UCLA appears to be climbing out of their recent recruiting lull and has landed a commitment for the third day in a row. Tight end was a huge area of need and the Bruins landed a good one in four-star prospect Jimmy Jaggers.
"I actually committed last night," Jaggers said. "I loved the opportunity for me at UCLA, I loved the area and I'm very comfortable with the players and coaches. Those three things really put them over the top for me.
"Opportunity-wise, I know I have a chance to come in and compete for playing time right away and that's definitely my goal. They don't have a lot of tight ends on the roster so that was a big selling point. I've been to UCLA at least four or five times and love it there.
"I've already done the whole campus tour, seen the facilities, the dorms, I've seen everything. I also like the players in the program and I like the staff. Angus McClure was my main recruiter and then Rip Sherer, the new tight ends coach, took over my recruitment and he's a real good guy and I like him a lot as well. It was just the best fit for me and I'm very relieved this process is over."
Jaggers' plan from the beginning was to make a summer commitment and he said he took the monty of July to really figure out where he wanted to go.
"I never really narrowed my list or cut it down to 3-4 schools," Jaggers said. "I had the schools that I was considering and from there, just tried to decide where was the best fit. The recruiting process was a lot of fun in the beginning but once I started to figure out where I should go, it got pretty stressful for me.
"My dad and I had dinner last night and we talked about everything and what UCLA offered was just too much to pass up. I debated back and forth between a few schools but I kept coming back to the people at UCLA and the opportunity to play there and that put them over the top."
Jaggers stock really skyrocketed this past spring with offers coming in from national powers like the Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers. He already had an early from Michigan and took multiple visits to USC and Washington as well.
"It feels awesome to have this over with, it's a huge weight off my back," Jaggers said. "I wanted to be able to focus on my senior year of football and school without worrying about recruiting.
"I'm going to be an early graduate and will be able to enroll at UCLA in time for Spring ball so I'm excited about that. I think UCLA is building something special right now and I'm very excited to be a part of that."
Jaggers is a true every-down tight end who is both strong in the run game and can also be a factor in the pass game. He's a big-bodied kid, very strong, enjoys the physical nature of the game and should develop in to a very nice pass catcher as well.