How persuasive was new UCLA coach Jim Mora? Mission Viejo offensive lineman Colby Cyburt forgot all about the Bruins’ turbulent season, cancelled an official visit to Stanford and wouldn’t take calls from USC.
Cyburt said Mora called him the week he was hired. And again the following week. and the week after that. And every week since.
“He doesn’t let up until he gets what he wants,” Cyburt said Wednesday at Mission Viejo High, where the Diablos had nine football players and 24 student athletes sign their national letters of intent. “He has the drive and determination that you need as a head coach. He’s so hands on. I haven’t talked to a head coach more than Jim Mora.”
Cyburt (6-5, 265), an All-County left tackle and 3-star prospect ranked among the top-50 linemen in the nation, said two of his priorities were academics and staying relatively close to home. His decision ultimately came down to Stanford and UCLA, which he watched closely as the Bruins recorded the NCAA’s first ever 6-8 season and fired Rick Neuheisel.
But Cyburt said he quickly built relationships with new offensive line coach Adrian Klemm and Mora, who told Cyburt he wanted him to be “one of his guys.” Cyburt said he fell in love with the staff after taking an official visit, immediately cancelling trips to Stanford and Colorado and, when a USC coach tried to contact him in the 11th hour, had his coach tell the Trojans no thanks.
“It’s a dream come true for me,” Cyburt said. “I wasn’t so sure about the Neuheisel staff. When the new coaches came in, it was a sure thing. I want nothing more than to be on the ground level of the first recruiting class with Jim Mora. I think the program is on the rise.”
Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson said he expected Cyburt (6-5, 265) to redshirt in 2012 and add weight.
“He’ll have a great career there,” Johnson said. “I think he’s going to blossom. They’re really high on him,”
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