While I was away celebrating the holidays with my family, UCLA football received two big time commitments at the secondary position in the name of Marcus Rios and Isamael Adams. Both commits are 4 star corner backs in rivals recruiting system as well as the scout.com rankings. Oy vey, too many stud corner backs is a great problem to have right Shlomo? That makes what? 19 cornerbacks we are taking in this class? Having great athletes like Ismael and Marcus is a great problem to have. Am I right or am I right? Like, can you have too many gefilte fish? I don’t think so my friend.
UCLA beat writer Jon Gold has a great interview with Ismael Adams up at his dailynews blog (you can read the full interview here). That Jon Gold, what a sweet young boy. Here is an excerpt that I found interesting.
JG: You’re committing at a time when UCLA only has about half of its staff complete; what about the current coaches made you comfortable enough to commit without a defensive coordinator?
Adams: “I just saw the opportunity under Coach Martin, who was my second offer, and to play under a head coach who has coached defensive backs. Those two right there – a guy who had great success with players and putting them in the draft, and with Coach Mora having 25 years of experience not only as a head coach but with defensive backs – that was enough. One who knows the college realm very well. The other with the NFL technique and knowing what it takes to get there. Everything falls in its place.”
These recruits nowadays know all about not only the head coach of the school they are going to attend but also about the position coach in which they will play for and what kind of resume they carry. I know people are bit antsy on the fact that Mora has not named a defensive coordinator position yet but we can all assume that whoever Mora chooses to fill that position, he will carry a big NFL experience with him as well as a long resume to have these kids excited about helping to turn the UCLA football program around. So far I am giving Mora a A- for all the hires he made and recruiting efforts he has put forth. I still hate Dan Guerrero with a passion though.