Ala down to two

<b>Brandon Ala</b>, a 6-3, 225-pound defensive end from Waianae, Hawaii is getting close to pulling a trigger on a decision that will affect him for the next five years. But before Brandon puts his John Hancock on an LOI form, the school that gets his commitment will have to pass the ultimate test - the in-home visit.

"I missed a call from Coach (Steve) Greatwood and I talked to Coach Tom Williams last night," Ala told this afternoon. "He said that he's coming with Coach Neuheisel on the 14th. He told me that he can't wait to get over there and that Coach Neuheisel can't wait to meet my family. My Mom has always wondered why they haven't met any Washington coaches yet but one. They've met coaches from Oregon already in December, but Coach Williams said that they only time they could have met beforehand was when I was practicing for the All-Star game. I think my Mom is getting a little tired of all the coaches calling and coming by. I think she wants all of this over." (laughs)

It sounds like the Ducks and Dawgs are going down to the wire for Ala, but Brandon isn't so sure he'll commit either way in the next day or two. "I wouldn't say I'm right on the verge just yet," he said. "I'm going to decide after Coach Neuheisel comes on the 14th. Coach Bellotti from Oregon is coming by next week, I think Monday or Tuesday and Coach Neuheisel is coming by the next week. It's going to be hard decision to make. Oregon's number 2 right now, but I just felt more at home at Washington. Oregon has good academics and better facilities, but I like the weather up at Washington better and I like the staff and players better at Washington. I told Coach Tom Williams that I really like Washington, but I'm still not sure which one I'm going to pick."

The local school is lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce if Brandon wants to stay home and play with brother Houston. "I talked to some coaches at UH (Hawaii) yesterday when I went to work out with my brother," he said. "They told me that I still have a full scholarship there and that they aren't going to be pressuring me like some other schools are going to." Top Stories