Bruins vs Trojans
George Hypolite
George Hypolite
National Recruiting Editor
Posted May 5, 2004
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com


"I've talked to both Matt Ware and Kevin Harbour from UCLA," said Los Angeles FB George Hypolite. "They both went to Loyola and they both say that I need to do what is best for me. They don't want me to choose UCLA unless it's a good fit for me.

"From the schools outside of Calif, I'd say Oklahoma is recruiting me the hardest..."


L.A. Loyola FB George Hypolite (6-2,230, 4.7) still has no offers but he received calls last weekend from both Karl Dorrell and Pete Carroll. "I'm really pretty open. I probably have a list of more like 10 schools than five," said Hypolite. "There's about a 50/50 chance I'll end up staying in Calif and if I do that, USC and UCLA would most likely be the schools I would go to. UCLA and USC are recruiting me the hardest.

"My favorites are UCLA (already visited), USC (already visited), Oklahoma, Michigan, LSU, Florida State and Florida.

"I really like coach (Eric) Bieniemy at UCLA. I love the way he coaches. I have a coach (Loyola head coach Steve Grady) who is like him. Bieniemy has the same philosophy as coach Grady. You always want to be the best you can be. That's the way you become a great player.

"Coach Grady played at USC but he doesn't push the school. He's totally neutral, not biased. He knows so much it's mind-boggling. He sees things on the field before they ever happen. He knows what defenses will do before we even take the field. We've learned what it takes to win from him--you sacrifice. He's right about so much all of the time.

"We still lift at 6:05 every morning, Monday, Wednesday and Friday-- even during spring break. Eighty guys do this. If you are a Loyola football player, you sacrifice. We are like Concord De La Salle (CA) in terms of how serious we are.

"The guys really respond to Bieniemy at UCLA. The RBs at UCLA just take it a play at a time. He teaches them to be very focused.

"Coach Dorrell is a really good guy. I've seen a lot of their practices and I like that Dorrell is so calm. He is very stern but so calm at the same time. He never looks rattled. His demeanor is unshifting. His eye is always on the prize. That gives players confidence.

"I like the talent level at USC. They really promote that. If you have a bad day in practice at USC, you might lose your spot. They have great competition there. You have to give your all every play and improve. You really have to work.

"One day I was at a USC practice and Whitney Lewis went down. They didn't miss a beat. A freshman WR just came in and took his place. You couldn't tell the difference.

"The USC staff is more 'playing oriented.' They want you at game speed all the time. The UCLA staff seems more 'teaching oriented.' They don't mind slowing down to make sure you really know what they are doing, mentally.

"I think coach Carroll is actually similar to coach Dorrell, except Carroll can be a pretty funny guy. He's a little more outspoken, but they both seem very confident.

"I think both UCLA and USC are on the rise and UCLA will shock a lot of people. They really get after it in practice. USC's attitude will carry them far. They practice like they have nothing to lose, just like they play.

"I couldn't choose between USC and UCLA now. I haven't really put any thought into it. I don't know enough about the schools yet to decide. I need to learn more about the schools academically. But both schools have really good tradition.

"I like how both schools use their FBs. Sometimes they line them up outside and throw to them. I can run and pass block and also catch pretty well. I'm open to moving to another spot, but I'll probably come in as a FB. Most schools have said they want me there. But I could also play defense. I play OLB in our 50 defense now. As a FB, I need to work on being more patient and let my linemen work for me.

"I've talked to both Matt Ware and Kevin Harbour from UCLA. They both went to Loyola and they both say that I need to do what is best for me. They don't want me to choose UCLA unless it's a good fit for me.

"And honestly, I just don't know why I don't have any offers yet but I'm not worried about it. I think I'd like to decide before the season starts, but I'm not positive. I might make a soft commit somewhere before I'm able to see all the things I need to see. It would be a back-up plan for me in case something happened.

"But I'm a big believer in karma and doing unto others...so it wouldn't be right to commit somewhere and have them relying on your commitment. Then they wouldn't be recruiting anyone else for the spot you are supposed to take.

"I'm not really ready to commit anywhere right now, and I think that's maybe why schools aren't offering. I'm a free agent. But I'm a spiritual person too. If I take care of what I'm supposed to on the field, things will fall into place for me.

"From the schools outside of Calif, I'd say Oklahoma is recruiting me the hardest. They were one of the first schools to start recruiting me in late Dec or early Jan.

"I'll be going to the Nike camp at Stanford but that's it. I have a job and community service for Loyola to do. I'm a certified personal trainer and work at a sports club in Beverly Hills.

No parental pref.

2.8/June SAT


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