Perhaps the biggest news Tuesday at the UCLA Big Man's Camp was the appearance of five-star offensive tackle prospect Calvin Ashley from Florida.
Ashley is on a west-coast swing and will almost certainly check out USC, too, on his trip. While observing the camp, we at first didn't know who Ashley was as he spoke with UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm and defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin (whose region is Florida). From far off we didn't think there was any way that the huge figure could be a high school prospect.
Another Floridian, Taron Vincent, also was on campus. The four-star Vincent is the son of former NFL DB and current NFLPA VP Troy Vincent. He didn't participate in the camp, but we eyeballed him, and at about 6-3 and 290, he's a good-looking kid who's grown quite a bit this spring. He already has offers from the likes of Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State.
Tommy Brown -- The 2018 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei offensive tackle told us he measured 6-6.5, 321, and his body continues to look better from the fall. Brown was decent in the 1-on-1s, but showed good mobility, and it earned himself an offer after the camp. Brown got a lot of time with Klemm during the camp and he said Klemm told him after the camp concluded that he had an offer. The 2018 four-star has looked good each time we’ve seen him this spring and was our pick for a player to get an offer from the camp.
Justin Dedich -- The 2018 center from Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral had a very good camp and had some spirited reps against his league foe Anthony Mermea from Vista Murrieta. Dedich dominated him the first two reps, lost the third, then finished him off with a pancake. He checked in at 6-2, 280, and is a pure center. He moved really well, showed great agility and lower base and plenty of strength. Dedich, the top center in the West in the 2018 class, was offered by Klemm after the camp. He took an unofficial visit and tour of the campus prior to the camp too.
Steven Jones -- The 2018 offensive tackle and teammate of Dedich is an intriguing prospect. He measured 6-4, 345, but actually moved pretty well for his size. He plays tackle and could play either tackle spot but might make for a good guard. Jones won’t turn 16 until October, so he’s young for his grade, but he already has a few offers. While Jones didn’t get an offer from the Bruins, he toured the campus with Dedich and told us after he got some good feedback from Klemm.
Joey Ramos generally looked solid at the camp, showing decent quickness combined with good balance and some good technique. He has offers from Utah and Nebraska.
Michael Saffell -- The 2017 center from Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison was right there with Dedich for best interior lineman at the camp. Saffell won just about every rep and he’s got great technique, using his hands well, keeping his feet chopping and showed his good strength. He’s probably not a player UCLA will offer in this class, but he’s certainly capable of playing in the Pac-12. He was the OL MVP at the Los Angeles Opening and showed that was no fluke with another terrific camp showing.
Reese Silofau -- The 2019 defensive tackle from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian was one of the better defensive lineman at the camp and showed why BYU has offered him already. Silofau has a quick first step, but also plays with good leverage, is pretty strong and was able to shed his blockers quickly and efficiently to routinely win his reps. Right now, he's probably 6-0 and narrow-shouldered, buy he's a player to watch over the next couple of years, especially if he adds a few more inches.
2017 defensive end prospect Aliki Vimahi was in attendance but didn't participate in the camp, but will on Friday at UCLA's Elite Camp. He was also there to support his younger brother, 2019 OL prospect Enokk Vimahi. We know the older Vimahi spoke with the UCLA coaches Tuesday, and has been in consistent communication with DL coach Angus McClure, with Vimahi wanting a UCLA offer pretty badly (he has offers from BYU, Colorado, Oregon State, San Diego State). And we know he's very intent on impressing McClure Friday and getting a UCLA offer.
There weren't many DL prospects of UCLA caliber in attendance, and probably the closest in the 2017 class was Mermea. He has a good-sized body, probably 6-2 and 280-ish, and showed some explosion off the line for his size. We don't think UCLA would get to Mermea in this recruiting cycle, but he's someone to keep an eye on.
Chris Green is also on that to-be-aware-of list of 2017 DTs. He doesn't have an offer yet, but is a D-1 player. He's a bit squat, at about 6-0 and 280, but had good leverage in the one-on-ones.
Garrett Curran is a 2018 prospect to watch. He measured 6-5 and weighed 250, and physically looked like a tight end, but he does have two years of high school remaining and will undoubtedly fill out more. He was one of the most agile prospects at the camp, with good feet. We could see him developing into a prospect.