The college football recruiting trail continues to heat up as we get closer and closer to National Signing Day. Teams with verbal commitments from prospects must continue to put their best foot forward or risk having another program swoop in and woo potential stars away. Such is the case for the UCLA Bruins, who are seeing some stiff competition from the Arizona State Sun Devils for the talents of three-star athlete Myles Jack.
Jack, from Bellevue, Washington, is making the rounds before making his official decision and his last trip to Tempe has left a major impression.
“They impressed me with that they have to offer. It fits me perfectly. That’s why I’m taking these officials, just to see which schools fit me, and ASU is one of them.
“I’m looking forward to my visit to UCLA, just so I can compare and contrast, but at ASU, there is nothing I could complain about.
The pressure could be on the Bruins at this point, as they suddenly find themselves in second place for one of their own recruits. In addition to the solid visit, Jack could be getting some gentle nudges from his parents to jump to ASU, as both of them are alumni.
Jack has attracted plenty of attention from other Pac 12 schools as well, scheduling all five of his official visits inside the conference. He has already visited the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City back in December and wrapped his trip to Tempe on January 11. He still has visits lined up with the Washington Huskies (January 25) and Oregon Ducks (February 2) after his visit to UCLA.
Jack offers an intriguing versatility to his game, playing both running back and defensive end in high school. He has shown the explosiveness and athleticism to project as a solid outside linebacker at the next level, similar to the Bruins’ current former-fullback-turned-outside-linebacker Anthony Barr.
Jim Mora would love to have another success story on his hands like Barr, but he’ll have to crank up the charm when Jack visits January 18 to bring the athletic recruit back into the fold for next season.