UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora made it a point to add some offensive lineman for his recruiting class of 2014. Yes, the Bruins just brought in a ridiculously talented group of linemen in the 2013 class, but are looking to add some veterans in the mix for 2014. The best way to infuse some veteran leadership in a recruiting class is by looking at the Junior College (JUCO) prospects — so far, so good.
On Sunday, the Bruins added their fourth verbal commitment of their 2014 recruiting class when JUCO offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor (Lackawanna Community College) gave his verbal pledge to play in Westwood. This comes just days after the Bruins secured a verbal from JUCO guard Dominick Jackson (College of San Mateo).
Both certainly look the part: Eluemunor is 6-foot-6, 300-pounds and Jackson is 6-foot-7, 305-pounds, and both play the part, as evidenced by their four-star rankings (according to rivals.com).
The Bruins will have an intriguing offensive line in 2014. The only senior likely to be starting is guard Xavier Su’a Filo, and the rest could be underclassmen. The thought could be, if rockstar 2013 signees like guard Caleb Benenoch and tackle Kenny Lacy aren’t quite ready to be thrust into a major role, then Eluemunor and Jackson could be the guys to step up. At the very worst, they’d provide considerable competition. There’s not a football coach alive who doesn’t salivate over the thought of competition. Or, imagine a line with all four (Lacy, Benenoch, Jackson and Eluemunor).
Mora has done a heck of a job both on and off the field as the chief of the Bruins. There was some initial concern when he was first hired how well he would transition to the college game from the pro’s, but he’s seemingly adjusted as well as Pete Carroll did at Southern Cal.
He very well could be the guy that finally leads the Bruins past the Trojans for football dominance in the City of Angels. A few more recruiting classes featuring the likes of Eluemunor and Jackson will go a long way of assuring that.