UCLA 4-Day Camp, Report #1

There are a handful of UCLA-level prospects at the first day of UCLA's Football Camp Sunday, including a safety prospect from Louisiana who ran a blazing 4.4 40-yard dash...

There wasn't a great amount of talent in attendance the first day of UCLA's Four-Day Camp Sunday.

There was truly only a handful of potential UCLA-level prospects. More players will come and go during camp, which goes through Wednesday morning.

Probably the most notable Monday was UCLA committed lineman Jake Dean, from Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete. He also brought along some younger teammates with him, which we'll probably discuss later in the week.

UCLA committed wide receiver Dominique Johnson from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Valley View was on UCLA's campus observing and talking with UCLA's coaches, but didn't participate in the camp.

Dean was decked out in UCLA attire for the camp, as was Johnson.

Easily the biggest standout among non-committed players was safety/linebacker prospect Troy Giddens, from Hammond High School in Hammond, Louisiana.

Giddens measured at 5-11 and weighed 210, but was blazing in the 40-yard dash. The overnight campers were timed at night, after dinner, which you would think might slow down some players. It didn't seem to have that effect on Giddens, who first ran a 4.44, then followed it up with a 4.4 flat.

Giddens is a great-looking physical specimen, who seems best suited to play safety, but is such a nice athlete you'd take him and figure out his position later. He is considered among the best safety prospects in Louisiana, and has said previously that UCLA is among his leaders.

Chris Means, the 6-0, 211-pounder from Grand Junction (Col.) High, is usually considered a linebacker, but worked out as a fullback for running backs coach Eric Bieniemy. Means ran a 4.72 40, which is good for the UCLA Intramural Field.

A player to watch is defensive back Anthony West from Point Loma (Calif.) High. West is 5-11 and 193 pounds, and ran a 4.46 40. It was near impossible to know if that was the second best 40 of the day, but it's safe to say it was among the best. West said that he sat out half of his junior season and isn't receiving much recruiting attention, even though he's heard from Nebraska. "I came here to the UCLA camp because my high school coach was coming to work it," West said. "So I thought I'd come, too."

Another fairly unknown prospect who is definitely someone the UCLA coaches were keeping an eye on is Quentin Carter, the 6-2, 185-pound safety from Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne. Carter was one of the best-looking athletes on the day, with a great body, and good quickness. He has offers from Oregon State, Utah and Colorado State, after a good performance at the recent Nike Camp in Oregon.

Al Verner, the defensive back from Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair, participated in the camp just for the day, and had a good showing. He looks to be about 5-10 and 165ish, ran a good 4.69 in the 40, and had exceptionally quick feet in the drills. Remember, Verner is an excellent student.

James Dockery, a 6-2, 180-pound athlete/defensive back from Palm Desert (Calif.) High, is another to watch. Dockery is long and rangy, and was tentative in the drills, but looked better in coverage, working as a cornerback.

There were some prospects from the 2007 class very worth noting on the camp's first day. Perhaps the most noteworthy was a wide receiver named Aaron Long from Aliso Viejo (Calif.) Aliso Niguel. Long measured at 6-2 and weighed 191, and was probably the best wide receiver in attendance, having a natural ability and feel for running routes, good quickness and very good hands. He said he had never been timed in a 40-yard dash before, but ran a 4.69.

Another junior-to-be to note was Martin Coleman, a 6-6, 260-pound lineman from Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison, who just transferred into Edison's district. Coleman had a good body and a good frame that could be built out. He worked with the defensive line and looked raw, but showed very good athletic ability for his size, with good fast-twitch muscles. Being so young, you could probably project him growing into an offensive tackle.

Unofficial Visit: Darian Hagan, UCLA's big cornerback target from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw, is scheduled to take an unofficial visit to campus on Wednesday, but he won't participate in the camp.

Former UCLA defensive line coach Don Johnson worked the camp Sunday.

Bizarre note: There were two birds that had made nests on the IM Field and would vehemently attack anyone who approached them. Pylons had to be put up around the nests, and the drills had to be done around them.

As stated above, we'll have more reports – and possibly some video – from the camp throughout the week as more campers come in for the day.


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