UCLA's One-Day Camp

Over 300 high school players attend UCLA's one-day camp, including standouts like Lorenzo Booker, Winston Justice, Marcedes Lewis, Whitney Lewis, and Kevin Harbour...

Over 300 high school players attended the one-day camp, which is a great turnout.

There weren't any really big surprises. There weren't any prospects who performed so far beyond expectation that they garnered an immediate offer from UCLA, and no sleepers that really came out of nowhere to be considered among the elite at their position.

There were many prospects who did improve their stock and some who confirmed theirs, along with a couple of potential sleepers.

The prospects who did prove they were elite also made the UCLA coaches look like geniuses in their scouting and evaluation talents. The truly standout performers at the camp were prospects who have either verbally committed to UCLA or are very high priorities on UCLA's recruiting list.

The elite prospects, among the seniors-to-be, were Lorenzo Booker, RB, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure; Winston Justice, OL, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly; Marcedes Lewis, TE, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly; Kevin Harbour, DL, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola, and C.J. Niusulu, DL, Barstow (Calif.) High.

The underclassmen that showed some elite talent were juniors-to-be Whitney Young, WR, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure and Chris Barrett, TE/DE, Tustin (Calif.) High, and sophomore-to-be Rocky Hinds, QB, Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard's.

Jim Kanuch, a highly-sought DB prospect from Johnstown (Penn.) Westmont Hilltop, was in town and stopped by for an unofficial visit. He didn't participate in the camp, but looked very excited while taking a tour of the campus. Reports are that Kanuch and his family were very impressed.

Current UCLA players were out in force, including Rod Leisle, Kenyon Coleman, Paul Mociler, Shane Lehmann, John Ream, Eyoseff Efseaff, Kevin Brant, and Blane Kezirian,

Among the defensive back prospects, there weren't really any that stood out as elite - but there were a good crop of guys to keep an eye on over their seniors years. Michael Rubie, 5-10, 175, Cerritos (Calif.) High, looked good - quick and explosive -- while also running well in the 40. Randy Bundy, 5-9, 150, Reseda (Calif.) Cleveland, is another who looked good, especially in the one-on-one drills. Reggie Grigsby, 5-11, 180, Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino, has a good body and good skills. He probably needs to show a little more speed to play corner, but is a guy to watch. Dashon Goldson, 6-1, 175, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne, was very quick for his size, showing nice feet and explosion. Travis Johnson, 6-0, 180, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne, passes the eye test and showed good feet and quickness. Jason Martin, 5-9, 167, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir, worked out with both the wide receivers and the defensive backs and had some swagger to him. Keenan Shaw, 5-9, 150, Calsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon, stood out a bit in the testing and drills.

There was some talent among the wide receivers, and the most notable is junior-to-be Whitney Lewis, 6-1, 185, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure. He's got it all - he's big, fast, has great hands and likes UCLA. Antwuan Smith, 5-11, 175, Clovis (Calif.) Buchanon, might not have looked as fast as expected but had great quickness and burst and good hands. If there was a discovery of the camp, it was probably Malcolm Thompson, 6-0, 180, Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan. Thompson, almost completely unknown, was one of the fastest at the camp and caught the ball well. Keith Howell, 6-0, 175, Newhall (Calif.) Hart, had a good all-around camp working with the receivers, but might be better suited for defensive back. Paul Williams, 6-2, 175, Avenal (Calif.) High, is a raw and gangly athlete. He's looks a bit awkward, like he's still growing into his body, but tested well.

Really the only junior quarterback of note was Matt Moore, 6-4, 185, Newhall (Calif.) Hart. Moore is a nice, raw talent, with a very strong arm, a good body that could put on quite a bit of weight, and good athleticism. He is still learning the position and its fundamentals, while also shifting between his baseball (he's a very good baseball player) throwing motion and football motion. While looking inconsistent for most of the day, he then looked particularly good when leading his team in the seven-on-seven drill down the field for a series. He not only threw pinpoint spirals, but showed nice touch.

A real name to watch for the next three years: Freshman (sophomore-to-be) quarterback Rocky Hinds, 6-3, 205, Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard. Hines would be a stud if he were a senior-to-be, with a great, built body. He is still raw, of course, but had a very nice throwing motion and good strength.

Lorenzo Booker, 5-11, 180, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure was obviously the elite talent of the camp [we'll have a recruiting update on him soon]. Among the other running backs, Curtis Brown, 6-0, 190, Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete, looked like a solid prospect. It'd be interesting to see him as a safety. Aaron Singh, 5-10, 190, Carlsbad (Calif.) High, had one of the best verticals, a good body, and good quickness; he probably just needs to move to the other side of the ball also. Tim Gregory, 5-9, 175, Newhall (Calif.) Hart, despite a brace on his knee, looked pretty fast and quick - possibly someone to watch as a potential DB himself. A nice discovery was fullback Chad Henley, 6-2, 220, Encino (Calif.) Crespi. A big, bulky kid who ran well for his size, he also had nice intensity.

The linebackers had a few standouts among them. Ricky Miller, 6-3, 225, Tustin (Calif.) High, must have gotten the hint from somewhere and dropped his desire to be a running back, working out with the linebackers at the one-day camp. That is, until he twisted his ankle, which made him sit for the entire afternoon session. He's big and has a good body that could get even bigger. Chad Slapnicka, 6-2, 225, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola, definitely plays hard, has his motor running, and his very heady. He needs to improve his quickness. Ross Wolter, 6-3, 220, Elsinore (Calif.) High, is someone to watch from the camp, with good athleticism, but also needing to improve his quickness and flexibility. An underclassmen to watch is junior-to-be Fred McNeill Jr., 6-1, 200, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola, the son of former UCLA player Fred McNeill.

On the defensive line, UCLA's two commits were cleary the best of the bunch.Kevin Harbour, 6-3, 250, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola, still needs to learn the position, but he has some of the best natural talent and quickness for the defensive line of anyone on the west coast. C.J. Niusulu, 6-2, 280, Barstow (Calif.) High, has everything you'd want in a defensive tackle - he's strong, quick, shifty, never gives up and has a mean streak. Jesse Taylor, 6-3, 235, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, did time at both tight end and defensive end, and looked very smooth and coordinated at both. Thomas Patton, 6-3, 245, Oakland (Calif.) Tech, has some potential, showing good quickness and explosion off the ball, but is still learning the position. Chris Frome, 6-5, 225, Newhall (Calif.) Hart, is long, lanky and aggressive. It will be interesting to see if he can put on more weight while getting more explosive. Will Peddie, 6-5, 230, La Jolla (Calif.) High, looked solid, with a pretty good burst off the line and a good body.

Winston Justice, 6-6, 280, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, was clearly the best OL in the group, and probably the best lineman overall. He's so good now, while still pretty raw and having so much that he can develop physically, it's really mind-blowing how good he could become. Justice almost effortlessly dominated all comers in the one-on-one drills, with his quickness and strength. It was truly a Clash of the Titans when he went up against Harbour or Niusulu. UCLA's offensive linemen, Lehmann, Ream and Efseaff, were recruiting Justice hard.

John Parada, 6-7, 320, Alta Loma, looked better in the drills than he did in the testing. Robin Kezirian 6-4, 280, Fresno (Calif.) Central, looks like a player and looks good on film, but had a bit of a rough time in the one-on-ones against Harbour and Niusulu.

Among the tight ends, Marcedes Lewis, 6-7, 230, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, again showed what a great athletic talent he is. He's a cross somewhere between a wide receiver and tight end. As he learns more how to play tight end, it's exciting to think how good he could be. J.J. Hair, 6-6, 230, Mission Viejo (Calif.) Capistrano Valley, looked solid, showing good fundamentals and hands. One of the best players at the camp was junior-to-be TE Chris Barrett, 6-5, 225, Tustin (Calif.) High. As he did at the Stanford Nike Camp, he looked great here, with size, quickness and talent.

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