While the on-field results didn’t live up to expectations, UCLA’s Jim Mora never failed to produce on the recruiting trail. All six of the classes he signed were ranked in the top 20 by 247Sports, and the current class is on the way to another high ranking despite several recent de-commitments.
Now that the school has fired Mora, putting offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch in charge for the regular-season finale against Cal, what does that mean for the 19 players who are currently pledged to the Bruins?
None of UCLA’s commits can sign until Dec. 20, the start of the new early signing period. Until then, other schools likely will make a hard push to convince recruits to back away from UCLA and go elsewhere.
So far, though, the guys who previously said they were coming to Westwood still plan to do so.
“I’m still signing in December,” Niti Liu, a 3-star defensive lineman from Sacramento who committed to UCLA in June, told Brandon Huffman of BruinReportOnline. “I’m trying to set up an unofficial visit for this weekend.”
Even if coach mora is fired I’m still gonna be a bruin until I officially sign 📝. #8Claps🐻💙💛
— Niti Liu (@NitiLiu64) November 19, 2017
The first player to commit to UCLA for 2018, 3-star athlete Isaiah Johnson of Modesto, Calif., told BruinReportOnline he is going to see the direction the school goes in its coaching search before making any decisions.
“I didn’t want to play for another head coach, but I haven’t made any decisions yet,” said Johnson, who hopes the school will retain his lead recruiter, linebackers coach Scott White.
The family of Jahan Dotson, a 4-star wide receiver from Pennsylvania, is “laying low and not making any comments,” according to Brian Dohn of BruinReportOnline. Dotson committed to UCLA in September over Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.
Kyle Philips, a 4-star wide receiver from San Marcos, Calif., plans to discuss his future with his family but remains committed, according to Huffman.
UCLA’s top recruit for 2018, 4-star dual-threat quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, has yet to make any public comments about Mora’s dismissal, but he retweeted a tweet from ESPN national recruiting coordinator Craig Haubert noting the Bruins were 14th in ESPN’s class rankings.