Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Football monopoly in L.A. over?
By Ted Miller
UCLA already beat USC on the field this past season. What if the Bruins follow that up by beating the Trojans on national signing day?
Will that mean the, ahem, football monopoly in Los Angeles is officially over?
Or maybe we should go this way?
Sorry to bring up that bit of crass and ill-fated marketing -- and certainly not Rick Neuheisel's idea -- but things are clearly trending in different ways for the archrivals.
The latest uptick for UCLA and blow for USC was the switcheroo by defensive end Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley), who was once slated to be an early enrollee at USC before the rug was pulled out from under him at the eleventh hour when Trojans coaches told him there wasn't enough space. He announced Tuesday he's now going to enroll early at UCLA, where he will participate in spring practices.
Will that be the first big win for UCLA as we head into national signing day? And it, by the way, wasn't the only big loss for USC.
The Bruins could also land ESPN 150 prospects Eddie Vanderdoes, Isaac Savaiinaea and Asiantii Woulard on Wednesday. That likely would give them a top-five class nationally, one that would top the Pac-12.
And, most notably, eclipse the Trojans.
UCLA fans are loving coach Jim Mora. USC fans are not happy with Lane Kiffin. USC was the 2012 preseason No. 1. UCLA ended up No. 1 in the South Division, beating the Trojans 38-28 in the process of taking home the victory bell.
USC is going to sign a good class. With NCAA scholarship limits, the Trojans are working with 10 fewer scholarships. One could argue they should have a worse class than UCLA.
Not sure if that argument would rate as much consolation among USC fans.
The big name to watch is Vanderdoes, who could spurn the Pac-12 entirely and sign with Alabama. He will make his decision at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT.
It could be an interesting day in the City of Angles.