When Myles Jack (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) was asked about the role Marques Tuiasosopo played in his decision to commit to UCLA back in June, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker said the coach “pretty much sold me on UCLA.”
After hearing the former Washington quarterback was leaving his job as the Bruins’ tight ends coach to become the Huskies’ quarterbacks coach, Jack now has something else to think about as he decides where he will play college football.
“He was really heavily involved in my recruitment and everything. He was pretty much the person that got me to go to UCLA,” Jack said. “It has a big impact on me, because he recruited me.”
Tuiasosopo has recruited Jack since “Day 1,” so the coach’s decision has given the three-star recruit something else to think about. It will be one of many factors he weighs as he makes his final decision.
“I understand college football is a business and you’ve got to go where you’ve got to go,” he said. “It is what it is. You can’t really pick your school off of coaches. Coaches are a big part, but you know coaches are going to come and go.”
Jack understands Tuiasosopo’s decision to return to the university he led to a Rose Bowl victory in 2001.
“He’s a Washington native and everything,” said Jack, who will take visits to Arizona State, UCLA, Washington and Oregon in January. “He is the hometown hero. He did the whole nine. I can completely understand why he came here. I’ve just got to think about it.”
Tuiasosopo started to develop a strong reputation as a recruiter at UCLA. He has connections both in the Northwest and California. When asked how Tuiasosopo is able to relate to recruits, Jack said honesty is his biggest asset.
“He keeps it real,” Jack said. “He’s real honest. There are no games to his recruiting. It’s just straight up. When we talk, it’s just two normal people talking. It doesn’t feel like he’s recruiting me. He’s a very good recruiter.”