UCLA Recruits at the U.S. Army Bowl

It's been a few weeks, but here are the evaluations of the UCLA commits and targets that paricipated in the U.S. Army Bowl game, including Malcolm Jones, Cassius Marsh and Ricky Heimuli...

Yes, we're finally bringing you the Scouting Reports on the UCLA commits and targets that participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, from the game and the week of practice.

Malcolm Jones, RB, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian. Jones was the consensus top running back for the West over the course of the week. While he didn't get the start in the game, he shined throughout the week, showing good burst through the line of scrimmage, the willingness to take on contact (and often times initiating it), and speed in the open field. Probably his only downside during the week was when his Oaks teammate Marsh (and future Bruin teammate), drilled him for a loss in a live scrimmage. It was probably the first time Marsh got to do that against Jones. But otherwise, Jones was solid all week, and showed that he's capable of being an every-down back in college.

Cassius Marsh, DT, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian. Marsh catapulted himself into the conversation with the nation's elite after a dominating week in practice. Marsh was easily the best defensive tackle for the West during the week, and showed it each day in practice. He also excelled during the game, blocking a kick that was returned for a touchdown, and constantly demanding double teams as the week went on. Marsh cemented himself as a top 10 tackle. He plays with a low pad level, gets into the backfield with a quick first step, and does a good job of disengaging from his blockers.

Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, Portland (Ore.) Douglas. Like Marsh, Owa's big week pushed him into the upper tier of pass-rushers, having a good enough week to sneak into the top 50 and earn a fifth-star. When you see Owa, you see a player that oozes upside, but is still pretty darn good in the meantime. He's quick off the ball, has a very quick first step and a good spin move, but also can bullrush pretty effectively. In fact, the first 1-on-1 in Monday's practice, he bullrushed Seantrel Henderson, the #1-tackle in the country, for a sack. He's still got some room to grow physically, and if he maintains his speed, should be difficult to block at the next level.

Ricky Heimuli, DT, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton. Heimuli was steady all week in practice, though he didn't dominate or take over like Marsh did. Heimuli's best quality is his ability to stuff the run, and to take on blockers. He had moments where he'd be double-teamed, but kept fighting while keeping his feet moving to stop the run. He's pretty quick off the ball and plays low and has good strength. He needs to continue to improve on his disengagement from blockers.

Josh Shirley, OLB, Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser. Shirley made the move from defensive end to outside linebacker this year for Kaiser, and while it took him a while to get up to speed of standing up instead of with having his hand down, he spent the entire week at the Army Bowl playing ‘backer. And he looked very good, after Cecil Whiteside, the best of the West's backers. He was markedly improved in coverage, but as usual, he was at his best when he got to come off the edge. He's aggressive and loves to play physically, so he had no problem with tackling or wrapping up. He was the biggest beneficiary of Marsh's blocked field goal, as he picked up the ball and took it in for a memorable touchdown.

Anthony Barr, OLB, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. Barr didn't practice or play because of an ankle injury.


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