Below you'll find the report after the first day of UCLA's Three-Day Camp.
The camp ended today (Tuesday), so today's report is really just a supplemental one.
As we stated in that first report, UCLA had a very large turnout of campers -- perhaps its biggest since Karl Dorrell has been head coach at UCLA. It might be coincidence, or it could reflect a growing sentiment of respect for Dorrell and his program.
Over the last couple of days, there weren't too many more actual prospects that participated in the camp beyond those mentioned in the first report.
The most significant new name that participated in camp Monday, that isn't verbally committed to UCLA, was probably quarterback Kevin Prince from Encino (Calif.) Crespi. Prince, who UCLA is still seriously considering, had a very good day, looking impressive throwing the ball in both the drills and the one-on-ones. If you had to judge it, you'd have to say that Prince, with his Tuesday performance, might have enhanced his chances of getting a UCLA scholarship offer.
Delano Howell, the athlete from Newhall (Calif.) Hart, was the other significant new face to show up Tuesday. Howell worked with the defensive backs and showed good quickness in the coverage drills. His 4.0 GPA doesn't hurt his appeal, either, and we heard that UCLA was impressed with Howell overall.
Robbie Boyer, the wide receiver from Santa Ana (Calif.) Canyon, made an appearance Monday and generally looked good.
Committed defensive end Datone Jones joined the camp and looked big and quick.
Probably the biggest development out of camp was the impressive peformance of both Prince and Minnesota defensive tackle Willie Mobley. Mobley isn't a particularly big guy, looking about 6-1 and 260 (even though he told us he was 6-2.5), and isn't physically imposing, but he makes up for it with a very explosive first step and agility that was very difficult to block in the camp. NCAA rules state that a program can't offer a prospect on campus during an event like a camp, but with how impressive Mobley's performance was it looked pretty certain that he had earned a UCLA scholarship offer as a result. That is, if he academically is cleared.
We'll have a video interview with Mobley coming up.
Among the committed guys that made it through camp all the way to Tuesday were defensive end Damien Holmes and cornerback Anthony Dye. Dye had a good day in the 7-on-7s Tuesday morning, and Holmes was probably the best overall lineman at the camp over three days.
All of the other UCLA-committed guys left the camp at some time after Monday.
Allen Carroll, the offensive line prospect, never participated due to an injury, but took a tour of the campus and got a lot of attention from the coaching staff. Someone else who naturally gets a lot of attention from the coaching staff is Kevan Walker, the wide receiver who is also the son of UCLA Defensive Coordinator DeWayne Walker. Kevan had an exceptional day on Sunday and, even though he's raw in his technique, he has a natural ability to catch the ball. The word is that, even though he's committed to Minnesota, don't bet against UCLA getting his signed NLI in February.
After watching Martin Bayless more, he looks more like a potential linebacker down the line than a wide receiver or defensive back. He has a pretty thick body, and must weigh a good 210 at this point, while looking very young physically still. But it could be a case that, since he wants to be recruited as a receiver or safety, it might not be a situation that fits with UCLA's current needs, given the few scholarships remaining they have to offer.
Josh Swaney, the 6-5 receiver from Fullerton (Calif.) Troy, seemed to lose his edge by Tuesday. He looked tough and active Sunday, but appeared fatigued by the last day.
Gerome Surrell, a 5-11 receiver from Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's who has offers from Boise State and UNLV, had a solid outing.
A standout junior receiver was Kevin Cummings, from Encino (Calif.) Crespi. Cummings is very skinny, lucky if he weighs 150, but he's very quick and has a great burst off the line, and finishes with good hands. Cummings is the cousin of UCLA-committed defensive back E.J. Woods.
One of the biggest disappointments as a no-show was Josh Nunes, the 2009 quarterback prospect from Upland (Calif.) High. Nunes could be among the best in the west for the 2009 class, likes UCLA, and the way the chips fall could end up being UCLA's biggest target at quarterback in that class.
One 2009 quarterback prospect to watch who did participate is Cody Peterson from Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon. Peterson has good size and a strong arm, looking the best throwing in the 7-on-7s where he could display his decision-making and very good accuracy in actually threading needles with his throws. He also seemed to throw better without his pads on, which could be something that experience and age will alleviate. But he showed here he is definitely someone that UCLA will keep an eye on, since Dorrell seemed to be showing Peterson some attention.
Another junior QB who threw the ball well was Kevin Yost, from Glendale (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge. Yost has very good footwork and mechanics, and releases the ball effortless and with power. The issue for him could be his size, looking like he's about 6-0 right now.
Another fairly impressive 2009 QB was Brant Costilla, who came to camp all the way from the Dallas, Texas, area. Costilla, from Parish Episcopal, was about 6-3 and had a strong arm and could get it off quickly.
All three of the 2009 kids -- Peterson, Yost and Costilla -- are guys that have a chance to develop into legitimate UCLA-level quarterbacks by the end of their high school careers.
A freshman quarterback by the name of Jerry Neuheisel from Brooklandville (Maryland) St. Paul's participated in the camp.
Report on First Day of Camp
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.