UCLA Three-Day Camp Preview

UCLA's 3-Day Camp kicks off on Sunday and goes until Tuesday, and a good number of prospects will be camping in Westwood this week. We take a look at some of the top prospects expected on campus...

UCLA's three-day camp starts on Sunday, but many prospects that the UCLA coaches want to see might not participate in all three days.

While the list below are the guys we've confirmed are coming to the three-day camp, other big-named guys could still straggle in sometime during the three days, so this list will expand.

Defensively, UCLA should have a good, talented group of campers.

On the line, Oaks Christian defensive tackle Cassius Marsh is expected to camp with the Bruins. UCLA was one of his favorites before he committed to Cal, but since he decommitted UCLA hasn't been mentioned as prominently. Still, he's a big name expected to be there.

Kirifi Taula from Servite in Anaheim has a good list of offers, but he's been hoping for an offer from one of the two L.A. schools, and a good showing could produce that for him.

The defensive end group will be solid, too, led by Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos end Tony Washington, who's really blown up this spring and has nearly a dozen offers.

UCLA-committed defensive back Tevin McDonald, from Fresno (Calif.) Edison will show his stuff for the first time since committing. His teammate, defensive end Wesley Flowers has an offer from Washington. Eddie Plantaric from Fair Oaks (Calif.) Del Campo is a versatile end/tackle who was once committed to Stanford, and he earned DL MVP honors at Cal last week. Lakewood (Calif.) defensive end Justin Utopu rounds out the talent at DL.

The linebacker group will be paced by Alani Fua from Oaks Christian, who has a slew of offers, but none from the in-state programs. Fua was offered by Ohio State, though, last month and he's a familiar name to UCLA, with his brother Sione seriously considering the Bruins before signing with Stanford in 2006.

Speaking of Stanford, Cardinal commit Jordan Zumwalt from Edison High in Huntington Beach is expected to camp in Westwood, along with Ofa Fifita from Arroyo Valley in San Bernardino.

Eric Kendricks has an older brother, Mychal, currently in the Pac-10, at Cal, and the younger Kendricks may be the better of the two. He's beginning to rack up some offers after starring at the Stanford Nike Camp. Soma Vainuku from Eureka (Calif.) has a handful of offers himself and he's hoping to land one from the Bruins.

Other linebackers to watch include Jeremy Stein from Carpinteria (Calif.), Cody Galea from Franklin HS in Elk Grove and Luke Zelon from Santa Monica.

In the secondary, the headliner is Daunte Carr, one of the top safeties in Georgia, who narrowed down his list to four schools, with UCLA being one of them.

The top quarterbacks include Andrew Manley from Leilehua in Wahiawa (Hawaii) and Tyler Shreve from Redlands (Calif.) East Valley, who are expected to be at the camp all three days.Brett Nottingham from Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista could come down and throw one day before heading to camp across town.

Other names to watch are R.J. Rosborough, a big 6-5 prospect from Santa Barbara (Calif.), and Tommy Stephens from Campolindo High in Moraga.

One of the more intriguing names for the running backs includes K.C. Pola, a class of 2011 prospect from Bishop Kelly High in Jacksonville, who's father, Kennedy, played and coached at USC (and was a grad assistant at UCLA). Pola camped at UCLA last year and will be back again this week.

The receivers will be headlined by Davon Dunn from Lincoln High in San Diego, who's hoping to add a Bruin offer to his double-digit offers. Dunn could also work at defensive back during the week.

Devon Blackmon really burst onto the scene a week ago at USC's Skills Camp, and the 2011 prospect from Fontana (Calif.) Summit will be at UCLA all three days.

Tight end Harold Mobley from Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt is one of the top tight ends in Southern California, with a handful of offers, and he'll be at the camp after attending an earlier Junior Day.

On the offensive front, UCLA will welcome a host of linemen, including Wade Yandall from Carson, who was offered by the Bruins earlier this week, as well as Colin Tanagawa from Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola and Derek Stickney from Placentia (Calif.) El Dorado.

The one to watch, though, is Joshua Garnett, who's barely going to be a sophomore this year at Puyallup (Wash.), but measured 6-4 and 272 pounds at the Competitive Edge Combine in Washington last month as a freshman. He reportedly has a verbal offer from UCLA already.


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