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Ohio juniors unaffected by Neuheisel firing

11/30/2011

UCLA’s name surprisingly comes up often in offer lists for Ohio prospects considering the states are about 2,500 miles apart.

Bruins defensive coordinator Joe Tresey spent a number of years in Ohio as a high school and college coach, which explains why the Bruins have tried to recruit the area.

However, the Bruins haven’t done well in the area and haven't kept in contact much with the six Class of 2013 prospects they offered. So, there wasn’t much reaction among the Ohio juniors UCLA offered when it was announced Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel would be fired following Friday’s Pac-12 championship game.

Pickerington North athlete Jake Butt talked to the UCLA staff just once.

“I had talked to their coach for about 45 minutes when he came to our school last year but not other than that,” Butt said.

It was the same for Pickerington Central defensive end Taco Charlton, who also said he only spoke with UCLA coaches once.

"Not much," Charlton stated in a text message when asked if he had much of a reaction to the news. "I thought about it a little bit but not too much."

Seemingly the lone Ohio junior the Bruins staff kept continuous contact with is safety Dymonte Thomas (Alliance, Ohio/Marlington), a Michigan commitment.

“I heard from them a bunch of times actually,” Thomas wrote in a text message. “They always tell my coach things to tell me or give me.”

Still, Thomas wasn’t affected much when he heard the news of Neuheisel’s firing.

“I really didn't care since it’s not Michigan I guess – not to sound mean.”

Middletown athlete Jalin Marshall, Canton Glenoak offensive lineman Stephen Mathie and Austintown-Fitch two-way lineman Billy Price also have UCLA offers.