UCLA Prospects at The Opening

We take a final look at how UCLA's prospects and commits did at The Opening...

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OL Christian Morris - Memphis (Tenn.) East
Morris continues to recover from a minor knee injury, but showed no real signs of being slowed down by it at The Opening.  He did a good job in the 1on1s, especially against quicker defensive ends, and showed pretty good flexibility, and more importantly, some nasty and fire. He got into a couple of scraps after frustrating defensive ends.

OG John Lopez - Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Lopes was at times, good, and at other times, not as good, but was overall solid.  He did struggle against quicker and stronger defensive tackles, but looked surprisingly agile in the linemen drills.

OG Scott Quessenberry - Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon
Quessenberry had a rough first day of 1on1s then had a 180-degree turn on the final day, being one of the top five offensive linemen selected for the lineman challenge.  Quessenberry worked primarily as a center over the weekend, a new position to him, but one in which he projects to in college.

DE Joe Mathis - Upland (Calif.)
Mathis needs to figure out what position he wants to play in college, and let his body adjust accordingly- but that position needs to be on the defensive line.  While he's more of an end than a tackle, he wants to play linebacker, and has lost nearly 25 pounds in the offseason, which hurt him at The Opening, losing plenty of 1on1s because he just lacked the strength.  He didn't want to end up a defensive tackle, so he's lost almost too much weight to be effective even as a defensive end.  He also wasn't taking too kindly to losing 1on1s, and he needs to, essentially, chill out a bit.

MLB Isaac Savaiinaea - Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou -Undecided
Being a true run-stuffing middle linebacker, Savaiinaea isn't going to look all that remarkable in a 7on7 setting, and frankly, didn't.  Physically, though, he looks pretty good, and in the NFTC portion of The Opening, looked pretty good.  He's got good instincts and makes good decisions, but just looked a little out of sorts in the pass coverage setting.

OLB Deon Hollins - Missouri City (Texas) Marshall - (Committed to UCLA)
Much like Savaiinaea, Hollins isn't a guy that's going to shine in this setting, largely because he's more an edge-rushing outside linebacker, an ideal fit in the 3-4, but a guy who's more valuable rushing the passer, than dropping into coverage.  It didn't help that his team was stacked at linebacker, with more natural pass-cover backers on his squad.  Still, like Savaiinaea, he showed well in the NFTC portion of the camp.

OLB Kevin Palma - Tulare (Calif.) Mission Oak
Palma played primarily inside for his team, and played it very well.  Because he's a good athlete, he made the adjustment to pass coverage pretty well.  While he's like Hollins, more of a pass-rushing backer, he looked good in coverage, and almost by necessity, had to play nearly every snap.  He has very good hands, and pretty good ball skills, knocking a way number of passes, and just missing a couple of interceptions.  He played a big role on Sunday, though, when his team won the 7ON.

CB L.J. Moore - Fresno (Calif.) Central
Moore was his team's third corner and didn't get as many snaps as them, but he was rarely tested during the tournament and looked fine during the NFTC on Friday.

CB Priest Willis - Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza
Willis was still dealing with a lingering lower back injury, and was also playing somewhat out of position, playing linebacker, and doing more coverage in the slot.  He did, though, battle through the injury and played well on Sunday, including a big interception in the finals.  Physically, he's one of the most impressive defensive backs in the country.

S Hatari Byrd - Fresno (Calif.) Central
Byrd started slow on Saturday in the 7ON, before stepping it up on Sunday, and anchoring his squad's secondary en route to the tournament title.  More impressive for Byrd was his finish of 13th out of 150 guys in the SPARQ rating, the highest rated prospect from the West

S Tahaan Goodman - Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
Goodman may be the best pure safety in the West in this class, and he was solid all weekend for his team, coming up with a number of big plays, and showing the closing speed that makes him one of the better safeties nationally.

S Tyler Foreman - Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Foreman quietly put together a strong weekend, and may have been the second best safety from the region, after Goodman, in Beaverton.  He's not a loud guy like other players at the position, so at times you wouldn't notice him until he made an interception or a big breakup.  He just keeps his mouth shut and makes plays, which he did a lot over the weekend.

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