Bruins Look Strong with Yandall

Carson (Calif.) offensive lineman Wade Yandall has one more official visit left -- this weekend to UCLA -- before he makes his decision. He did provide us some pretty strong hints as to which way he's leaning...

Wade Yandall, the 6-foot-4, 300-pound, three-star offensive lineman from Carson Senior High School in Carson, Calif., has narrowed down his choices to UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State. He'll be visiting the Bruins this weekend and expects to make a decision shortly after his trip.

"This will be my last trip," Yandall said. "I have a strong faith in Christ and after I get back (from UCLA) I'll pray about it and go where God wants me to go.

"It's a tough decision and has been pretty stressful," he said. "So I really need to do some good praying."

UCLA is the team to beat and holds a solid lead. "My whole family is Bruins fans," Yandall said. "I grew up watching them and following them. The opportunity you get there is amazing. You can do a lot after football with a UCLA degree."

He says the Bruins have been recruiting him the hardest during the whole recruiting process. "They've been recruiting me since day one," he said. "They've been after me since before I was even a known lineman."

Yandall, ranked as the No. 54 offensive guard in the country by, had an in-home visit from Bruins head coach Rick Neuheisel, offensive coordinator Norm Chow and offensive line coach Bob Palcic yesterday, Jan. 6.

"They said they are really looking forward to coaching me," he said. "They said they'd fight for me until the end and that they're serious about getting me.

"I'm really looking forward to my trip," he said. "They said that I'll have a great time."

Yandall says he also likes the direction that UCLA is heading. "The coaches said that UCLA is on its way up and I can see that," he said. "I think that coach Neuheisel is doing everything right over there. They're on the path to becoming a great team and getting to the Rose Bowl."

Another thing that gives the Bruins the edge is their location. "It's close to home," he said. "But it's not so close that I can't get away. It would be a good place for me to go and grow up on my own a little."

Earlier this week Yandall also had visits from coaches from Arizona and Arizona State.

"(Defensive tackles) coach Mike Tuiasosopo (from Arizona) was here on Tuesday," he said. "He's a really cool coach."

Yandall visited the Wildcats officially on Dec. 12. "It was a good trip," he said. "I really liked the players. I clicked with those guys good. It's a nice program and it felt like a family to me.

"Tucson is also a real nice city," he said. "It's quiet and I like how at night you can see the stars. It's a beautiful place."

On Monday Yandall hosted Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson and wide receivers coach Eric Yarber. "They said that if I went there they'd want me to enroll in their Barrett College, which is their honors school. I have the qualifications."

In fact, Yandall has already graduated and is ready to enroll. "If I choose Arizona or Arizona State I'd pretty much be starting right away," he said. "But if I go to UCLA I'd be going there in March because they're on the quarter system."

Yandall has a 3.5 core GPA and a 1420 SAT and plans to major in either business or sports medicine.

Besides their academic program, Yandall says he also liked the Sun Devil campus. "It's real spread out," he said. "It's huge. I was actually surprised by how big it was. There's a lot of space and it felt good."

Yandall also took an official visit to Washington on Nov. 28, but the Huskies are out of the running. "I had a good feeling about them after my visit," he said. "But after thinking about everything I just couldn't see myself going there.

"Then they called me and said they got a commit from (four-star offensive tackle) Micah Hatchie from Hawaii, so that was that," he said.

Yandall says he can bench 315-pounds, squat 385 and has a 28-inch vertical jump.

"I play really hard," he said. "I've only played football for two years but I've played volleyball before so I'm pretty athletic.

"I'm still a little raw and still need to work on things," he admitted. "But I'm looking forward to going to college to bloom.

"The thing my coach taught me is to have a mean streak on the field and to be very aggressive," he said.

Carson Senior High finished the year with a 10-3 record.

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