Probably one of the biggest disappointments about the camp was Derrick Williams, the running back/defensive back from Bellflower St. John Bosco, not showing, since it was expected he would. After a very good showing at the Palo Alto Nike Camp, reports are that UCLA has offered him a scholarship. With Williams being a long-time UCLA lean, it was speculated that he might have been compelled to verbally commit if he had attended the one-day camp.
Among the junior prospects who did attend, there weren't any clearly elite talents, but some that we should keep our eye on – that UCLA will be watching along with us. Durrell Moss was probably the most interesting, not only as a potential running back but as an all-around athlete that could maybe play another position. Moss had very good size, measuring at 6-1 and weighing around 175. With that good size, he also ran in the mid 4.6s, which was among the best handful of times for the day. In the drills, he looked very quick, able to make nice, quick cuts with good feet.
Along with Moss, probably one of the quickest backs was Daymeion Hughes, who measured at 5-11 and around 175. Josh Sayles, the 5-9 tailback from Rancho Cucamonga, also looked good, and could be someone to watch. Johnny Walker, Lancaster Antelope Valley, looked okay, at about 5-10 and 175, and had decent quickness.
The best running back prospect at the camp, as we said, was freshman Aaron Ware from Westlake Village Oaks Christian, who is, of course, the younger brother of current UCLA player, Matt Ware. Aaron ran one of the best 40 times, at 4.64, and looked quick and speedy in the drills. He was 5-11 and about 175. It truly is frightening to think that he has three more years of high school. Inside sources (LOL) indicate that it would take a bizarre set of circumstances for Ware not to be a Bruin.
There was a solid degree of talent at wide receiver at the camp. It would have been considerably upgraded if Quintin Daniels, who was in attendance, had participated. The wideout from Los Angeles Loyola sat because of another apparent hamstring injury, having experienced one that made him sit out the L.A. and Palo Alto Nike Camps.
The best all-around wide receiver prospect was clearly Devin Stearns. He had good size, measuring at 6-1 and 185, and he tied for the fastest 40 of the day with a 4.62 (As I said in the previous article, a 4.6 on UCLA's Spaulding Field is probably the equivalent of a mid 4.4 Nike 40 time. Stearns, in fact, ran a 4.44 at the L.A. Nike Camp). He struggled a little in the morning to hold onto the ball on Saturday, but turned it on in the afternoon. He actually plays bigger than 6-1, with good, big square shoulders which enable him to cut out room from his defender. UCLA had already offered Stearns but I'm sure this showing will only further cement his rep with the UCLA coaches.
A close second for best receiver at the camp was the 5-6 Jason Ferguson from L.A. Fairfax. He only participated in half of the morning's workout because he strained his knee on a cut and sat out the rest of the day. But the five or six routes we saw was enough. As we wrote after the L.A. Nike Camp, Ferguson makes the best cuts of any receiver in recent years. His cuts are so precise, quick and deceiving that he leaves even the best defensive backs either slipping, off-balance or going the wrong way entirely. He also ran a solid 40 at 4.65. It wasn't until Clifton Smith decided to take Ferguson on as a personal challenge, defending him on every one of Ferguson's reps, that Ferguson finally had some formidable competition, but he still got open on Smith a couple of times. He's only 5-6 and that will keep some schools from recruiting him. And in this year, when the talent at wide receiver is so deep, many schools might opt for a bigger wide receiver, since there are so many talented ones. But Ferguson is the kind of player that will go to an Oregon State or Fresno State, come back in a couple of years and kill you. UCLA will probably continue to recruit him, and see if there is a potential scholarship for him down the line.
Joe Cowan is another prospect to watch that participated Saturday. Cowan is about 6-3 to 6-4, and probably weighs 185 or so. He looks fairly thin in his upper body, but has pretty powerful legs. He ran a solid 4.65 in the 40. In the drills he looked a little awkward, as he has before. He has very good straight-ahead speed, but not necessarily good lateral speed. But UCLA will definitely keep recruiting him and keep an eye on him for his senior season. A recruiting update is coming soon.
Perhaps one of the biggest discoveries of the camp was Evan Moore, the athlete from Brea-Olinda. He's not actually a complete "discovery," since he's known fairly well as a solid low-major power forward on the basketball court. But the fact that he was such a good football prospect was the big discovery. Moore was at least 6-5, probably 6-6, and weighed about 225. He doesn't necessarily have the speed or agility to really be a wide receiver on the next level, but he would have ample speed and agility to make it as a tight end. His body, also, could easily put on 20-30 pounds. In the one-on-one and seven-on-sevens, he was perhaps the most effective receiver of the day, catching everything thrown to him and jumping over defensive backs. Like so many basketball players that are wide receivers, Moore knows how to use his body to "block out" a defender and go after the ball – like going for a rebound. UCLA, I believe, will probably be pursuing Moore as a result of his performance at the one-day camp, and projecting him as a tight end.
Another receiver prospect to watch was Mike Harris, from Covina Charter Oak. He had good size, looking about 6-1, and he tied for the best 40 time of the day with a 4.62 and one of the best verticals with a 32-inch jump. In the one-on-one drills, he was easily one of the best of the day, looking smooth and quick in his route-running and possessing good hands. I think he's been added to UCLA's to-watch list.
Other than Evan Moore, who worked out with the wide receivers, there wasn't a great deal of talent at tight end. Perhaps the best-looking prospect was a freshman – Michael Shelton from Hawthorne. He measured at 6-3 and weighed around 215, but looked like a colt just beginning to grow. For his lankiness, he had nice agility and very good hands. Definitely one to watch for the next three years.
Craig Stevens from Peninsula is a junior that has some potential. He had good size, looking to be about 6-4 and probably 220, with good muscle tone but with the potential to put on quite a bit of weight. He had good feet in the drills and looked just okay catching passes, but his athleticism might be something to note. He could be potentially one of those guys who you might want to recruit as an athlete/tight end/defensive end.
B.A. Harrell from Quartz Hill had fairly good size, at about 6-4 and probably 235, but only had average quickness and running ability.
Probably the best offensive line prospect Saturday was Travis Draper from Paso Robles. He measured at 6-4 ½, even though he doesn't look that tall, and weighed in the 255 range. He ran very well, probably the best among the line prospects, and had great explosion and natural instincts in the one-on-one line drills. He contained and actually beat Kyle Caldwell in a one-on-one matchup. Draper is emerging as one of the best line prospects in the west and you can expect UCLA to be recruiting him.
P.J. Irvin, UCLA's committed OL, looked good, with some good lateral quickness and quick feet. He looked like he might have gained some weight since the Nike Camp, but the talent was still readily apparent.
Ryan Kalil from Anaheim Servite is a prospect that is interesting. He's about 6-3 and probably 260ish and looks generally small. His frame is pretty narrow and he doesn't look like he could necessarily hold much more weight. He also has fairly short arms, with arm length being something coaches look for. But Kalil was probably the best technician among the OLs on Saturday, with very good, well-coached blocking technique. Much will probably depend on how he fares during his senior season and whether he can possibly get a little bigger. If he does grow, he should have many programs beating down his door.
The most intriguing previously unknown OL prospect at the camp was easily Royce Edgington from San Gorgonio. He was at least 6-5, probably 6-6, and must have weighed in the 280 range at least. For a guy his size, he had good coordination, ran well, but looked pretty raw in the one-on-one drills. He looks like he's just learning how to play and still getting a handle on his body, but definitely is a prospect to watch.
Robert Gustavis, from Torrance North Torrance, had good size, at about 6-4 to maybe 6-5, and probably 275. He showed signs of good instincts in the one-on-ones, and moved his feet well.
There weren't really too many other OL UCLA would probably end up recruiting. Charles Owens from Long Beach Poly didn't participate enough for us to be able to evaluate his performance.
It was a case of one – and then the rest. The one was Tommy Grady, from Huntington Beach Edison. He was clearly the elite quarterback talent at the camp. In fact, there weren't probably any others that UCLA would even consider on their to-watch list.
Grady throws probably the most consistent ball among any quarterbacks on the west coast. It's a tight spiral, accurate and has just the right amount of zip on it. And even though he's 6-6 (probably even closer to 6-7), he doesn't have a problem with mobility at all. You can expect UCLA to probably target Grady for a quarterback scholarship.
Other quarterbacks that were at the camp were Beau Budde from San Clemente; Richard Irvin, Pasadena Muir; Dominic Breazeale, Alhambra; Sam Betty, Bakersfield Stockdale, and Terry Mermer, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel, among others. Budde is probably a D-1 quarterback, maybe on the level of a lower level WAC or Mountain West school. Breazeale isn't a quarterback, but he is a great athlete at about 6-6 and 215. It'd be interesting to see him possibly at tight end. Betty, who is also about 6-6, is also a great athlete, probably a mid-major basketball player that has decided to concentrate more on football, which is probably a mistake since he's a very raw quarterback prospect. Terry Mermer, in the morning session, probably threw the second best ball behind Grady, even though it was a considerable difference, but Mermer left and didn't participate in the afternoon session.