Four-star running back Brandon Stephens committed to UCLA on Wednesday morning, kicking off what could be a very good day for the Bruins.
The prospect was originally committed to Stanford, but decommitted in January and reopened his recruitment. Despite some pursuit from Texas A&M, Alabama, and others, Stephens officially visited UCLA this past weekend and was sold enough on Westwood and the program that it became the obvious fit for him.
A big part of the reason for the official to UCLA was how well he hit it off with Jim Mora, who saw the No. 26 overall running back and his family in person last week and sold him on the idea of coming out to UCLA to check it out.
Stephens is an intriguing prospect, with a lot of the same excellent attributes you see in Nate Starks and Paul Perkins -- vision, balance, toughness, decisiveness -- but in a slightly bigger package. At 205 pounds now, Stephens has the potential to grow to 220 pounds or so, with a lean frame that could easily fill out.
We'll have more on the Stephens commitment over the next coupld of days.