One of the more interesting recruiting races in the recent month was for Asiantii Woulard (Winter Park, Fl., Winter Park) and with National Signing Day less than a week away that race is down to two teams.
UCLA is thought to have the upper-hand on Clemson for the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback prospect, and I expect the 6-3 204-pound signal caller to be a Bruin on Feb. 6 when he picks UCLA over the Clemson Tigers.
Bruins head coach Jim Mora will be all smiles if this comes true. He once coached Michael Vick in the NFL, and may see some of Vick in Woulard and undoubtedly is selling Woulard on how he would be able to tap into his potential and develop him as a quarterback to get to the next level.
Unfortunately for Woulard at UCLA he likely will not be a starter right away with redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley coming off a 29-touchdown season with nine more coming on the ground in a nine-win season.
However, I think the best thing for Woulard is to get to college and redshirt his first season. As much as players want to come to college and start as soon as they set foot on campus, that often isn’t a reality for the vast majority of recruits, especially at the quarterback position. He has a very live arm that can make all the throws, but it’s also very raw and he needs to improve his footwork in the pocket and display more consistency after only two years of starting at quarterback in high school.
Woulard is so athletic he conceivably could play wide receiver and defensive back if necessary, but he will be the perfect fit in Mora’s offense as a quarterback because of his ability to scramble and make plays with his feet. He can be to UCLA what Braxton Miller was to Ohio State or what Johnny Manziel was to Texas A&M.
Certainly that represents the best-case scenario for Woulard and UCLA represents the best chances of realizing his vast potential. Woulard has been changing his mind often during the recruiting process, so nothing is certain until he signs, but UCLA looks to be closing on Woulard.
The Tigers won’t go down without a fight, but I think the Bruins have too big of a lead and will have Woulard in the fold for 2013 and beyond.
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