UCLA Prospect Recap -- AA Games

A look at the UCLA prospects in the Army Bowl and UnderArmour Game...

Several of UCLA's top commits and recruits played in the All-American Games over the last week.

Here is a quick look at how the Bruins' targets in the UnderArmour All-America Game and U.S. Army All-American Bowl looked in the practices and game we saw.

UnderArmour All-America Game

Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza cornerback Priest Willis, the five-star prospect who's favoring Arizona State, LSU, Nebraska and UCLA, had a pretty good week in practice.  Willis showed his versatility during the week, some plays he would line up against the slot receiver then drop to free safety the next. He had a couple of nice picks in practice and a near pick six on Day One.

Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon center Scott Quessenberry started at center for Team White in Orlando.  He's noticeably bigger than when we saw him during the summer at The Opening, and looks more filled out.  He can play any of the offensive line position, which he did in high school, but he'll play center in college.  He's very good at the point of attack, can move and was pretty flawless in the shotgun snaps.

Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea, was one of the better performers at linebacker among all the backers, looking great in pass drops and also doing a good job stopping the run in live drills.  The four-star is the top middle backer in the West, and UCLA continues to do well with him.  We saw him at The Opening in the summer, and while the 7on7 circuit isn't the best gauge for a backer like him, he shined with the pads on.

Santa Monica (Calif.) two-way prospect Sebastian LaRue, started the week strong, hit a bump, then closed better.  Whether it was playing in the slot, and working the safeties and linebackers, or moving outside and dusting corners, LaRue showed good concentration and hands, something he struggled with at times this season.  He says he still has some interest in UCLA, but it doesn't appear as if UCLA is spending much time recruiting him.

St. Petersburg (Fla.) punter Sean Covington looked great all week in practice, consistently booming his punts.  In the game, he had a pretty bad shank, but for the week, it was the exception, more than the rule.  He also had a couple of field goals during the actual game, showing that if needed when he gets to UCLA, he can do the job there as a back up.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Bellevue (Wash.) linebacker Myles Jack was solid during the practices then had a team-high five tackles during the game.  He's the top defensive player in the Pacific Northwest, but it was good to see him on a national scale, against elite prospects from all over, because he definitely belonged.  He could still add some weight to his frame and be a pretty tough block off the edge.

Auburn (Calif.) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes was outstanding all week, and on Thursday, was easily the star of the practice.  His quickness off the ball, how low he plays, and his strength made him a nightmare to block for the interior linemen.  He was active and aggressive the entire game and showed he's one of the premier prospects in the country, regardless of position.

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) safety Tahaan Goodman looked terrific during practice, showing great coverage ability and good closing speed.  During the game, he had some big hits, but didn't spend a lot of time trying to wrap up, always going for the big hit.  During the practices, he did a better job of wrapping up.  He's got the ability to play either safety spot, though he's probably best suited as a strong.

Memphis (Tenn.) East tackle Christian Morris had a good week in practice according to the observers who covered the East during the week, and was fine when in the game.

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