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Mora boosts recruiting quickly with two hires

Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:59 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Jim Mora knows that he has some limitations coming from a long career in the NFL and, recently, from television. Taking over at UCLA, he identified recruiting as one area he would need help in and he significantly boosted the Bruins ability to do that Tuesday night, hiring SMU offensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Adrian Klemm and Arizona State receivers coach Steve Broussard.

The two will take on slightly different responsibilities in Westwood, with Klemm also coordinating the run game and Broussard moving over to running backs.

Klemm's hiring is a coup for Mora given his signficant ability to land West Coast talent and, in particular, Los Angeles-area recruits. A former NFL lineman and three-time Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots, Klemm went to school at nearby St. Monica High before playing at Hawaii. While at SMU, he had a knack at bringing Southern California recruits to Dallas.

Venice (Calif.) wide receiver Gabriel Marks and South Gate (Calif.) running back Robert Lewis are just two top recruits Klemm landed in the class of 2012 for the Mustangs. There's a good chance both stay closer to home and flip their pledges to UCLA with the hiring.

Broussard has numerous ties to the region thanks to time at Arizona State and Washington State, where he was a stand out running back. He managed to break into area powerhouse Long Beach Poly and snag five commitments for the Sun Devils this year.

UCLA has 18 commitments for the class of 2012.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:24 pm

Mora boosts recruiting quickly with two hires

It is all sunshine and roses in Westwood right now.........New coach, new assistant coaches with ties to So Cal to boost recruiting; what happens on the field goes a long way in fixing things.
Why is it hard to compete against USC in recruiting?  The answer is easy, they win.  Winning foster's a winning culture and a desire for stand out high school players to be a part of it.
Until someone fixes what's broken at UCLA (ability to win), nothing will change.
There is a lot of talk that the academic requirements hinder the Bruins recruiting......I get that at USC a sack of hammers could get a degree if it could play football and that is not the case at UCLA; but Stanford's academic standards are Ivy league level and they compete in the Pac-12 just fine.
Just get 'er done Mora.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:37 am

Mora boosts recruiting quickly with two hires

UCLA has a ve3ry weak class for 2012.  Theyhave to do something to strengthen that class.  This was a good hire as far as recruiting goes, but it is always easier for a school to recruit with a new head coach in place.  What Mora has to do is WIN, and that is something UCLA has done little of recently.  He had better win soon.  Next year, non-con wise he gets Houston and Nebraska at home, and goes to Rice.  UCLA's Conference schedule includes home games with Arizona, Oregon State, Stanford, USC, Utah, and away games at Arizona State, California, Colorado, and Washington State.  That is as easy as it will get.  In 2013, the Pac 12 schedule rotates, and UCLA will play the likes of Oregon and Washington, instead of Oregon State and Washington State.  They also travel to Lincold and to USC.

Since: Sep 23, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:56 am

Mora boosts recruiting quickly with two hires

Im still not convinced on this hire. It feels very odd. Then again a season of winning would change all of that.

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