But September 1st is also significant since it's the first day a program can send official scholarship offers to prospects in the class of 2011.
UCLA has offered a handful of 2011 prospects verbally, but several were expected to receive their official letters.
No quarterback that we know of was offered, but quite frankly, very few elite 2011 passers have emerged. One quarterback we know UCLA had interest in was Evan Crower from San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine, but he committed to Stanford on Tuesday.
At running back, Lake City (S.C.) High's Shon Carson has offers from all over the Southeast but the Bruins are the lone team West of the Mississippi that's offered the 5-9, 175-pounder.
Closer to home, DeAnthony Thomas has a verbal offer from the Bruins, the Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw prospect who is arguably the top skill player in the West for 2011. We've heard he has some academic work to do, but his football skills aren't questioned. UCLA would love to keep their Crenshaw pipeline flowing (especially this year with Hayes Pullard, and getting Pullard can only help with Thomas).
Three junioir receivers have Bruin offers, led by Kasen Williams, the top receiver on the west coast, from Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline, who was verbally offered as a freshman and then camped at UCLA last year. Williams and Jerry Neuheisel (see below) played AAU ball together when the Neuheisel's were still in Washington.
The two other receivers are southland natives, Gardena (Calif.) Serra's George Farmer and Fontana (Calif.) Summit's Devon Blackmon. Farmer, though, is leaning towards USC, where his teammate and close friend Robert Woods committed. Blackmon, on the other hand, grew up a UCLA fan and the Bruins lead for him.
The top tight end in the west, and possibly the country, Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Gig Harbor (Wash.), boasts an offer from the Bruins, and he attended UCLA's 1-Day Camp last June. When he was in town last summer, he expressed serious interest in UCLA, but since then his recruitment has exploded, with offers from most of the Pac-10 as well as Oklahoma and Florida. Seferian-Jenkins could also end up being an offensive tackle in college.
Speaking of offensive tackles, the top lineman in the West for 2011 is Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton's Christian Westerman, who received a verbal offer in the spring from UCLA and got the official one on Tuesday. Westerman has offers from all the big boys, so UCLA will have their work cut out for them on him.
Defensively, a top tackle prospect to emerge has been Antwaun Woods from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, who camped at UCLA this spring. But Woods also boasts offer from USC and Florida, and the Trojans have the lead for him.
At defensive end, Jalen Grimble from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, also camped at UCLA and received an offer from the Bruins, but he's gotten a lot of attention nationally as well, with LSU and Texas Tech also offering. USC offered following their Rising Stars Camp and they have the family advantage, with his cousin, Xavier, already committed to the Trojans in the class of 2010.
The northwest's top defensive prospect is end Brennan Scarlett from Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic, and his mailbox was full on Tuesday, with offers from the Bruins joining offers from Notre Dame, Oregon State and Washington.
Two southeast natives at defensive end also have offers from UCLA, Jadaveon Clowney from Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe and Jermauria Rosco from Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian.
UCLA is one of a handful of schools to have offered Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Jason Gibson, though Stanford being the first to offer puts the Cardinal in the driver's seat.
The Bruins have also offered Stephone Anthony from Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson, who's offer list includes several of the southeast's best, with the Bruins the lone west coast team.
Obviously, you can expect UCLA to offer plenty of 2011 prospects over the course of the high school football season.
Some of the names to remember are Beverly Hills (Calif.) defensive end Greg Townsend, who attended some practices; San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil; Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei receiver Victor Blackwell; Anaheim (Calif.) Servite tight end Troy Niklas; Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon outside linebacker Ian Seau; Corona (Calif.) defensive end Devonte Wilson; Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive end Dylan Wynn; Chino Hills (Calif.) cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu; Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Cody Kessler and San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty quarterback Kyle Boehm.
Probably the most intriguing situation with a 2011 recruit is Jerry Neuheisel, the Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola passer who has some ties to the UCLA program. Neuheisel has yet to start a varsity game, but his recruitment will certainly be worth following, given his ties to the Bruin head coach. It will be interesting to see if UCLA deems the younger Neuheisel worthy of a UCLA scholarship, or if the coach has his son walk on, or encourages him to go elsewhere.