There were many UCLA prospects at the Elite Camp on Friday, mainly at the skill positions.
Jordan Lasley, 6-1, 180, Gardena (Calif.) Serra, was impressive enough to garner a scholarship offer from UCLA by the end of the day. Lasley ran a 4.44 40, which to our knowledge was the fastest of the camp. He then showed very good explosion and quickness off the line in the drills and in the one-one-ones. He didn't get too many good balls thrown his way, but the ones that were catchable he made good plays on them, and he consistently showed too much quickness off the line for defenders to stay with him. He talks a great deal of trash, which can be pretty annoying, but he does actually back it up. We've heard that when the UCLA coaches offered him he came close to crying. He didn't verbally commit, but it's well-accepted that UCLA is his favorite, he came to the camp to get an offer, and we heard that he very well might have committed had his parents been with him today. So, there's a good chance a commitment from Lasley could happen soon.
Josh Malone, 6-2, 190, Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp, was equally as good as Lasley. He probably wasn't quite as fast or quick, but still impressive in his get-off, and then strong in his route and pass-catching. Among the receivers, these two were clearly the best.
Alize Jones, 6-4, 220, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. The 2015 recruit was easily the most talented tight end prospect, and perhaps one of the few best all-around prospects. He was a smooth, quick athlete, and not just for his size. He's the kind of athlete that you could see playing a number of positions and excelling. In fact, at one point, UCLA Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone and linebacker coach Jeff Ulbrich were vocally fighting over what side of the ball Jones should play on in the future. He will undoubtedly be considered one of the best tight ends in the nation for 2015, but he could probably be considered one of the best linebackers, too.
Justin Holmes, 6-1, 190, Roseville (Calif.) Oakmont. Among receivers, Holmes was on the next tier. He has good size, but just not a lot of explosion. He ran a 4.82 40. In the one-on-ones, the DBs could stay with him fairly easily. He had good ball skills, and was strong in getting position to make the catch. But comparatively to Lasley and Malone, Holmes didn't have the explosiveness.
Wyatt Demps, 6-4, 185, Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove. Demps was big and long, and looked like he'd be a Y in UCLA's offense. He ran a 4.73, which isn't fast, but also isn't slow for a prospect his size. He was fairly fluid and had good pass-catching ability.
Some of the other receivers who caught our attention were Buena Park (Calif.) 2015 athlete Jaylinn Hawkins, Torrance (Calif.) West receiver Craig Knauss and Huntington Beach (Calif.) 2015 receiver Nolan Thompson. Hawkins worked with the DBs to start out then switched to receivers for the 7on7, and had his way with the defensive backs. Thompson is about 6-3, 195, and ran well and caught the ball well.
Kammy Delp, OG, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch, 2014. Delp was one of the more highly rated offensive linemen at the camp, but didn't have a particularly good showing. He didn't move his feet well during one-on-ones, frequently getting beaten inside by quicker players. He's clearly very strong, and in the Battle of the Bruins (the free-for-all linemen competition), he displayed some impressive strength, knocking pass rushers off their feet pretty frequently. We're hearing that UCLA is waiting and seeing with Delp.
Clayton Johnston, OT, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, 2015. Johnston is a good-looking prospect, at an easy 6'4 or 6'5, with a good build that can carry more weight. He's still pretty slim, listed at 248 pounds, but he plays with good strength. He had a few nice reps against Rasheem Green. During the Battle of the Bruins, he showed some good explosion as a pass rusher on a couple of reps. After the camp, he said that he ran about a 4.9 40, which is pretty good for a young offensive tackle.
Austin Maihen, OT, Rancho Santa Margarita, 2015. Maihen is a big kid already, heading into his junior year, and has uncommon strength for his age. He's 6'4, but sturdy, looking like he's a good 280 pounds. He was consistently one of the more dominant linemen in the Battle of the Bruins period.
Quinn Bailey, OT, Gilbert (Ariz.) Higley, 2014. Bailey drew some vocal praise from Adrian Klemm during one-on-one's, and got some pretty significant personal tutelage from Klemm. He's a well-built tackle at 6'4, 275 with good strength, and he handled Rasheem Green, probably one of the strongest defensive ends in the camp, pretty well.
Also in attendance but not participating were Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao, who is committed to Alabama. It's pretty significant that both attended. Mama looked awfully chummy with Adrian Klemm, after just spending a day on campus a few days ago on an unofficial visit. His parents were with him also. And we could see that Talamaivao also had some decent conversations with Klemm. We believe there's a possibility Talamaivao could opt not to go across the country to Alabama for his college ball.
Rasheem Green, DE, Gardena Serra, 2015. Green is a physical freak for his age, at least 6'3 or 6'4 with very long arms, and an already well-built physique. On pure strength alone, he's able to do so much, and frequently looked impossible to handle for many of the offensive linemen in the camp. He's obviously still learning the game, frequently spinning when there's no need, and getting by on strength alone pretty often. Considering his physical attributes, and how far he has to go in terms of technique, it's obvious that there's significant upside to him.
Kennedy Emesibe, DE, Oak Hills, 2014. Emesibe arrived halfway through the camp, just in time for the Battle of the Bruins. During that period, Emesibe may have been one of the best linemen on the field. As a defender, where the job is to get to a ball carrier by breaking through two blockers, he frequently just looked quicker and stronger than the blockers, and showed a good ability to get low and use leverage to move bigger players. He's about 6'3, and is pretty built physically at about 250 pounds. He told us after the camp that he had a nice conversation with Angus McClure and is hoping that an offer could be coming later this week.
Keisean Lucier-South, OLB/DE, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran, 2015, 6'4, 200. Lucier-South is just an impressive physical specimen, looking almost Anthony Barr-like with a long slim build that masks some explosive athleticism. He ran with the linebackers during the camp, but clearly is a bit out of his element in the open field at this stage. We didn't get to see him as a pass rusher, unfortunately, with the linebackers matched up against running backs in the one-on-one period. With his strength and athleticism, though, it's a good bet that he could be a very nice option for UCLA as an outside linebacker in 2015 though.
Tyler Cook, LB, Vista Murrietta, 2014, 6'2, 205. Cook has filled out a bit from last year, when he ran about a 4.5 40 during the camp, which drew wows from the coaching staff. He's much stronger, but he looks like he's lost some of the quickness and speed that he had a year ago.
Joel Dublanko, LB, Aberdeen, 2016. Dublanko might have been one of the most intriguing prospects at the camp, given his youth. Already 6'2 and 215 pounds, he ran a 4.69 40, making him one of the faster linebacker prospects at the camp. He's already getting attention from many schools, and has earned offers from Mississippi State, Akron, and Montana. He looked good during coverage drills, and showed off nice athleticism during individual drills. As he gets bigger, it'll be interesting to see how much of his athleticism he can retain, but right now, he's a very good prospect.
Whether he was working at corner in 7on7 or at receiver in the 1on1s, Stanley Norman, the 2015 athlete from Culver City (Calif.) was easily one of the top performers. The first half of the camp he was working at receiver, and had some spririted reps against Denzel Fisher, then he switched to corner for the 7on7s, and had a pick in his first rep.
Norman is one of UCLA's top targets in the 2015 class, getting an early offer, and was getting a lot of attention from Demetrice Martin.
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive back Jaleel Wadood was one of the standouts a year ago at the UCLA Elite Camp and he had another solid showing, working almost exclusively at corner. While Wadood doesn't have a UCLA offer yet, he said that he talked with Martin after the camp and will be in contact with him this weekend. Wadood, of course, is a commit to Arizona State, but it was somewhat significant that he still camped at UCLA.
One of the better DBs we saw on the day was West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade safety Jojo McIntosh, who had two picks in the 1on1s and almost had a third. He has good closing speed and excellent ball skills and he measured at 6-0, 182.
Compton (Calif.) Centennial cornerback Denzel Fisher checked in at 6-2, 170, but still looks like he can add 25-30 pounds. Fisher started slowly in the 1on1s, losing a couple of reps to Norman, but really came on in 7on7 play, intercepting two passes, including an athletic adjustment to the ball on a fade. Fisher said after he didn't get an offer, but talked with Martin and said they'll talk soon.
Corona (Calif.) Santiago safety Ron Robinson measured at 6-1.5, 198, and he took had a good day in the 1on1s, picking off two passes and dropping two more. Robinson was physical at the line of scrimmage, not letting his receiver get out of the jam, and showed good coverage skills.
Anaheim (Calif.) Magnolia safety Jamal Scott is an intriguing player, running a 4.64 forty, and measuring at 6-2, 202. Scott worked with the DBs in the 1on1s, then switched over to linebacker for the 7on7 portion, and looked pretty good and decently fluid in coverage. He was getting a lot of attention from Jeff Ulbrich during the 7on7.
|Josh Rosen with Jim Mora.|
Other DBs who looked good included Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) 2015 safety Kameron Powell, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) cornerback Artuz Manning, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade athlete Donovan Lee (who worked at corner) and Concord (Calif.) De La Salle cornerback Kevin Griffin.
Of course, one of the most significant developments of the day was Adoree Jackson hanging out the entire camp. While he didn't participate it was a good sign he was on campus for the entire event. There were quite a few of his teammates participating, but he looks very familiar with the UCLA coaches at this point.
His teammate, safety Glen Ihenacho, also watched but didn't participate. The buzz is that Ihenancho is UCLA's to lose at this point, which helps with Jackson.
Elite 2015 defensive back Iman Marshall from Long Beach Poly, spent most of the day watching, but then, in his street clothes, took some reps at wide receiver.
There weren't many standouts among the running backs, but one that caught the eye was Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett running back C.J. Leggett, who claims a UCLA offer. Leggett looked good during pass drills against the linebackers, and is well-built, at about 5'9 and 200 pounds. He didn't run the 40 due to a hamstring issue coming into the camp, but he has plans to officially visit UCLA in the fall. We'll have an interview with him shortly.
There wasn't much in the way of quarterbacks and Josh Rosen, the 2015 quarterback prospect from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, was easily the best quarterback at the camp. He didn't get many reps, actually, which was a bit strange. You'd think the UCLA coaches would want to see him throw and work with him as much as possible. Rosen throws a consistently good ball, but about every third ball is one that you marvel at how pretty it is -- and accurate. He was about 6-3, and 200 pounds. We have an interview coming up.
Chase Forrest, the 2014 QB from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, looked the same as he has in previous events this spring -- solid but not spectacular. He's about 6-1 and a bit slight in the frame, and throws a consistently nice ball.
Some UCLA 2013 signees were in attendance, having arrived for summer school, including quarterback Asiantii Woulard, Myles Jack, and Thomas Duarte. Jack and his mother came up to linebacker coach Jeff Ulbrich while he was working the camp and Jack and Ulbrich had a massive bear hug. Duarte was wearing a "Bleed Blue and Gold" t-shirt.