- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
The UCLA Bruins landed commitment No. 18 on Monday morning, as wide receiver Ammon Barker (Sandy, Utah/Alta) didn't waste much time thinking over a recent offer from Jim Mora's staff.
The Bruins had been in touch with Barker since last summer, but things began to heat up in a big way after a UCLA coach watched Barker torch Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood for 173 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions in mid-October. Alta coach Bob Stephens said he spoke with the UCLA coaching staff after the game and told them about Barker's desire to attend UCLA. Last week, the Bruins extended an offer to the 6-foot-4, 210-pound wideout and, after talking it over with his family, Barker made his commitment.
Barker finished his senior season with 60 receptions for 1,183 yards and 13 touchdowns for a 9-3 Hawks team.
Stephens said the sky is the limit for Barker going forward.
"He's a kid that can definitely be playing on Sundays someday," Stephens said. "He runs beautifully. He's fast, big, strong, hard to bring down and elusive. His open-field running is fun to watch. I think he'll do well there."
Barker also held offers from Hawaii, Southern Utah, Utah and Utah State.
Barker visited UCLA for the first time this past summer for a one-day camp and came away extremely impressed.
"I really liked the coaches and the intensity of the camp," Barker said. "Looking around campus, I liked the feel of it. I liked it a lot."
"When they offered, it was really exciting."
He took a few days to talk over the offer with his family, but the ultimate decision was hardly ever in doubt.
"We weighed the pros and cons of each school I had offers from and UCLA had a little more to offer than the others," Barker said.
Barker will line up at wide receiver for the Bruins, though he said the specifics of where the UCLA coaches see him playing -- either outside, slot or a little of both -- haven't yet been ironed out yet. The same is true of his official visit, though he plans to speak with the coaches about setting one up later this year.