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Bolu Olorunfunmi Commits to UCLA: What Beastly RB Brings to Bruins

UCLA coach Jim Mora picked up his fourth 2015 commit.
UCLA coach Jim Mora picked up his fourth 2015 commit.Harry How/Getty Images
Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystMarch 12, 2014

UCLA landed a new offensive threat Tuesday when 2015 running back Bolu Olorunfunmi committed to the Bruins. The 3-star Clovis, Calif. prospect pledged to head coach Jim Mora and company less than two weeks after receiving an offer from the program, per Fresno Bee reporter Austin Kemp.

Olorunfunmi, a powerful 5'10", 205-pound playmaker, followed his heart and didn't waste time delivering a verbal commitment.

"It's been my dream school since I was a little kid and to have a big opportunity to play for a team and attend that school is an honor," he told the Bee. "I'm just really excited. UCLA loves me and I love them."

The Clovis North High School standout enjoyed a dominant junior season. Olorunfunmi gained 2,344 yards and scored 24 touchdowns, according to the Bee.

His strength as a runner stands out on film. Olorunfunmi isn't a speedster, but he implements an extremely effective north-south-style attack that regularly leaves defenders in his wake.

He flashes a devastating stiff arm and bowls over tacklers by keeping his shoulders low and legs churning. Olorunfunmi's downfield vision plays a vital role in his success, as he shows no hesitation once the rushing lane is located.

He gives the Bruins a bruising back who excels between the tackles and can play the role of battering ram in short-yardage situations. Olorunfunmi has the physical frame to handle full-time duties in the backfield, though a complementary runner is necessary to infuse additional quickness in the offensive attack.

UCLA now holds commitments from four high school juniors. The class includes top-ranked tight end Aliz'e Jones (Las Vegas, Nev.) and 4-star athlete Jaason Lewis (Virginia Beach, Va.).

Olorunfunmi is the first in-state commit for Mora in the 2015 recruiting cycle. His other offers include Northwestern, Nevada and Oregon State.


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