Dec. 23, 2011
Head football coach Jim Mora has announced the signing of Russian offensive lineman Alexandru Ceachir, a junior college lineman from Santa Monica CC. This is the first signee of the Mora era.
The 6-5/300 lb. lineman hails from Moldova, a country located between Romania and the Ukraine. He graduated from high school in the Spring of 2009 and then headed to Santa Monica CC in 2010. While at SMCC in 2011, he played tackle and earned first-team American Pacific Conference honors. Ceachir also helped lead SMCC to their first conference championship in 20 years.
Ceachir is a highly touted recruit that had offers from many schools including several in the Pac-12 and SEC.