Scout Out West: UCLA Recruits

With football season in full swing, we've seen nearly 30 games this fall, and the past few weeks, we've seen some of UCLA's targets in both the Pacific Northwest and in Los Angeles. Here's a scouting report on some of those prospects, including elite 2012 lineman Joshua Garnett and 2012 receiver Derrick Woods, who both have UCLA verbal offers...

Scout Out West Report: Pacific Northwest
Danny Shelton – defensive tackle – auburn (wa) - 2011
Scout's Take: Shelton and his Auburn teammates bounced back from a two-game losing streak, and Shelton was front-and-center at the reason for the bounceback.  The four-star prospect was a menace all evening, getting into the backfield consistently and even when drawing a double-team, getting a good push. His backside pursuit is some of the best we've seen from a tackle his side.  When drawing the attention of the Kentlake offensive line, it freed up the tackle and end next to him to get into the backfield.  Shelton also played offensive line, but didn't have much of an impact in this one.  Defensively, though, he shined.

Recruiting: Top five of Washington, Oregon, California, USC and UCLA, with Washington the leader
Joshua Garnett – Offensive Line – Puyallup (Wa) - 2012
Scout's Take: Of the nearly 30 games I've been to this year, I've yet to see an offensive lineman who looks as college ready, polished and skilled as Garnett.  He's a player we've known a lot about the past few years, and we've seen him on the camp circuit and in film, but you really appreciate watching him in person.  He's got the best drive-blocking skills from any lineman I've seen this season, his footwork is spot on, and he's as technical and fundamentally sound as you'll find in a tackle.  He's about 6-5, 280, and athletic has heck, and he could play any of the offensive line spots in college.  I think he ends up as a left tackle or even at left guard in college, and I think he's one of the few linemen in the West who can not only play as a true freshman, but be an impact guy.  And what's scary about Garnett is that he's still got another year left of high school.

Recruiting: Offers from Washington, Stanford, Oregon, UCLA and interest from several other programs.
Greg Townsend– defensive End – Beverly Hills (Ca) - 2011
Scout's Take: Townsend was bouncing back from a jaw injury that kept him out of the previous two games, and you could tell was playing a bit tentative at first.  When Beverly Hills got down big, though, Townsend really started to assert himself defensively.  He was instrumental in their second half rally, though it ultimately came up short.  He had a fumble recovery and forced the Inglewood quarterback on a hurry, into an interception.  He was easily the most physically impressive player, but whether it was the injury, or the scheme, he wasn't as effective as we expected him to be.

Recruiting: USC and Washington lead while TCU is in the top three.  Oregon, UCLA and Miami are also being mentioned.
Derrick Woods – Receiver - Inglewood (Ca) - 2012
Scout's Take: Woods is already one of the most coveted receivers in the 2012 class and it's easy to see why.  He's an electric player, with excellent hands, catching the ball well and away from his body, while using his speed and vision to get up the field.  His best play of the night came on a punt return that he took 76-yards to the house, following his blocks early, then blowing by Beverly Hills' coverage.  The second half, Inglewood went conservative and didn't throw his way much, but the first half, he was a key ingredient in their passing game.

Recruiting: Verbal offers from UCLA, Washington, Arizona State and Idaho
Patrick Onwuasor – defensive back - inglewood (ca) - 2011
Scout's Take: Onwuasor is a player we've seen a lot of during the spring, mostly at receiver, and while we thought he was just ok as a receiver, we really liked him during this game as a defensive back.  And that was before he finished the night with three interceptions.  He looks more comfortable and fluid playing in the secondary and doesn't mind hitting, despite not being filled out just yet.  He's probably about 175 pounds and could get up to about 200-205 by college, where we think he'd be a very strong defensive back, primarily as a safety.

Recruiting: Offer from several schools, including Nebraska, Washington and Arizona State and high interest coming from USC and UCLA
Jaswha James - outside linebacker - Inglewood (CA) - 2011
Scout's Take: James is a player who's really jumped onto the scene in the past few weeks. He plays defensive end for the Sentinels but likely projects to an outside linebacker/hybrid pass-rusher in college. James has good agility and quickness off the ball and is a tremendous pass-rusher, which is what he did exclusively against Beverly Hills when we saw him last weekend. We didn't get a chance to really see him drop into coverage, he was used to get after the quarterback, which he did well. In a game that featured Greg Townsend, it was James who performed the best at defensive end. However, his size will probably put him at an outside linebacker spot in college.

Recruiting: Interest from several schools.
Kyle Evans - Athlete - Inglewood (CA) - 2011
Scout's Take: The younger brother of UCLA receiver Shaquille Evans, Kyle Evans played mostly running back and a little defensive back in this game.  He scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground, but we think cornerback is his best position.  He doesn't have eye-popping speed, but he does have good instincts.  When we've seen him in the past, we've felt corner was his best position for college.

Recruiting: Offer from New Mexico.
 
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