Previewing The Opening Regional in Oakland

A look at the UCLA recruits expected at The Opening Regional in Oakland on Sunday...

Several of the West’s best prospects will be in Northern California on Sunday for the The Oakland Nike Football Opening Regional at Burrell Field in San Leandro (Calif.).

Scout will be on hand to check out the top prospects from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Here is a look at some of the UCLA targets expected on Sunday, which includes a number of 2016 Scout 300 prospects plus a number of elite 2017 prospects.

QUARTERBACKS

UCLA's quarterback commit, Matt Lynch, will be at the Oregon camp in June, so the main names to watch with regards to UCLA are in the 2017 class.

One name to note is Anaheim (Calif.) Servite's Tyler Lytle, who has a Miami offer and takes over for last year's Elite 11 pick Travis Waller.

He will be joined by Wilsonville (Ore.) four-star Connor Neville, who burst on to the scene in Oakland a year ago as well as Bend (Ore.) Summit quarterback John Bledsoe, the son of former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe.

RUNNING BACKS

Last year, Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit running back Beau Bisharat outperformed several Power 5 commits and won the MVP for the running backs. The four-star athlete is back to try and do it again.

His 7v7 teammate, Antioch (Calif.) 2017 running back Najee Harris will also return after a good showing as an underclassmen. Harris, a five-star commit to Alabama, has exploded since we first saw him last May and UCLA is still trying with him.

Another top 2017 running back is Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton four-star Sione Heimuli-Lund, one of Utah's top prospects in the 2017 class.

Last year, a couple Hawaii natives stole the show on defense, but Mililani (Hawaii) running back Vavae Malepeai, who has a UCLA offer, is hoping to do the same on offense this year.

Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic three-star running back Justin Rice, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian back Morian Walker and Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill back Isaiah Floyd are a couple other backs to watch as well as Chandler (Ariz.) running back Micah Reed-Campos.

RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

No group is as loaded as the receiver group is, with a pair of Scout 100 prospects in Westlake (Calif.) four-star Theo Howard, an Oregon commit and Corona (Calif.) Centennial four-star Javon McKinley.

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West four-star athlete Darian Owens may have been the best receiver we saw in Oakland last year and the UCLA commit will be back this year to make a run for The Opening Finals.

Another UCLA commit, Michael Pittman from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, is expected in Oakland, and he'll work with the receivers. He's rated as an athlete, but will do offense this weekend. One of the top 2017 receivers in the country is Anaheim (Calif.) Servite four-star Terrell Bynum, who missed the Los Angeles one but will be in Oakland this weekend to stamp himself as one of the premier underclass playmakers.

Other 2017 receivers to watch include Pasadena (Calif.) Muir's Jamire Calvin, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian's Nick Pickett, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe's Isaiah Pola-Mao and and Wilsonville (Ore.) receiver Jonny Neville.

The West's top tight end is Concord (Calif.) De La Salle four-star Devin Asiasi and he headlines the tight end group.

Joining him from the 2016 class is Smithfield (Utah) Sky View's Bryce Mortenson and Fresno (Calif.) Bullard's C'Vaughn Stewart.

Two of the top tight ends in the West from the 2017 class are both from Sacramento and they're both coming to Oakland in Roseville (Calif.) tight end Jimmy Jaggers and Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum's Josh Falo.

OFFENSIVE LINE

The offensive line group expected in Oakland doesn't have a many UCLA targets in the 2016 class.

Baldwin Park (Calif.) tackle Francisco Perez had a good day in L.A. and he is making the trek up north to try to get in to the finals.

BUt there will be plenty of top 2017 prospects on hand, including Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley tackle Jalen McKenzie. The younger brother of Scout's No. 1 overall prospect in 2015, Kahlil McKenzie, Jalen is hoping to duplicate what his big brother did last year when he dominated the event and moved into the conversation for the nation's top prospect (which he locked up at The Opening).

One of Arizona's top 2017 prospects is Kayden Lyles from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro, who has a slew of offers and he'll join his brother in Oakland.

Other 2017 linemen expected include El Cerrito (Calif.) tackle Aaron Banks, Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines tackle Poutasi Poutasi and Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic tackle Andrew Palomares.

DEFENSIVE LINE

The defensive line group on the other hand, has two of UCLA's biggest targets in this class expected.

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa first grabbed our attention here two years ago, earning all-underclass honors as just a freshman. Now the Top 50 lineman is healthy and ready to punch his ticket to The Opening.

Health is also on the side of Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive end Oluwole Betiku, the Scout 100 pass-rusher who wasn't cleared to participate in L.A. so he'll be in Oakland to try to get open.

UCLA is heavy after Bishop (Calif.) defensive end Hunter Kampmoyer and he just opened up his recruitment after being an Arizona State commit.

Last week, UCLA coaches went to see Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal four-star defensive tackle Mike Williams and now Williams will be in the Golden State.

Another player UCLA is watching closely is Granite Hills (Calif.) defensive end Jake Burton, who will be camping along with Fontana (Calif.) Summit defensive tackle Jabari Watson, another player UCLA is closely evaluating.

Other defensive lineman of note include Fresno (Calif.) Edison's Leevel Tatum, Rocklin (Calif.) defensive end Chase Hatada and Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian defensive end Blake Young.

LINEBACKERS

The West's No. 1 overall prospect in 2016 and one of UCLA's last remaining linebacker targets, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West five-star Caleb Kelly, headlines the linebacker group, and the whole camp for that matter. We loved Kelly a year ago, he was one of the top 'backers there and we expect him to have a big day and earn an invitation to The Opening.

His 7v7 teammate, David Tate from Fresno (Calif.) Edison, will also be on hand and is one of the better inside backers in the region.

Washington's top linebacker, Federal Way (Wash.) inside backer Andrzej Hughes-Murray, who UCLA is watching this spring, will also be on hand and he was stellar at the Oregon camp last spring.

San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian outside linebacker Akil Jones has a couple of offers in and is one of our sleepers to watch.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

The defensive backs will also be solid in Oakland, led by UCLA commit Jordan Parker from Pittsburg (Calif.).

The four-star had a good day in Oakland last year but has blossomed in a major way since then.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola cornerback David Long is another one of UCLA's primary targets and he'll be at his second camp this spring to try and earn an invite to Beaverton.

Jordan Fuller, the younger brother of UCLA receiver Devin Fuller, will be out from New Jersey this weekend to perform.

Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin defensive back Lamar Jackson is one of the West's biggest risers this spring and he's expected to work at both corner and safety.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro athlete Byron Murphy, yet another UCLA target, will be in the Bay Area this weekend too, to try to make it three straight years of Saguaro prospects in The Opening, with Christian Kirk having gone the past two.

Shurod Thompson, the Brentwood (Calif.) Liberty safety committed to Cal, is still on UCLA's radar and he'll be there this weekend.

Other potential UCLA recruits include Norco (Calif.) safety Troy Dye, the brother of former UCLA safety Tony Dye, and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco safety Mykal Tolliver.

2017 defensive backs to note are Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian four-star cornerback Deommodore Lenoir, West Linn (Ore.) four-star cornerback Elijah Molden and Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman four-star cornerback Alex Perry.


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