UCLA Lineman Camp Recap

A couple of Scout 300 prospects shined at UCLA's Lineman Camp in Isaac Seumalo and Jeremy Castro and another riser gets offered...

UCLA had a solid collection of talent on hand on Saturday at their Lineman Camp, with a number of offerees and targets participating.

There was also a host of UCLA offer guys who didn't work out, but came to watch and take unofficial visits, such as Mission Viejo (Calif.) offensive tackle Colby Cyburt, Laveen (Ariz.) Fairfax defensive end Dwight Melvin, Euless (Texas) Trinity offensive guard Hiva Lutui and Fresno (Calif.) Bullard tight end Ian Taubler.

For those who did participate, there was a clear-cut top performer in the form of Corvallis (Ore.) two-way lineman Isaac Seumalo.

Seumalo, a four-star offensive guard, has been dominant on the camp circuit the past two years, earning MVP honors at four different Nike Football Training Camps, for both sides of the ball. Just this year, he was the Stanford NFTC OL MVP and then a couple weeks later earned Oregon NFTC DL MVP honors.

At UCLA, the UnderArmour All-American worked on the defensive line and showed why some schools like him there.

His first step is as quick as any defensive tackle in the West, and his strength and low level makes him nearly impossible to block. Each of the top offensive lineman there had a chance to block him, but he didn't lose a 1-on-1 all day. He was getting a lot of attention from defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield, a former Oregon State defensive lineman, coaching up the son of a the current Oregon State defensive line coach.

Seumalo didn't do any work with the offensive line, but in the footwork drills, you could see the footwork that shows why he's a Scout 300 prospect on the offensive line.

Had he not tweaked his leg, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta defensive end Jeremy Castro, another Scout 300 prospect, might have given Seumalo a run for top performers. In the agility drills, Castro showed great agility, speed and quickness. He's done a number of camps this spring at linebacker, showing he can play in space, but he's at his best with his hand down, getting after the quarterback.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive end Kache Palacio measure about 6-1, 218, and will likely be an outside linebacker in college, but he showed off his quickness and first move to consistently win in the 1-on-1s. He doesn't have any offers yet, but like Castro, Palacio has done a number of camps working at linebacker to show his versatility.

Another versatile two-way guy from Serra is Royce Dodd. He played tight end the last two days at the BMOC 7on7 and on Saturday, worked as a defensive end. He's quick and long, and while he could add some more weight, plays real low and fires off the line of scrimmage.

Speaking of playing real low, Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge's Kyle Kelley got as low in his stance as anyone we saw. It reminded us of current Michigan defensive end Craig Roh, who never seemed to be more than a foot or two off the ground when lined up as an end. Kelley is still on the slight side, especially for the defensive end spot, but has the quickness and technique to play the position well.

Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill defensive end Roosevelt Pearson showed good quickness and moves in the one-on-one's but he too could use some more weight.

Canada native Eli Ankou had a slow start, but by the end of the day, he was performing admirably in the 1-on-1s.

Coppell (Texas) 2014 end Solomon Thomas and Mt. Carmel defensive lineman Jalen Smith also had good days.

On the offensive line, the top performer was Elk Grove (Calif.) tackle Steven Moore, who would on the way home from the camp, earn an offer from the Bruins.

The 6-6, 265-pound Moore has flown under the radar, not going to many camps until two weeks ago, and overshadowed in his hometown by Arik Armstead, the nation's top tackle.

Well now Elk Grove has a pair of stellar lineman. Moore is in the Jake Long mold as a tackle, athletic and looking like a tight end, and has extremely good footwork, good knee bend, good punch and hand placement. He won the majority of his one-on-one's.

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite offensive guard Travis Averill had a good day for the most part. He struggled in one-on-one's with Seumalo, but mostly everyone did. But in the positional drills, you saw really good athleticism, footwork and hand work and he was getting a lot of attention from the coaches.

Santa Monica (Calif.) offensive tackle Chad Wheeler spent much of the day working with the offensive line before doing a couple drills with the defensive line. A more natural defensive end, Wheeler, who's about 6-6, 245, says his future is at offensive tackle, and while he's a little raw, he's got the athleticism to play the position.

Corona (Wash.) Santiago offensive tackle Isaiah Folasa had an excellent day.  Folasa, who's about 6-3, 325, and is the cousin of Lutui, is very agile for his size, and plays real low.  He gets good bend for his size and does a great job with his hand placement.  In the footwork drills and other drills, Folasa moved really well.  It wouldn't be a surprise if an offer came his way soon.  Guard looks like his more natural position in college.

Tacoma (Wash.) Baptist tackle Walker Williams had some good moments but didn't do as many of the 1-on-1's as we would have liked to see. He's noticeably trimmer from when we saw him last summer and much more light on his feet.

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure tackle David Barajas was a guy we liked a lot, with real good punch and drive-blocking. He's got good quick feet, but technically could use some work. Ditto for Spring Valley (Calif.) Steele Canyon guard Mario Yakoo.

Oceanside (Calif.) tackle Eduardo Middleton had a very good morning session, particularly in the 1-on-1's, but lost some steam towards the end of the day. It was vice-versa for Mission Viejo (Calif.) lineman Doug Hanson, who started slowly but really kicked it up a notch in the afternoon.

Kevin Shelton from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde looks similar to a former Mustang legend Tyron Smith physically, tall but lean, and he had some real bright spots. We also liked Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos lineman Dylan La Frenz, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) tackle Andrew Lewis and Long Beach (Calif.) Poly's Thomas Rivera. A 2013 prospect to watch is Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham's Terrence Knighten.


Bruin Report Online Top Stories