Ruffman Recruiting Report – Breslin Commits

Campus Correspondent Jacob Ruffman smashed this recruiting recap out of the park, helping to man the fort as I moved to Hollywood. Anyone down to hit up GO Burger just let me know…

On to the fun:

Defensive end Morgan Breslin did not take long to make his college decision after an offer came down from UCLA on Tuesday.

Breslin, who held nine offers following a standout freshman season at Diablo Valley College (Calif.), committed to UCLA, giving the Bruins their fifth commitment in the past week and a half.

“As a freshman last year he was virtually unblockable,” Diablo Valley head coach and defensive coordinator Mike Darr said. “His hits on quarterbacks led to three interceptions for touchdowns and a fumble return for a touchdown. He truly made those around him better.”

In high school, academic hurdles kept Breslin from being recruited, but in college he currently holds a 3.2 GPA and is now only five classes way from completing his AA. This will allow him to transfer mid-year to UCLA where he will have three years to play two seasons.

UCLA recruited Breslin, who currently checks in at 6’3, 250 pounds, as a defensive end although he played anywhere from defensive tackle to outside linebacker at Diablo Valley College. He has very good snap anticipation and a quick first step that helped him lead the state 12 sacks and rack up 21 tackles for loss in 2010.

Despite his physical traits, Darr believes that his talent is secondary to his character.

“He is an amazing young man with an unmatched motor that runs all day, everyday.”

Here’s a quick chat Ruffman had with him earlier today:

Ruffman: “You had offers from several other schools such as Arizona, Boise State, Oregon State and Purdue; what was it about UCLA that made you commit so quickly?”
Breslin: “Man, it was everything. The academics that UCLA has to offer and the environment of being in Los Angeles and having the opportunity of playing for coach Neuheisel was enough for me to know that UCLA was where I wanted to play.”

JR: What were the coaches saying when they were recruiting you?
MB: “Coach Tresey was the one who recruited me and he was really straight up and honest with me about everything. It really didn’t take that much for me to commit though. He gave me a call saying I had an offer and within a couple of hours I called him back and told him I wanted to commit.”

JR:You seem to be really sold on the idea of UCLA, why is that?
MB: “It’s really hard to explain it. I dreamt about going to UCLA as a little kid so this is literally a dream come true. I just love everything: the area, the jerseys, the light blue Oakley visors – everything. It’s UCLA, it’s where I want to be.”

What is your mentality as a player?
“I always try to play as hard as I can on every snap. I know that football can be taken away from me at any given second so I go hard every play knowing that it could be my last.”

JR: What are you looking forward to most when you get to UCLA?
MB: cannot wait to get the uniform and the helmet on. That will be the greatest feeling to go out there wearing those and get to compete in practice.”

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  • Anonymous

    Could a recruit like Breslin redshirt this upcoming year (his second year at JC), and then have Three years to play Three in Div 1? Seems like a better use of the redshirt?

  • He hasn’t finished his courseload at JC yet, so he won’t be able to enroll until at least next spring.

  • UCLArt

    Welcome to Westwood, Mr. Breslin.

    Take care of yourself this year, and kick some A$$ next year for the Bruins.

  • Bob

    I’m a fan of Morgan already. It sounds like he really wants to be a Bruins and is getting his academics in order. I love the fact his current coach thinks so highly of the kid.

    Welcome to UCLA

  • Rico Bruin

    Great interview !!

    Welcome to Westwood Morgan !!

    I am already a Big Fan…It’s great to hear a young
    so excited to be a Bruin !!

    PS Jon, Jacob was an absolutely brilliant addition.

  • Yeah Rico, I’ve been trying to get Jacob on board for a while now. Very talented young writer, and he is very, very passionate about recruiting.


    Welcome to the Bruin family! Watch out there are some TOUGH critics out there….. the true Bruin fans will welcome you and wait to see what happens:)

  • bruinbiochem06

    Why does he have to finish his workload at the JC?! Does ucla want two years of solid jc gpa? Have him transfer in as a sophomore! We could use him with the team this year, even if he redshirts at ucla

  • seattlebrewin

    I believe that ncaa rules are that you have to have an AA to transfer from jc to div-1.

  • Wow! What a great addition to our team…I can’t wait to see this young man kick some Trojan butt!!