Previewing The Opening Regional in Eugene

Jun. 14 -- A look at the UCLA recruits expected at The Opening Regional in Eugene on Sunday...

Several of the West’s best prospects will be in Eugene on Sunday for the The Eugene Nike Football Opening Regional at the University of Oregon.

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.


There will be a handful of quarterbacks in Eugene to watch in the 2017 and 2018 classes, but the headliner here is UCLA's quarterback commit, Matt Lynch.

The Bruin verbal from Colorado will be at the Eugene Opening Regional looking to be considered for the last available spot in the Elite 11 Finals.

It will be Scout's first chance to see Lynch in person too.

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman 2017 quarterback Tate Martell doesn't appear to be in UCLA's plans for that class, but he's the top overall quarterback expected in Beaverton.

He will be joined by Bend (Ore.) Summit quarterback John Bledsoe, the son of former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe.

From the 2018 class, Draper (Utah) Corner Canyon quarterback Moses Niumatalolo, the nephew of Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo, is a name to remember.


After a stellar performance at the Oakland Opening Regional, Mililani (Hawaii) running back Vavae Malepeai will be back for the Eugene Opening Regional, and he comes in as a freshly minted four-star by Scout.

UCLA has offered Malepeai but Oregon, where close friend and teammate Rex Manu signed in February, could be the team to beat for him.

A couple of 2017 prospects to watch include Sumner (Wash.) running back Connor Wedington and Kahuku (Hawaii) running back Kesi Ah-Hoy.


No group is as loaded as the receiver group is, with a quartet of four-stars coming in.

Just a couple of days after he decommitted from UCLA, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian athlete Michael Pittman leads this group, but he'll be joined by a couple of other big receivers that UCLA is keeping an eye on in Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton four-star receiver Simi Fehoko and Abbotsford (B.C.) four-star tight end Chase Claypool.

Bellevue (Wash.) receiver Tyson Penn is another player that UCLA is watching, with Angus McClure seeing him in the fall when the Bruins played at Washington and Scott White checking on him during the spring.

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman 2017 four-star receiver Tyjon Lindsey, who UCLA is also watching closely but has yet to offer, leads the list of the underclass receivers along with Medford (Ore.) South 2018 receiver Chase Cota, the son of former NFL safety Chad Cota, who just got his first offer on Friday from Oregon State.


The offensive line group expected in Oakland has one of UCLA's top targets for 2017 and another in that class who will likely be offered by the Bruins very soon.

The top overall prospect in the camp is Graham (Wash.) Kapowsin 2017 five-star tackle Foster Sarell, and the Bruins offered him early and stopped by twice during the spring.

Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline 2017 lineman Henry Bainivalu isn't that far behind Sarell on the recruiting trail or on the field, and he was the OL MVP of the NW Elite last weekend, where Scott White was one of the instructors and White visited Skyline this spring.

The 2017 offensive line class in the Northwest should be really strong and two other names to know are Cody Kanouse from Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninsula and West Linn (Ore) tackle Alex Forsyth, who comes from the same school that UCLA great Cade McNown graduated from.


UCLA commit Osa Odighizuwa from Portland (Ore.) Douglas is one of the in-state prospects who will be camping in Eugene and is the lone Pac-12 commitment on the defensive line, but there are plenty of other UCLA recruit coming to Eugene.

The defensive line is headlined by Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep four-star end Connor Murphy.

Omaha (Neb.) South defensive end Noah Fant also has a number of offers under his belt, including one from UCLA earlier this month.

Spokane (Wash.) Gonzaga Prep defensive end Evan Weaver has a handful of Pac-12 offers and visited UCLA earlier this spring.

Some 2017 prospects to keep an eye on are Independence (Ore.) Central defensive lineman Marlon Tuipulotu and Leone (American Samoa) defensive lineman Juliano Falaniko.


Earlier this week, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic four-star outside linebacker Lamar Winston named a top four that included UCLA.

Few players in the region have the upside that Winston does, and he's able to play a number of positions but will focus on linebacker in Eugene.

Federal Way (Wash.) linebacker Andrzej Hughes-Murray is one of our favorite 'backers in the West and he's still talking with UCLA quite a bit, having worked with White the past two years at the NW Elite Camp. A couple of Hawaii natives making the trek to Eugene include Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington three-star Jeremiah Pritchard and Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis linebacker Jordan Iosefa.


The defensive back group expected in Eugene should be a strong group, with a couple of underclassmen some guys to watch in the group.

The headliner is West Linn (Ore.) 2017 four-star cornerback Elijah Molden, who's father, Alex, was a star defensive back for the Ducks in the 1990's. Molden was on the all-underclass team at the Oakland Opening Regional and impressed a year ago here as a freshman.

Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita 2017 cornerback Salvon Ahmed has had a great spring with a number of Pac-12 offers and he'll join Molden as one of the more touted underclass prospects at the event. Ahmed will camp with UCLA later this month and the Bruins will be watching him during his junior season.

Coming from Hawaii to the event are three-star defensive backs Hirkley Latu and Keala Santiago from Kahuku and Luca Vartic from Konawaena, who's mother played tennis at UCLA.

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