While the hiring of Jim Mora by UCLA has received a lukewarm greeting from some Bruins fans, his first two assistant coach hires shouldn't.
Mora has hired SMU offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Adrian Klemm as its new offensive line coach and run game coordinator and Arizona State wide receivers coach Steve Broussard as the Bruins running backs coach, Jon Gold of the LA Daily News reported. And, also from Gold, here's why these are good hires.
These are two top recruiters with considerable experience in Southern California. Further, Klemm, one would think, might provide some access to Texas, if the Bruins opt to cast a wider recruiting net.
And please allow your humble Pac-12 blogger interject here.
Because of UCLA's high academic standards, Mora might be wise to look at UCLA as being closer to Stanford than to USC in terms of recruiting strategy, and therefore become a more active national recruiter. Say like into the Southeast and Texas, as Stanford has done --a certain QB you may have heard of.
Gold notes this from Klemm's bio: "Klemm was drafted in the second round of the 2000 draft by the New England Patriots, and played in the NFL for five seasons. He began coaching in 2008 and quickly moved up the ranks, ultimately being named Rivals.com's top non-BCS recruiter in 2010."
As for Broussard, he was widely regarded as a key player for the recent uptick in ASU recruiting. A former Washington State and eight-year NFL running back, he knows the lay of the West Coast recruiting landscape and can also talk to young athletes specifically about playing on Sundays.
Further, it appears that Sun Devils offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone is in play for UCLA, as well as a couple of other schools.
One knock against Mora was his lack of college coaching experience. It appears with his early hires, he's surrounding himself with assistants who can compensate for that.