Jhevon Hill (Blair Angulo)

Notes and Observations: UCLA Targets at the Passing Down Southern California Regional

Mar. 27 -- UCLA commit Jhevon Hill was among the several standouts Sunday at the Passing Down Southern California Regional in Fontana...

With 64 teams competing, the Passing Down Elite 7on7 Southern California Regional at the Ralph Lewis Sports Complex on Sunday was pegged as the state's biggest tournament ever and there was a bevy of talent on hand.

We gathered notes and observations on UCLA commits Jhevon Hill and Chris Steele, along with numerous other recruiting targets:

• Hill, the San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon prospect who earlier this month became the first member of the Bruins' 2018 recruiting class, turned in a good showing for Inland Empire-based Ground Zero, which was missing a handful of its top players in this tournament. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound safety showed very good range when he hovered in the back end of the secondary. He might not be ultra quick, but Hill has good length, covers a lot of ground and does a good job of keeping the ball in front. There is obvious room for growth, especially from a physicality standpoint, but Hill undoubtedly fits the prototypical safety type that assistant coach Demetrice Martin has coveted during his time in Westwood.

Chris Steele (Blair Angulo)

• Steele, the impressive 2019 defender from reigning state champion Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, committed to the Bruins in late January but, with nearly two years remaining until his National Signing Day, told reporters he's still keeping all of his options open in case anything changes at UCLA, which has been his dream school since childhood. Stanford, Nebraska, Ohio State and USC are just a few of the programs that are in pursuit, and Steele said he could take a visit to Washington if he makes it up to Seattle for a camp in May. Physically, the 6-foot-1, 188-pound cornerback acknowledges he'll likely grow into a safety at the next level and said he's aware of the potential for early playing time at UCLA.

• Safety is a big priority for Martin in the 2018 class after loading up at cornerback this past cycle, and a couple of other prospects of interest had good performances Sunday. Stephan Blaylock, the four-star from St. John Bosco, did well to decipher routes up the middle and eliminated any possibility of quarterbacks testing him deep. He's been solid in coverage all offseason, which is a promising sign given that he's known more for his tenacity in pads. Blaylock could announce a decision by the end of summer after he takes some out-of-state visits. The other safety worth mentioning would be Bryan Addison, the lanky, 6-foot-4, 180-pound athlete from Gardena (Calif.) Serra. After earning the defensive back MVP accolade at The Opening Los Angeles earlier this month, Addison continued his strong play Sunday playing with B2G Five-Star. Similarly to Hill, Addison has a long frame that should allow him to bulk up some at the next level without losing his flexibility or athleticism. He said he hopes to visit UCLA soon, though USC is considered a major contender given that he's being compared to Marvell Tell by that staff.

Bryan Addison (Blair Angulo)

• Among the Bruins' cornerback targets, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star Bookie Radley-Hiles was a noteworthy participant for tournament champion Proway. The 5-foot-9 prospect plays with loads of confidence and maintains his aggressiveness even when he's matched up against bigger receivers. UCLA has been recruiting the nation's No. 7-rated corner for quite some time and he said he's planning to swing through campus either Tuesday or Wednesday before returning to Florida at the end of the week. Radley-Hiles has set a July 31 commitment date.

• St. John Bosco class of 2019 standout Ralen Goforth, the younger brother of former UCLA defensive back Randall Goforth, holds an early offer from the Bruins and was on campus last week to take in Pro Day. In the passing league circuit he's been lining up at safety and nickel, but he's another prospect that figures to outgrow those positions and slide into the box. Ralen plays with same urgency that Randall played with when he was fully healthy at UCLA and could develop into one of the area's most coveted defenders in his class.

Ralen Goforth (Blair Angulo)

• A majority of UCLA's top in-state receiver targets were in attendance, including four-stars Devon WilliamsMichael Ezeike and Devon Cooley. Williams, in fact, had one of the plays of the morning session when he used his size to box out a defender and then went up to grab a pass that only he could reach in the back of the end zone. He's rather raw as a route runner, flailing his arms a bit and failing to effectively disguise his trajectory, but he more than makes up for that as a playmaker. Williams has a projectable frame, possesses a good set of hands and can stretch a defense, making him a matchup nightmare down field. Ezeike, meanwhile, looks like a billion bucks and, though college coaches haven't necessarily mentioned a future position switch, he said he's aware that his future might be at tight end. He's strong and overpowering, yet doesn't lumber around and looks comfortable moving in open space. Ezeike is looking to visit UCLA and Oregon soon, and said he could make a decision early in the season.

Devon Williams (Blair Angulo)

• Cooley, the 6-foot-1, 160-pound wideout from Buena Park, Calif., continued his impressive offseason, taking another positive step toward what should be a busy spring evaluation period. He gets open with ease and just glides through traffic once he has the football in his hands. He made a tremendous catch over Isaac Taylor-Stuart, the state's No. 1-rated cornerback, during a competitive sequence that drew a large crowd. Cooley certainly held his own as part of a Proway receiving corps that also featured Miami commit Brian HightowerManuel AllenKhalil Shakir and Braedin Huffman-Dixon.

• UCLA's top running back target in the 2018 class, Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino four-star Chris Brown, played defense exclusively for his San Diego-based team and actually fared well at safety and linebacker. He's a physical player that doesn't avoid contact and, though he wasn't playing his primary position, looked engaged and competitive. For what it's worth, Brown moved OK laterally and through his backpedal. He said he intends to take some out-of-state visits in the coming months but the Bruins have set a high bar early in his recruitment.

Christopher Brown (Blair Angulo)

• It was a youth takeover at quarterback, with 2019 prospects J.T. Daniels and Hank Bachmeier being two that hold UCLA offers early on and another, 2020 standout Bryce Young, putting on another show. Daniels, the latest star signal caller at powerhouse Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, makes all the throws and shows great command of the offense, quickly moving his team down field and not hesitating to test safeties over the top. Bachmeier doesn't have the same big arm, but he's very efficient with intermediate throws and showed great timing on passes to the middle of the field. Young has long been on the radar and doesn't appear to be slowing down. He made some impressive reads and repeatedly put the ball through some tight windows.

Bryce Young (Blair Angulo)

• Cameron Rising led Proway to the tournament crown by spreading the ball around to his talented group of receivers, at times making nice throws on the run and other times putting the necessary touch to allow his targets to get to the soft spot in coverage. Though the Newbury Park, Calif., quarterback appeared to be flirting with UCLA quite a bit in recent months, he seems to have firmed up his pledge to Oklahoma.

• At linebacker, Jonathan Perkins raised some eyebrows with his work in coverage and ability to sniff out plays underneath. The 2019 prospect from Fontana (Calif.) Summit dominated the line of scrimmage, smothering slot receivers before they could even get going. Perkins holds an early offer from the Bruins. Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne four-star Raymond Scott, a USC commit, was another notable linebacker in the event and he said he might take a visit to UCLA this summer, though his communication with the Bruins hasn't been too steady recently.

• Ethan Rae of Anaheim (Calif.) Servite picked up an offer from UCLA earlier this month and he's looked like one of the region's better tight ends for the 2019 class in the recent passing tournaments. He's fairly mobile at the Y position, absorbs contact from linebackers in traffic and showed a sizable catch radius Sunday.

Ethan Rae (Blair Angulo)

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