Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Bruins strike again, land top QB Woulard
By Erik McKinney
After committing to South Florida and decommitting from South Florida, then recommitting to South Florida before again decommitting from South Florida, ESPN 150 quarterback Asiantii Woulard (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) went a different route on Wednesday, as he announced that he will sign with the UCLA Bruins.
Woulard’s second decommitment from South Florida came on the heels of Skip Holtz’ firing in early December. Kentucky and Clemson received January visits, and it appeared that the nation’s top-ranked dual-threat quarterback would remain on the East Coast. But an official visit to UCLA was quickly scheduled for Jan. 25, and following the trip, the Bruins jumped into the lead.
It was fortuitous for the Bruins that Woulard was still available at that time, as UCLA made late runs at local quarterbacks Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) and Hayden Rettig (Los Angeles/Cathedral), but they were solidly committed to Washington and LSU, respectively.
It looked as if UCLA would finish the 2013 class without a quarterback. But instead, continuing the tremendous run of recruiting success over these final few months, the Bruins will add the nation’s No. 143 player.
What it means for UCLA: Coaches usually like the idea of adding a quarterback in each recruiting class, and for the Bruins to go across the country to grab a premium talent in Woulard is a big win.
What it means for the teams that lost out: Kentucky would have loved to have made another big splash after convincing ESPN 300 recruits Jason Hatcher and Ryan Timmons to stay home and sign, but they won’t be able to do so with Woulard. This would have been a big get for the Wildcats, as a raw athlete such as Woulard could have made an impact on Kentucky’s depth chart.
Turning point: Getting Woulard out on an official visit was big for the Bruins. After that, it was about navigating the distance factor and holding on until signing day.
Surprise (scale of 1-5): 3. This averages the five that this signing would have received three months ago and the one it receives on signing day, when everything was pointing toward this inevitability.
Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 1. The Bruins found their quarterback of the present and immediate future in Brett Hundley, who was terrific as a redshirt freshman. Woulard definitely will have someone to model his game after and could be in line to take over when Hundley leaves for the NFL.