Junior Day Wows Jack

The Bellevue (Wash.) linebacker, Myles Jack, talks about his visit to UCLA for the Bruins' Junior Day on Sunday and the impression it made on him...

Bellevue (Wash.) outside linebacker Myles Jack (6-3, 218), was one of just a few out-of-state prospects who went to UCLA's Junior Day on Sunday.

And the top defensive prospect in Washington said he couldn't have had a better time in Westwood.

"It was great and better than I expected," said Jack. "The campus was gorgeous. I didn't expect it to be like that. It was just an awesome visit."

Jack and his family have been friends with new head coach Jim Mora for years, back to when Mora was coaching the Seattle Seahawks, and while he was offered by UCLA when Rick Neuheisel was still the coach, Mora and his staff quickly affirmed that offer.

"I've known Coach Mora for a while," said Jack. "I go to school with his son and his son and my brother play on the same team. I've always had that respect for him though, because of who he is. It's not really changed."

Another Washington native, Marques Tuiasosopo, is who is recruiting Jack and another coach with Northwest ties, Jeff Ulbrich, the Bruins' linebacker coach who spent the past two years as an assistant with the Seahawks, is Jack's positional recruiter.

"Coach Tui has been the main person I talk with, we're always hitting each other up on Facebook and Coach Ulbrich is a good guy and intense guy and I like how they approach everything," said Jack.

Jack said the Bruin coaches like him as an outside linebacker in their base 3-4 defense.

"They pretty much gave me the liberty of choosing to be a 3-4 outside backer, so I can rush and drop back a little," said Jack.

And Jack said that UCLA has been recruiting him harder than anyone.

"UCLA is recruiting me the hardest, hands down," said Jack. "Every day, every chance they get, they're emailing me and hitting me up and that's been pretty cool."

While Jack said he's wide open, the visit to UCLA has strengthened the Bruins' chances with him.

"I'm still wide open but UCLA really put themselves at the top of my list," said Jack. "With the whole Junior Day, it helped me really see more about them."

Jack has offers from several other Pac-12 schools including Washington, Washington State, California, Stanford, Utah and Oregon State as well as an offer from Virginia.

"I think probably Wisconsin or Oregon could be next to offer me," said Jack. "I've heard a lot from both of them."

Jack said he's deciding this week between taking an unofficial to Oregon or going to Washington.

"I have to decide between going to Oregon or Washington this weekend," said Jack. "It all depends on what my mom decides."

Jack said the last couple weeks had been stressful, with talk that Bellevue head coach Butch Goncharoff was a candidate for the head coach job at Orange Lutheran.

"I heard rumors that Coach was leaving and I kind of bought into it but then I didn't think he'd leave us like that," said Jack. "We have too much talent coming back and this is supposedly the best team Bellevue's ever had coming back next year. We're playing Euless (Texas) Trinity next season and that's a big game, that's huge for us. I'm super excited."

Jack was an anchor for the Wolverines defense that finished 14-0 and won the Washington 3A State Championship and finished in the Top 10 nationally by FoxSportsNext and Scout.com.


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