Safety Nick Glass hails from Atlanta and is a Georgia commitment. But the West Coast—and specifically the UCLA Bruins—may be calling his name.
The Bulldogs may have a hard time holding on to the 4-star defensive back from Peachtree Ridge High School when all is said and done.
There's no doubting that Jim Mora has done an excellent job turning around the Bruins' football program, as UCLA appears on the verge of doing great things in the Pac-12 and even on a national scale. Much of that has to do with Mora's abilities as a recruiter.
UCLA finished with the No. 9 overall class for 2013, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. What's more, Mora is able to get results on the football field.
Beating USC was huge for the Bruins this past season. The Trojans struggled throughout 2012, but that victory started to shift the balance of power in Los Angeles and Southern California.
Being based in L.A. has been a major draw for USC football, but now that UCLA is fielding a contender, the big city can also work in its favor. Here's what Glass had to say about his unofficial trip to L.A., according to Edward Lewis of BruinsSportsReport.com:
The four-star safety also considers himself to have a big-city personality, and after touring Los Angeles, that became another huge pull for the West Coast.
"Just being around the city of Hollywood," Glass said when asked what his favorite part of the UCLA trip was. "Just being around the whole city of L.A. Just everything about it."
Glass also talked about what he liked about UCLA, per Lewis:
I mean, I like the whole coaching staff, especially coach (Jim) Mora and coach (Demetrice) Martin. But coach Mora, he's the head coach,but he's also the safeties coach, so that really shows a lot and he puts a lot of guys in the league and he coached a lot of guys in the league. He knows what it takes to get there.
Lewis also reported that the unofficial visit has propelled the Bruins into Glass' top five and that there is a possibility that he will take an official visit at some point.
It's worth noting that Glass is still definitely committed to Georgia, but for all intents and purposes, we may want to start considering this a "soft verbal." UCLA has obviously made a big-time impact with the talented safety recruit, and what's even more obvious is that he's keeping his options open despite the verbal commitment.
Glass also mentioned Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss (and Georgia) as schools that could make his final list, per Lewis, so it would seem as if his recruiting process is far from over.
The Bulldogs do have a significant "home-state advantage" with Glass, considering that he's from Atlanta, which is about an hour and a half away from Athens. Therefore, until something changes, he still is a Georgia commitment.
Georgia would give him the chance to play for a very good defense, and the Bulldogs should remain remain a legitimate contender in the SEC.
For a recruit from Atlanta, there has to be a lot to like about the Bulldogs' program, so it's not as if it's a given that he'll end up playing elsewhere.
All that said, one would be naive to not recognize that UCLA has become a huge draw on the recruiting trail under Mora, and the Bruins should be looked at as a major threat to flip Glass' commitment away from Georgia.