Football Camp Report, #2

A few more prospects showed up over the last couple of days, including Crenshaw receiver Tyquan Knox. There are some juniors of note, particularly a linebacker prospect from Orange County...

A few more notable prospects showed up at UCLA's Four-Day Camp in the last two days.

Probably the most notable was Tyquan Knox, the 6-0, 180-pound receiver prospect from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw. Know was coming off an impressive performance at the Beyond 2000 Camp last weekend, and was sore and a bit banged up. After working out in the morning at UCLA's camp Tuesday, the coaches told him to take it easy in the afternoon, but Knox still participated, and looked good. Assistant Coach Eric Bieniemy was seen talking to Knox after the camp's afternoon session Tuesday, and it's pretty clear that UCLA has some strong interest in the receiver. A recruiting update is on the way.

Also in attendance but not participating was Rickey Thernarse, the running back/wide receiver/defensive back from Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan, who is tight with Knox.

Monday one of the most impressive day campers was Chad Hansen, the 6-3, 210-pound linebacker prospect from Murrieta (Calif.) Murrieta Valley. Hansen looks very good physically, and moves very well, looking very good not only on defense in the seven-on-sevens, but in catching the ball.

UCLA committed offensive lineman Jake Dean from Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete has been having fun the last couple of days working out with the linebackers, which allows him to then participate in the seven-on-sevens. For a 6-4, 260-pounder, Dean has really shown great mobility.

Quinton Carter, the 6-2, 185-pound athlete from Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne, sat out Tuesday, nursing a broken foot he suffered this spring in the various camps and combines. He participated Sunday and Monday in UCLA's camp, which says a lot about Carter. He told us Tuesday that he had planned on going to camps at Colorado State and Utah, but probably won't now because of the injury. Carter, on Sunday and Monday, worked with both safety coach Brian Schneider and cornerback coach Gary DeLoach, and said he thought his future was at safety. A recruiting update is on the way.

The UCLA coaches were working with Anthony West, the 5-11, 193-pounder from Point Loma (Calif.) High, fairly closely. After working as a defensive back the first day, Monday West worked as a wide receiver, but looked far more comfortable as a DB.

Troy Giddens, the 5-11, 200-pound safety from Hammond (LA.) High, continues to impress, mostly with his speed and ability to close on a receiver.

Kris Means, from Grand Junction (Col.) High, has worked with both the fullbacks and the linebackers, and has looked solid at both.

There are a couple of senior offensive linemen of note who have participated in the camp. It's very unlikely UCLA will recruit them seriously, but they are prospects to watch this fall during their senior season.

Evan Marchal is a 6-5, 275-pound offensive line prospect from Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande, who just transferred to California from the midwest. He, obviously, has good size and moved fairly well. Phillip Garcia is a mammoth OL prospect, at 6-7 and 305, from Montebello (Calif.) Schurr. He is raw but also had good mobility for being so big.

Another big body is Chase Travis-Hoekwater, who looks to be about 6-5 and 260, from Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont. Travis-Hoekwater initially worked with the defensive line the first day, then switched to the tight ends. While he didn't look like a tight end, he physically is put together well.

Most of the players to watch have been juniors-to-be. We mentioned Aaron Long from Aliso Viejo (Calif.) Aliso Niguel, the 6-2, 190-pound wide receiver, in our first camp report, and he has continued to impress on Monday and Tuesday. UCLA coaches have definitely noticed him, after catching mostly everything thrown at him, running strong routes and then posting a 4.69 40, the first he's ever had timed.

In our first report we also mentioned Martin Coleman, a 6-6, 260-pound lineman from Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison, who just transferred into Edison's district. The more we watch Coleman the more he looks like a prospect, with a great body and frame, and very good agility for his size. He's been working with the defensive line during the camp but he looks like he'd end up an offensive tackle.

One of the best treats of the week was the discovery of Chris Galippo, the 6-2, 225-pound junior linebacker from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, who was easily the best linebacker prospect at the camp. Galippo, according to sources, will probably be one of the most-sought linebacker prospects in SoCal in the 2007 class. UCLA coaches were showing him quite a bit of attention.

There were a couple of junior tight ends to note. One of the best overall prospects at the camp has been Braden Brown, from Salt Lake City (Utah) Judge Memorial. Brown is 6-5 and 235 pounds and has a body you can project getting bigger. He's been excellent in the drills and seven-on-sevens, too big and skilled to stop.

Another tight end to watch is 6-4, 250-pound Da'John Harris, from Gardena (Calif.) Serra. Harris might not end up a tight end, but he has the long arms and body that looks like it could put him on the defensive side of the ball by next summer.

A junior receiver who has had a good camp is Chris Conti from Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. At about 6-1 and 180, Conti was probably the most polished receiver at the camp, while also showing good burst and moves.

An athlete to watch is Logan Ketchum, the little brother of incoming UCLA freshman Gavin Ketchum, from Oak Park (Calif.) High. Logan, who will be a junior, worked with the wide receivers and safeties, and at about 6-1 and 175, looks physically like a smaller version of Gavin.

A junior quarterback to note is Bryson Beirne, from Honolulu (Haw.) Mid-Pacific. Beirne was the best quarterback prospect at the camp, at about 6-2 and 200. He physically needs to get in better shape, but he threw the ball fairly well, with good arm strength and touch.

A few incoming UCLA freshmen made appearances at the camp throughout the last three days, including Gavin Ketchum, Ryan Moya and Adam Heater. Ketchum looked more filled out, and Moya appeared a bit taller, at a solid 6-3. Heater also looked to be in very good shape.

Unofficial Visit Note: The word is that 6-3, 300-pound defensive tackle prospect Jerzy Siewierski from Sparks (Nev.) Reed, will be on campus today. Siewierski is one of UCLA's prime defensive tackle targets.


Bruin Report Online Top Stories