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Football: UCLA struggles to get back into recruiting game

December 19, 2010 |  7:38 am

Call it the mad scramble in football recruiting, because it's crunch time. Players are starting to make commitments, with programs also making new offers.

Take the case with UCLA. In a year where the receiver position in Southern California has been stacked, the Bruins have struggled on who to recruit and then when someone went elsewhere, they didn't know what to do.

Why they waited so long to go after Westlake's Nelson Spruce is a mystery, though the firing of the two assistants in charge of his area, receiver coach Reggie Moore and the area recruiter, Chuck Bullough, provides a clue how disorganized the recruiting has been.

Spruce committed to Colorado on Saturday, and Colorado is also considered a leading candidate for Crespi's Devin Lucien, who UCLA also has offered.

Now UCLA has made an offer to Blair Holliday of Oaks Christian, a Duke commit. The scramble is under way.

-- Eric Sondheimer