The camp was very well-organized and structured. Campers worked out exclusively from the beginning in their positions, going through the testing and the drills by position. UCLA also did something particular smart – registering the campers initially through the front of the Morgan Center, so the prospects have to come through the impressive-looking entrance and the Hall of Fame.
Probably the best prospect in the camp was Will Harris, the 6-1, 186-pound defensive back from Covina (Calif.) Charter Oaks. Harris is very impressive physically, while running one of the best 40s of the day on slow Spaulding Field (4.56). He has very good feet and flexibility for how muscular he is, and really showed great instincts and quickness in the one-on-one drills. He has to be one of the best cornerback prospects in the west and be a national-level recruit. (A recruiting update is coming).
In the quarterback competition, there were a few pretty well-known names competing for attention from the UCLA coaches. Sean Canfield, the 6-3, 200-pound left-hander from Carlsbad (Calif.) High, probably had the best overall showing at the camp. In the passing drills, he showed great accuracy and touch, and consistently spun it very well. He doesn't have a big-time gun, but he has enough arm strength to get it down the field without pressing. With any throw the 10-40-yard range, he showed great accuracy, like he has in the other camps he's attended this spring.
Brandis Dew, 6-5, 240, Hemet (Calif.) High, showed off his superior arm strength, but struggled a bit with accuracy. He has a very nice, quick throwing motion, and the ball explodes out of his hand. Dew also looks like he's lost a bit of weight from the Nike Camp in San Diego during April and looked more agile.
Josh Portis, 6-3, 190, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, was probably the third best quarterback for the day. Portis is a great athlete, who moves really well and has a great vertical. His throwing motion has really improved from a year ago, but it's still a bit mechanical. His accuracy in his throws has continued to improve.
Jason Forcier, 6-2, 200, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine, is the combine warrior, competing in every camp or combine imaginable this spring. He threw the ball fairly well Saturday, both on short routes and down the field. He has a bit of herky-jerky delivery, but he is a good athlete that moves well.
Chris Turner, 6-3, 190, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, had a solid day. He doesn't have superior arm strength, but decent, and good accuracy.
Karsten Sween from Ridgecrest (Calif.) Burroughs, also participated. He's probably about 6-1, and a bit smallish for a high-major quarterback. He threw the ball just okay Saturday, having a long throwing motion, and the ball doesn't pop well out of his hand. He is pretty accurate, though, in his throws.
Eben Britton, the 6-5, 275-pound offensive tackle prospect from Burbank (Calif.) Burroughs, participated. If you had to build what a future high-major college offensive tackle prospect would look like, it would be Britton. Big, square shoulders, not too overly muscular yet, but with a frame that obviously could hold quite a bit more bulk. Britton had a good day, moving well for his size. He was good in the one-on-ones, containing his man well and showing better quickness than in the drills. UCLA coaches were spending a great deal of time with him, especially after the camp, but Britton didn't verbally commit.
UCLA, as we've reported, needs tackles. But there were a few guard-types that had good showings Saturday. Devin Head, the 6-4, 260-pounder from Corona (Calif.) Centennial, looked very good in both the drills and one-on-ones. In the 20-yard shuttle, he turned in a 4.49, which is exceptionally quick for a lineman. In the one-on-ones he did well, using his quickness and showed a mean streak, stomping on the back of an opponent after he had dropped him.
Also having good days were Kevin Meagher, 6-2, 260, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, and Tyler Perkins, 6-1, 250, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Both showed good agility in the drills and very good technique, quickness and toughness in the one-on-ones. It's too bad these guys couldn't be just a few inches taller.
Kevin Bemoll, the highly-hyped offensive line prospect from Mission Viejo (Calif.) High, registered at the camp, but then didn't participate on the field. At least, we didn't see him.
There were a few good-looking tight end prospects at the camp. The best was Vic So'oto, 6-3, 225, Carlsbad (Calif.) High. So'oto might be a little small to play tight end, but he's so coordinated and such a natural athlete he very well could have a chance to play tight end at the high major level. He's so smooth and natural running routes and catching the ball. He also made some great catches in the one-on-one drills, being tough for the safeties and linebackers to cover. He's the type that is such a good-looking prospect you'd want to have him in your program and plug him in wherever he could help you, at tight end, fullback or linebacker. After Harris, So'oto was probably the next best prospect on the day. (A recruiting update is on the way).
Adam Heater, 6-4, 240, Snohomish (Wash.) High, made the trek down from the Northwest for the camp. He has a very good body, with square shoulders. He's still a bit raw in his pass-catching technique, but you could see him improve even as the day went on, under the tutelage of tight ends coach Jon Embree. (Recruiting update coming).
Charles Brown, 6-5, 245, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch, worked out with the tight ends. While he looked better catching the ball here than he did at the San Diego Nike Camp, he still doesn't look to be a tight end. He's not explosive enough to get into his route quickly and his hands are questionable. But again, with his body and length, having really long arms, he would be quick as an offensive tackle.
There weren't a great deal of wide receivers at the camp, which is curious since it is probably among the deepest positions in Southern California for the 2005 class. Deon Toliver, 6-3, 170, Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo, was among the best. He looks like a basketball player, very lanky, but runs good routes, showed good quickness and catching ability. Kyle Brown, 6-3, 190, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, looked better Saturday than he did in previous camps, running smart routes and catching the ball better.
There was a decent collection of running backs, headed up by UCLA commit Aaron Ware, from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian. Ware, though, due to a track injury, didn't participate. He did look great physically, though, having added more muscle to his frame.
Cortes Rice, 6-1, 200, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High, didn't run the 40, but did participate in the drills and looked good. At his size, he still has a fairly thin body, and could conceivably put on 25-30 more pounds. If he did, he'd be an exceptional fullback prospect. He did, though, look good as a tailback, showing good strength and explosion in the drills for his size.
Jeremiah Johnson, 5-10, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey, looked good physically, and fairly quickly in the drills.
Quaadir Brown, 5-11, 190, Elsinore (Calif.) High, looked good physically but just average in his quickness and speed.
J.R. Hasty, 5-10, 200, Bellevue (Wash.) High, looked decent. He has a squatty body and short legs, which limits his quickness, but he runs very low to the ground and it's difficult to knock him off his line.
Pat Roxas, the fullback prospect from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran, participated. Roxas, though, looks to be about 5-11 and 210, and physically not a fullback for this level. Trevor Theriot, a fullback from Newport Beach (Calif.) Newport Harbor, was in attendance, but we didn't get a chance to get a good look at him.
On the defensive line, there were a few prospects that UCLA is considering. UCLA has offered defensive end Clinton Snyder, 6-4, 210, Spring Valley (Calif.) Monte Vista. Snyder looks like a linebacker physically. In the one-on-one drills he used his quickness to jet around slower offensive linemen, but then was pushed around when they could actually get their hands on him. Snyder is a player, but it will be interesting to see if he ends up as a strongside linebacker. (Recruiting update is coming).
The best defensive tackle was Fevaea'j Ahmu from San Diego (Calif.) Serra. Ahmu's one drawback is his size, at about 5-11 to 6-0 and weighing 290ish, and with shortish arms. He does, though, move that bulk well, being able to get leverage under offensive linemen and moving them out easily. He was tough to block in the one-on-ones. (A recruiting update is on the way).
There weren't a great many elite linebackers in camp. Brandon Allen from Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair, worked out with the linebackers instead of the safeties, and looked impressive. He's about 6-3 and 205, with a body that could easily put on 20-30 pounds of muscle. He moves very well, even though he looked fairly raw in the technique drills, obviously not too familiar with the linebacker position. Zach Crossland, 6-2, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey, looked bigger and more filled out since we saw him in April. He ran well and looked good in the drills. Eddie Young, 6-2, 210, Berkeley (Calif.) High, is someone else to watch, having a good body and moving well.
Among the defensive backs, after Harris, Kevin Ellison, the safety from Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union had a good day. Xavier Hicks, 6-0, 185, Fullerton (Calif.) High, had some good moments in the one-on-ones. Titus Jackson, 6-1, 185, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch, looks good physically and had a couple of good coverages.
To our knowledge, no prospects were offered from the one-day Camp Sunday. But after speaking with a few prospects, it sounded like the UCLA coaching staff had asked a few players to specifically give them a call this week.