Evals of UCLA Prospects at Army Bowl -- Day 1

Dec. 30 -- A look at how UCLA's commits and recruits did on the first day in San Antonio...

Joseph Wicker - DT - Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Wicker showed his senior season was no fluke, and was excellent throughout the day. He played inside and outside and was at his best when rushing the passer as an end. He won four straight one-on-one's pretty emphatically, twice with his quickness off the line blowing past the tackles, and twice, chucking his blocker.

Osa Masina - LB - Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton
The linebackers as a group, were very good, and Masina was probably in the top two on the day with Notre Dame commit Josh Barajas. Masina is so fluid and agile and moves really well in space, excels in coverage while also being good inside the box and stopping the run. He looks thicker than when we saw him at The Opening, but his agility didn't suffer at all.

Dechaun Holiday - DB - San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills
Holiday played a little of both receiver and corner on the first day and looked more natural and comfortable playing in the secondary. He actually ran some nice routes and showed some separation, but wasn't consistent enough in catching the ball. Defensively, he played mostly corner and looked good doing it, though he still looks like he'll grow in to a safety.

Keisean Lucier-South - OLB - Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Lucier-South had an up-and-down first practice, working almost exclusively as a defensive end. In the linemen one-on-one's, he struggled getting off his blocks and once a tackle got their hands on him, he didn't have an easy time disengaging from his blocker. On the other hand, a couple of reps, he was so quick off the ball that he blew by the taller tacklers who couldn't get down low enough to block him. He started out slow, but definitely progressed as the day went on.

Alize Jones - TE - Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Jones was a matchup problem all day, whether it was a linebacker trying to cover him or a smaller defensive back charged to do so. He's smooth in his routes, does a great job of getting open and separating from the defender as well as showing the body control that makes him so coveted. Jones did have three drops, two that were pretty bad, especially one where he threw a nice double move on his Gorman teammate Nicco Fertitta and got a good five yards behind him but inexplicably dropped it. Still, he had far more good moments on the day.


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