Marcus Rios just got offered by Notre Dame and an Oregon offer seemed close but after meeting with new UCLA coach Jim Mora in the last few days the four-star cornerback decided he wanted to commit to the Bruins.
It is a big-time commitment for the new UCLA coach who was seen with many assistant coaches Saturday night at the state championship bowl game between Concord (Calif.) De La Salle and Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake.
"He was ready and he felt like that was the place for him," Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks coach Ryan Gomes said. "He wanted to be a Bruin.
"Jim Mora was here Friday and spent about two hours with us on campus and communicated his vision for the program and talked about the coaches he's bringing in and Marcus had a good opportunity to see where he's coming from and what he sees for the future."
UCLA had been a favorite for Rios, a former Boise State commit, for some time along with Nebraska, Cal and Oregon but decided to end his recruitment on Sunday.
Having Mora visit so soon after getting hired seemed to be a big selling point for Rios, rated No. 20 at cornerback and No. 244 in the 2012 class by Rivals.com.
"He already loved UCLA and the school and he was looking forward to meeting the coaches and he felt it was a perfect fit," Rios said.
"His first day out was Friday and he hopped on a place and flew to our place. It showed that Marcus was one of their top priorities. I appreciated his enthusiasm and his passion when he came up."
Rios' recruitment continues to be active but Gomes said the four-star is not considering any other situations and has decided to end things. Even with many other programs showing lots of interest, Gomes said his star player is finished.
"He's shutting it down," Gomes said.