Defensive end Jacob Tuioti-Mariner committed to the UCLA Bruins on Wednesday afternoon.
Sean Ceglinsky of 24/7 Sports has to scoop.
The 6-foot-2 and 248-pound defensive end from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco has seen his stock recently rise. Not surprisingly, Tuioti-Mariner is the nation’s No. 33 player on the strong-side in the 247Sports Rankings.
Signs point to the Bruins being in competition with Washington for him. The Huskies, in fact, put a scholarship on the table on Dec. 17. Still, it appears as if UCLA might have beat its counterpart to the punch with an offer on Dec.
Bruins’ head coach Jim Mora, Jr. has done an excellent job in recruiting since taking over as the Bruins’ coach following the 2011 season. Now that Charlie Strong has been named head coach of the Texas Longhorns, Mora can put the rumors of him taking that job to rest and the players he is recruiting don’t have to worry about it either.
Tuioti-Mariner is considered a three-star recruit and is also interested in Arizona, Boise State, Fresno State and Hawaii.