Goines drops Mizzou, chooses UCLA

Missouri’s recruiting the last few weeks has been the proverbial roller coaster. Lose a commit here, gain a commit there.

On Monday, the Tigers lost a big commit in three-star offensive lineman Simon Goines (Keller, Texas/Central). The 6-foot-8, 298-pound tackle announced that he plans on signing a national letter of intent to play for UCLA.

Prior to a 3:30 p.m. CT announcement in front of friends, family and coaches, Goines somewhat had already let the secret out subliminally. On his Facebook page, under the “Work and Education” tab, features the Bruins logo and the words “UCLA Bruins football.”

Goines took an official visit to the campus last weekend and described the overall experience as “very influential.” He was hosted by redshirt freshman offensive lineman Torian White, and he had the chance to meet the coaching staff, players and other 2012 recruits. Goines’ primary recruiting contact was running game coordinator and offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, a three-time Super Bowl champion who recruited Goines to SMU before joining the UCLA staff.

Goines said that he wanted to be a part of a new UCLA tradition, noting new head coach Jim L. Mora and his mission of the program to be successful out the gun.

“The coaching and the change in the atmosphere at UCLA, I have a great feeling about it,” Goines said. “Coach Klemm and I developed a great relationship over the last 2 ½ years.”

Goines becomes UCLA’s 27th overall commitment and only the second commit from Texas. He joins four-star quarterback and former Arizona State commit T.J. Millweard (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal) in the recruiting class. Goines is the 56th-ranked offensive tackle in the country, and he ranks No. 77 among all players in Texas.

Goines, in addition to being a standout lineman, is a standout power forward/center in basketball. He said there is a possibility he will try to play both sports at UCLA.