UCLA Skills Camp Review

There were a lot of bodies and not a great deal of players, but there were a few players -- mostly underclasmen -- who stood out and clearly had UCLA paying attention to them...

UCLA changed its format and approach to this camp this year, and it made it particularly difficult to evaluate prospects. Usually the camp takes an entire day, from 9 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon, giving you plenty of time to evaluate 300+ campers. But the camp ran from 10-1:30, and was spread out over three different fields, and much of the action was conducted pretty far away from where the media gets access. So, in no way is this a comprehensive report on the camp.

There wasn't too much talent from the 2013 class, but a decent amount of underclassmen.

From what we're hearing, the Elite Camp June 22nd should be loaded with talent, not only younger but from 2013.


Kevin Palma, LB, 602, 240, Tulare (Calif.) Mission Oak. Palma had been stellar at other camps this spring, but he struggled some at the UCLA camp, particularly in coverage. He attributed it to being sore from playing in a 7-on-7 the day before. Based on his performance at UCLA Sunday, you could see UCLA taking more of a wait-and-see with him, unless he comes out to the UCLA Elite Camp next week and rips it up.

Johnny Stanton, QB/ATH, 6-2, 210, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita. Stanton looks like a linebacker physically, and he probably is better suited to play linebacker or safety in college. He, though, has his heart set on getting a shot at being a college quarterback, and you have to respect him for it. At the UCLA camp he worked out with the quarterbacks, and did fairly well, throwing a good ball and showing good mobility. It's pretty well known that UCLA likes Stanton, not only because of his potential as a LB/S, but because of his character and leadership qualities. He has offers from Cal, Washington and others, but as an athlete and not a quarterback. If he does get an offer as a quarterback from a major program he could snatch it up. UCLA could very well tell him that he's going to get a chance at QB and give him that chance because it's all upside: Either he actually does defy expectation and become a Pac-12 quarterback or he ends up as a contributor at some other position. Stanton will return to UCLA for the Elite Camp.

Terin Solomon, S, 6-2, 190, Murrieta (Calif.) Murrieta Valley. There was some confusion on whether Solomon had a UCLA offer, and whether he actually committed after the camp on Sunday. It was a miscommunication and we know that Solomon doesn't have a UCLA offer at this point. Solomon looked athletic at the camp, but more like a straight-ahead athlete, struggling to change direction and move in coverage. In fact, since he's such a big hitter in actual games, he looked more like he'd project to being an outside linebacker than a safety on the next level, and we wouldn't be surprised if UCLA continues to recruit him at that position.

Justin Strong, S, 5-11, 185, Fontana (Calif.) Summit. If there was a DB at the camp that really improved his stock it was Strong. He looked quick and agile, and solid in coverage. He's told us he got good feedback from the UCLA coaching staff and intends to return for the Elite Camp to try to earn a scholarship offer.

David Price, S, 6-1, 200, Long Beach Poly. Price doesn't have a UCLA offer, and he did okay at the camp, but probably not enough to earn one.


Tyler Cook, LB/S, 6-2, 195, Vista (Calif.) Murrieta. Cook probably improved his stock the most among 2014 prospects, first running a 4.5 in the 40 and then looking quick and effective in coverage in the drills. He plays defensive end on his team, and he said the UCLA camp was the first time he worked out at linebacker, but the move was seamless. He has a good frame, so you could easily see him putting on 20-30 pounds, even by the time he graduates from high school. He's definitely one to watch, and we could see him becoming a UCLA target down the line.

Dwight Williams, LB, 6-0, 195, Gardena (Calif.) Serra. He earned a scholarship at UCLA's camp Sunday, looking very quick to the ball and aggressive. In this post-UCLA-camp interview he says UCLA and USC are his early leaders.

Jaleel Wadood, WR, 5-10, 185, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. He was probably the best wide receiver at the camp. Despite being a bit undersized, he was very effective, beating his defender and catching everything near him. We'll have an interview with Wadood coming.

Eban Jackson II, QB, 6-3, 165, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. A promising young quarterback who has a good-looking throwing motion and good feet. Physically he has a long ways to go, being pretty thin, and there's a question of whether his frame would be too narrow to put on enough muscle and bulk.

Danny Hong, QB, 6-3, 200, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake. Hong transferred to Westlake from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman and he has a chance to be a player. He throws a good ball, with some snap and accuracy. His body is a little suspect, though, being a bit thick in his lower body. But his ability to spin it makes him someone to watch.

Devon Palomino, QB, 6-3, Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle. Another young QB to watch, Palomino ran well in the 40, and then showed a nice, sharp throwing motion and some power in his arm.

Jalen Greene, QB, 6-2, 175, Gardena (Calif.) Serra. Definitely another QB prospect to watch, the lefty Greene looked athletic and, once he got it going after an inconsistent start, threw the ball accurately.

Erik Brown, 6-0, 170, WR, Fontana (Calif.) Summit. Brown had his moments, showing good size and good hands.


Brady White, QB, 6-0, 175, Newhall (Calif.) Hart. He's pretty slight for a quarterback, but you have to take into consideration he'll have three more years of high school to develop physically. If he does, and gets bigger and stronger, White has a chance, with a very nice throwing motion and technique.

Trent Irwin, WR, 6-1, 185, Newhall (Calif.) Hart. It's clear that Irwin and White are going to be a well-known combination for the next three years of high school. Irwin was perhaps the most impressive among the 2015 prospects at the camp, with good size and a very good catching ability. We could see UCLA offering Irwin after that performance.

Darick Holmes, WR/CB, 5-9, 175, Pasadena Muir. He already has a UCLA offer and his performance at the camp completely supported that. He worked as a receiver and was very quick, ran good routes and made all of his defenders struggle to stay with him.

Zach Ochun, OL, 6-2, 285, Newbury Park (Calif.). He didn't participate in the skills camp but the lineman camp on Saturday. Ochun really stood out among the young OLs, mostly because he was bigger and looked older than all of them. Then, in the drills, he used that maturity to dominate the other prospects his age. As we've reported, Ochun received a scholarship offer as a result of his camp performance. It will be interesting, though, to see if Ochun continues to get bigger, or if other OLs his age mature and match his size and strength.

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