UCLA Prospects at Oregon NFTC

A look at some of the UCLA targets that were at the Oregon Nike Camp, including a top offensive and defensive line target...

Several UCLA prospects were on hand at the Oregon NFTC this past weekend, in both the 2013 and 2014 classes.

The headliner was defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes, who was the MVP of the DL and frankly, the top prospect and performer there.

The five-star defensive tackle from Placer (Calif.), put on an absolute show.

How good was he? Three different prospects, all with BCS offers, lost their only 1on1s against Vanderdoes. In fact, he went 9-0 on the day in the 1on1s. In fact, the only place where Vanderdoes struggled? Losing a 1on1 in the tug-of-war.

But as a defensive lineman, there was a significant gap between he and everyone else. Vanderdoes is incredibly quick off the ball, his first step is the quickest we've seen from a West Coast defensive lineman in a couple of years, and he's got a powerful body that he can just blow offensive lineman off the ball, which he did. He uses his hands better than any defensive lineman that we've seen in this class, so couple that with his quickness and strength, and there is very little debate of why he's a top 10 player nationally.

The top California offensive lineman there was Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon's Scott Quessenberry, who after Voeller, probably looked the best technique wise in the positional drills and most athletic in the SPARQ workout. Quessenberry can definitely serve to add more weight to his frame- he looks thinner than his former LCC teammate Erik Magnuson, but with a similar frame, and he'll move from tackle to the inside in college. He did well his first couple of 1on1s before losing to Vanderdoes, which was no shame, since every offensive lineman did. After the event, Quessenberry said he felt he was doing great until the Vanderdoes battle, but readily admitted that he struggled against him. Still, those 1on1s aside, Quessenberry showed well.

San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep wide out Kenneth Olugbode is still waiting for his first offer but showed well on Sunday. Olugbode, who will camp at UCLA this month, also plays linebacker and was one of the most physically developed wide receivers in Eugene.

San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep 2014 prospect K.J. Carta-Samuels name should ring a bell for recruiting fans. His older brother quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels signed with Wyoming before ending up at Vanderbilt. Carta-Samuels might have had the strongest arm in the group and can put real zip on the ball. He is extremely mechnically sound and doesn't waste any motion.

Two other signal callers from the state of California stood out. Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame 2015 quarterback Tyler Hilinski and La Verne (Calif.) Damien 2014 quarterback Gage Pucci both wowed scouts. Hilisnki doesn't have the height his brother does, but still has plenty of size to play the position. Pucci continued what has been a very positive spring with a good outing, flashing great accuracy and footwork.

Pleasanton (Calif.) linebacker Griffith Gates moved really well for his size and is a big time competitor. He will camp at UCLA later this month too.

The most heavily recruited player in at linebacker was Spokane (Wash.) Mead athlete Danny Mattingly. The 6'5" 225lbs prospect spent some time running through drills at tight end in addition to linebacker. Mattingly has great speed for his size and looks very comfortable in coverage. If there is a flaw in his game it may be the speed with which he changes direction.

A day after recording the top SPARQ score in Beaverton, Wilsonville (Ore.) athlete Johnny Ragin grabbed MVP honors for the linebacker position. Ragin landed his first offer Friday from Portland State and BYU on Wednesday and he too will camp at UCLA.

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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