Minutes ago, Coach Jim Mora tweeted out a welcome to outside linebacker Myles Jack of Bellevue High School in Bellevue, WA, signaling that his letter of intent has been sent out and received by UCLA. In this case, it was all but a technicality so late in the recruiting process.
If you had asked me a few months ago, I probably would have predicted that Jack would flip to the Huskies, especially after Marques Tuiasosopo, the lead recruiter for Jack at UCLA, left the school to become the quarterbacks coach at Washington. But apparently this did not have the effect many guessed that it would, and Jack has been solid to UCLA for several weeks.
The four-star ‘backer would have been a nice addition to UW’s ’13 class of recruits, but he certainly wasn’t essential with three other linebackers, Azeem Victor, Connor O’Brien, and the last minute addition Keishawn Berria, already signed.
Listed at 6’2″ and 215 pounds, Jack is one of the top linebackers in the West, and he only adds to the extraordinary class put together by the Bruins, ranked in the top-10 nationally and number one in the Pac-12 by every recruiting service. While recruiting doesn’t always translate directly into on-field success, the fact that UCLA has put together a better class than cross-town rival USC may signal a bit of a shift in the balance of power in the city of Los Angeles.