Bruin Elite Camp Evaluations

Florida athletes Ray Ray McCloud and T.J. Simmons were the two prospects we were most eager to see, and neither disappointed...

-- T.J. Simmons, 2015 three-star Lakeland (Fla.) running back

Simmons completely looks the part, at 6'0, 205 pounds and well-built. He ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, which was even more impressive because it was also against the wind. During drills, he showed good agility and quickness to go along with his size and clear high-level speed. He stopped working out after about an hour, but it seems apparent from the little work he did that he's a potential steal at running back. He told us after the camp that he's likely going to commit sometime in the next week and a half, with it potentially happening as early as tomorrow, depending on when he can talk it over with his family.

-- Ray McCloud, 2015 four-star Tampa (Fla.) Sickles running back

McCloud, like Simmons, didn't work out long, but he, too, showed why UCLA covets him in his limited time on the field. Working primarily as a slot receiver, he showed great quickness, good hands, and the athleticism to make difficult grabs. At one point, he made a one-handed catch and then leapt over the 3 and a half foot fence surrounding the field. He also did some work as a defensive back, but he said that wasn't something he'd seriously consider doing in college. He told us that he'll visit USC tomorrow, and unlike Simmons, doesn't appear close to making a decision in the next few days. He did say, though, that he'd love to make his decision before his season.

-- Lavan Alston, 2015 four-star Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure wide receiver

Alston did not have a good camp, looking like he was pressing quite a bit. He dropped at least eight or nine passes during individual drills and one-on-ones, though he wasn't helped by some generally shoddy quarterback play. What was strange is that he also didn't look quite as explosive as he usually does. It seems highly unlikely that the staff would offer him after the performance.

-- Bolu Olorunfunmi, 2015 three-star Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North running back

Olorunfunmi did not actually do much camp work, opting instead to spend most of his time recruiting. He seemed to be working Simmons hard, and Simmons said afterward that Bolu has been very friendly. Olorunfunmi looks about the same physically as he did last week, which is to say bigger and stronger than he looked earlier in the spring.

-- Josh Woods, 2015 three-star Upland (Calif.) linebacker

Woods impressed us last week at the B2G Camp, for both his athleticism and his last name. At the UCLA camp, he flashed all of that and more yet again. He ran a 4.58 40 on his second attempt, and measured in at 6'3, 210. UCLA still wants to see some film on him this fall before offering, but we could definitely see an offer happening at some point.

-- William Lockett, 2015 three-star Manvel (Tex.) cornerback/safety

Lockett ran in the 4.6 range in the 40, and didn't get measured, but looked about 5'11 or so. He's well built physically, and showed good physicality in drills. As we reported, there's a very good chance that he commits to UCLA before leaving for home on Friday.

-- Caleb Kelly, 2016 five-star Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West linebacker

Kelly received plenty of instruction from Jeff Ulbrich during the camp, and he looks good physically, measuring in at 6'2, 208 with a frame to grow quite a bit. He moved well during drills, showing off good athleticism and looking like his billing as one of the top prospects in the West. He wore a UCLA arm sleeve all day. We'll have an interview coming with him tomorrow.

-- K.J. Costello, 2016 four-star Santa Margarita (Calif.) quarterback

Costello was just about the only legitimate quarterback prospect at the event, and it showed with some of the throws from the other guys. He flashed good arm strength, but looked a touch off. He has very good size, looking to be about 6'5.

-- Christian Rector, 2015 three-star Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola

Rector showed some promise, looking light on his feet and with a good frame. He is still very raw, though, and would likely need some time working on both his technique and on his physique.

-- Rick Wade, 2015 three-star Santa Margarita (Calif.) defensive end

Wade was the top defensive end at the event, and looked good. He measured in at 6'5.5 and just 231 pounds, giving him a frame to add a considerable amount of weight. He could project at several positions along the defensive line. It wouldn't be a shock if UCLA were to offer him soon.

-- Russell Ude, 2015 three-star Atlanta (Ga.) Westminster defensive end

Ude was not particularly impressive during the camp. While he has good size, at 6'3.5 and 267 pounds, he looks a little stiff and doesn't show great explosion off the ball. He doesn't have great moves, looking stymied when he couldn't get by on a bull rush. We've also heard that his UCLA offer isn't necessarily a legitimate one.

-- Jay Jay Wilson, 2015 three-star Valencia (Calif.) receiver

After starring at the UCLA camp yesterday, Wilson showed up again for the Elite Camp but did not participate. From what we've heard, though, he could be close to earning an offer as a tight end/H-back.

-- Quenton Meeks, 2015 three-star San Diego (Calif.) Del Norte cornerback

Meeks worked at both defensive back and wide receiver, and looked pretty good at both, showing smooth athleticism and good technique on the defensive side. He's working on his press coverage, and told me after the camp that it's an area of focus for him. It still sounds like a firm Stanford vs. UCLA battle for the DB.

-- Jaylinn Hawkins, four-star Buena Park (Calif.) wide receiver

Hawkins looked his usual self, running crisp routes and showing good quickness in and out of his breaks. His lack of elite speed and explosion is likely what's keeping him from a UCLA offer right now. Still, he's a guy that UCLA will definitely monitor and possibly offer down the road.


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