I think we can all agree that Signing Day was pretty exciting. New UCLA coach Jim Mora did an impressive job salvaging the 2012 recruiting class when he didn't have much time to do so. He even nabbed a few elite prospects, enough to get UCLA the No. 12 recruiting class in the country! This is a great start to Mora's tenure.
Here's a quick run-down of the highest rated recruits that Mora and his staff landed:
DT Ellis McCarthy.
No. 2 Defensive Tackle in the country, according to Scout. Got a five-star rating from both them and Rivals.com. This was another impressive get for Mora and his staff, and things only got better from here.
CB Ishmael Adams.
No. 7 Cornerback in the country. I've heard nothing but great things about this kid. Should be pretty exciting to see in Blue and Gold.
QB Devin Fuller.
Probably the best dual-threat quarterback in the country, and was ranked No. 3 best quarterback overall in the nation. He was pursued heavily by anyone who wanted a dual-threat quarterback (Arizona, Nebraska, Rutgers). I mainly find this guy to be a major steal because Notre Dame was begging for him before they got Gunner Kiel, and Rich Rodriguez went after him hard. My only query is whether he will play QB for Mora.
WR Jordan Payton.
Jumped on board on Signing Day and adds another great amount of talent to what's looking like a very fast offense. A few of my friends were really giddy over this one.
DE Jeremy Castro.
Got a four-star rating from Rivals. Has really good penetrating ability on the defensive line and will bring a lot of power to the Bruin pass rush. Look out, USC.
There's a lot to love about this class, but which signee are you guys most excited about? Personally, my vote goes to Devin Fuller, mainly because it shocked a lot of people (myself included) and was a huge boost to the program. Of course, Fuller will have to compete for the job over Prince and Brett Hundley, but it's still pretty wow-worthy.
What say you?