UCLA Recruiting Updates from 7-on-7

We came away with a few UCLA-related recruiting updates from the Passing Down Best of the West Championship on Sunday...

Although many feel the battle for Granite Bay (Calif.) linebacker Cameron Smith will come down to the two L.A schools, the athlete said two other schools are recruiting him the hardest.

"Wisconsin and Alabama are recruiting me harder than anyone," Smith said. "Wisconsin has already offered and Alabama is pretty close. I talked with Bama last week and they all but offered but said I just need to talk to Coach Saban first to make it official.

"Wisconsin and Bama are two of the only schools along with USC actually telling me my weight is good and I don't need to drop a bunch of pounds. USC and UCLA are still recruiting me hard but not as hard as the other two schools and I'm going to try and visit both this summer."

It's always hard to believe Upland (Calif.) 2017 athlete Nathan Tilford is just a freshman. At 6-2, 205 pounds, he's already physically developed and has looked good this spring playing safety, running back and receiver. The athlete attended spring games at USC and UCLA the last two weeks and compared each school.

"I had a great time at both," Tilford said. "USC had great energy and really got after it in the pre-game. I was watching the running backs and linebackers and I was impressed with the talent and the coaching staff. I felt very comfortable there and it was a great time.

"UCLA was similar, great energy and the players really getting after it. I didn't get to talk to the coaches at either school, I was just there to watch the game and I enjoyed it. I think both schools have a lot of of talent and I'm looking forward to watching them in the pads this season, both should have a great season."

Many prospects attended both UCLA's and USC's Spring Games in the last couple of weeks, including Rialto (Calif.) Carter 2016 linebacker Lokeni Toailoa. The rising junior has a chance to be one of the nation's top inside backers in two years.

"The USC game was high intensity, the players and coaches were really in to it," Toailoa said. "The players did the gauntlet, a hitting drill before the game and that got everyone hyped. That was my first time meeting Coach Sark and he's a great guy. It was a great environment and I had a great time.

"UCLA was awesome too. Coach Ulbrich was so hyped up, he actually chest bumped me and almost knocked the wind out of me. The coaches were treating it like a real game and the team is very talented and looked great. I can't say one was bettere than the other, both looked good and should have big seasons."

Toailoa said Texas and Texas A&M should be by to see him this week and Auburn is showing new interest as well.

A NorCal quarteback in the class of 2016 who has impressed at multiple events this spring is Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Kevin Davidson. The big 6-4 signal caller has taken visits already to California, USC and UCLA and will be an active camper this summer.

"Cal was great, I sat down with Coach Franklin, the OC and learned a lot about the offense," Davidson said. "They told me they were taking things slow and haven't offered a 2016 QB yet. They want to see how guys develop but plan on coming out to see me throw in the spring.

"On Saturday, I visited USC and UCLA. I was at USC in the morning and met Coach Helton. He took me around the campus and I was blown away by the facilities. Everything was state of the art and brand new. They plan on coming out to see me throw as well.

"I went to UCLA to see the campus first, sat in some meetings, met some of the players and then headed over to Home Depot Center to watch the Spring Game. It was a great environment and close to a packed house so that made it fun. I was impressed with the team and really enjoyed both trips to Los Angeles."

Davidson said he'll camp with Cal, Stanford, Colorado, USC and UCLA and is going to try and make it out to Georgia as well.

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