The low turnout very well could have been that UCLA has so few scholarships left to give in the 2007 class, or the fact that Arizona and Cal also had their One-Day Camps on the same day.
Among the UCLA-committed guys were quarterback Chris Forcier, from San Diego St. Augustine; Brian Price, the defensive tackle from Los Angeles Crenshaw, and Nate Chandler, the tight end from San Diego Mira Mesa. Committed running back Raymond Carter from Crenshaw also attended, but didn't participate, citing a groin injury.
Forcier didn't go through the testing, having proven his athleticism in a number of camps and combines this spring. He did go through the passing and one-on-one drills and generally threw the ball well, continuing to show solid arm strength and control. As he continues to get bigger and stronger (currently weighing 188 pounds), you can expect his ball to be stronger and more consistent.
Brian Price looked impressive in the one-on-one drills, as he did in other spring combines. The consensus was that Price was the line MVP on the day, looking good in the one-on-ones.
Chandler looked a bit more confident and fluid today compared to other performances this spring.
|Reggie Dunn ran a 4.44, fastest of the day.|
Dunn, one of the fastest football players in the west and probably one of the ten fastest in the country, followed up his 4.35 40 at the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine with the fastest time of the day at UCLA's One-Day Camp – a 4.44 – on the notoriously slow UCLA grass. No one else on the day had a sub-4.5 40 and only a handful recorded 40s under 4.6. Since I had to leave the camp a bit earlier (to attend the Pangos All-American basketball camp), we only heard glowing reviews about Dunn (who was 5-10 and 170 pounds) in the one-on-ones, with a few observers saying he was the best overall prospect at the camp. His exceptional athleticism, the great quickness with an explosive burst, makes Dunn very difficult to cover. And if he wasn't such a good receiver prospect it'd be very intriguing to watch him work out as a cornerback, with that speed.
The issue with Dunn will be academics. Some close to the situation have indicated Dunn has some work to do to get academically qualified. A source at Verbum Dei said that if Dunn was good academically UCLA has indicated that he'd already have a UCLA offer.
One of the other standouts has a name of particular interest -- Marinovich. And, in fact, Mikhail Marinovich is the younger brother of former USC and Raider quarterback Todd Marinovich. Mikhail measured at 6-5 and weighed 225, and had exceptional athleticism for his size, running a quick 4.37 in the shuttle and a 4.85 40-yard dash which, again, is very fast at UCLA, and for someone Marinovich's size. But the good impression didn't stop with the numbers; Marinovich went through the tight end drills with fluidity and agility, and showed very good hands catching the ball. His body also is very promising, with long arms and a good frame, and is clearly able to hold quite a bit more weight. Marinovich looked like he had the capability of ending up a very good tight end or a defensive end.
Interestingly, Marinovich came to the UCLA One-Day Camp with the Forciers, being friends with the Forcier family. In fact, we've heard that Marinovich could be transferring to St. Augustine this fall (a recruiting story on Marinovich is on the way).
Steve Sloan, the linebacker from San Jose Archbishop Mitty, had one of the best handful of performances on the day, coming in at 6-3 and 222 and looking good physically. He ran a 4.77 40 and a 4.46 shuttle, good times for his size, and had good flexibility in the drills. It might have been a good enough performance to get him a UCLA scholarship offer soon.
Another very good performance was put in by Devin Mahina, the 6-5, 220-pound tight end/defensive end from Upland. Mahina looked a bit taller than both Marinovich and Chandler going through the drills, and showed good agility in the testing, registering a 4.62 shuttle. He is raw in his pass-catching, but even looked improved since the L.A. Scout.com Combine. What's really impressive is Mahina's ability to get off the line, on either side of the ball, and with his long arms, you can see why he's intrigued so many college coaches as a potential defensive end. He, like Marinovich, has a long, lanky frame that could also easily put on more weight.
A good-looking athlete was Ryan McCants, the 6-2, 220-pounder from Corona Santiago. McCants ran a 4.75 40 and a 4.85 shuttle, and looked like he had a good burst while working out with the running backs. He has the potential to be a very athletic fullback or switch to the other side as a linebacker.
Chris Carter, the linebacker from Fontana Kaiser who is also the younger brother of incoming UCLA freshman defensive end David Carter, did fairly well in the quickness drills, registering a 4.5 shuttle, but still looks like he has a lot of wasted motion in his 40. At 6-2 and 220, he is a physical specimen.
An out-of-stater to know is Ian Harris, from San Antonio (Tex.) Churchill. Harris, who was 6-3 and 220, was well-built and looked physically more like a linebacker, while he worked out with the tight ends.
|6-5 athlete Mikhail Marinovich.|
Matt Bahr, the 6-4, 260-pounder from Mission Viejo (Calif.) High, had a solid showing, looking fairly quick in the drills, with a 4.81 shuttle.
Mike Harris from Duarte (Calif.) High looked very large, at about 6-6 and 300ish, but didn't move very well.
A few other good-looking athletes were:
Lester Bodiford, the 5-11, 190-pound running back/defensive back from Anaheim Western who ran a 4.57 40.
Darren Starks, the 5-9, 160-pound defensive back from Los Angeles Westchester, with the second-fastest 40 time of the day – a 4.53.
Freshman John-Michael Davis, who has transferred from Orange Lutheran to Santa Margarita., a receiver/defensive back, had good size at about 6-0 and 180, and ran one of the best times of the day, a 4.63. He's someone to definitely watch in the next couple of years.
Also in attendance was Jake Dean, the incoming freshman offensive lineman, who spent some time talking with UCLA commits Forcier and Chandler.