Notes and Evals from UCLA 7-on-7

UCLA's 7-on-7 Tournament on Tuesday featured several under-the-radar prospects on the field and a few important unofficial visitors off of it...

-- UCLA's one offer of the day went out to 2016 Long Beach Poly wide receiver/defensive back Jack Jones. Jones looked explosive in the early going, catching a couple of touchdown passes in front of several of the coaches. He's thin and 5'9 or 5'10, but looks like he's still growing. UCLA offered him as a receiver, with Kennedy Polamalu, Noel Mazzone, Eric Yarber, and Jim Mora all loving him up at various points. We'll have an interview coming with him later about the offer, which is his first.

-- USC commit Taeon Mason was in attendance, and played for a while, but then succumbed to back spasms. He told us afterward that UCLA is still recruiting him, as are a few other schools, and he's completely open to taking visits and going through the process. He said, actually, that the USC coaches haven't really indicated to him one way or another whether they're OK with him still taking visits and such. He was planning on coming to the Elite Camp tomorrow, but the back spasms will likely keep him from participating, He may still show up, though.

-- Valencia safety/receiver Jay Jay Wilson was one of the major standouts from the camp, and from what we've heard, could be an option for UCLA. He's an intriguing prospect, at about 6'3, 225 pounds with good speed and athleticism. We heard a few comparisons today between him and guys like Nate Iese and Thomas Duarte, and UCLA could be interested in him as a fullback/H-back type. He told us afterward that he was interested in playing defense in college, and that UCLA would be a big offer for him. At his size, he'd probably be a linebacker if he stuck to defense, but he really shined on the offensive side of the ball. His team actually won the whole tournament.

-- Mykel Jones, the 2016 four-star receiver from Louisiana, was out at the camp again, getting attention from several coaches, including Coach Eric Yarber. We've actually heard that, despite being from Louisiana, Jones is completely open to coming West for school, to the point where it could easily become a USC vs. UCLA battle for the receiver. His father is originally from Los Angeles, graduating from Cal State San Bernardino, and Jones himself has a reputation as a worldly kid, rather than some of the wide-eyed types who sometimes come out of the South. He was on his way to visit USC today after the camp, but he may be back later in the week.

-- Ray McCloud, the 2015 slot receiver/running back from Florida, arrived on campus early in the afternoon. He looks better than expected physically, at 5'10+ and decently thick through the shoulders. We'll obviously have a full evaluation tomorrow when he competes in the Elite Camp, but he passed the eye test for a slot receiver.

-- William Lockett, the 2015 three-star corner from Texas that UCLA recently offered, was on campus as well. He's seemingly very high on UCLA, and there's a chance that he could actually commit on the visit if everything goes very well. More than likely, though, he'll wait until August to make his decision after he's taken unofficial visits to his local schools as well. He said UCLA was a favorite of his growing up, though, and he too was getting a great deal of attention from coaches, including Demetrice Martin and Jim Mora.

-- Theo Howard, the 2016 three-star receiver from Westlake High, was also on campus, but not working out. UCLA is monitoring him, and he could be a guy they offer at some point down the road. He spent the entire day on campus, and talked with Angus McClure and Eric Yarber.

-- Philip Afia, the 2015 three-star DB from Ayala, participated in the event, and certainly looked the part. He probably made the best individual play of the 7-on-7, snaring an interception off what was actually a pretty well thrown fade in the corner of the end zone. He has long arms and a good body with a frame to add more strength. We could see him as another option for UCLA if it ends up having to pivot to another prospect.

-- Iman Marshall, the 2015 five-star cornerback, was probably the best player at the event, and looked good at both corner and safety. He spent a good 20 minutes after his team was eliminated talking to Jim Mora with his dad. He told us he'll likely be back for tomorrow's Elite Camp, but will not be participating.

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