QB Eddie Printz says UCLA scholarship offer was withdrawn

Longtime UCLA commit Eddie Printz said he found out on Wednesday that his football scholarship offer from the Bruins was withdrawn.

The Lassiter High School standout had been committed to UCLA since last January. Printz was stunned by the news that the offer “would no longer be honored,” according to his family.

UCLA is coached by Jim Mora Jr., the former coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

Ex-Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora has parted ways with 2 Georgia recruits in ways that left both prospects confused (AJC)

Ex-Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora has parted ways with 2 Georgia recruits in a manner that left both prospects confused (AJC)

“I feel like a horse kicked me in the stomach,” the quarterback’s father, Ed Printz, told the AJC. “And I feel like I let my son down because I let him commit early. This happens, and I don’t know how I could’ve foreseen it. I believed what Coach Mora was telling us, and now I feel sick in my stomach about it.”

This is the second time within the last couple of months that a top Georgia prospect and UCLA have parted ways. Keyante Green, a running back from Eagles Landing Christian Academy, switched to Purdue over the summer because he said he hadn’t heard much from UCLA after committing to the Bruins last February.

“I really shocked and disappointed with how this went down with UCLA,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “They haven’t been genuine and forthright through this whole thing. It appears they used Eddie, maybe to attract other recruits. Or maybe they have another recruit closer to home they ended up liking better.

“This is not how adults should handle business, regardless of whether it’s recruiting or not. They won’t answer the phone or call us back. If you’re going to build relationships with people, you have to have some level of trust.”

Printz’s father said he had to do some investigative work to find out the scholarship offer was being withdrawn. After seeing a tweet from a recruiting analyst that UCLA was scouting another QB last Friday (Hayden Rettig, who is committed to LSU), Printz said he repeatedly tried to contact the coaches over the last several days with no response. He said finally got someone to pick up a phone with offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, who recruits the Atlanta area.

“Coach Klemm confirmed it, and he said ‘If Eddie was my son, I’d go ahead and start looking around,’” the elder Printz said. “He was nice about it, I guess. Coach Klemm couldn’t really explain what happened, but I just feel like Eddie wasn’t [UCLA offensive coordinator] Noel Mazzone’s guy. He was Jim Mora’s guy but I think Noel had a change of heart. I asked Noel in June if Eddie was his guy and he said ‘Yes, he is. He’s the only guy we’re recruiting, and I’m glad I don’t have to go on the road on Friday nights and recruit another quarterback this fall.’ Then he was on the road last Friday.”

Printz said he was disappointed that he had to track down UCLA’s coaches for the news rather than the other way around – and hear it directly from Mora or Mazzone. “That was the biggest letdown. They could’ve been upfront and honest about it. And that’s my thing: Just let us know. Don’t leave us out in the cold about it. We made a few trips out there, and Eddie took classes so he could graduate early and start college early at UCLA. He didn’t go visit colleges over the summer, and probably turned down 20-25 offers, because he was a 100-percent Bruin.”

QB Eddie Printz said he turned down prime opportunities to audition at Florida and Auburn, among others, because he was "100-percent Bruin" (AJC)

QB Eddie Printz said he turned down prime opportunities to audition at Florida and Auburn, among others, because he was "100-percent Bruin" (AJC)

Added Irwin, “This is how I feel as a coach. At any point, they could’ve said ‘No, we don’t want to take your commitment.’ Or ‘We’re glad you’re interested but we’re still looking at other people.’ But they took his commitment and held onto it for nine months. Then they wait until after the summer, when he could’ve been looked at by other schools, and drop him in September. It’s just really disappointing, shocking, and well … disgusting.

“I know they’re trying to make inroads with recruiting this state, but this is not going to help. They’ve got some explaining to do. There’s a lot of other schools that play in competitive conferences and have great football traditions that you have to go past to get from Georgia to UCLA.”

What’s next for Printz? As news spread about his de-commitment on Wednesday, Printz’s family said he was contacted by Missouri about an official visit, and also fielded calls from San Diego State and Southern Miss.

“This is an opportunity for Eddie,” Irwin said. “He’s still a high-prized recruit. There are still plenty of people interested in him.”

Printz originally committed to SMU last September. He later switched to UCLA after his SMU recruiter, Klemm, was hired as UCLA’s offensive line coach.

UCLA’s coaches cannot publicly comment on Printz, per NCAA rules.

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208 comments Add your comment

maconbulldog

September 12th, 2012
10:26 pm

LETS keep our KIDS from going out west.

Nilo Silvan

September 12th, 2012
10:31 pm

Not shocked by this, college recruiting is an ugly thing. Also for any kid that is told by a college coach that they are not looking at any other player at the position…..they are lying. Unless you are Robert Nkemdiche, that coach is still trying to find a better player. UCLA handled this extremely poorly. Best of luck to the kid, may turn out to be a blessing.

JRHD

September 12th, 2012
10:32 pm

And this surprises you how? Jim Mora is the coach out there after all. He’s only separated from Bobby Petrino on the scumball ladder by Lane Kiffin.

George Stein

September 12th, 2012
10:37 pm

This is the other side of decommitting. It works both ways, unfortunately.

J

September 12th, 2012
10:39 pm

He had no problem decommitting from SMU….so he can’t complain about UCLA dropping him.

slydog

September 12th, 2012
10:42 pm

“Missouri Medium Offered 10/12/2012 David Yost”

Y’all see that? That’s a line from Rivals which states that Mr. Printz isn’t as forthright either. Out of all of his other scholarship offers, he picked Missouri for an official visit. Both players and coaches play off of each other.

Vampire Bill

September 12th, 2012
10:42 pm

Best of luck to Eddie. Mora is a piece of garbage I guess?

The Brofessor

September 12th, 2012
10:43 pm

You have a point there, J.

Carma

September 12th, 2012
10:44 pm

so the kid jolts SMU when a better offer comes his way, but it’s disguisting when a school does the same thing to a recruit?

Mr Printz – welcome to Life.

slydog

September 12th, 2012
10:45 pm

And BTW, he scheduled this visit prior to knowing his scholarship was pulled. Go figure?

Joe

September 12th, 2012
10:49 pm

Everyone knows that Jim Mora is a joke and it’s only a matter of time before the shine wears off in Westwood and he implodes there. Just like Kiffin, he really cannot coach, just gets cush jobs and good assistants because people are doing favors for their fathers.

Printz is much better off not going into the tire fire that UCLA will be in 2 or 3 years.

RomeDawg

September 12th, 2012
10:50 pm

Mora is a piece! Slimy like a snake.
Mora ain’t much better than Petrino. UCLA will be on probation within 3 years. He likes to hang out with the thugs and act cool. (Meangelo Hall)

Dc

September 12th, 2012
10:51 pm

Seriously funny…..perhaps some karma? Sucks when it happens to you huh. Bet smu coaches are laughing their butts off

I speak the truth

September 12th, 2012
10:51 pm

They realized that the freshman QB they have is balling and will be good if he stays healthy. So no need to bring in a top QB this year can give that scholarship to another position group. This is a business at the end of the day, they made a business decision. Printz de-commits from SMU to go there so don’t cry foul now All’s fair!!! Wish him luck I’m sure he will land on his feet.

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Gene

September 12th, 2012
10:54 pm

Committments by juniors in high school are a bad idea. Colleges shouldn’t contact players until after their senior football season.

Dawgs97

September 12th, 2012
10:56 pm

You guys attacking Printz and his dad are leaving out a HUGELY important fact – he only de-committed from SMU because the guy who recruited him was hired by UCLA. That’s a pretty important piece of info some of you are dismissing.

Jim Mora is a scumbag, period. This is how he behaved in Atlanta.

Rick James

September 12th, 2012
10:58 pm

Jim Mora is slime but J makes a great point..

Coachcamp

September 12th, 2012
10:59 pm

I agree with (I speak the truth)!! No need to get mad. What goes around comes around… lesson learned.

J

September 12th, 2012
10:59 pm

Dawgs, the reason behind abandoning his commitment is immaterial. But, he clearly did so b/c he had what he perceived to be a better opportunity on the table. Well, now UCLA has what they perceive to be a better target available. It’s karma at its finest.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

September 12th, 2012
11:03 pm

Jim Mora. If he was any greasier he’d be Bobby Petrino.

Disgusting.

Kenny Bouy-Naples

September 12th, 2012
11:10 pm

Probably 25% of all signees will never see a play on Saturday so consider going where you can play some…or get an education…

Morasaworm

September 12th, 2012
11:11 pm

He only left SMU for UCLA after June Jones accepted an offer to Arizona State after he talked Eddie in to SMU then ASU pulled the offer on Jones and he begged for his job back at SMU.

Sammy

September 12th, 2012
11:14 pm

So according to the Printz family, it was ok for them to turn their back on a commitment to a school, just not the other way around?

Paul in NH

September 12th, 2012
11:14 pm

No-one at UCLA had the class to call the kid or his father? Nice.

ciscopack

September 12th, 2012
11:17 pm

Mora Jr. – Snake-in-the-grass

JacketFanMarcus

September 12th, 2012
11:17 pm

@Dawgs97

While do agree that Jim Mora Jr is slick and not a great coach.

But the question is does a kid commit to a school (SMU) or the coach (Kleem)???

So when an assistant coach leaves, then it’s OK to de-commit from a school? I’m sure SMU’s head coach wasn’t too happy with the de-commit.

Dawglasville

September 12th, 2012
11:20 pm

Mora and Petrino… how in the hell did the Falcons ever get hooked up with these two?

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
11:24 pm

I wish the kid luck wherever he ends up. Not time to panic. Lots of time to look around. He’ll be ok…

Aurelius

September 12th, 2012
11:25 pm

If one commits and keeps looking he is not committed. If a school accepts a committment and keeps looking, they are not committed to the player.

The way out of this is to let a player sign a grant anytime he wants. Then it is a done deal.

Fan

September 12th, 2012
11:27 pm

You’re better off. A coach or team that pulls that kind of stunt isn’t worth playing for. Consider it a blessing. Focus on your season now and the offers will come later. Don’t worry about it. Plenty of good teams closer to home. And plenty of good teams closer that play for National Championships. Keep your head up and enjoy your senior season at Lassiter.

Chip

September 12th, 2012
11:35 pm

The problem with UCLA isn’t that the Bruins dropped Printz. As several posters have said, that’s part of the game, and it’s going to become more and more common as schools push for commitments from juniors. There’s just too much that can happen for those commitments to mean much either way until the papers are signed. But when Printz switched from SMU to UCLA, he was public about it; the SMU coaches didn’t have to call and email him for a week to find out the news. The fact that no one from UCLA called the kid to tell him he should start looking elsewhere is the unacceptable part. Oh, and we probably shouldn’t judge a teenager the way we judge a middle-aged man.

Carma hater

September 12th, 2012
11:44 pm

Carma- Printz decomitted to smu after coaching staff parted ways from SMU you idiot! Head Coach went to Arizona St. And the person who was recruiting him Klemm, went to UCLA! This kid did no wrong, he did everything right! This to shall pass and Printz will be just fine!

Child, please

September 12th, 2012
11:48 pm

Why do people refer to Jim Mora as Jr.? He is not a Junior. Please do a little research.

Yes, when your future employer is not returning your calls, time to look for another job. Nothing is official until it is on the dotted line on Feb 1 or thereabouts. Teams pull “offers” just like players pull “commitments”.

Hope he finds a better school than UCLA to play for :)

Iceman60

September 12th, 2012
11:52 pm

Didn’t I read once he started out in the Wheeler program and then committed to Lassiter ? He should be use to the drop and change game. He’s been doing it for years.

Jim Moron

September 12th, 2012
11:55 pm

Jim Mora is and always will be a complete dolt. That guy was more interested in hitting on the players than he was coaching the team. If his dad hadn’t paved his way, Mora would be mopping high school hallways. He was literally handed the HC job in Seattle and never made it to day one. He’ll bungle the UCLA job just like he’s done with every other job in his life.

chico and da man

September 12th, 2012
11:55 pm

Expect anything more of the greasy slithering Petrino…sorry…Mora?

boykin

September 12th, 2012
11:56 pm

Moron: Agree.

Under The Bleachers

September 13th, 2012
12:03 am

Sorry for the young man. Life lesson…

but Auburn needs a quarterback…………thinking of it, the way they played the last two weeks they need a running back, a tightend, wideout, guard center, tackle, defensive back, linebackers, defensive end…….and probably a good attorney or two after the NCAA gets through with their grade changing schemes.

Mark

September 13th, 2012
12:06 am

Coach Mora is terrible with this situation. I had a good buddy of mine who’s son got his scholarship taken when Jim Mora first came in while he was rehabbing a serious injury. Just told him that scholarships are 1 year contracts like in the NFL and they don’t have to be renewed each year. He also over signed 10 kids on signing day this year, and had to cut 10 players from their scholarship. Total coward move him to do this. Thats something these kids earned.

the truth

September 13th, 2012
12:08 am

From Carma Hater “Printz decomitted to smu after coaching staff parted ways from SMU you idiot! Head Coach went to Arizona St. ” Better check your facts before you call someone an idiot. June Jones is still the head coach at SMU. Todd Graham is the coach at Arizona St. and he came from Pitt. I think you qualify as the idiot in this case.

bwell

September 13th, 2012
12:13 am

That’ BS TO THE TOP!!! Gov. Deal need to put in place a no recruiting for UCLA (for the State of Ga) I pray that the kid find another school. Jim MorON need swift kick the buttocks and the OC too. Sorry rats, how dare they play with a kid and parents emotions and dont have the balls to call them, ANY AND EVERY RECRUIT that think about going to ucla need to think long and hard and bring up this story to the coaching staff. Where is that article about Coach Richt honoring a kid scholarship even if he gets hurt. Something need to be done about this, I feel the hurt for the kid and his parents. When one door shut the Lord will open up another kid, keep your head up and find and take something positive from the experience. Go dawgs.

7576DAWG

September 13th, 2012
12:21 am

He should have known better than to trust someone like Mora. Why complain , if Printz is any good he will have a lot of schools get in contact with him. Wouldn’t it be better to know now than in January when he would be trying to enroll.

tony nathan

September 13th, 2012
12:22 am

Coach Saban would never pull this type of chicanery!

boykin

September 13th, 2012
12:28 am

great point, 7576. But he’s a slick snake oil salesman.

James

September 13th, 2012
12:29 am

to Mark..ask your good friend was the scholarship that his son had was it offered by mora or Neuhesiel…if its Mora then that a ass move. but if it was Neuhesiel.. i dont have a problem with that ..also Some of those players he cut were bad for the program some transfered… some medically Retired.. i dont think that a coward move..as for pritnz sorry… but aleast they didnt let u twist in the wind for the next 5 months..U cant expect a program to to settle on 1QB

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 13th, 2012
12:43 am

Nothing is done until it is writing but this was pretty low unless there is something we aren’t hearing. He should accept if Missou offers. They have a good team and good coaches.

90210

September 13th, 2012
12:46 am

Sounds to me like the kid is a mid to low major recruit if he was going to sign with SMU . The Bruins are on there high horse after getting off to a good start so far and they feel as though they can get better recruits since they are hot right now.

boykin

September 13th, 2012
12:50 am

Flo- Look at Ga game, bru…Mizzou aint good! 90210-1st sentence may say it all but Bruins aren’t hot.

He's not a D1 QB, sorry

September 13th, 2012
12:57 am

Good kid, but he’s not a vertical passer. Runs up a zillion yards on screens and underneath stuff. He is a very good HS QB but he doesn’t have the arm for a major college, despite what his dad thinks. Put this on his Dad, not Mora. Mora told them to go visit other schools even after he committed. Now tell me what school would tell a commit to go visit other schools? If he wants to play college football he needs to go a a mid tier school. SMU wasn’t a bad choice with June Jones because Jones doesn’t throw vertically either.