--This was also our first chance to see four-star athlete Brandon Burton in a while. He worked out mostly at receiver in the games we saw, though he did have a strange series as a quarterback where he actually threw a nice deep ball that was dropped by Max Gilliam. Burton looked a little quicker at receiver than we remember from the last time we saw him, and showed a nice ability to adjust to the ball in the air. He didn't have a lot to say when we talked to him, but UCLA continues to recruit him hard, with both Demetrice Martin and Eric Yarber pulling him for offense and defense. Burton was also wearing UCLA gloves at the event, which it kills me to have to notice.
-- Jack Jones was his usual self, shutting down receivers on defense and looking quick and shifty on offense. It seems like every time we get a look at him, he's put on another couple of pounds of muscle. He looks basically nothing like the 140-pound kid we saw last summer at the UCLA camp when the Bruins gave him his first offer. He says UCLA and USC are still on him hard, and that he's actually spent the last few weeks working on his academics, so he hasn't taken many visits lately. He said UCLA was at Long Beach Poly on Thursday to see him. He was also sporting UCLA gloves, if you're into that sort of stuff.
--Krys Barnes continues to impress us with his ability to run with receivers on defense. He moves really well for his size, and changes direction very well. He looks like he'd fit right in with what UCLA likes to do with its linebackers.
-- 2016 S Lamar Jackson was also back in town this weekend, and he played almost exclusively safety in the games we saw. The thing with him is that he's all of 6'3 and probably 205 or 210 pounds right now. Basically everyone gets bigger going into college, so you probably project him getting to at least 220 pounds. At 6'3, 220, he'd be a great strong safety 15 years ago, but there really isn't room for that kind of size in the defensive backfield against modern spread offenses, unless you're a truly exceptional athlete (and Jackson isn't quite at that level, though he's a very good athlete). So what is he? For UCLA's purposes, he might make more sense as an outside linebacker or perhaps even a wide receiver (he made some plays on offense last week during 7-on-7 action and has very good ball skills). In any case, he's a big, long athlete who you recruit and figure out later.