The Opening: UCLA Preview

Jul. 6 -- What should UCLA fans be watching for this week at The Opening?

The Opening, the premier football camp of the recruiting season, takes place this week, and as has been the case for at least the last couple of years, the camp should be stacked with UCLA prospects from the 2016 class.

Last year, the Bruins earned a couple of commitments at the event, in Andre James and Stephen Johnson, and, while it's not looking particularly likely that UCLA will earn commitments at this year's event, there's a chance, with prospects like Lamar Winston, Camilo Eifler, and Jared Mayden set to announce. Additionally, there's always the possibility that players who didn't intend to announce going into the event decide to do so when they get caught up in the hype of the week.

For UCLA fans, though, there are plenty of story-lines outside of the commitments that will be of interest throughout the week.

Who's the Boss?

We went on record as recently as Friday that Boss Tagaloa is the most critical remaining recruit in the 2016 class, but this week could test that theory. We really liked Tagaloa's game film and what we've seen of him in camps, but we've yet to see him actually do one-on-ones in a camp setting. This week, with Tagaloa very likely participating in one-on-ones against some of the top offensive linemen in the country, we should finally be able to see how he holds up against the best.

Is Dillon Sterling-Cole Still Seriously Considering UCLA?

UCLA is still in the market for another quarterback in the 2016 class, from what we've heard, and Sterling-Cole is an option. He said at the Elite 11 in early June that UCLA is in his final list of schools, and now we'll see if the Bruins have maintained that position. Sterling-Cole sounded like he had a few other schools higher on his list when we spoke with him to start off the week, but we'll go more in-depth with him on UCLA later on this week.

How Will Krys Barnes and Jordan Parker Stack Up?

It's always interesting to see how West Coast athletes stack up against the national competition that shows up for The Opening, and this week, we'll get to see how Krys Barnes and Jordan Parker, the two UCLA commits, match up against the best of the best. We think Barnes in particular could open some eyes, since he's an underrated athlete and actually does much better in coverage than you'd think from looking at him.

Will Mique Juarez Earn National Attention?

Juarez might be the player who blows up the most this week. He committed early in the process to USC, so his recruitment never had a chance to really explode, but now with a lofty ranking, if he has a big week, he could end up on the radar for many national programs. UCLA and USC are thought to be the two real options for Juarez, but it'll be interesting to see what happens if big-time schools from around the country start to get involved.

How Serious is Rashard Lawrence in UCLA?

We've heard throughout the process that Lawrence is really interested in UCLA, but this will be our (read: BRO's) first opportunity to speak with him, so we're interested to see what kind of vibe we get. If he is really interested in UCLA, and does intend to officially visit, that would be extremely helpful, because getting Lawrence and Tagaloa in this class would shore up the interior of the line in the event that both Kenneth Clark and Eddie Vanderdoes leave for the NFL.

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