Jim Mora got off to a fast start in his first year as UCLA's coach, posting a 9-5 record. In the opening phases of his second go-round, he appears to have mastered the delicate art of recruiting.
Mora and his staff inked 23 high school seniors to national letters of intent Wednesday, a class that could be even more impressive than his first.
UCLA administrators and donors presented Mora with a greater array of resources this year, including the luxury of a private jet. The jet allowed for UCLA's staff to develop relationships with a greater number of nationally attractive recruits.
''A lot of people stepped up and contributed to the success we had today,'' Mora said. ''The nature of recruiting is incredibly competitive and it's become a national game for us. ... The benefit of a private jet allows you to get into and out of places quickly against time constraints and reach parts of this country where we didn't have the access to.''