A pair of Southland receivers saw a good amount of reps, with Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft's Jamere Holland standing out during the afternoon scrimmage. If Holland gets in front of a defensive back, and the ball leads him enough, he won't be caught.
Also looking good was UCLA's top target on offense, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly wideout Terrence Austin. While not the biggest receiver, Austin makes up for it in his route-running ability and his first-step off the line of scrimmage. In the one-on-ones on Tuesday morning, Austin matched up with Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) cornerback Devin Ross, and made a quick first step, caught Ross sleeping and had him beat by 5-7 yards. A couple of reps later, he went up against Colton (Calif.) linebacker Allen Bradford, beat him off the line of scrimmage only to be held, intentionally, by Bradford. The two playfully derided each other on their way back to the huddle.
Ross, in general, struggled most of Tuesday morning but picked up his play some in the afternoon session.
Austin also saw some time returning punts as well as some strong safety reps, though he is still set to play receiver on Saturday.
Another player who had his position switched was Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey running back Stafon Johnson. He started out the practices as a defensive back, and generally struggled. But in the afternoon practice on Tuesday, he moved back to running back and looked much more comfortable playing in the offensive backfield. He had a couple of strong runs, including one 15-yard sweep where he was nearly untouched for the first 10 yards. Johnson also returned some kicks.
Lemoore (Calif.) receiver David Ausberry stood out as well, as he easily has the most NFL-ready body. With great size and body control, Ausberry has big strides and his only knock is the occasional lack of concentration. Otherwise, Ausberry is a physical freak.
Defensively, linebacker Allen Bradford, from Colton (Calif.) teamed with Texas natives Sergio Kindle and Dustin Earnest to form the starting ‘backer trio, and while Kindle is a man amongst boys out there, Bradford held his own. He has excellent quickness and instincts and recognizes plays very well. He's a bit undersized, though, for a linebacker. Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea safety Taylor Mays definitely looks more like a linebacker than Bradford.
Mission Viejo (Calif.) tight end Konrad Reuland split time with Celina (Tex.) tight end Adam James, the son of former New England Patriots and SMU running back Craig James. Reuland has good hands and caught everything thrown to him.
Kicker Kai Forbath, a UCLA commit, was mixing in some punting today while also working on field goals. Forbath was routinely kicking 40-50 yard punts, despite not planning on punting much in college. Forbath told us he will be taking his official recruiting trip to UCLA next weekend.
South Hills (Calif.) punter Kyle Petersen also punted most of the morning, despite having a noticeable limp. He said he would be ready to punt on Saturday.
We will have recruiting updates with Bradford and Austin coming later this week.