UCLA Camp: Day One Recap

UCLA's 3-Day Camp kicked off on Sunday and the usual suspects like commits Richard Brehaut and Todd Golper had nice days while a few more 2009 prospects who are hoping for UCLA offers have good days...

The first day of UCLA's 3-Day Camp is in the books with a large turnout of high school prospects. Sunday didn't have the star power that is expected for later in the week, but there were plenty of good prospects on campus.

The headliner, though, was a guy who didn't even participate, Danville Monte Vista tight end Zach Ertz, the #5-ranked tight end in the country who was on campus for an unofficial visit before heading back tonight. We'll have an update on Ertz later but he was given the royal treatment during the day and Todd Golper and Richard Brehaut both made a point to talk with him. Golper and Ertz have gotten close since playing on the same team at the 7-on-7 passing camp in Las Vegas.

The first part of the morning had players checking in at Spaulding Field before head coach Rick Neuheisel came over and spoke with the participants.

Neuheisel introduced the coaching staff and gave instructions then everyone moved over to the IM Field for the camp. In the morning, the majority of the work was done in individual work, agility drills, all sans pads.

In the afternoon, the upperclassmen were separated by teams for 7-on-7 but before that, went to work in positional drills.

Brehaut, the lone offensive commit for the Bruins shined on Sunday, throwing well and specifically trying to match up with Ricky Marvray on most of the patterns. The two developed some good chemistry at the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine and then the UCLA 1-Day Camp the next week and it's clear that the two enjoyed working together.

He had good command of the offense and it was clear that he's comfortable working out at his future school.

Marvray had another solid day at UCLA, the lone day he'll be there before a passing tourney, but looked good in the drills, running good routes and catching everything thrown to him. He and Brehaut especially had good rapport with each other.

Another quarterback who impressed was class of 2010 prospect Bryan Bennett from Encino Crespi. Bennett showed nice zip and looked strong throughout the day. He had a handful of passes dropped during 7-on7.

One player who really had a good day was 2010 receiver Paul Richardson from Los Alamitos. The son of the former Bruin receiver, Richardson was unstoppable, catching everything and being the one guy that all of the DBs wanted to go up against. Richardson made them pay, getting a step on them and having his way in the drills.

There weren't as many linemen there on Sunday, but the one who drew the most attention was Corona Centennial defensive tackle Will Sutton, who's vying for an offer from the Bruins. Sutton has quick hands and quick feet and no one could block him.

Golper was the most solid linebacker there and when watching him, its noticeable that he is very coachable, constantly looking for ways to improve.

Daniel Jenkins looked very good in the drills, with quick feet and good hands. Jenkins was a victim of the 7-on-7 habit of being a QB/WR game, but when thrown the ball, made plays. He was difficult to guard in the 1-on-1s and the linebackers generally were beaten by him routinely.

In fact, the 7-on-7s don't really give the RBs or LBs a chance to shine. That should change tomorrow with more hitting.

Former UCLA defensive backs Matt Ware and Matt Clark both stopped by the camp and today was the first day that the incoming freshman were on campus, moving in today. Some of the freshman seen were Milton Knox, Nick Crissman and Anthony Dye.

More top players are expected tomorrow and we'll have full coverage of Monday's practice.


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