Holy disguised recruiting day, Batman! The UCLA Football program received two 4-star commitments today as running back Nathan Starks and linebacker Dwight Williams gave their vow to play for the Bruins. Not exactly the day the Bruins thought they were going to have but equally as awesome.
Today at the 2014 Army All-American Bowl, which should start being called Mystery Commitment Day Bowl, the Bruins were hoping to get a commitment from four-star tight end Bryce Dixon and five-star running back Joe Mixon. Instead, the nation saw Dixon grab a USC hat while Mixon opted for the Oklahoma one.
They did receive Williams’ commitment previous to the Dixon-Mixon selections, so the day started off huge for the Bruins. Williams is 6’1”, 212 lbs. and hails from Juniper Serra High School and is the 32nd ranked player at his position. This comes one day after Texas-native and fellow four-star linebacker, Zach Whiteley, flipped his commitment from Alabama to the Bruins. “Linebacker U” lives on.
But the day was not over for the Bruins, albeit, they had to wait until the end of the day to find out that they got another commitment. It only took one tweet.
IM A UCLA BRUIN BABY #8CLAP !!!
— Nate Starks (@Nate_Starks) January 5, 2014
Starks is 6’0”, 190 lbs. and is the #17 ranked running back at his position, coming out of Englewood, Colorado. Starks had called up UCLA head coach Jim Mora after the Army game and told him about his decision. With the loss of Mixon, who was thought to be a shoe-in commitment for a UCLA, the Bruins ended the day on a great note. That would be three four-star commitments in the last 24 hours. Is their anything Mora and staff cannot do?