Tuesday, January 22, 2013
UCLA loses a commitment
By Erik McKinney
There have been more than a few instances during the 2013 recruiting cycle that prove recruiting is a tough business, and another chapter was added to that story last week.
Wide receiver Ammon Barker (Sandy, Utah/Alta) committed to UCLA in early November, but will now likely decide between Hawaii and San Diego State. Barker was recruited to UCLA by Marques Tuiasosopo, who left in late December to become the quarterbacks coach at Washington.
"My coach left and I wasn't sure where I stood with them," Barker said. "They got in contact with me and said I didn't have an offer, so I've been looking elsewhere."
Barker said Hawaii and San Diego State have shown the most interest. Hawaii was his second offer early in the process, while San Diego State extended an offer somewhat recently. He will take an official visit to see the Aztecs this weekend, and will trip to Hawaii on Feb. 1.
"Right now I'm kind of leaning more toward Hawaii, but I'm just going to see how the trip goes this weekend," Barker said.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound receiver said he didn't see this development with his UCLA offer coming, but believes he'll make the most of whatever opportunity presents itself.
"It'll work out, for sure," Barker said.