Football Recruiting: Safeties

UCLA has a commitment from one of the best safety prospects in the west, Eric McNeal, but is doing well with some other guys at the top of their list, such as Jarrad Page...

Eric McNeal, ATH/WR, 6-2, 180, Gardena (Calif.) Serra. COMMITTED. Eric had a great season as a junior, excelling at safety and quarterback. He loves wide receiver and has already cleared it with the UCLA staff that he'll get a shot at wide receiver if he wants it. But most project his future at safety, where his aggressiveness and hitting ability can really shine. He's been ranked among the top 100 players in the country as a safety.

Jarrad Page, 6-1, 185, 4.5, San Leandro (Calif.) Page really improved his stock this spring, at the Stanford Nike Camp, turning in one of the best performances by a DB. He's big and quick, and has a great body that could put on some muscle. Page has had UCLA as his leader for a while, also considering USC, Oregon, Washington and Cal. He, in fact, might be a candidate for one of the prospects who could commit very soon.

Dashon Goldson, ATH, 6-2, 180, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne. A great-looking athlete, Goldson is quick and agile. He attended UCLA's one-day camp and looked great, but might have a problem qualifying. If he does, UCLA is his first choice.

Randy Beckman, 6-0, 200, 4.5, Glendale College. Beckman is considered one of the best JC DBs in the west, having made all-conference last year as a freshman. He has shown interest in UCLA and UCLA is interested in him.

Vickiel Vaughn, 6-1, 185, Plano Tex.) West. One of the best in the state of Texas and possibly the country, Vaughn is getting recruited by Texas, Nebraska, Notre Dame and others. UCLA is hanging in there with him.

Eric Frampton, 6-1, 190, San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove. Frampton could play corner, too, with good speed and agility. The first call Frampton received September 1st was from UCLA. He could be leaning toward Washington right now, and has said he wants to visit Washington, UCLA, Oregon and USC.

Mike Nixon, ATH, 6-2, 185, Phoenix (Ariz.) Sunnyslope, Nixon, who also plays quarterback, is a nice all-around athlete who needs to get bigger and stronger. UCLA is watching him, but he has said, even recently that UCLA is still his favorite, while UCLA waits to see how he does in his senior season before he offers him. He also l9ikes Oregon and Arizona. Nixon is a very good student.

Darnell Bing, 6-2, 210, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. One of the best in the west, and the country, Bing is big and quick, and could end up a linebacker on the next level. UCLA is trying hard, but Bing doesn't mention the Bruins much. Oregon, Oregon State and USC look to be the favorites.

Bernard Lam, 6-3, 186, La Jolla (Calif.) Bishop's School. Lam really showed his raw athleticism at the San Diego Nike Camp. He ran a 4.49 40, a 4.22 shuttle, did 17 reps on the bench and jumped 27 inches in the vertical. Some have said he could be the best talent in San Diego this year. UCLA is watching.

Brien Ealy, 6-3, 185, 4.5, Cypress Falls (Tex.) High. A big kid with good quickness and speed, UCLA is looking at Ealy primarily as a wide receiver but, like many programs recruiting him, is also considering him as a DB. He also has listed Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, Miami and Texas.

Donald Richardson, 6-4, 190, Beverly Hills (Calif.) High. A big kid with great potential, UCLA has a good "in" since he's from Jibril Raymo's alma mater. Richardson likes Washington, UCLA, and USC.


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