As recruit after recruit has come pouring in for UCLA, one noticeable trend was forming.
The Bruins were getting more stout on defense and certainly bigger up front, but where were the skill players?
Mora got a good one today.
Devin Fuller, the No. 3 quarterback according to Scout.com, gave UCLA his commitment today, giving the Bruins back-to-back dual-threat quarterbacks ranked in the top-five nationally.
A year after poaching Brett Hundley out of Arizona, UCLA went all the way Old Tappan, New Jersey, to reel in Fuller, also rated the No. 3 quarterback by Rivals.com and No. 7 by ESPN.com. Fuller was likely headed to Rutgers before the surprising defection of head coach Greg Schiano to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and also heavily considered heading to Arizona under new coach Rich Rodriguez.
Fuller also had offers from most of the biggest programs in the country, including Alabama, Notre Dame and Nebraska after another brilliant season. Fuller had 2,247 yards passing with 20 touchdowns and 120 rushes for 1,326 yards and 17 touchdowns (including a 15-rush, 360-yard, four-touchdown day) as a senior, a year after completing 95-of-143 passes for 1,886 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing 191 times for 2,306 yards and 32 touchdowns. As a junior, Fuller was named New Jersey Old Spice Player of the Year.
Fuller, who told Scout.com, “I’d say I’m like a Michael Vick-type quarterback” – interesting, who did Mora coach with the Falcons for three years? – could eventually find another spot on the field with the Bruins, as either a wide receiver or defensive back. But he is an incredibly gifted dual-threat quarterback, and for a program that looked so thin at the position just a few weeks ago, the verbal commitments of Fuller, T.J. Millweard out of Texas and Class of ’13 QB Eddie Printz from Georgia – which is a long way away from signing day, to be sure – has definitely changed things drastically.
Here is some video on Fuller: