Posted by Jerry Hinnen
A strong finish on the trail by Jim L. Mora and UCLA continued Monday as they added a fifth offensive lineman to their growing 2012 class. And unfortunately for Gary Pinkel, this one came at the expense of Missouri.
Tiger commitment Simon Goines announced Monday that he would be signing with the Bruins instead, bringing Mora's first class in Westwood to 26 players overall and further cementing their spot among the nation's top 20 classes according to Maxpreps.
Though the Bruins and Tigers were Goines' two finalists, the 6'7", 290-pound tackle from Central High School in Keller, Texas, also claimed offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Mississippi State and others.
Maxpreps' Tom Lemming writes that Goines should be a major addition to a Bruin offensive line that has struggled mightily with depth in recent seasons--at least once he's given time to fill out:
He proves to be one of the more aggressive LT prospects in the Southwest. Blessed with quick feet, he's passionate about the game of football, works hard to improve his game, and is athletic enough to have played a little TE in 2010. Looks thin at 272 and should weigh between 310 and 320 in college. He's not there yet but his potential is unlimited.
So why is a prospect from Texas spurning dozens of offers to stay closer to home to hit the far left coast? A big part of the answer is likely Adrian Klemm, the former SMU assistant turned ace recruiter for Mora's staff at UCLA--one of those offers was also from the Mustangs.
Mora may not have been seen as a smash hire at the time of his arrival and will still have plenty to prove no matter how well the Bruins finish in recruiting, but to date there's no arguing with the success of his staff selections so far.