UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone walked into practice this week with his arm around freshman linebacker Myles Jack, whispering sweet somethings into his ear.
"He was hinting at some offense stuff that would include me," Jack said.
Jeff Ulbrich, hearing the rumor, smiled ... a chilling smile, but technically a smile. The linebackers coach with the mountain-man appearance had three words to say, "No…no…no."
The recruiting process ends when a player signs … for most. When you're a Jack-of-all-trades, though, the wooing continues.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Jack is a linebacker, and is going to be a linebacker. Ulbrich gets him. But his skills are too bountiful to ignore.
"I was just talking to him about our goal-line offense," Mazzone said.
Yeah, sell it to Ulbrich.
"What do I like about Myles, besides being big and fast?" Mazzone said. "I like his barber. He has a nice haircut."
Let the tug of war begin.
"Not at all," Ulbrich said.
The Bruins' 2013 class is chock-full of freshmen who will contribute this season.
Caleb Benenoch will line up at guard. Defensive ends Eddie Vanderdoes and Kylie Fitts will arm-wrestle with offensive linemen. Destiny awaits Jayon Brown, Tahaan Goodman and Priest Willis in the secondary. Receiver Darren Andrews has too much speed to sit still for a year.
And so on.
But the most intriguing Bruins' freshman is Jack, who grew up pining to be a running back, then learned a basic fun fact.
"I enjoyed hitting more than getting hit," Jack said.
He'll get his chance.
It became clear during training camp that Jack needed to be on the field. A reminder came Thursday in practice, when Jack lined up one on one with a slot receiver, moved in sync with him, then intercepted the pass.
"Our offensive guys think he's a freak," said Coach Jim Mora.
It has led to other possibilities for Jack.
Last week, he lined up to return kickoffs.