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Bruins land No. 9

The Bruins landed their ninth verbal commitment for the class of 2012.


Rick Kimbrel
BruinBlitz.com

The Bruins picked up their ninth commitment earlier today when three-star defensive end Eli Ankou (6-3, 255) originally from Canada, but will play his senior season at Bear (Del.) Red Lion Christian Academy.

The Bruins offered Ankou early in the process and after camping with UCLA early in June. He decided to become a Bruin earlier today.

"I pretty much chose UCLA because of a mix of academics and football," Ankou said. "It was pretty much also a question of loyalty. They were the first school to offer me so I guess they were the first to believe in me. 

"I also think UCLA is a great program and I think it should be reciprocal," Ankou said. "I believe in them. I believe in what they can achieve on the next couple of years and I think it is something that I can be a part of and contribute to the rising of the team."

Ankou was one of the standouts at the Above and Beyond Camp early in the month of June so he is making an informed decision.

"The campus was great," Ankou said. "It was probably the best campus I have seen so far. 

"UCLA had great facilities," Ankou said. "There environment of the school is great. I would say it is a perfect fit.

"It is calm and easy going," Ankou said. "The surroundings are more like, not to say relaxed, but it is not too overwhelming."

Defensive back coach Tim Hundley was on hand to take the call.

"I talked to Coach Hundley while calling Coach Rick Neuheisel, who I will be talking to shortly," Ankou said. "Coach Hundley was very excited and he said we will talk to Coach Neuheisel and that I would be good."

Rivals.com national analyst Mike Farrell had the following to say about the newest Bruin: "Ankou was participating in his second Nike camp in as many days but you'd never know it as he had fresh legs, got off the ball as quickly as ever and dominated in the one-on-ones. Ankou does a good job of mixing up his moves and alternating outside and inside moves and changing direction quickly. He is powerful when engaged, can keep linemen off him with the use of his arms and hands, and he has a constant motor. Ankou took home the defensive line MVP award for his efforts after just missing out at Penn State."

The Bruins get a player in Ankou who has a lot of upside. He is bit raw, but he has the determination to reach his potential. There aren't many who possess his size, overall quickness and speed.

Ankou also had offers from Vanderbilt and Virginia. He was getting a lot of attention from the likes of Rutgers, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Akron, Syracuse, and Georgia Tech.