched the linebackers. Reggie Carter is so good. I love watching Coach (Chuck) Bullough because he's got so much intensity when he's coaching. I'm glad that I'm not having to worry about recruiting and already know where I'm going."

Golper said he's standing at 6-1, 225, with no real plans on adding any more weight, in order to maintain his speed. He said his goal this upcoming season is to improve on shedding his blockers.

"That's probably the thing I need to work on, just getting out of the block and being able to get to the guy with the ball," said Golper.

Golper has kept busy this spring, going to the Badger/New Level Pass Camp in Las Vegas, where he earned all-camp honors after helping CaliTwo to the tournament championship. He also had a strong showing at the Nike Camp last weekend.

Next month, Golper will be at the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles and he's attending the B2G Elite Football program this summer.

This weekend, he's planning to attend UCLA's Spring Game at the Rose Bowl, where he may be putting his recruiting into action again.

As a junior, Golper earned First Team all-state underclass honors and was named the Pacific League Defensive Player of the Year. He finished the season with 122 tackles, 11 sacks, nine tackles for loss, nine QB hurries, four forced fumbles and two interceptions, both which he returned for scores. Offensively, he had 30 receptions for 528 yards and six touchdowns.

Academically, Golper has a 3.5 GPA and will take the SAT again in the spring, having scored a 1630 on it already.

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