AA Games: Evals and Recruiting News

Jan. 1 -- We evaluate how each UCLA prospect has done in the last couple of days at the practices of the three All-Americn games and drop some recruiting tidbits...

Under Armour All-American Game

Fred Ulu-Perry, OL, Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis.
Fred Ulu-Perry
The offensive lineman committed to UCLA continues to stand out. “The best offensive lineman I’ve seen on the black team.” “is a battler on the interior. He has great strength and fights every rep like it's his last.” He has been described as being one of the strongest linemen and has a high more, with good footwork. “He’s easily held his own against some of the best DTs in the country.”

Iman Marshall, DB, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Scout’s experts have said he could very well be the top defensive back in the UA Game. “Marshall is the real deal. “He battles on every rep and has consistently played at a high level. Going against the top receivers in the country, Marshall lost very few of his one-on-one reps. What goes overlooked with Biggie is his intelligence and instincts; he always seemed to be a step or two ahead of the quarterback and receiver. He is a true student of the game. Many kids are using the Under Armour All-America Game as a vacation and a way to unwind after the season, but Marshall is treating it as a business trip. It was tough to find a flaw in his game.” One coach compared him to Jabril Peppers and said he may be the best corner he has seen here in all his years.

Byron Cowart, DE, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood.
Cowart continues to be one of the few standouts at practice. In fact, Scout experts have said he’s probably the top over talent regardless of position. Cowart has been very disruptive and has played with passion. “He bull-rushed an offensive lineman and followed it up with a beautiful swim move on the next play.” “He heated up like a microwave and by the end of practice he was almost unblockable, beating offensive tackles with regularity.” He’s also very vocal on the field. Cowart could take an official visit to UCLA in January.

Roquan Smith, LB, Macon County (Ga.) Montezuma.
The Scout experts have said that Smith, at 6-1 and 210 pounds, looks undersized compared to the other big, developed linebackers in practice, but very athletic. He’s made a number of plays in coverage, and “looks like a natural cover outside linebacker. He could be a hyrbrid linebacker/safety.”

Maea Teuhema, OL, Keller (Tex.)
Wednesday Teuhema’s day was cut short due to a minor foot injury, but he still stood out for the Black team. “He’s known for his run blocking, but he’s proven he is a strong pass blocker at guard. He was the only interior lineman to slow down elite DL Darhon Payne on the day.” “He just ate Shy Tuttle for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maea may be a classic road grader, but he can pass block at a high clip as well. He truly is the best guard in the country.” “New day, same thing: Teuhema and Ulu-Perry look like best interior linemen for Black team.” Maea will probably visit UCLA officially in January despite being verbally committed to LSU.

Cordell Broadus, WR, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
UCLA hasn’t been too active in recruiting Broadus lately but he says he still wants to visit. He’s received good reviews in the UA practice. “Broadus has looked strong catching the ball. He’s been solid, looking strong getting in and out of his breaks.” “A very good day for the talented wide receiver in the rain. Broadus was snagging the well ball out of the air and he really gave the quarterbacks a big target to throw to. Got off the line well, his routes were solid, and he showcased his ability to catch the ball away from his body.”

Josh Wariboko, OL, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Casady
From Greg Powers, Scout Southwest Expert: “It’s been for him to come here for something like this because he just doesn’t compete against this level of talent in high school. It’s given him really his first taste in pads what college will be like to play against these types of guys. He started off slow but each day he’s gotten better, more comfortable and aggressive. He plays tackle for his high school, but he’s working at guard here, like he projects in college and that is good for him. He’s a road grater-type, and moving inside, with a guy on each side has helped him be better. From a size and frame standpoint he passes the looks test. He’ll probably need to change his body and perhaps need a redshirt year.”

Wariboko was supposed to announce during the game on Friday, but he has now put off the announcement. All sources were indicating he was clearly going to choose UCLA, so not announcing isn’t a good sign. A source said it was because the telecast didn’t have the space for the announcement but we’re skeptical. From some quick information we’ve gathered this morning, it sounds like Wariboko could be getting a late push from Oklahoma and perhaps seeing that UCLA looks pretty talented in its OL class for 2015.

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Sotonye Jamabo, RB, Plano (Tex.) West
From Greg Powers, Scout Southwest Expert: “He’s a freak. Comparisons have been getting thrown around, like to DeMarco Murray and other guys. What sticks out is that he’s 6-2-plus and over 200 pounds and his feet are amazing. He has uncanny agility for a guy his size, and he’s more effective at making you miss that pounding you. I don’t think, too, that will hurt him in college. In fact I think it will help him avoid the wear and tear. It’s strange, he just doesn’t move like a guy his size. I think, and most people here agree, he’s been the best running back prospect here. The thing is, too, he looks completely natural catching the ball and would probably be among the best receivers here, too.”

Jeff Holland, LB, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian
From Scout's Chad Simmons: "Holland is in that hybrid mold with length, athleticism, and the ability to play standing up or with his hand down. He really excels rushing the passer off the edge. He spent much of his high school career playing OLB as a blitzer. He has a great frame with length and he can still add good weight. Needs to improve his play in space and his strength at the point of attack."

Injured and Sitting Out:

Chris Clark, TE, Avon (Conn.) Old Farms

U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Keisean Lucier-South, LB/DE, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
The UCLA commit has had a very good last two days. After a relatively uneventful day during Monday's two practice sessions (morning and afternoon), the lanky, long-limbed Lucier-South bounced back Tuesday, showing his usual speed off the edge in pass-rushing situations during drills vs. O-linemen. He had a big impact during 11-on-11 scrimmaging, making one tackle for loss and combining for another. On Thursday, in live gteam drills, on the first play, KLS blew past Chidi Valentine-Okeke to get a "sack" on Ricky Town and, on the next play, got a tackle for loss. Brandon Huffman spoke with Lucier-South about his conversation with new Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh He said it was a good conversation, especially talking with him so soon, but that he's still 100% solid to UCLA and UCLA doesn’t have anything to worry about.

Osa Masina (Pictured Above), LB, Salt Lake City (Utah) Bingham
The five-star target has continued to impress. “Masina is a monster. He’s lined up at linebacker and defense end and is too much for any blocker. On a kick-off, he flew down the field and yanked Derrick Dillon short of the 20.” The linebackers have been a strong group all week and Masina has been in the top two throughout the week. He's so fluid and athletic when moving in space, can run sideline to sideline, but also shoot the gaps and get in to the backfield. He worked a little against the offensive linemen in 1-on-1's on Thursday as a pass rusher and won his two reps. His stop on a kickoff on Thursday was one of the more impressive plays all week.

Joseph Wicker, DL, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Wicker has consistently been among the best DL prospects on the west team. He has great length and is very explosive and strong. He broke up a screen pass with great pursuit to the point he almost got a pick six. It's been a very good week for Wicker, who's showed he could play inside or outside. His backside pursuit has been strong all week and he's been chasing down the quarterbacks much of the time without any problems. Wicker was excellent as a senior at Poly and this week showed that he's just a different player from earlier in his high school career.

Injured and Sitting Out:

Alize Jones, TE, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Dechaun Holiday, DB, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills

Semper Fidelis All-Amercan Game

Tevita Halalilo, OL, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde.
Halalilo was recognized as one of the best five offensive players from initial practices. He’s very big, probably 330, but has good feet and balance. Committed to UCLA since last summer, he recently said he intends to officially visit ASU in January.

Tyrone Wheatley, DE, Buffalo (New York) Canisius.
He was among few who has garnered most praise so far. After the practice, Scout's Brian Dohn provided his thoughts on Wheatley.

Carlos Strickland, WR, Dallas (Tex.) Skyline
He is a legit 6-4, if not 6-5, and has great body control for his size. He has clearly been one of the offensive standouts so far. The Texas Tech commit intends to visit UCLA in January.

Benning Potoae, DL, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes.
From Greg Biggins: “Potoae might be, physically, the best looking DL here but is routinely a step slow on the snap count every play.”

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