Recruits At UnderArmour Game

Five of UCLA's committed prospects and two more recruits in the class of 2008 are playing in the UnderArmour All-America Game in Orlando. Here is a look at how each of them are doing this week...

Since the UnderArmour All-America Game isn't a classic East/West or North/South matchup, it's made it a little more difficult to follow the players, since three of UCLA's commits and one of its targets are on Team Red and two more commits and another targer are on Team Silver.

Today, though, we got our first chance to really focus on Team Red.

The game will be televised on Saturday, January 5th at 11 a.m. PST on ABC nationally.

Here is what we've seen so far from the UCLA commits and targets.

Team Silver

QB Nick Crissman (Committed)
Team Silver has easily the best group of quarterbacks, and any of these guys would start on Saturday for Team Red. Crissman has probably been the most consistent of the passers for Team Silver, looking good in each practice and making some nice throws.

Crissman's strength is in his accuracy. He can thread a needle and put the ball where the DB or LB can't reach it. He's also thrown some nice deep passes for scores. He and fellow Orange County native Blake Ayles have real good chemistry, Crissman finding Ayles often in the flat.

While he may lack E.J. Manuel's athleticism or arm strength, Crissman has been more steady than Manuel during the week. If there has been one flaw, though, it's been that he's fumbled quite a few snaps, but that's not unusual when working with a new center for the first time.

CB Anthony Dye (Soft Verbal)
Dye has been playing a lot of nickel and he's also been covering the slot receiver primarily. He's probably been the most versatile DB, playing both corner and safety.

He's more than held his own in the one-on-one's, despite giving size to the bigger Silver receivers. He's also made a couple of nice hits on running backs in scrimmages.

Yesterday, during the morning session, he made a nice read on a pump fake by Manuel, made a good break on the ball and had a pick right in his hands en route to the end zone. But he dropped it.

P/K Jeff Locke (Committed)
Locke is a left-footed kicker and in three all-star games we've been to, he's had the best leg we've seen. In directional punting, he's been nails and he can boom kickoffs into the end zone (they've been kicking from the 30). Locke kicked a 63-yarder earlier this season, so there is no question he can kick.

Team Red's coach, Ray Meyer, a longtime NFL head coach, said that Locke and Team Red's kicker (Blake Sturgis) could kick in the NFL right now in a video interview yesterday.

RB Aundre Dean (Uncommitted)
Dean got off to a slow start, getting buried behind a couple of Southeast natives in Brandon Barnes and Jamie Harper. Tuesday, though, he had a solid day. Since Dean is more of a physical runner, the practices in shells don't really do him much help.

But in the scrimmage yesterday, in full pads, he showed his ability to run with strength and with power. He struggled catching the ball out of the backfield somewhat, but he's been good between and outside the tackles.

Team Red

LB Uona Kaveinga (Committed)
Kaveinga has probably looked the best of UCLA's commits this week. He's so quick to the ball and he's excellent in run support. The coaches were yelling at him to stop hitting guys so hard.

He's a hitter and my initial thoughts about him being a safety in college are fading since I do think he can play LB at his size. Think Reggie Carter when watching Kaveinga. He's a pretty quiet guy, but he's intimidating on the field.

He was being interviewed by ESPNU and they made mention that he may be the hardest hitter on Team Red, according to what the coaches keep saying.

S E.J. Woods (Soft Verbal)
E.J. has looked steady this week, and he had a good practice on Wednesday morning. He's had to play a little corner in practice, and like we mentioned during the summer, when he was playing corner at the B2G Elite Camp, Woods is a safety.

He's not as quick as the receivers and sometimes bites on the fakes. But when he's playing safety, he's looks much more comfortable and fits there so much better. He's another guy who likes to hit bring the wood. He's got good anticipation and quick hands, and he had a couple of deflections today.

OL Zebrie Sanders (Recruit)
Sanders is a pretty physical specimen, and he doesn't look like a tackle, more like a tight end. He's similar in build to Tyron Smith, the commit to USC, and what stands out about him is he's still pretty physical, with a frame to add more solid weight.

He also has some very good feet and uses his hands well in pass blocking. He's also a solid run blocker.


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