- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
There was another head coaching shakeup in the Pac-12, as Colorado coach Jon Embree was fired on Sunday evening, just one week after Jeff Tedford was let go from his post at California. Offensive linemen Gunnar Graham (Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic) and Colin Sutton (Orange, Calif./Lutheran) quickly reaffirmed their commitments to Colorado, as both said they will sign with the Buffs if the new staff allows them to do so.
Cornerback Devin Ross (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) is one of Colorado's few verbal commitments who holds a long list of scholarship offers. While he said he would wait to see what happens with the coaching search before making a decision, he added that Embree's departure makes him more likely to look at his other options, with Oregon State and Utah serving as schools he would like to officially visit.
Another player to keep an eye on will be four-star quarterback commit Sefo Liufau (Tacoma, Wash./Bellarmine), who holds a lone offer from Colorado, but would likely see his recruitment pick up in a big way if he decided to explore other options.
It wasn't a great weekend for UCLA on the field, as they dropped the regular season finale against Stanford, but off of it, the Bruins made a big impression on three recruits that could be huge additions to the UCLA class. The Bruins are doing what they can to bring in an offensive line class that will set the stage for the Jim Mora era at UCLA, and they hope to add four-star offensive guard Caleb Benenoch (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) to their haul. He could prove to be a tough pull out of Texas, but Benenoch hasn't been shy about expressing his admiration for UCLA ever since the Bruins offered. Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) and athlete Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead) will likely be even tougher pulls away from USC and Notre Dame, respectively, but the Bruins got them both on campus for official visits, which is often half the battle. If USC defensive line coach Ed Orgeron does not return to the Trojans, Vanderdoes will likely look for another program, and UCLA could wind up as the beneficiaries after this trip.