Ellis McCarthy is far and away the crown jewel in the Bruins' 2012 recruiting class.
The 5-star defensive tackle was one of the top 2012 recruits in the nation—regardless of position. UCLA beat out teams such as USC, Florida, Oregon and Cal for his services.
The signing of the Monrovia, Calif., native was massive for Mora and his staff. They were able to win the commitment from one of the highest rated prospects in all of southern California.
In addition, they brought in a player at a position that UCLA hasn't traditionally recruited well at.
As for McCarthy's game play, he's an absolute animal.
At 6'5", 315 pounds, he's already NFL-sized. Despite his immense figure, he's very mobile. With UCLA's new 3-4 alignment, he's easily able to play an end position in addition to the nose tackle spot.
With his scary combination of power and agility, McCarthy will be in the rotation from day one. Not to put too much pressure on the young man, but he's garnered comparisons to Ndamukong Suh.