Profile: Quentin Lake
Location: Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Recruiting: Chose UCLA over USC and also had offers from Oregon State and Pittsburgh.
The Scouting Report: The biggest thing that stands out about Lake is his position versatility. He has the ability to play multiple positions in the secondary to go with a high football IQ. He's physical at the line of scrimmage when playing corner, good in press and keeping his receiver from getting off the ball. He's a fluid corner with a smooth backpedal and active hands. He's rangy and could play safety and take away half the field. He doesn't have great top-end speed, running just a 4.8 at UCLA's camp, but in games and 7on7, he still closes extremely well and gets to the ball. Lake has great ball skills and gets a great break to the ball consistently.
Overall Analysis: That Lake has the ability to play each spot in the secondary is not a surprise and it is in the blood. His father, Carnell Lake, was one of the finest defenders to play at UCLA, a linebacker who still is the Bruins' all-time leader in tackles for loss and fourth in sacks. He then went on to the NFL, where he starred in the secondary, a Pro Bowler at both cornerback and at safety with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars. Carnell also coached at UCLA and is currently the defensive backs coach for the Steelers. So Quentin has a lot of the similar attributes his father has as a player. On a bigger level, Lake flourished this spring at a number of events and even when UCLA wasn't recruiting him that hard, he waited patiently for the offer instead of just assuming it would present itself. He camped at USC and the Trojans offered but it was the Bruin offer he wanted. A week later, he camped at the Bruin Elite Camp and shined in front of Demetrice Martin and got the offered he coveted. Lake comes from the vaunted Mater Dei program, a program that UCLA has had it's struggles at in year's past, especially when going against USC in recruiting. But finally, the ties to Westwood paid off for the Bruins. Lake joins Jaylan Shaw and Chris Wilson as DB commits for the Bruins, and like Shaw, he was offered by UCLA at their camp the week after USC offered. And like Shaw, he comes from one of the premier programs in the country, so he's already used to playing at a high level. What makes Lake so intriguing is that he may be the most versatile defender of the three commits, experienced at corner, but with the physical upside that a move to safety wouldn't be a surprise at all. And that he's a Bruin legacy, and the son of a former Bruin great, just adds to his commitment.