Too Small? No. Can't handle the best competition in the country? Nope. Overrated? Absolutely not.
Fred Ulu-Perry came to play this week and was one of two offensive linemen on the black team that brought it every day. Scout has Ulu-Perry ranked as the top center in the country and he certainly looked worthy of that title in Orlando.
"This is a blessing from God to be here," Ulu-Perry started. "I know that people weren't too sure about me being an All-American. I heard people saying I don't look like an All-Americn. Others were saying that it was all inflated, because I'm from Hawaii. That fuels me. I came out here ready to answer some questions."
That's exactly what Ulu-Perry did. He played right guard throughout the week and looked like a natural, despite playing left tackle for most of his HS career.
"I came over here with a focused mindset," Ulu-Perry stated. "I told you last month that I'm coming out here to play my best football. I delayed official visits and just focused on getting myself ready physically and mentally. I hit the weights hard, did a lot of field drills, and worked on my technique. Breiden (Fehoko), Canton (Kaumatule), and myself came to represent Hawaii and prove we belong with the best of them."
"I definitely feel like I've held my own this week," Ulu-Perry explained. "Obviously out here you aren't going to win every rep, against these guys, it's not possible. My main focus is to play error free football and I think I'm doing a good job at that. I'm definitely winning more reps than I have lost and feel like I am improving going against these guys. Also, I am keeping in touch with Coach Klemm every day, and he is giving me some advice and feedback on my play. It's nice to have his support out here. For me, I'm not just representing the 808, but also UCLA."
Ulu-Perry isn't only representing UCLA on the football field, he is also helping out on the recruiting trail. He is proving to be a jack of all trades for the Bruins.
"I'm doing what I can to bring a guy or two to LA with me," Ulu-Perry said with a grin. "I've grown really close to Maea Teuhema and feel like he is a guy we can get. He's definitely open to the Bruins and is planning a visit this month. The guy is a beast and a really good dude, so I'm hoping we get him. I'd say there is a 70% chance we get him. I think the visit will be huge and obviously being K State in the bowl game would help a lot. I'm confident."
If the Bruins could land the best center and guard prospects in the class of 2015, that would be the foundation of a scary offensive line. Ulu-Perry has certainly earned his stars and stripes at the Under Armour All-America festivities.