I have an interview with Novato (Calif.) San Marin QB Manny Wilkins coming, but he mentioned he is hearing from the Pac-12 (outside of Stanford) and that he's definitely talking with UCLA. Manny didn't have as good of a day as expected, but I know the Elite 11 staff is high on him and know what he's capable of. (Trent Dilfer on Manny, Yogi Roth on Manny).
Coppell (Tex.) defensive end Solomon Thomas was on fire yesterday. Won defensive line MVP award, and honestly could not believe how much (good) weight he has put on since he camped at UCLA last summer. I'm about to put some OL-DL highlights up, so you'll get a chance to see for yourselves, but it really surprised me. I know Erin spoke with him afterwards and will have more on his recruitment.
We spent some time talking with Lewisville (Tex.) Hebron 2015 OL Zach Rogers, who holds an offer from UCLA. He recently took a trip out to campus as their family was visiting some friends who live in the area, and they were blown away by the attentiveness of the staff, especially Klemm, and really enjoyed meeting so many coaches. They also felt that the campus was absolutely beautiful and really enjoyed their visit. He currently holds offers from UCLA, Texas, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Baylor, and Oklahoma, so I think this visit was huge because it put UCLA on the board in a more tangible sense.
MVPs are selected based solely on camp performance and have nothing to with recruiting potential.
QB David Cornwell, Norman (Okla.) North ***UCLA Recruit***
A big, strong arm from Oklahoma, who was challenged in the one-on-one, because all of the defensive backs were so special. He found a way to make some great completions and can get the ball down the field in a hurry.
RB Mardre London, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Traveling all the way from the state of Florida, St. Thomas Aquinas High's London was named the MVP for the running back position. And was more than deserving, as he was solid for most of the day.
WR Malachi Dupre, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis ***UCLA Recruit***
The big receiver from New Orleans makes it three-for-three on out of state MVPs. He took on all of the best defensive backs and came out shining. He had some epic battles with Tony Brown and gave more than he got. Dupre will visit UCLA with teammates soon.
OL Jacob Bragg, Nacogdoches (Texas)
Bragg came in to the camp with no offers, much like last year's MVP Brad North. He held his own in one-on-ones, dominating defensive linemen, who have nice lists. Powerful and short steps help him stave off the rush.
DL Solomon Thomas, Coppell (Texas) ***UCLA Recruit***
Right off the bat it looked like he was one of the more dominating players there and he threw the power ball an impressive 42 feet. He exceled in all of the drills and when asking OL combatants they all mentioned him as the best.
LB Matthew Adams, Fort Bend (Texas) Hightower
It's a tough task to take on running backs in a one-on-one situation, but Adams was up to the task. He understood his assignment coverages in the drills and working with the coaches and that is what gave him the edge,
DB Tony Brown, Beaumont (Texas) Ozen
It started with an impressive sub-4.4 40-yard dash and went from there. The football and track star started to tighten up prior to the one-on-ones, but that did not slow his competitive fire. He jumped out to take on the best of the best at receiver.
VIDEO - Elite 11 Recap
Scout.com recaps some of the top performances from the Dallas Elite 11 stop, featuring UCLA prospects David Cornwell and Forest Sawyer...
-by Scout.com Apr 7, 2013