During their National Signing Day program, ESPNU started talking about the Bruins because reporter Shelley Smith was stationed in Westwood to report on UCLA. Analysts Mike Bellotti and David Pollack raved about the program and coach Jim Mora.
“UCLA now has the name to go out and the success to back it up,” Bellotti said of UCLA being able to chase national recruits.
“I think they’re sexy again,” said Pollack. “They got the cool factor. Jim Mora’s cool as it gets. He was linked to the Texas job for a reason — he’s one of the best coaches in college football.”
Mora said in an interview with Smith that being able to get quarterback Brett Hundley to return for his redshirt junior season was their biggest recruiting pull of all. Pollack agreed, but he feels Hundley has to improve and grow from being a one read and go QB, which is a legitimate opinion.
It’s weird hearing people describe UCLA as sexy and cool, which is the way USC has been the last 15 years, especially with Pete Carroll there. I guess maybe you’d have to go back to the ’90s to when UCLA was considered cool for football. Whatever the case, this is music to Bruins fans’ ears, and it’s being reflected by the types of recruits the Bruins are now chasing.