UCLA Summer Football Camps Preview

June 21 -- UCLA will host four football camps this week and several key targets and potential offer candidates will be camping in front of the Bruin coaching staff...

UCLA begins its on-campus Summer football camp slate on Tuesday and will have four consecutive days of camps in Westwood.

On Tuesday evening, UCLA will host the Elite Big Man Camp, their lineman camp geared towards offensive and defensive linemen.

On Wednesday and Thursday evening, the Bruin coaches will host two different Elite Skill Position Camps, welcoming quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, tight ends, linebackers and defensive backs to two separate camps.

And on Friday, the final camp will be the Bruin Elite Camp, which has grown in talent and competition since Jim Mora's arrival.

A number of players have landed offers at these camps in years past and ultimately committed to the Bruins.

And several UCLA targets, who already have offers, will be camping in front of the coaches.

Plus it allows current commits a chance to either work out with their future positional coaches or spend time flanking them during the evening and the camps.

UCLA commits Jaelan Phillips, Kanan Ray and Hunter Echols are all planning to be at the Bruin Elite Camp and Echols told Scout that he will be at UCLA's camp all four days to either work out or recruit.

And it won't be a surprise if Jeffrey Manning pulls the trigger on Friday night at the Bruin Elite Camp- the three-star, who was offered over the weekend by the Bruins, said he would be announcing his commitment on Friday night and he will be camping at UCLA that night.

One of the things that you see more and more at these camps are the top players not working out, but spending a lot of time at the camp with the coaches and other recruits (like Mique Juarez did last summer).

Where you do see the players working out is among the underclassmen.

Here is a look at some of the other top players expected to camp with the Bruins at one of their four camps.

Erik Krommenhoek


The Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista tight end was offered by UCLA in late April but since then has been offered by USC and Arkansas among others.  He has significant UCLA ties, both his parents being alums and UCLA was his favorite school growing up.  He visited right before his offer but will now get to work with tight ends coach Rip Scherer.  Krommenhoek camped with USC last weekend and will camp with Michigan too (Jim Harbaugh recruited Zach Ertz from the same school Krommenhoek plays for).

Dorian Thompson-Robinson


The Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman 2018 quarterback has made no bones that a UCLA offer would be huge for him.  He's thrown in front of quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo and will have a second chance this week to do so.

Brevin Jordan


Thompson-Robinson's teammate at Gorman, Jordan may be the top tight end prospect in the West in the 2018 class and has said numerous times, UCLA is his dream school.  He was offered by the Bruins in May when they were on campus recruiting and the Bruins are doing well with him.

Bookie Radley-Hiles


The former Bishop Gorman defensive back now at Calabasas is one of the best corners in the West and one of the most physical prospects in the region.  He's a 2018 prospect who UCLA offered right before he blew up and he's played opposite Darnay Holmes all spring on the 7v7 circuit.

Quentin Lake


The Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei cornerback is the son of Bruin legend Carnell Lake and grew up a UCLA fan.  USC actually offered Lake last weekend after his performance at their skills camp but he's long wanted a Bruin offer so this camp will give him a chance to work out in front of Demetrice Martin.

Solomon Tuliaupupu


A 2018 outside linebacker from Claremont (Calif.), Tuliaupupu (who, surprisingly, is no immediate relation to former Bruin and Claremont alum Brandon Tuliaupupu) has blown up this spring, with recent offers from Notre Dame and USC, but UCLA is an offer he wants so he'll be camping with them in hopes of landing one.

Camren McDonald


Another 2018 prospect, McDonald is a big receiver who could grow into a tight end out of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly.  McDonald already has a Bruin offer so it's uncertain if he'll work out or just watch, but he plans to be on campus during the week.

Brian Hightower


Hightower lived in Southern California and played at Calabasas as a sophomore before moving to Florida to play at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy.  But UCLA was a school he has always liked and the Bruins were a very early offer for him.  Hightower is spending the month in California and will be camping at the Elite Camp to work with Eric Yarber.

Salua Masina


The brother of USC sophomore Osa Masina, the youngest Masina will camp with the Bruins and Trojans this week.  Osa went on a different path than older brother Uaea did (Uaea went to Utah), so Salua could follow suit and go a different route too. He's a good enough player in his own right that UCLA will continue to watch him and could end up offering him.

Mustapha Muhammad


The 2018 four-star from Texas will be camping with the Bruins on Friday at the Elite Camp and is one of the key out-of-state participants at that camp. He's doing a national tour of camps but UCLA is his lone camp in the Golden State this month.

Victor Bates


Bates is a three-star athlete who can play on either side of the ball and is still one of the more under-the-radar prospects in the 2017 class.  He was at Lakewood last fall before transferring to Buena Park, where he's been overshadowed by their loaded roster of guys who were there before, but Bates looked good at Sound Mind Sound Body last weekend and is on the Bruin radar.

Ely Doyle


The new transfer to Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany, Doyle is a 2018 athlete who can play on both sides and he'll now play for former Bruin James Washington at Alemany.  Doyle has a couple of early Pac-12 offers too.

Jaden Navarrette


Entering his freshman year at Corona (Calif.) Centennial, Navarette is a 2020 prospect who already has an offer from USC and it wouldn't be a surprise to see UCLA offer him early.  He's 6-2, 185, and can play outside linebacker or receiver.

Bryce Young


Young told Scout this spring that UCLA is his dream school and while he's just entering into his freshman year, he'll be worth watching.  He's headed to Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral.  Already, Utah State and Texas Tech have offered him and he was excellent at the Washington camp last week. And he also plays for Ground Zero.

Justin Dedich


The top interior line prospect in the West in the 2018 class, Dedich had a great performance at The Opening Oakland, the only underclassmen to make the top 5 at the end of the camp and he's already got a slew of offers, rare for a pure center prospect.

Tommy Brown


A four-star in the 2018 class out of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, Brown was another top underclass performer at The Opening Oakland and actually beat Hunter Echols on a couple 1on1's in the linemen drills.  He's already got a handful of offers as a tackle.

Michael Saffell


Saffell was the surprise of The Opening Los Angeles, earning OL MVP honors over a pretty good field.  He's being recruited as a center and has a number of offers, but he's hoping for a few Pac-12 offers to add to the list.


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