The Opening Analysis: Offense
Scout.com's complete coverage of The Opening 2013 presented by NIKE Here's a quick analysis and the latest recruiting breakdown of the UCLA offensive prospects that participated in The Opening. Quarterbacks: Brad Kaaya, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade Skinny: Kaaya gave an early commitment to Miami and said at The Opening that he was 100% solid to the Canes, but did say that UCLA and USC are still showing interest in him. Kaaya had a good performance all week and was selected to The Elite 11 for 2013, after his performance at the Elite 11 Finals and the Nike 7on. Running Backs: Royce Freeman, Imperial (Calif.) Skinny: Freeman said his top three were Oregon, USC and UCLA, and by all accounts the Ducks are in the drivers seat. He's hoping to get up to UCLA for an unofficial visit in the coming weeks, as he hasn't visited just yet. With Freeman's running style, the 7on setting isn't the best to get a good gauge of him, but he was stellar at the NFTC on Monday. Even more impressive, he had some terrific numbers in the SPARQ testing, including a 4.57 40, a 4.07 shuttle and a 39-inch vertical after measuring in at 5-11.5, 227. Joe Mixon, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom Skinny: Mixon is close to narrowing down his list to a top 10, and UCLA is almost assured to make it, with the Bruins possibly his in-state leader. The five-star looked every bit the part during the event, drawing rave reviews from Scout's national analysts seeing him for the first time. Measuring 6-1, 209, Mixon clocked a 4.53 forty, a 4.16 shuttle and a vertical of 36. Wide Receivers: Michiah Quick, Fresno (Calif.) Central Skinny: Quick's named a top seven of Notre Dame, UCLA, Oklahoma, Oregon, USC, Washington and Cal, in no order, and said he's trying to get back down to UCLA before the end of summer. He was hobbled by a bad ankle before the event but still ran a 4.5 forty. In the NFTC he was excellent, showing his quickness and explosion, and got Iman Marshall a couple of times. He was also very good the first day of the Nike 7on, before the ankle injury took it's toll. Juju Smith, Long Beach Poly (Calif.) Skinny: Smith said the schools standing out to him included Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, USC, UCLA and Notre Dame but he didn't have any immediate plans to visit USC or UCLA officially. He plans to visit for games this fall. Smith worked at receiver on the week, and had a touchdown in the championship game. He was banged up for much of the weekend, but played in every game at full speed. We still think he's better suited as a safety in the long run, but could very much be a big-time receiver in college. Christian Kirk, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro (2015) Skinny: Kirk has offers from all over the country, but UCLA was the first school to offer him, and the Bruins are still very much on his list. There is, however, a lot of time before he'll make a decision. Kirk was terrific in the 7on. He's the ideal 7on7 receiver: he can catch everything, runs crisp routes and gets good separation. One of the few 2015 prospects there, Kirk more than held his own. Malachi Dupre, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian Skinny: Dupre is making a case to be the nation's top receiver in 2014, challenging Quick for that spot, and he was excellent all week. On Wednesday, he had a big 50+ yard catch and run that set up the winning touchdown in the 7on finals. Dupre is a big-bodied receiver with great body control, good speed (he ran a 4.58 40 and a 4.1 shuttle) and good hands. Josh Malone, Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp Skinny: A true competitor, this was the third West Coast camp in the past two weeks for Malone (after the UCLA Elite Camp and the B2G Elite Camp), and, if anything, he looked stronger by the third. He was natural and fluid, and he ran pristine routes. He showed very good hands and got off jams well. His release from the line of scrimmage was very good, and at times he waited a moment, then blew past the cornerback at the line of scrimmage. UCLA remains in the hunt for him. Malone clocked a 4.49 40, a 4.01 shuttle and jumped 39 inches. Corey Holmes, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas Skinny: Holmes was banged up during the event, and tried to make the most of the experience, despite not being 100%. This week, Holmes will be visiting UCLA for an unofficial visit (he arrives on Tuesday). A good visit to Westwood could get him to return for an official visit and delay his decision, so UCLA will be trying to make an impression. Offensive Linemen: Kammy Delp, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch Skinny: Delp is hoping for an offer from one of the local schools, UCLA or USC, and also has a ton of Pac-12 offers. Delp was solid all week, having some good moments, but also having some moments he would have liked to have had back. One of the more gregarious guys in the class, Delp certainly showed he belonged and now he'll wait and see if an offer comes from one of the Los Angeles schools. Damien Mama, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco Skinny: Mama continues to maintain Alabama, UCLA and USC as the three consistent programs involved, but also said Cal, Washington, Notre Dame and Ole Miss are talking to him. Mama will likely end up as a five-star in the next rankings and could potentially be ranked as the top guard prospect in the country, after an excellent showing at The Opening. In fact, lead offensive line coach LeCharles Bentley said that Mama was one of two lineman he was confident would be NFL linemen down the line. While he clocked a 5.9 in the forty after measuring 6-4, 370, he also had a 4.84 shuttle. Viane Talamaivao, Corona (Calif.) Centennial Skinny: Talamaivao is a commit to Alabama, but UCLA is picking up its interest in him. The Bruins are still a factor and could get a visit from him. A top ten guard nationally, Talamaivao drew praise from the coaches, who called him the most technically sound lineman in the event. Demetrius Knox, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Skinny: Knox still has UCLA on his short list and they could be considered the favorite, among a top five that includes Ohio State, Miami, Florida State and TCU. He had an up and down week, at times looking dominant in drills, at other times looking just ok. He was impressive in the drills, but could add some strength.