Yandall Gets Good News

Carson (Calif.) offensive lineman Wade Yandall got some good news on Wednesday from UCLA, when the Bruins extended him his first scholarship offer. He talks about what the offer means to him...

Wednesday was a good day for Carson (Calif.) offensive lineman Wade Yandall (6-4, 295).

Ten days after camping at UCLA, Yandall talked with head coach Rick Neuheisel, who told Yandall, the Bruins were extending him a scholarship offer.

"UCLA just offered me and I was just waiting to see if they would offer," said Yandall. "They had been recruiting me for a long time now but I am really excited. UCLA has been my family's favorite school. We've been watching them since I was a little kid."

Yandall, while thrilled with the offer, wasn't ready to pull the trigger, despite the Bruins being a lifelong favorite.

"I'm taking it as my first offer, and just keeping my options open," said Yandall. "I'm hearing from a lot of other schools, like Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Duke, Harvard, Tennessee and Michigan. I just want to see what else is out there."

But Yandall said the Bruins definitely hold the top spot for him.

"I played tackle at their camp and did pretty good there," said Yandall. "I might go on Monday (to the three-day camp). My coach is supposed to call them to see if should go. They were the first school that started looking at me, even during my season. I knew I had to go to the camp (last weekend) though so they could get a good look at me."

Yandall said that Neuheisel has been the one recruiting him, but his former Carson teammate, Morrell Presley, has been talking the Bruins' up to him.

"I talk with Morrell all the time, just asking him questions about how it is there and what it's like. He's telling me he really likes it, and you've just got to do your work and make sure you're on top of everything," said Yandall.

Yandall said he's open to schools across the country, but the proximity to home is something that weighs heavily in UCLA's favor.

"If I go out of town, my family will support me no matter what. I want to take a look at schools like Duke and Michigan. But it's just that if they want to come out, they would have to pay a couple hundred dollars. On the other hand, UCLA is just a 45-minute drive to the Rose Bowl."

Yandall has been playing tackle for Carson and said UCLA is interested in him as a tackle and a guard. He's playing at 295, but wants to drop some weight.

"I want to drop to 285, but get stronger and maintain the athleticism I have," said Yandall.

Academically, Yandall has a 3.6 GPA and said he's got a qualifying score on the SAT.

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