UCLA Prospects at Battle at the Beach

Huntington Beach Edison's Battle at the Beach was loaded with UCLA prospects, including Josh Rosen, Malik Henry, K.J. Costello, Dominic Davis, Trevon Sidney and Rick Wade...

Huntington Beach Edison's Battle at the Beach is annually one of the best 7-on-7 events of the summer, and it didn't disappoint Sunday.

UCLA-committed quarterback Josh Rosen from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, fresh off the Elite 11 and the Opening, was fantastic. He made some spectacular throws, with great touch and accuracy, but also consistently made the basic throws when they were needed. St. John Bosco lost to Hart in the final, but mostly because Rosen didn't have the go-to, pass-catching talent that Hart has.

Josh Rosen
Among the two elite 2016 quarterbacks, you'd have to say that K.J. Costello from Santa Margarita (Calif.) had the edge over Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake's Malik Henry. Henry struggled some, and Costello was more consistent. Judging as prospects and not on one performance, Costello looks like he's continued to improve in the last few months, with his throwing motion improving and looking more fluid. Henry looked about the same as he has, perhaps less consistent. Both Henry and Costello were missing their best receivers (Westlake's Theo Howard and Santa Margarita's Kyle Sweet), but Costello was better able to adapt and comfortably move his offense down the field by being more accurate. He made a couple of great adjustments when he had to check down to a secondary receiver, and showed some nice touch. Costello, with his clear improvement, is narrowing the gap between him and Henry.

The 2015 running back/slot receiver/cornerback Dominic Davis from Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany was impressive, playing on both sides of the ball. On offense, Alemany used his speed and elusiveness effectively by having him catch the ball underneath with some space to create and get upfield. At cornerback he made some nice plays on the ball, using that speed to close quickly. He looked to be about 5-9 to 5-10 but not thin, probably about 185. Projecting, he looked like he could end up at any of the three positions in college.

Josh Woods, the 2015 Upland linebacker, was very good, again. He has a great linebacker prospect body, at about 6-2 and 215, and he moves particularly well. What really makes him stand out and make plays are his instincts, being able to anticipate where the ball's going, and he was very effective in baiting quarterbacks into throwing into coverage. Even though no programs have seen him play in pads since he had to sit out his junior season, we are starting to believe UCLA should offer Woods before his senior year -- that he's that good and they'll look like geniuses when he blows up this fall.

Jay Jay Wilson
Dechaun Holiday, the athlete from Mission Hills, had another disappointing showing. He played receiver exclusively, and didn't have a big impact, looking passive going after the ball, against defenders at least a few inches shorter than he is.

Valencia 2015 athlete Jay-Jay Wilson got hurt pretty early and sat out most of the day. He's a big boy, at probably 6-2 to 6-3 and 225 and easily projects as a linebacker or an H-Back/Fullback.

Bishop Amat 2016 receiver/defensive back Trevon Sidney showed again the quickness and cutting ability at receiver, and looked very comfortable as a cornerback. He's a big-time prospect for the 2016 class.

The 2015 prospect from Santa Margarita, Rick Wade, whom UCLA offered as a defensive end at its camp, didn't do much in the 7-on-7. He took a number of snaps at tight end and showed that he can really run for a guy 6-6 and 225 pounds, but also showed he didn't have very good hands.

St. John Bosco 2016 safety D.J. Morgan has a great body for a young safety, and had some good moments Sunday, moving fluidly in coverage and getting his hand in on some break-ups and collecting a couple of picks.

A great-looking 2016 prospect is Tyler Vaughns, the DB/WR from La Puente Bishop Amat. He's about 6-2 with some great length and some coonsiderable speed. He only had a couple of balls thrown his way when we were watching, but looked very natural in his pass-catching ability. On defense, he looked very natural, and that length and speed give him a real advantage.

Interviews with many of the participants are on the way...

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