Preview of UCLA Lineman Camp

It's called "Big Men, Big Dreams," and Saturday it will bring a good amount of talent to UCLA's Spaulding Field, including one of the elite defensive ends in the country, as well as one of the best defensive tackles on the west coast, and some good underclass prospects...

UCLA's Lineman Camp, called "Big Men, Big Dreams," is Saturday at Spaulding Field.

We've accumulated a list of recruits we've heard plan to attend and, at this point, it looks like a fairly strong list for 2011 defensive linemen and underclass DLs and OLs, but fairly light in terms of 2011 offensive linemen.

The headliner that has plans to attend is Greg Townsend, the #8-ranked defensive end in the nation from Beverly Hills (Calif.) High. It's been thought for a while that he's a strong USC lean, but we haven't heard anything since USC's sanctions came down. So his appearance Saturday could be significant.

The other established DL big name is Danny Shelton, the #25-ranked defensive tackle prospect from Auburn (Wash.) High. All of the Pac-10 has offered him, and it's thought to be a Washington/Oregon battle, but he has mentioned UCLA prominently.

Cody Temple, the defensive tackle from Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty, will be making a second appearance within two weeks at UCLA, having been very impressive at UCLA's Above & Beyond Camp June 6th. It didn't get him a scholarship offer, so we'll see if Saturday might be what tips the UCLA coaches toward offering him. We've heard, however, that academics might be what's keeping UCLA from offering.

Jeff Worthy, the defensive tackle from La Habra (Calif.) Whittier Christian, is an interesting story. He had said he was a life-long UCLA fan and could possibly commit if UCLA offered. He attended the one-day camp, did well, and UCLA then offered him after the camp, but he didn't commit. In fact, there is now a report that Oregon is his favorite school. We'll see how it goes with UCLA and Worthy on Saturday.

Robert Ash, a defensive end from Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks, has a plan to attend. Ash is considered one of the better defensive ends in the west with a good amount of scholarship offers.

Cody Kurz, the defensive end from Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonadventure, also has offers from a couple of Pac-10 programs.

Matt Ramondo, the D-tackle from Las Cruces (New Mexico) Mayfield, is making the trip to Cali for the camp. He has offers from New Mexico and New Mexico State, as well as Michigan State and Arizona. He could be getting some interest as an offensive line prospect also.

Among the offensive linemen we've heard plan to attend, Ben Wysocki, the prospect from Los Alamitos (Calif.) High, might be the biggest name. After his performance at the one-day camp, UCLA offered him a scholarship. We'll see if this follow-up appearance generates a verbal commitment from him.

Probably the next guy to watch is Torian White, the big offensive line prospect from Lakewood (Calif.) High, who has a scholarship offer from Washington State.

Also planning to attend is Jordan Smith, from Redlands (Calif.) High, with a San Diego State offer, and Alex Mitchell, from Portland (Ore.) Jefferson, who holds an Oregon State offer. Jacob Arzouman, from Tucson Salpointe, had said he was coming but recently verbally committed to Arizona.

Patrick Carroll, from La Canada St. Francis, Brian Moran from Atherton (Calif.) Sacred Prep and Brian Farley from San Diego Henry all participated in the one-day camp and are set to return Saturday to try to impress the UCLA coaches a second time.

Among the underclassmen, perhaps the biggest name is Arik Armstead, the big 2012 OL recruit from Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove, who already has an offer from UCLA, as well as from USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington and others.

Stephon McCray, the 2012 OL/DT prospect from Fresno (Calif.) Bullard, was the lineman MVP of the Stanford Nike Camp.

Kyle Murphy, a big 2012 OL from San Clemente, might be someone to watch.

Tyler Roberts is a 2012 defensive end from Indio (Calif.) Palm Desert.

John Lopez, the 2013 OL prospect from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran, who received a scholarship offer after his performance at the UCLA one-day camp, will make a return appearance. Along with him from Orange Lutheran will be Colin Sutton, a 6-5, 275-pound 2013 offensive line prospect who got praise over his performance at USC's camp on Saturday.


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