Some Developments in Football

A player is re-instated to the team after a suspension, there are some player position changes, some elite prospects who plan to visit UCLA soon, and more...

There have been a number of recent developments in the football program and football recruiting. Just to get it all in one place, here they are:

-- We're hearing that, as of now, freshman OL Stan Hasiak will return to the team from suspension. Hasiak was suspended indefinitely back in December for disruptive behavior and it looked pretty likely he wasn't going to return to the team. He and his family asked the program to give him another chance and Hasiak, over the course of the last couple of months, made a concerted effort to reform his behavior. From what we've heard, spring practice will be a big test for him, to see if he can get through it without incident.

-- There is the potential for a quarterback at another program to transfer into UCLA. That's just about all we know, and we'll keep you updated on any more details.

-- Christian Ramirez will move from running back to his original position, safety, for spring.

-- Speaking of quarterbacks, prospect Stephen Rivers is supposed to be visiting campus officially this week. Rivers, the 6-6, 200-pounder from Athens (Ala.) High, is one of a few quarterbacks UCLA has offered in the 2011 class so far. He's the younger brother of Phillip Rivers, who Norm Chow coached. It's not believed Rivers is prepared to verbally commit, but the visit will be a huge boost for UCLA's chances, obviously.

-- Evan Crower, the quarterback committed to Stanford, is supposed to visit UCLA unofficially.

-- The #1 defensive end in the nation -- and perhaps the #1 prospect overall -- Jadeveon Clowney, is supposed to visit unofficially sometime in the next couple of weeks.

-- There is some talk that an elite JC wide receiver who would be eligible to enroll this fall, Kenbrell Thompkins, could visit UCLA.

-- Also, still on quarterbacks: starter Kevin Prince, who is now 230 pounds, recently ran a 4.53 in the 40, which is considerably fast, and not just for a quarterback.

-- UCLA now has a twice-yearly testing day, for weight lifting and sprints. Dalton Hilliard, the sophomore, set lifting records in the weight room for safeties for the back press and bench press. Derrick Coleman set a record for running backs on the power clean and bench press. Both Richard Brehaut and Kevin Prince set a record for a quarterback in the power clean. Prince also set a quarterback record for back squat. Josh Smith set a receiver record for back squat, back press and bench press. Ryan Taylor set the squat record for offensive linemen. Tobi Umodu set a fullback record for the bench, power clean and back squat. Milton Knox set the running back record for the back squat.

Check out this video: Off-Season Football Testing

-- Pro Day, the annual day when NFL coaches come to campus and the UCLA seniors are put through testing, is March 30th.

-- We're still hearing that Taniela Maka, the linebacker who committed to UCLA in the 2009 class, is still not cleared by UCLA admissions, and the word is that he may not be. There were some issues, not involving his test scores, so it's very much in doubt whether he will, in fact, be a Bruin. It's almost completely certain he wouldn't be admitted in time for spring practice and fall is looking like the more reasonable chance.

-- Julious Moore and Rykeem Yates, two prospects in the 2010 class verbally committed to UCLA, still intend to grayshirt. Yates is in pretty good shape academically, and will proably enroll later in the 2010-2011 school year. Moore has academic work to do, but it's thought that his intention is to get it done and enroll ast UCLA when he can.

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