The 4-Day Camp Begins

UCLA's 4-day camp started on Saturday. Between then and Tuesday, there will be more talent coming in. Here's a look at some of the players who participated over the weekend, including North Carolina running back George Bell...

The first two days of UCLA's 4-day camp saw 200-250 kids going through drills at UCLA Saturday and Sunday. It was a little disappointing from a weather aspect, with it actually raining Saturday on the campers.

You had to wonder what the impression was on George Bell, the 5-11, 220-pound running back from Fayetteville (North Carolina) Jack Britt, even though he might have been comfortable in the weather.

Bell looks physically developed, with a rocked-out body on a 5-11 frame. He had good agility, but it was impossible to discern his speed since he didn't run a 40. Bell attended the camp just on Saturday and sat some of the day. Coming off a knee injury from last season, we had heard that he didn't want to risk further injury. It would have been nice to see what Bell could do if he was giving 100%, but it's pretty clear he wasn't. From the flashes he showed, and his body, he is clearly a top running back prospect.

On Sunday, UCLA committed defensive back Daniel Drayton, 5-9, 185, Hacienda Heights (Calif.) Los Altos, made an appearance. Drayton didn't participate but watched, observing both the defensive back drills and the running back drills, while talking with Head Coach Karl Dorrell and assistant Eric Bieniemy. When we spoke to Drayton briefly, he said he's recruiting teammate, defensive end standout Brigham Harwell, every day.

Phillip Rauscher, the 6-3, 225-pound defensive end who graduated from Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon, also watched the proceedings. On Sunday he was moving into the dorms since Rauscher will be walking on next season as a DE and longsnapper..

After Bell, who looked to be the clear standout prospect at the camp for Saturday and Sunday, a couple of quarterbacks had moments. Brian Hildebrand, 6-1, 185, Corona (Calif.) High, impressed with his strong arm and mechanics. Quarterback coach Steve Axman called out Hildebrand in the drills a few times to demonstrate proper footwork. Chad Prest, 6-4, 200, Palm Desert (Calif.) High, also threw the ball well and looked to have good feet in the drills. According to sources close to Hildebrand, UCLA would be his first choice if the Bruins offered him. He and Prest could possibly be candidates to come to UCLA if the Bruins were to take two quarterbacks. Among the offensive linemen, Eric Rouser, 6-7, 260, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure, had probably the best day on Sunday. He's very big and could put on quite a bit more weight, and he handled his opponents in the one-on-ones well. Brian Abraham, 6-5, 250, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Cucamonga, is a good-looking prospect who looks more like a tight end than an offensive lineman. As does John Gibson, 6-4, 240, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's. Both had moments on Sunday.

On the defensive line, on Saturday, Clarence Tuioti-Mariner, 6-1, 280, Corona (Calif.) High, had a good day. He partiicpated with the OLs also and was tough to stop on either side of the ball. Philip Edwards, DE, 6-5, 245, Cypress (Calif.) High, definitely passes the eyeball test and has good feet, but is still very raw in his line skills. One of the best was Kenneth Lombard, 5-11, 250, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, the younger brother of former UCLA walk-on defensive lineman Kory Lombard. Kenny doesn't probably have the size to play at UCLA's level, but he had the quickness and smarts where he burned some of the more well-known OL prospects he faced in the one-on-ones. Perhaps he will follow in his brother's footsteps and walk on at UCLA.

A tight end prospect to monitor is Justin Walsh, 6-6, 235, Laguna Hills (Calif.) High. Walsh has very good size and a frame that could put on considerable weight. He moves very well for his height and had good hands in the drills.

Among the wide receivers, two looked like prospects to keep an eye on. Desmond Thomas, 6-0, 170, Vallejo (Calif.) High, made some plays in the seven-on-sevens. Michael DeVan, 6-2, 170, Lake Forest (Calif.) El Toro, definitely passes the eye-ball test, and for being so long, had good agility in the drills.

There were a few linebackers to note. Russell Allen, 6-3, 210, Vista (Calif.) High, might have been the best of the day. He has a good body, long and fairly lean at this point, but he could easily put on 20 more pounds. And he's quick and has good instincts. James Greer, 6-2, 225, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat, was also right there with Allen. Greer has started to fill out, but looks like he could put on more muscle and has very good quickness. It was uncertain if his more heralded linebacker teammate, Lamar Robinson, was in attendance. A very good junior-to-be to know about is Ryan Reynolds, 6-2, 200, from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman.

A defensive back who looked good was Byron Velega, 5-10, 175, Long Beach Poly. He ran well in the 40 and was a standout in the drills.

Also attending:

Darren Bragg, QB, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep (brother of Craig Bragg)
Nigel Ricks, RB, Glendale (Calif.) Cactus
Jamal Floyd, RB, Claremont (Calif.) High
Ryan Kelley, RB, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
D.J. Senter, RB, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Lyle Wise, FB, Claremont (Calif.) High
Chris Mark, TE, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Lance Bord De Leau, TE, Simi Valley (Calif.) Royal
Geoff Schwartz, OL, 6-6, 300, Pacific Palisades (Calif.) Palisades
Derek Hunter, OL, 6-3, 265, La Habra (Calif.) High
Chris Joseph, OL, 6-3, 260, Santa Ynez (Calif.) High
Mike Tepper OL/DL, 6-5, 285, Garden Grove (Calif.) Pacifica
Brian Ellege, LB, Newhall (Calif.) Hart
Patrick Cowan, QB, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Ryan Wendell, OL, Diamond Bar (Calif.) High
Andrew McIntyre, TE, La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis
Matt Rupp, DE, 6-1, 240, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita
Chris Meadows, 5-10, 175, Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo


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