UCLA coaches could be seen spending a great deal of time talking with various prospects throughout the camp and especially afterward.
Perhaps the biggest development from the camp was the performance of Riley Sorenson, the offensive line prospect from Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita. There was, first, a question about Sorenson's weight and body, but he physically was acceptable, not looking particularly overweight. He measured at 6-4 and weighed 330. It was pretty evident early on in the camp when he clearly could move pretty well, and then in his footwork in the drills. He then showed a toughness and mean streak in the Battle of the Bruins, and it was clear that UCLA Offensive Line Coach Adrian Klemm was pleased and impressed. Sorenson needed to come to UCLA's camp to impress Klemm to garner an offer, and even though one wasn't extended Friday it's a very good bet Klemm will offer Sorenson pretty soon. The word is that Sorenson's offer is contingent on Sorenson agreeing to commit, so we'll see if that develops in the next couple of days.
Victor Bolden, the 5-8 receiver from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos, had a good performance at the camp. In the one-on-ones there was only one time that a DB could stay with him. He did drop a couple of balls, but he was a blur off the line. He ran a 4.63 40, which was one of the faster times on a slower day. We know that UCLA didn't offer Bolden after the camp, but Head Coach Jim Mora spent a great deal of time talking with Bolden and his parents, having gone to the Unversity of Washington at the same time as Bolden's mom. UCLA might only give out two scholarships to wide receivers, so Bolden might not get an offer out of this camp, but he clearly was impressive and helped his stock with UCLA.
One of the most pleasant surprises of the day was the attendance and participation of Na'Ty Rodgers, an offensive line prospect from Pomfret (Maryland) McDonough. Rodgers has a very impressive offer list, including offers from programs like Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma, USC and others. He measured 6-4 and weighed in at 285, and has a body that looks fairly lean still, like he could easily put on 25 more pounds. He moved very well, and was impressive in the drills. Mora spent a long time talking to Rodgers and his father, and offered Rodgers a scholarship. A friend of Rodgers told us that his father had been a security guard in Los Angeles that had many jobs on UCLA's campus, and that Na'Ty, when he was young, spent a great deal of time at UCLA. He hadn't, though, been recruited previously. The word is that UCLA jumped up big on Rodgers' list as a result of the camp.
Redlands running back Craig Lee, who is probably UCLA's top priority at running back (among the non-committed at the position), spent a long time after the camp talking to Mora. He also spent a few hours on an unofficial visit to campus early this week. A source close to him told us that the Bruins have really made a strong move as of late with his time spent at UCLA.
Elite Bellflower St. John Bosco offensive lineman Nico Falah didn't participate in the camp, but spent a very long time with Klemm during and after the camp. In fact, when we left the camp a good hour after it was over, Falah was still there talking with Klemm. We also heard that Klemm spent a few hours on campus Thursday, too. The word is that he had been leaning to USC, but the last two days he's spent on UCLA's campus have boosted the Bruins' chances. The feeling is that he's attracted to USC's success, but his heart is with the Bruins. If he does verbally commit to USC, the thought is that it won't be over until Signing Day in February.
There was some buzz around the camp, too, that UCLA is doing very well with Christian Morris, the offensive line target from Memphis (Tenn.) East. Morris will visit UCLA unofficially next weekend and announce his decision mid-July, after The Opening. As of now, the smart money would be on UCLA.
Long Beach Jordan wide receiver John Ross didn't participate but received a lot of love from the UCLA coaches. Even though when you first look at him he doesn't look like it, Ross is about 6-0, and seems to be continuing to grow. He clearly is one of UCLA's top receiver targets, with the coaches all over him Friday.
The receiver prospect from Moreno Valley Rancho Verde, Demorea Stringfellow, attended the camp but didn't participate, coming with some teammates. The UCLA coaches spent a great deal of time talking to him, even though he was wearing USC shorts and the word is that he's close to committing to Washington.
Tyler Foreman, the Encino Crespi safety that UCLA has offered, was also on campus and met with coaches, but didn't participate in the camp.
UCLA-committed quarterback Eddie Printz was seen on campus with his Georgia 7-on-7 teammates, but didn't participate in the camp. He'll compete in a 7-on-7 at Oaks Christian tomorrow, and then we've now heard he will participate in the 7-on-7 at UCLA early Sunday morning.
UCLA made a big impression on Printz's 7-on-7 teammate Brendan Langley, the #11-ranked cornerback in the nation from Marietta (Georgia) Kell. Langley didn't participate in the camp, but we heard Langley was blown away by UCLA's campus and that UCLA is now on his short list.
Rialto Carter defensive line prospect Kenneth Clark was a beast, and easily the best defensive lineman on the day. Clark looked to be about 6-2 and a very rock-solid 285, with a body that could easily put on good weight. UCLA Defensive Coordinator Lou Spanos spent some time working with Clark.
Los Angeles Salesian wide receiver/defensive back Jermaine Kelly really stood out in the drills working as a defensive back. He was long and smooth in coverage, and was probably the only DB we saw that stayed with Bolden. It was clear the UCLA coaches liked what they saw, spending a good amount of time talking to him.
Moreno Valley Rancho Verde offensive line prospect Poasi Moala was one of the best offensive line prospects Friday, having good size and mobility. Physically he looks about 6-4 to 6-5 and about 260, but with a frame that could easily hold more weight. His performance clearly helped his stock with UCLA.
Thomas Tucker, the 5-9 receiver from Long Beach Poly, was one of the handful of the best prospects at his position, looking quick off the line and possessing good hands.
Kenneth Olugbode, the linebacker from San Jose Bellarmine Prep, looked good, moving well and looking comfortable in coverage. He's fairly small, though, at 6-0 and 200, and looked more like a safety.
Ray Hudson, the athlete from Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill, had a good showing, but is a little over 6-2 and probably 230, and didn't look quick enough working as a tight end. He ran a 4.73 40, however, which was a good time on a slow day.
Griffith Gates, Hudson's teammate at Foothill, looked good throughout the evening at linebacker. He's a pretty physical player at the line of scrimmage, doing a good job of jamming the inside receivers and not letting them off the ball and he moved pretty well too.
Jack Ferguson from San Luis Obispo was a linebacker we first saw at the SoCal NFTC and he looked solid all night. Ferguson got in a nasty collision in the early part of 7on and was bloodied up pretty badly on his face, but didn't miss but a couple reps. Like Gates, he's a physical guy who was strong at the line of scrimmage.
Bijon Parker from Los Angeles Fairfax was a receiver who had a pretty good day. He measured at 5-11 and weight 160, and looked pretty thin, but he ran particularly well, running one of the fastest 40s at 4.57.
Among the underclassmen, you'd have to say that Jaleel Wadood, the 2014 wide receiver/defensive back prospect from Bellflower St. John Bosco, really stood out. He intercepted at least two passes, and looked very quick in the drills. To our knowledge he ran the fastest 40, at 4.56. You can probably expect him to get a UCLA offer soon.
Viane Talamaivoa, the 2014 OL prospect that UCLA has offered, was there and looking very comfortable, but didn't participate.
One of the elite 2015 prospects in the west is Iman Marshall, the cornerback prospect from Long Beach Poly. UCLA has already offered Marshall and it's very encouraging that he participated in the camp.
2015 quarterback prospect Bryce Perkins from Chandler (Ariz.), received a scholarship offer, we heard. Physically Perkins, the younger brother of incoming UCLA freshman Paul Perkins, looked good, at about 6-2 and 180 (which is good for a sophomore-to-be), and he showed a live arm, but has a ways to go in terms of mechanics.
Another 2015 prospect to watch is Cordell Broadus, the 6-1, 185-pound receiver from Diamond Bar, who looked good and got a great deal of attention from Mora. Broadus is the son of rapper Snoop Dogg.
Zach Okun, the 2015 offensive line prospect from Newbury Park was easily among the top handful of OL prospects. He measured at 6-3 and weighed 308, and holds it well, especially for a sophomore-to-be.
Reno Rosene is another 2015 OL prospect to watch, from Westlake Village Oaks Christian. He measured at 6-5.5 and weighed 280.