Brett Nottingham of Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista came to UCLA having camped at Colorado and Stanford in the past couple of days, and had an early morning chalkboard session with Norm Chow and Rick Neuheisel.
When that was done, and as the camp started on the IM Field, Nottingham spent most of the morning working with Chow. He got plenty of personal instruction, working on a number of drops, rollouts and passes, then had more reps to throw to receivers, all under the watchful eye of Chow and Neuheisel.
By the time the morning had concluded, Nottingham was told to call Neuheisel when he left campus, which he did, and Neuheisel offered him a UCLA scholarship that he ultimately accepted. It was easily the highlight of the morning, with Nottingham sealing his future with the Bruins, ironically, after a visit that was hastily arranged and one he wasn't sure he was going to be able to make.
Even though it became a moot issue as far as UCLA was concerned, quarterback Andrew Manley had a much better day on Tuesday than on Monday, looking sharp in his footwork and his throws.
Troy Montgomery, the 2011 prospect from Texas, also looked good in the morning, as did Deche Milburn, also from Texas, who was pulled from the 7-on-7 to work individually with Nottingham. It was the second day in a row that Milburn got some closer attention with the coaching staff.
At linebacker, Cody Galea from Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin had another good day, playing tight end and linebacker, but making the most plays on defense. As we said, Galea looks the part, with a very well-put together 6-3, 225-pound body.
At UCLA's camp, the players compete in a 7-on-7 tournament over the course of the three days, and a great deal of Tuesday was spent finishing the tournament.
With the 7-on-7 taking up the time of the skill guys, we spent most of the morning watching the linemen, and the end of camp brought out the intensity and fire in the OL/DL 1-on-1s.
The most impressive looking defensive lineman on Tuesday was Eddie Plantaric, a DE/DT combo from Fair Oaks (Calif.) Del Campo, who was a Stanford commit before opening up his recruitment. Plantaric was named MVP of the Cal Camp last week, and went to Stanford over the weekend before dropping by UCLA. He plans on going to USC today and eventually Washington this weekend as Plantaric continues to hunt for more Pac-10 offers.
In the drills, Plantaric was easily the most fluid of the defensive linemen, and he's really athletic for his size, a legit 6-5, 250. In the 1-on-1s, more often than not Plantaric just blew by his man with little to no resistance.
On one rep, though, young Joshua Garnett, the elite 2012 OL prospect from Washington, locked up Plantaric and drove him out, giving the drill to the offensive linemen and forcing the d-linemen to do up-downs.
It was that kind of day for Garnett, who again showed why he's already has verbal offers despite just finishing his freshman year, and why he'll probably be one of the elite offensive line prospects in his class. And he's not yet 15 years old.
Another underclassmen from Washington (Neuheisel's ties to the Northwest were evident at this camp) was defensive end Taniela Tupou from Everett (Wash.) Archbishop Murphy who, after Plantaric, looked the best in the drills.
Probably the player who had the best day across the board was Tacoma (Wash.) Wilson senior defensive tackle Xavier Cooper, who won just about every 1-on-1 during the morning. The 6-5, 270-pound Cooper has a quick first step, plays really low and was difficult to block. He used a couple of nice spin moves to get around his blocker, and afterwards UCLA defensive line coach Todd Howard worked with him closely.