Alex Ghebreselassie, 6-3, 190, 4.49, Chula Vista (Calif.) Bonita Vista, committed to UCLA back in early May, but with the announcement by UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero that Bob Toledo would not be back as head coach Ghebreselassie has decided to open his recruiting again.
Ghebreselassie had not heard a thing regarding Toledo until he got home late Monday afternoon. "I found out from the L.A. Times about two hours ago when they called to ask about my reaction, so I was pretty shocked. I knew that there were rumors about it all along, but I didn't really expect it to happen this year. I thought it might happen next year."
Regarding his commitment, Ghebreselassie said, "As of now I would have to say that my commitment still stands, but I think I have to open up some of my options. It was Coach Toledo who originally called me when I verbally committed. I was leaning pretty heavily going into the conversation, and when he called me I just told him I wanted to verbal. I committed to this staff, and with a new incoming coach will likely come a new staff. So I'm probably going to end up taking some visits now."
UCLA did call Ghebreselassie just before BRO to inform him about the day's events. "Coach (Marc) Dove just called me about an hour ago. He reassured me that the commitment from UCLA still stands. But his point of view, he may not be there after their bowl game. So I have to keep some options open."
No other schools have contacted Ghebreselassie as of Monday night. He does, however, have a trio of schools he is considering visiting. "I think I may visit Colorado, Oklahoma and Berkeley. Those are the top three visits I have right now." Ghebreselassie has ties to Colorado as he was born in Denver and lived there until he was seven. He still has a lot of family in the
Once UCLA brings in a new head coach Ghebreselassie will likely set a visit to Westwood. "I haven't even taken my official visit there yet. It was scheduled for this week, but since all this stuff is happening I'll take it after the head coach is hired. Most likely in late January."