Monday, May 26, 2008

Brehaut the Bruin

UCLA has offered Richard Brehaut a non-binding scholarship, and he has accepted, meaning the Los Osos quarterback will be a Bruin in fall 2009. Brehaut is the first quarterback recruit for Rick Neuheisel and Norm Chow at UCLA.

Brehaut won the competition at the Steve Clarkson Super 7 football camp on Saturday in Santa Barbara, but even before that, Chow was convinced this was the guy after a Wednesday workout at Los Osos. He worked out both Brehaut and Upland's Josh Nunes during the week. Brehaut's performance Saturday was the last piece Neuheisel and Chow needed to select him over Nunes.

Richard was tops among the best QBs Saturday, including other local star QBs like Nunes and some of the best junior quarterbacks in the nation. The event also included other groups with current top seniors like Terrell Pryor (Ohio State) and Dayne Crist (Notre Dame), as well as college QBs like Jimmy Claussen (Notre Dame) and others.

The L.A. Times and have the stories, which are pasted below... Also, check out these sites for more on the story...

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Inside UCLA:

LA Times What's Bruin:

Los Osos quarterback commits to UCLA

Richard Brehaut, only a junior, accepts scholarship offer after evaluation by Norm Chow.
May 27, 2008
Richard Brehaut, a 6-foot-3 junior quarterback from Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos, said Monday he has committed to UCLA. He was offered a scholarship over the weekend after offensive coordinator Norm Chow evaluated him during a spring practice Wednesday.

"I was so fired up," Brehaut said. "It's an unbelievable dream come true. I grew up loving UCLA. It's always been my favorite school."

Brehaut's stock has risen this spring and he was on the radar of many schools after his performances in combines and camps. UCLA has been patiently scouting and trying to figure out who's the second-best quarterback in the Southland behind Santa Ana Mater Dei's Matt Barkley, who committed to USC.

On the same day last week that Chow visited Los Osos, he visited Upland to scout another promising junior quarterback, Josh Nunes.

"They really took their time on this and wanted to make sure they got the right guy," Brehaut said.

Brehaut passed for 2,248 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior, completing 65% of his passes. He's an outstanding athlete, being a standout catcher for the baseball team.

As for what happened this spring, Brehaut said, "I had a bunch of schools come by. I just threw for a lot of great schools. I went to some camps and had pretty good performances. That helps, but overall it comes down to what Coach Chow thinks of you in person and what Coach [Rick] Neuheisel thinks."
May 26, 2008

Bruins land four-star QB

Rick Kimbrel

Recruiting Analyst

UCLA came to a very tough decision over the weekend. They had two outstanding four-star quarterbacks in Richard Brehaut (6-3, 205, 4.8) from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos and Josh Nunes (6-4, 207, 4.85) from Upland, Calif., who were very interested in continuing their football and academic careers close to home in Westwood.

UCLA lands four-star quarterback Richard Brehaut.

Complicating matters was the fact that the two talented signal callers have become friendly with one another during the process and even roomed together this past weekend at the Super 7 Quarterback Camp held in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The reason this story didn't break on Saturday Evening was deference to everyone involved. Both families are class acts and both are very respectful to one another. Everyone involved knew about the decision before it hit the media. As you would expect it was handled by class by everyone concerned.

In the end the Bruins offered Brehaut the scholarship and he accepted. The first course of action by Brehaut was to call the colleges involved to thank them for their consideration and to let them know of his decision so that the colleges involved could move ahead with their plans.

"It is an unbelievable dream come true," Brehaut said. "UCLA has been my favorite school since I started watching college football when I was younger and to be able to play for UCLA is an unbelievable opportunity. I can't wait to get there to compete.

"UCLA is a perfect fit for me," Brehaut said. "I can't think of a better combination for a quarterback to learn from than Coach Neuheisel (Rick Neuheisel) and Coach Chow (Norm Chow.

"Originally I wanted to take some unofficial visits, but it hit me that UCLA was where I wanted to go so in consideration to the other schools involved I wanted them to be able to continue their search without further delay," Brehaut said. "I can't wait to help the UCLA program get to where we are supposed to be. I want to help make UCLA the powerhouse football program of Los Angeles."

There is a good chance that Brehaut and Nunes will meet on the gridiron again after high school. The better news is, both players wished nothing but the best for one another.

"Josh and I have been friends for awhile and this won't affect our friendship," Brehaut said. "We both knew that we would end up at great schools regardless."

UCLA wins this battle over Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa State, Kansas, Wake Forest, Utah, Boise State and San Diego State are a sampling of schools that have offered.

As a junior, Brehaut was co-League Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 2,248 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also rushed for 528 yards and scored five rushing touchdowns. He also earned all-state, all-county and all-area honors in 2007.

Great get for the Bruins.

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