It didn't take Jim Mora long to reel in his very first commit. According to extra super reliable Brandon Huffman, four-star cornerback Marcus Rios has committed to UCLA, becoming the first recruit to hop onto the Mora bandwagon (H/T donacciani). At 6'0'', 170 lbs., Rios is one of the top corners in the state of California and had offers from almost the entire Pac-12, Oregon included, Notre Dame and Nebraska.
The scouting report in Rios is that he's a corner with a big frame who needs to put some more weight, but is very physical and likes to get up and bump guys at the line. In short, he sounds like the same style of corner we have in Aaron Hester and Sheldon Price, but they weren't really allowed to play aggressively in man coverage the way they'd like. Hopefully under Mora they're given more opportunities to take advantage of their strengths and Rios can step in and do the same.
Going up to Northern California and getting a commit is nice for Mora and hopefully a sign of things to come. He's acknowledged his recruiting deficiencies with some great recruiters on his staff and had a slew of top recruits on campus this weekend and excited about the program. For now though, we're just happy to have Rios in the fold to kick off the Mora era. Welcome to Westwood, Marcus!