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

Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystMarch 12, 2014

UCLA coach Jim Mora picked up his fourth 2015 commit.
UCLA coach Jim Mora picked up his fourth 2015 commit.Harry How/Getty Images

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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