Posted by Bryan Fischer
Several people doubted UCLA's hire of Jim L. Mora due mostly to his lack of recruiting acumen. After a few key hires and a quick trip around the state of California in his first week on the job, Mora answered his critics with his first commitment Sunday in Elk Grove (Calif.) cornerback Marcus Rios.
"I called Coach Mora and told him I was a Bruin and he was just really happy," Rios told Scout. "He said he was excited to have me be the first to commit to him and to just keep working hard and to be ready to play for him."
The 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back was committed to Boise State for most of the year but decommitted earlier this fall. Rios had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Notre Dame and others but was sold on Mora's background and vision for the program down in Westwood.
"Coach Mora, being an NFL guy and a defensive guy, that means a lot because he knows a lot about defense," Rios said. "And he seems like he's going to be a really good coach and UCLA is a building program. And Coach Angus (McClure), we had a real close relationship and he was always recruiting me hard, way back since the spring."
In addition to being the first commitment for the new coaching staff, Rios becomes the 19th member of the Bruins' class of 2012. He had 59 tackles and four interceptions to wrap up his senior year.