UCLA Prospects at The Opening

A look at some of UCLA's targets expected in Beaverton this week for The Opening...

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OL Christian Morris - Memphis (Tenn.) East
Morris will be making his decision the week after The Opening, and all indications are that he will be picking UCLA.  The Bruins are in his final two with Nebraska.  If UCLA truly is the leader, he may do some recruiting while in Beaverton.

OG John Lopez - Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Few players in the region have gone to more NFTC's than Lopez, who's been going since he was a freshman, and he's another solid tackle/guard prospect from the Southland.

OG Scott Quessenberry - Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon
Had a good day at the Oregon NFTC and is the top lineman in San Diego in the 2013 class.  Follows teammate Erik Magnuson to The Opening, who made it last year.

OT Nico Falah - Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
The top offensive line prospect in the West in the 2013 class, Falah can play tackle or slide down to guard in college.  He will be making his college decision the week after The Opening.

DE Carl Lawson - Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton
The Auburn commit still may take an official visit to UCLA this fall, and the Bruin staff isn't giving up on him.  He may be a guy that Hollins and Morris are working on.

DE Joe Mathis - Upland (Calif.)
The top defensive end prospect in the West in this class, Mathis was the DL MVP of the SoCal NFTC and has also played a lot of linebacker this spring on the 7on7 circuit.

DT Eddie Vanderdoes - Placer (Calif.)
Was the most dominant player we saw out West at a NFTC this spring.  Won the DL MVP honors at the Oregon NFTC, and is the premier defensive lineman in the region, a top ten player nationally and a five-star defensive tackle.

MLB Isaac Savaiinaea - Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou -Undecided
Rated as the No. 1 MLB in the West, he's the top prospect from Hawaii and the top player to come from the Islands since Manti Te'o.  Savaiinaea told Scout last week that he has opened his recruitment after being committed to Stanford.

OLB Deon Hollins - Missouri City (Texas) Marshall - (Committed to UCLA)
The lone prospect in The Opening who's currently committed to UCLA, Hollins said this week that he's solid to the Bruins and that he won't change and that he's planning to do some recruiting for the Bruins this week.

OLB Kevin Palma - Tulare (Calif.) Mission Oak
After Vanderdoes, had the best single day performance we saw on the NFTC circuit this spring, winning the LB MVP honors at the Oakland NFTC after just missing the award at the SoCal NFTC.  A speed rusher who can play linebacker and is also a very good tight end.

CB L.J. Moore - Fresno (Calif.) Central
Part of one of the premier secondary's in the country, Moore is another longer corner, who's one of the more fundamentally sound corners in the region.  A four-star prospect with offers from coast-to-coast, he's the second corner from Central to be invited in as many years after Tee Shepard a year ago.

CB Brendan Langley - Marrietta (Ga.) Kell
Langley visited UCLA unofficially last month and fell in love with it and has been saying he can certainly see himself there.  Another visit to the West Coast could also go a long way with him.

CB Priest Willis - Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza
May be the most intriguing defensive backs in the country, a five-star prospect at corner, who's an excellent lockdown corner, but has the size that could move him to safety in college.  The lone player from Arizona invited to The Opening.

S Hatari Byrd - Fresno (Calif.) Central
Teams with Moore to form one of the best corner-safety tandems in the region.  Byrd is built like a linebacker, but can cover like a corner, making him an ideal safety prospect.

S Tahaan Goodman - Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
Goodman teams with Hawkins to rival the Moore/Byrd safety-corner tandem, and few defensive players have looked as good as he has all spring.  A physical safety, who doesn't hesitate to lay out a receiver, even doing so in 7on7.

S Tyler Foreman - Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Had flown under-the-radar a bit until a very good performance at the SoCal NFTC and his recruitment blew up.  A four-star safety, Foreman, like Byrd, has the frame where he could grow into an outside linebacker, but he's a stellar cover guy in the secondary, with some of the best closing speed at the position.

Greg Biggins and Jake Worthen contributed to this preview

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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