Coach Neuheisel has been on quite the hunt for recruits lately for the 2012 incoming class, and he picked up another commit on Wednesday night. The Contra Costa Times reported that Morgan Breslin, a 6'3" Defensive End from Diablo Valley College-Pleasant Hill has verbally committed to the Bruins, corroborated by a BRO headline (underlying story - premium content). He is expected to remain at DVC through next year, and enroll at UCLA as a Junior in time for the 2012 season. As a freshman this past season, Breslin led all California JC players with 14.5 sacks and in Tackles for Loss, attracting offers from among other schools Arizona, Boise State, Purdue and Utah. In the end though, once UCLA made the decision to offer, his decision was made:
"UCLA was all it was," Breslin said. "I thought about it and it was an unbelievable opportunity."
As a senior at Las Lomas-Walnut Creek, Breslin was named to the San Francisco Chronicle's All-Bay Area first team - noting him as "One of the quickest lineman in recent memory", and to MaxPrep's Division II All-State second team, before breaking his foot playing rugby after that season. While losing time on the field due to injury is never a good thing, a broken foot isn't that debilitating of an injury long-term, and a note on Morgan by Ben Enos, the prep sports writer/blogger for the Contra Costa Times from earlier in the spring makes it seem like a non-factor:
I actually got a chance to see Breslin play last season, and he looked like the same athletic, dominant player I remembered from his days at Lomas. Tough to find a big man in the trenches that can move like him....
According to Rivals.com, Breslin was an Angus McClure get, and after Will Oliver the second player from Contra Costa that he has brought to Westwood in the last few months. From Mcclure's Rivals profile, it looks like he's after a few more guys from the area this summer and fall. In a funny side note to this, Morgan's head coach at DVC was once upon a time my high school Psychology teacher. If Coach Darr at all rubbed off on him, Breslin should at least be a fun guy to have in the locker room. Good Luck, and welcome to the Bruin Nation, Morgan!