UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. went east to land his most versatile commitment of the 2015 recruiting class, securing a pledge from 4-star athlete Jaason Lewis of Virginia Beach, Va.
According to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports: "Four-star athlete Jaason Lewis visited UCLA over the weekend. It was all he needed to see as the Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes standout verbally committed to the Bruins this morning."
Capable of playing safety and receiver, Lewis is the No. 9 athlete and No. 101 overall prospect on the 247Sports composite. The site's subjective rankings, however, think even higher of Lewis, rating him a 5-star prospect, the No. 2 athlete and No. 27 overall player in the class.
UCLA was neck-and-neck with Tennessee on his 247Sports "Crystal Ball" entering this weekend's visit, and while there is still plenty of time left to go before next year's signing day—we did, after all, just get past this year's—this is a very big step in the right direction for the Bruins over the Vols.
"I felt most comfortable there," Lewis said of UCLA, according to Bartow's report. "They met my standards."
Lewis had four interceptions and seven tackles for loss as a junior at Ocean Lakes last season. He also rushed for 515 yards, caught 33 passes for 498 more and combined for 14 offensive touchdowns.
It means little since the cycle is so young, but Lewis' signing did move the Bruins into the Top 20 of 247Sports' team rankings, up four spots from No. 24.
UCLA is coming off the No. 19 class in the country this most recent cycle and hopes to make a place in the Top 20 the rule, not the exception.
Poaching 4-star athletes from Virginia is a good place to start.