UCLA 7on7 Prospect Analysis

A look at the top performers at UCLA's 7on7 Passing Tournament held this week on Spaulding Field, led by elite cornerback prospect Doran Grant from Ohio and top 2012 receiver prospect Gabriel Marks from Venice (Calif.)...

UCLA hosted hosted a 7on7 Tournament this week on Spaulding Field, an event that drew six high schools from California, one from Washington and a collection of Ohio standouts.

The headliner, of course, was Ohio native Doran Grant, the nation's second-ranked cornerback from Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary's. The five-star prospect has offers from all over the country, including UCLA, and he showed why he's one of the elite defensive backs nationally.

Grant had around six picks over the course of the tournament, playing some at corner, but mostly at safety. He's got tremendous ball skills and his reaction and ability to jump the receivers' routes was what was the most noticeable.

Also impressing was Glenville (Ohio) receiver Frank Clark. With a large frame, long arms, and a solid lower body, Clark looks like a prime-time D-I athlete. Clark moves well for being about 6-4, 215-pounds. Although not quite a tight end, Clark looks as though he can easily put on another 10 pounds and be a big redzone target. He jumps relatively well and has pretty good-sized hands. His concentration was a bit inconsistent, but when he worked, he is a very good player. His waist is not quite big enough to grow into a tight end and he is already a thickly built kid; he will come into a D-I program pretty well developed. Not a true burner, Clark's straight-line speed is decent due to his long strides.

The other Ohio prospect who impressed was slot receiver Shaquille Washington. Though only around 5-9, 175-pounds, Washington plays bigger than his size would indicate. He's never played receiver during his high school career, instead, playing quarterback for his school in the Wildcat. But he knows his future is at receiver, so he's worked there during the spring. He's got great hands and good concentration, and is pretty elusive in the open field. Several schools have offered Washington as a receiver, despite him sparingly playing there.

If Grant was the top defensive performer there, than Venice (Calif.) receiver Gabriel Marks was the best offensive performer both days.

Marks was an all-underclass pick at the Vegas Badger/New Level 7on7 in March and was the Los Angeles NFTC WR MVP in April. So he's used to performing at camps. But Marks looked even better this week, in the context of the Gondoliers offense, making the tough catch over the middle, showing great speed and burst with the ball in his hands on short routes that he turned into big gains, and his ability to get open downfield.

One of the top receiver prospects in what will be a loaded field in the 2012 class, Marks has all the makings of an elite pass-catcher. His size isn't big, but he makes up for it in his route running and speed. A good comparison is a slightly slower version of Reggie Dunn- not the biggest, but does all the little things right.

On the other side from Marks was Larry Clark, a bigger target for the Gondoliers, who has a pair of offers, from San Diego State and Idaho. Clark is a long strider, not unlike Frank Clark from Ohio, who he wasn't related to, but was built similarly. He has good hands and does a good job catching the ball with them, but needs to be a little quicker off the line.

Teondray Caldwell, the Gondoliers running back, caught the ball well out of the backfield, but his biggest issue is consistency and being motivated play in and play out. Once he brings it each play, you could see him excelling, but he's got to keep the motor running.

Graham-Kapowsin came from Washington down to Los Angeles to participate, and finished as the runner-ups. They were led by 2012 quarterback Drew Austin, who will be one of the top prospects in the Northwest in his class. Austin has a really strong arm, great touch on his throws, and showed the ability to make all of the throws.

The results might have been different for GK had they been with the services of Washington commit Jamaal Jones, who missed the tournament with a shoulder injury.

Palmdale won the tournament and did it behind the services of receiver David Richards, who started slowly with a couple of dropped passes in the first game, but rebounded with a couple of picks. With those interceptions, it was as if Richards got his confidence back, and he settled down and shined the rest of the tournament. Richards is a big target, a legit 6-2, 200, and you could see him as an outside linebacker or safety in college. He wants to play receiver, but defense isn't out of the question.

Arguably the most physically imposing player in the tournament was Palmdale's Steve Dillon. The 6-3, 255-pound Dillon plays defensive end during the season, but for the sake of his team, played tight end. He didn't get a lot of balls thrown his way, but you could see the athleticism there. And with his size, it's a scary thought.

The other Palmdale player who impressed was 2012 receiver Houston Haynes. Going about 6-3, Haynes is a long, but skinny prospect, who is around 170. He'll need to put on some serious weight, but has the tools at receiver.

Bakersfield West was solid all week, and they were led by Fred Wilson, a receiver/cornerback prospect who was one of the better players there this week. Wilson did a great job at receiver, but it was his play in the secondary, when he'd draw the top receivers, where he showed where his future will likely be. Wilson has a really smooth backpedal and good hips, and his recovery skills were some of the best of any corner there. It will be interesting to see if his recruitment picks up after some other showings this spring.

Harvard-Westlake was led on Day One by quarterback Max Heltzer, who threw at the UCLA camp on Sunday, but had enough juice in his arm to throw on Monday, and he followed up a good showing at the Skills Camp, with a good first day. Heltzer wasn't there day two because of his participation at the Washington camp. But he showed that he's a quarterback to watch.

Only playing for one day was Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, but they were involved in some of the more entertaining games of the week. They had a nice battle with the Ohio All-Stars and lost a heartbreaker to Graham-Kapowsin on a dropped two-point conversion.

Reliant on the run much of last year, with new quarterback Michael Bercovici, who's been one of the standout passers all spring long out West, the Toreadors will throw it a lot more, and for good reason.

A commit to Arizona State, Bercovici was slinging it all day on Day Two, hitting all of his receivers, and showing his strong arm. He was easily the best quarterback to throw during the tournament.

His favorite target was usually Michael Thomas, the nephew of Keyshawn Johnson, who like Bercovici, has been shining all spring long. Thomas has good size, runs his routes well and catches the ball well, just needs to get a little quicker.

Defensively, Shaquille Shelton, though a little on the smaller side, played really big at safety, and had some nice pass breakups during the tournament.

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