UCLA Recruits at All-American Games

The players verbally committed to UCLA are looking very good in the practices this week leading up to the various All-American Games around the country. Quarterback Nick Crissman and corner back Aaron Hester have been particular standouts...

There are many players committed to UCLA playing in various All-American games around the country.

UCLA recruits are participating in the UnderArmour All-American Game in Orlando, Florida, and the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The squads have been practicing this week and Scout.com has had a steady stream of reports from the practices.

Heck out the Scout Football Recruiting Site for all of the reports.

A BRO reader, NickelNineMIC, collected the reports by Scout.com writers Tuesday about UCLA recruits:

-- UCLA commit Aaron Hester is the top defensive back on the squad and he looks very quick on his back pedal and has very good hips.

- I really like how Aaron Hester looks. Nice hips and feet shown early, he'll gamble to make a big play but has the skills to get it done.

- Aaron Hester (UCLA verbal) saw the majority of the snaps opposite of Anthony and he plays a little more loose and is not afraid to gamble. That paid off some but also hurt him on a couple of routes. This kid has a chance to be a big-time playmaker at the next level with his size and athletic ability.

- Datone Jones causing some problems for the o-line. Jones is very athletic and has room to grow into a big rusher coming off the edge. He really took to the coaching.

- With Clement and Armstead out of practice others looked to pick up their reps with Datone Jones getting coach Terry Kirby's praises.

- Uona Kaveinga & Anthony Dye have good days at Under Armour practice.

- Anthony Dye had a solid 7-on-7 himself, making a couple of nice stops and a breakup.

- Nick Crissman looked the sharpest of the quarterbacks in 7-on-7, hitting T.J. Lawrence for a beauty of a deep pass down the sideline, which Lawrence took in for a score. The next play, Crissman went back to Lawrence, throwing it a little high, but Lawrence went up the ladder, grabbed it with one hand, and pulled it down for the big gain.

- This gave Jeff Locke a chance to show off his big leg, and he was booming them on kickoffs. Locke has one of the strongest legs in the country and showed it.

- From the running backs, Aundre Dean got the most reps and had a good practice, taking a swing pass for a solid 15-yard gain and having a couple of nice runs.


Offensive lineman Alameda Ta'amu (6-4, 330) is a fireplug coming off the line, stays low and has good feet and lateral movement. He is committed to Washington but sources informed us that new UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel has inquired about how strong his commitment is and if the Bruins could get into the picture. Word is that his parents would like to keep him close to homel, however.

(Ta'amu is from Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach, the high school where Neuheisel coached before taking the job with the Ravens).

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