UCLA Football Camps Recruiting Notebook

June 27 -- A number of offers went out at the four UCLA football camps last week, several players shined and some top targets took unofficial visits and we recap the key recruiting notes from the week of camp...

With UCLA hosting four days of camp last week, a number of offers went out, mostly to 2018 prospects but a couple of 2017 prospects earned offers from the camp.

UCLA also had several key targets on campus during the camps to hang with the coaches and watch them instruct, even while not working out.

And then, of course, two of UCLA's commits were at the Bruin Elite Camp, and one of them, Jaelan Phillips, spoke at the end of the camp.

So with all the offers going out and visitors on campus, we recap the busy week in Westwood.


Quentin Lake, CB, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei


Lake was a player we know UCLA has been watching all spring, and when it mattered most, working out in front of Demetrice Martin, he made it count and landed an offer.  He's the son of one of UCLA's finest defenders in school history, Carnell Lake, who still owns the career tackles for loss record.  Lake also coached the defensive backs at UCLA.  So the Bruin ties were strong and Quentin told us in the spring that UCLA was the school he grew up watching.  He was offered by USC earlier in the month, but the Bruin offer was one he was hoping for and he earned it after excelling at the Bruin Elite Camp.

Jaylan Shaw, CB, Corona (Calif.) Centennial


Shaw is an intriguing player, having been a backup last year for the Huskies, though he did play quite a bit.  He just backed up in a secondary that had four players sign with FBS schools, three of them in the Pac-12 and the other Boise State.  Yet, he's been excellent this spring on the camp circuit, not unlike his Husky teammate, Kentrell Love, did a year ago, and he was offered by UCLA a week after USC offered him.  He's a very likely candidate for a big senior year moving him into the Scout 300 and UCLA offered him before he really blew up this fall.


Tommy Brown, OT, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei


Brown is one of the best tackle prospects in the West in the 2018 class and had a great showing at the Big Man Camp in front of Adrian Klemm.  He long pined for a UCLA offer and the Bruins had been watching him all spring.  He was an early four-star and backed it up in the fall and then again in the spring and UCLA made a big move with the offer.

Justin Dedich, C, Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral


Dedich may be the best interior prospect in the West in his class and he too has had a big spring.  He was the only underclassmen who made the Final Five at The Opening Oakland and offers started to come in.  Then he followed it up with a pretty dominant showing at the Big Man Camp and earned an offer from Klemm right after the camp.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman


Thompson-Robinson has made it no secret that he likes UCLA.  The Bruins had already offered his teammate and close friend Brevin Jordan when Marques Tuiasosopo was in Vegas during the spring eval period.  While Tuiasosopo saw Tate Martell throw, he also got a chance to see Thompson-Robinson throw and told him to come to their camp.  So Thompson-Robinson did and it turned into an offer for him, despite still being the backup to Martell, the No. 1 quarterback in the 2017 class.  He's been terrific this spring, with double-digit offers despite not being the starter and UCLA is in a good spot for him. 

Devon Cooley, WR, Buena Park (Calif.)


Cooley started the camp working out with the younger receivers instead of being in the main receiver group, but it took just a couple of reps for him to make his way to the main receiver group and then just a couple more reps there to earn himself an offer.  He has other offers from Colorado and Colorado State but the UCLA offer was big for him.  He's a bit overshadowed at Buena Park by two 2017 teammates who are receivers and headed to California, Taariq Johnson and Jeremiah Hawkins, but he may be the better long term prospect and has two years left.

Chris Brown, RB, Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino


Brown was the revelation of the camp, coming in pretty unheralded out of Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino, but he had a huge night that landed him an offer from the Bruin coaches. He was the focus of Kennedy Polamalu during the 1on1s and 7on, and showed very good speed, cutback and shiftiness, but at 6-0.5, 205, has the frame that Polamalu covets in a back, yet still looks like he can carry another 15-20 pounds. It was the first offer for Brown and you can expect several more to make their way to him, but this one left a big impression on him.

Mykee Irving, DT, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade


Irving checked in at 6-3, 310, but wasn't sloppy, just a big kid. Despite being at a high-profile program like Chaminade, which has a pair of four-stars in their backfield, he didn't have any offers.  That will change. UCLA was the first to offer, with Angus McClure getting a chance to see Irving last fall when they played Crespi, where his son quarterbacks, so getting him in to camp, and Irving having a good showing, landed him the offer.

Solomon Tuliaupupu, OLB, Claremont (Calif.)


Tuliaupupu didn't work out at the camp, but still came and spent a lot of time with the coaches. He's a national prospect with several national offers, and UCLA had him on campus and had face time with him and he earned an offer. He too spent a lot of time with Scott White, then got a lot of face time with Marques Tuiasosopo and Kennedy Polamalu.

Salua Masina, OLB, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton


Masina has two older brothers who play in the Pac-12, Uaea at Utah and Osa at USC.  He's still a little lean and raw, but has a frame that should add the weight fairly well.  He did well at All-Poly Camp in front of Marques Tuiasosopo and Kennedy Polamalu, and then got to work out with Scott White at the camp and that netted him an offer.

Chase Williams, WR, Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt


Williams checked in at 6-1, 185, at the Bruin Elite Camp. He probably was the most natural pass-catcher in the camp, catching everything, with great body control and speed and had probably the most polished routes of any receiver. He was offered by UCLA after the camp, and has landed offers in the last couple weeks from both Los Angeles schools.


Jack Sears, QB, San Clemente (Calif.)


Sears was on campus on Thursday during the Bruin Skills Camp, though he didn't work out.  But he spent a lot of time with Tuiasosopo and it was yet another return visit for Sears to the UCLA campus.

Cameron Rising, QB, Newbury Park (Calif.)- 2018


Rising also was on campus during the week and while he didn't work out either, Tuiasosopo saw him throw this spring and Rising was extended an offer, the first 2018 quarterback offer given.

Calvin Ashley, OT, Orlando (Fla.) The First Academy


Ashley was somewhat of a surprise visitor.  Walking around at the Big Man Camp with Klemm, he looked like an ex-NFL player, who was bigger than Klemm.  A commit to Auburn, Ashley also visited USC while in Los Angeles.  It's unlikely he'd come to UCLA, but hey, getting him on campus can't hurt.

Jaxson Kirkland, OT, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit


Kirkland, on the other hand, is much more likely to end up at UCLA.  He was offered during the spring, but his visit was his first time on the UCLA campus.  We saw him in late May at The Opening Seattle and UCLA was on his short list despite not taking a visit and he's one of the linemen that Klemm is focused on.


Ronald Rudd, OT, Chaffey (Calif.) College


Rudd didn't work out at the UCLA Camps, as he's a JC prospect, but he did come to the Bruin Elite Camp to flank Klemm and take an unofficial visit of the campus.  He ended up being offered by the Bruins on the unofficial and then on Monday, he committed to UCLA.  He'll graduate in December and enroll in January and compete to take over for Connor McDermott.

Jeffrey Manning, CB, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral


Manning was a player who needed to camp in front of Demetrice Martin to get an offer, but he wisely did it before the on-campus camps, working in front of Martin at Players of the Future and Sound Mind Sound Body.  He was offered after SMSB and then committed to UCLA during the week.  He originally planned to camp at the Bruin Elite Camp on Friday and commit that night, but with his transfer to Cathedral, he had to participate in a school 7on7, so he committed before hand.


UCLA offered Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 2018 receiver Nikko Remigio on Monday.  He was at the Bruin Elite Camp but didn't get one of the offers that night, yet only had to wait three days for the offer to come.  Remigio was also offered by USC after their Rising Stars Camp.


Jaelan Phillips and Kanan Ray both came to the Bruin Elite Camp and spent most of their time together.  Phillips spoke to the campers at the end of the Elite Camp, highlighting why he picked UCLA.

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade running back T.J. Pledger, the top running back in the West in the 2018 class, also was at camp watching on Friday night.



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