UCLA Lineman Camp Recap

A look at the top performers at the "Big Men, Big Dreams" Linemen Camp at Spaulding Field, where Auburn (Wash.) defensive tackle Danny Shelton was the top performer and Lakewood (Calif.) offensive tackle Torian White earned an offer, and then committed...

With UCLA hosting their first Lineman specific camp, "Big Men, Big Dreams", they made one players dream come true when they offered Lakewood (Calif.) offensive tackle Torian White, who committed to the Bruins.

White was just one of the many standouts on hand at Spaulding Field on Saturday.

The headliner was Scout 300 member Danny Shelton, from Auburn (Wash.). Shelton is a player we've seen a lot in game settings the past few years, and he's the kind of guy who brings it game in and game out in pads. In a camp setting, he was just as skilled, constantly getting past the linemen in the 1-on-1's. Shelton was probably the best prospect there, very quick and fluid.

Shelton told us afterwards that UCLA is very much in the mix for him, though we know hometown Washington will still be tough to beat.

After Shelton, Whittier (Calif.) Christian defensive tackle Jeff Worthy and Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty defensive tackle Cody Temple were probably next as the top performers. Both were good during the day. While Temple was better a couple of weeks ago, Worthy might have been better at this camp.

Interestingly, in the afternoon session, Temple was playing offensive line and looked very good, showing good q quickness and agility during the drills. Temple said the UCLA coaches said they were going to watch his first few games before deciding on an offer, but Temple reiterated his willingness to wait.

Kirkland (Calif.) Juanita defensive tackle Sam Shirley was pretty strong in the one-on-one's.

Easily the best defensive end there was Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove defensive end Arik Armstead. The 2012 prospect is one of the best in the West, and he ended his recruitment just minutes after leaving UCLA, committing to USC, where his brother Armond plays defensive end for the Trojans.

Another Elk Grove prospect, defensive end Robert Ash from Cosumnes Oaks was decent during the day, he's not greatly explosive but is pretty strong. And he too made his decision, committing to Boise State on Saturday evening.

Two players a little on the undersized side, Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery defensive end Christian Holloway and Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Cody Kurz looked like linebackers, at the most. Holloway looked to be 6-3 and 210. Kurz looked to be about 6-1 and maybe 215 pounds, much slimmer than we've seen, and we think outside linebacker could end up being where he plays in college. Kurz, though, is a high motor guy and was a load to stop off the edge. If he can show he can play outside linebacker in college, we think he'll be a steal for someone.

A relative unknown was Apple Valley (Calif.) defensive lineman Kyle Jenkins, who looked like he was about 6-3 and 245, but had some potential at defensive end, with good quickness, just lacking strength. He might also develop into a defensive tackle.

Among the offensive line, Los Alamitos (Calif.) tackle Ben Wysocki, who has a UCLA offer, and spent a good deal of time receiving attention from the coaches, was probably the overall best lineman there. He was able to stay in front of just about everyone but Armstead.

Torian White was probably the best athlete among the offensive line. At this time, he lacks an upper body and he looked to be 6-5 and 250, at the most. But he's got very good feet and long arms. He's almost a shoo-in to redshirt in 2011 when he gets to UCLA, but you can see that his a big upside prospect.

Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic tackle Jacob Arzouman, who committed to Arizona this week, was actually pretty decent, with a very low center of gravity. He's not great laterally but technically he's pretty good and was hard to move.

Covina (Calif.) South Hills lineman Siaosi Aiono looked to be about 6-3 and 270, a bit smaller than advertised, with a smaller frame and short arms. He is a good prospect, but might not be an early offer guy for UCLA just yet, but could get one in the fall. Technique wise, though, he's very good.

San Diego (Calif.) Steele Canyon tackle Mario Yakoo was a big kid who looked like Chief from Cuckoo's Nest. About 6-6, 290, Yakoo moved pretty decently for his size.

Costa Mesa (Calif.) tackle Andrew Albers was probably 6-7 and 260, and was a bit stiff, but actually moved better than you would have thought. Has a long way to go in terms of body and strength to play college ball, but could be a redshirt candidate with some potential.

Portland (Ore.) guard Alex Mitchell was pretty tough. He's about 6-2ish, 260, but a good wide frame and good strength already, and decently quick, with mean streak. Mitchell looked like he could play guard or defensive tackle. We saw him at the U.S. Army Combine and he plays with some serious nasty and was a nightmare for defensive linemen there, so we think the interior offensive line is where his future is.

Fresno (Calif.) Bullard guard Stephon McCray, a 2012 prospect, is another tough kid, and he was coming off earning MVP honors at the Stanford Nike Camp. McCray goes about 6-2 and 300. He's got a round body, but was very strong and had a mean streak. He didn't run well, but is a definite road grader at either guard or defensive tackle. McCray and Mitchell won the Bruin Challenge in the morning session.

San Clemente tackle Kyle Murphy was an interesting prospect. Murphy is about 6-5 and 240is, but very lean and looked very young. Still, he moved well for his size.

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran tackle John Lopez, the 2013 prospect UCLA has offered verbally, is a huge kid, at 6-6, 300. He just moved ok but is so young you can see the upside on which UCLA offered him.

Las Vegas (Nev.) Legacy defensive lineman James Price impressed us at the Stanford NFTC, but he's just undersized at tackle at 6-1, 240. Still, he's impossible to block because of his quickness off the line.

Provo (Utah) Timpview guard Kalvin Cusick, who's brother Alex is a walk-on at UCLA, was steady throughout the day.

Other linemen who caught our eye were La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis' Patrick Carroll, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton's John Archuleta and Compton (Calif.) Dominguez's Lacy Westbrook.

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