Coaches Out Friday; Neuheisel Uses Helicopter

The UCLA football staff used one of their days "out" to evaluate recruits Friday night, and the coaches traveled across the western United States to see recruits. Head Coach Rick Neuheisel hopped in a helicopter to traverse Southern California...

With it being a bye week, the UCLA coaches used one of their days they can be "out" scouting on Friday.

UCLA coaches traveled to a few western states to watch prospects in their high school games.

Head Coach Rick Neuheisel utilized a helicopter to take in two games in Southern California.

Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow traveled to Utah to watch Xavier Su'a-Filo, the 6-5, 270-pound offensive tackle prospect from Provo ( Utah ) Timpview, the #7-ranked tackle in the country.

Offensive line coach Bob Palcic went to Utah to check out 6-3, 270-pound John Martinez of Salt Lake City ( Utah ) Cottonwood, the #3-ranked offensive guard in the nation.

It was definitely an OL-flavored weekend, since assistant Tim Hauck was down in Texas watching Joel Gray of Hebron HS in Lewisville, Texas. He was originally supposed to be in his recruiting area – the Northwest – to watch Charles Siddoway, the 6-6, 305-pound offensive tackle from Eugene (Ore.) Sheldon, the #19-ranked OT, but Siddoway's transfer to Sheldon from Marist complicated the schedule. Assistant coach Wayne Moses went to San Bernardino ( Calif. ) Arroyo Valley to watch 6-4, 315-pound Michael Philipp, the country's #-8-ranked offensive tackle.

The #9-ranked receiver in the nation, Shaquelle Evans from Inglewood ( Calif. ) High, was watched by wide receiver coach Reggie Moore.

UCLA Defensive Coordinator DeWayne Walker took in the game of 6-1, 190-pound cornerback Brandon Sermons from Pomona ( Calif. ) Diamond Ranch.

Neuheisel first watched Evans and the Inglewood game, then flew in a helicopter from the Hawthorned Airport to Ontario Airport to take in some of the game between Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos and La Puente Bishop Amat.

Neuheisel watched many UCLA prospects in that one game, including verbally committed quarterback Richard Brehaut (Los Osos) and defensive back Sheldon Price (Bishop Amat), while UCLA-committed linebacker Isaiah Bowens (Bishop Amat) sat out because of injury. Other UCLA recruits in the game included safety Brent Seals (Bishop Amat) and offensive lineman Matt Shinn (Los Osos).

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