Recruits React to Mora's Extension

UCLA's recruits and commits react to Jim Mora staying at UCLA...

Several class of 2014 commits and targets of UCLA reacted to the news that Bruin head coach Jim Mora would be staying in Westwood.

The decision by Mora to agree to an extension through 2019 (which would likely be when most of this years recruits are graduating from college), was welcomed by each of the prospects.

Four-star commit Adarius Pickett was at the center of attention on Monday evening, when reports were that Mora was in Seattle (they were false, although there was a Mora, Jim's father, former Saints and Colts head coach Jim Mora, who was doing a pregame radio show in Seattle). Pickett and has family hosted Mora and five other assistant coaches for an in-home, dispelling the rumor.

Pickett was thrilled with the news.

El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback Adarius Pickett (UCLA commit): "I'm very happy to hear that Coach Mora got an extension. He is a very special person and a very special head football coach. I am really honored that he and his coaching staff feel so highly of me and my family. I would like to publicly thank Coach Mora for giving me to the opportunity to be a UCLA Bruin."

Corona (Calif.) Santiago safety Ron Robinson (UCLA commit): "When I took my visit in July, I asked him before I announced my commitment if he planned on going anywhere and he said he promised he's not going anywhere if he can help it.  So that just shows he's a man of his word and I can trust him more and the Bruin Revolution will continue."

Houston (Texas) Lamar cornerback John Plattenburg (UCLA commit): "It means a lot to me. It ensures me that he will be there while I'm there. I'm really happy to hear the news."

Auburn (Ala.) cornerback Antreal Allen (UCLA commit): "I was very excited when I found out that Coach Mora signed an extension.  I'm very happy because he's a great coach and has really turned the program around with the two years he has been there."

Los Angeles (Calif.) View Park linebacker Cameron Griffin (UCLA commit): "It means that I'm excited to be a Bruin and Coach Mora signing is just icing on the cake.  It's ensuring me who my coach will be for collegiate career and that's very good."

Compton (Calif.) Centennial cornerback Denzel Fisher (UCLA commit): "That's great knowing that he will be there and build the program higher."

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade safety Jojo McIntosh (UCLA commit):  "I think its good for UCLA.  He's been playing a big part in our success now and will be a big part of it in the future and I'm really excited that I will have that opportunity to play for him."

Bellevue (Wash.) safety Budda Baker (UCLA recruit):  "I knew he wasn't going to Washington.  And it shows how he is still with UCLA 100% like he said he'd be."

Compton (Calif.) Dominguez defensive end Uriah Leiataua (UCLA recruit): "I'm stoked Coach Mora is staying.  He has done so much for that program."

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola offensive lineman Chris Brown (UCLA recruit):  "I'm comfortable with both Coach Mora and Coach Sark (at USC) and it makes my decision making much easier."

Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch offensive lineman Kammy Delp (UCLA recruit):  "It's a great feeling of knowing he's staying in Los Angeles.  He's a great man."

Corona (Calif.) Centennial running back Tre Watson (UCLA recruit):  "I'm very happy to hear that he's staying.  He told me he was so he's a man of his word.  All the Washington rumors has me concerned.  But now I just need to find out who the new running back coach is and I'll decide after my official in January."

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOX Sports, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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