Group of Recruits to Announce Today

Mar. 23 -- A group of prospects from the loaded Ground Zero 7v7 squad -- including Lokeni Toailoa, Demetric Felton, and 2017 prospect Stephen Carr -- will announce their college decision today...

Rialto (Calif.) Carter linebacker Lokeni Toailoa, Temecula (Calif.) athlete Demetric Felton, and 2017 running back prospect Stephen Carr will announce their college decisions today.

The group will do it together at 7:00 p.m., at Athletic Republic, a training facility in Ontario.

Bruin Report Online will be there in person for the announcements, so we'll report it immediately and have video of the announcements as well as interviews.

It's interesting that wide receiver Damian Alloway, from Fontana Summit, was also going to announce with his 7-on-7 teammates but backed out of announcing. It's believed that he just wasn't prepared to make a public decision.

Here's a look at the three UCLA prospects announcing, and a feel for which way their announcements could go today.

Toailoa is the highest rated player in the group coming in at No. 69 in the Scout 100. He's one of the nation's top inside 'backer recruits and has a nice combination of size, toughness, hitting ability and better athleticism than given credit for.

He recently cut his list to a final seven of Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington. In that group, the only school he has visited are the two local schools and it's tough to imagine he'll pick a college he has never visited.

If it comes down to UCLA and USC, that's a very tough call. In the last few days, we've heard both UCLA and USC. Toailoa grew up a USC fan but seemed to be favoring UCLA most of the last year.

USC has picked things up recently and we know there are some in his family very high on the Trojans. The feeling is that Toailoa would have to defy his parents somewhat to knock pick USC. Right now, it looks too close to call.

It will be interesting to see if Toailoa completely shuts down his recruitment after the announcement or takes a few trips. Notre Dame and Oregon are two schools he has mentioned prominently in the past and told us just a few weeks in Las Vegas for the Pylon 7v7 tournament that he planned to visit both at some point.

The 'backer will be an early graduate and can enroll in the spring at his school of choice.

For UCLA, having gotten a big commitment from his 7-on-7 teammate, Krys Barnes, is significant here. First, after UCLA missed on inside linebackers in 2016, getting Barnes this early was huge for UCLA's linebacker recruiting. If it then got Toailoa, it would have secured its two future inside linebackers, and gotten it done early in the recruiting process. It would quite a coup for new UCLA Linebackers Coach Scott White. It's significant, too, since, like we said, Barnes and Toailoa are 7-on-7 teammates and close, so Barnes' decision could impact Toailoa's.

Here's an interview Scout did with Toailoa over the weekend.

Felton was recently upgraded to 4-stars and it's deserved after seeing him on the 7v7 circuit as well as the Opening Regional. He's strong, powerful and fast and very good after the catch.

He'll be over 200 pounds in college so he could stay at running back, his current position but at 5-9, most schools feel his size projects better to the slot and that's where he's predominately being recruited.

Felton told us at the Opening Regional in L.A two weeks ago his top two were California and Michigan. Since then, UCLA has offered and right now, the Bruins look like heavy favorites here. Before there was a group plan to commit, he was scheduled to go to UCLA's campus and the word was that he'd verbally commit when there. So, at this point, it'd be a complete surprise if he announced for any school besides UCLA.

Carr is among the best 2017 running backs in the west. At The Opening L.A. he was very impressive, with what looked like an already-college-ready body and some exceptional athleticism -- all packed into a kid who is currently just a sophomore in high school.

Right now he has Pac-12 offers, and recently received one from UCLA. But the word is that his extremely early commitment is going to go USC's way. He's one of the kids that grew up a USC fan and, with the commitment being this early, it would be shocking if he didn't announce for USC.

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