Jim Mora will have a lot to be smiling about come Feb. 1.
Jim Mora, Jr. may have pulled the biggest recruiting catch in his early tenure as head coach of the UCLA Bruins, with all due respect to 5-star commitment Ellis McCarthy, when quarterback Devin Fuller announced his intentions to sign with UCLA.
Sunday, Jan. 29 could go down in history for UCLA fans because the third-highest ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation chose to attend school in Westwood. Mora now has a centerpiece to build his team around going forward.
Fuller, from Old Tappan, N.J., has the ability to influence games with his arm and his legs while bringing wins to the storied Bruins program for years to come.
The Bruins are getting a true leader with years of experience under center. Due to injuries, Fuller was forced into the starting quarterback spot as a freshman. He started eight games for Old Tappan High School in 2008, finishing the season with 1,203 yards passing and 10 touchdowns.
By his junior year he was a force on the gridiron, rushing for 2,306 yards with 32 touchdowns and passing for 1,844 yards with 20 touchdowns. He was the only junior to be selected to the All-State first team while leading his team to an 11-1 record.
During his senior campaign he rushed for more than 1,300 yards with 17 touchdowns and improved upon his junior passing numbers by throwing for 2,247 yards with 20 scores.
He finished his high school career with 4,589 net yards rushing with 60 touchdowns and 38 passing touchdowns along with 6,184 yards passing. He is rated the state’s second-best player.
There’s no question that Mora is getting a true dual-threat quarterback to run his offense.
Mora received more good news on Monday when 3-star offensive lineman Simon Gaines from Keller, Texas announced he was changing his commitment from the Missouri Tigers to the Bruins.
Gaines, at 6’8” and 295 pounds, is considered the 37th-best offensive tackle in the nation.
Mora may not be done adding to his No. 10 recruiting class, per Scout.com. Four-star wide receiver Javon Williams from Chandler, Ariz. has narrowed his decision to UCLA and Arkansas.
Williams is the No. 4 prospect in the state of Arizona and is considered the 36th-best wide receiver in the 2012 recruiting class. Williams took an official visit to UCLA on Jan. 27.
Other recruits on official visits to UCLA with Williams the weekend of Jan. 27 include:
DT Aziz Shittu, 4-star, 6’3”, 275 pounds, Atwater, Calif.
LB Seth Jacobs, 4-star, 6’2”, 215 pounds, Arroyo Grande, Calif.
CB Randall Goforth, 3-star, 6’0”, 175 pounds, Long Beach, Calif.
WR Malcom Lewis, 3-star, 6’0”, 180 pounds, Miramar, Fla.
OT *Alexandru Ceachir, 3-star, 6’5”, 300 pounds, Santa Monica, Calif.
LB Henry Aldelman, not rated, 5’11”, 220 pounds, Arroyo Grande, Calif.
FS Marrell Jackson, not rated, 6’1”, 177 pounds, Miramar, Fla.
*Denotes junior college player
National signing day is Feb. 1. All verbal commitments are non-binding.