First Day of UCLA's Camp

On Sunday, on the first day of UCLA's Three-Day Camp, a half dozen of UCLA's committed players showed up and looked impressive in the drills, as did other prospects, including one defensive tackle from Minnesota, and a very promising recruit from the class of 2009...

The UCLA Three-Day Camp began Sunday with hundreds of campers, and with a pretty decent number of actual prospects.

It's difficult to give a detailed analysis of how the players did today, since the camp was so spread out across the IM field, with the linemen actually working out on Spaulding.

On the first day, there were a good number of committed prospects that showed, either to participate or just watch.

Rahim Moore, the defensive back from Los Angeles Dorsey, participated in a few individual drills. When he lined up with E.J. Woods, the safety from Encino (Calif.) Crespi, you got a glimpse of UCLA's secondary of the future. Woods looked particulary good in the seven-on-seven, stepping in and picking off a couple of passes. Committed cornerback Anthony Dye from Corona Santiago also participated and was a tough match-up for the receivers in the one-on-ones.

Aaron Hester, the relatively mysterious committed cornerback from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez, was in attendance, but didn't participate due to a groin pull. Hester hasn't participated in much this spring because of his commitment to track. We had heard rumors that Hester had grown, and he look to be at least 6-1. We, in fact, put him back-to-back against Moore and they were pretty close to the same height.

Committed defensive end Damien Holmes from Colton (Calif.) High participated.

Derrick Coleman, the committed running back from Fullerton (Calif.) Troy, looked big and quick going through the drills.

Among the recruited players not committed to UCLA was Allen Carroll, the big offensive guard prospect from Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds. Carroll, however, didn't participate due to an injury.

Perhaps the most-watched senior-to-be other than the committed players was Martin Bayless, the receiver/defensive back from Chula Vista (Calif.) Castle Park. Bayless is the son of ex-NFL player and current Houston Texans coach of the same name. Bayless, at about 6-2 and 205, looks like a safety, but also looked good running routes as a receiver. He could even grow into being a linebacker, with a good frame and looking young for his age. Bayless had just spent a couple of days at the USC camp, and his father told us that he has offers from Florida and Ohio State. An offer from UCLA would put the Bruins in serious contention.

Kevan Walker, the receiver prospect committed to Minnesota from Arcadia (Calif.) High, who is also the son of UCLA's Defensive Coordinator, DeWayne Walker, looked very good. UCLA has offered.

A good-looking receiver at the camp was Josh Swaney from Fullerton (Calif.) Troy. He looked to be about 6-5 and 205 and moved very well for his size and showed good hands. We've heard that UCLA is showing interest.

Also passing the eye-ball test was Trevor Richter, a offensive line prospect from El Segundo. We just saw Richter do a few drills and he moved very well, and looked to be about 6-6 and 270ish.

Defensive tackle Willie Mobley from Eden Prairie (Minn.) participated, but we didn't spend much time on the first day watching the linemen.

Craig Noble, the big defensive tackle from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, looked, again, physically imposing. While committed to Washington, it's well known he's still open and looking at UCLA seriously.

One lineman of particular interest was Justin Chiasson, a defensive end in the class of 2009 from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. Chiasson, who looked to be about 6-4 and 235, was quick off the ball. The UCLA coaches were chatting him up after the afternoon session.

Throwing with the quarterbacks were the two sons of NFL Hall of Famer, Joe Montana. Nicholas is a rising senior and Nathaniel a rising sophomore.

There will be more prospects that come to participate in the next couple of days.


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