UCLA joins the race for RB Terrell Newby

After rushing for more than 350 yards and eight touchdowns last Friday, running back Terrell Newby (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade) received plenty of attention from the schools recruiting him.

"Pretty much every school recruiting me hit me on Facebook," Newby said. "They all said what a great performance I had and they can't wait to get me on campus."

One program took it one step further this week, as UCLA offered Newby a scholarship on Thursday. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound four-star back said he spoke with Bruins offensive coordinator Steve Broussard on Tuesday and an offer was hinted at. But Newby was told to call the staff back on Thursday, after a recruiting meeting and when the offer could be extended officially.

"That slowed my recruitment down a lot," Newby said of the offer from the Bruins. "I have a lot to think about."

Newby had narrowed his list to California, Nebraska, Oregon and Washington, but always allowed for the possibility that other schools could jump into that group. Now that UCLA has entered the picture, Newby is comfortable with a final five. Though he hasn't been to a UCLA game this season, he did attend several last year, as well as a junior day this past spring.

"I love the atmosphere there," Newby said of UCLA.

Newby has taken an official visit to Nebraska this fall and is now looking to set up visits to Oregon and Washington, though dates are proving difficult to pin down, as Newby concentrates on finishing his senior season with more strong performances. On Friday night, Newby and the Eagles have an opportunity to move to 4-0 in league play against La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis. The Chaminade offense scored 141 points in its previous two victories, but Newby said topping last week's performance isn't a goal.

"That's behind us," Newby said. "We'll go out and hopefully have the same type of night, but I'm not looking to match that game."