Recruit Reaction: Spring Ball

Jihree Stewart

Some of the visitors to UCLA's first few practices talk about their early impressions from spring ball...

Here are some quick reactions to spring ball from the recruits that have attended practices...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly DB Iman Marshall (offered):
"UCLA was excellent.  I enjoyed myself."

Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward OL Roy Hemsley (offered):
"The practices this week went well."

Westlake (Calif.) 2016 QB Malik Henry (offered):
"I love the tempo and the energy in practice. The atmosphere is great at UCLA.  I like the drills that Coach (Taylor) Mazzone is running.  I think the offense is flowing and overall the practice is really good. I really like UCLA right now."

Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward 2016 LB Breland Brandt (offered):
"Saturday's practice was great.  I had a really good time watching the guys.  They were fun to watch.  I've learned a lot from the coaches already too."

Rialto (Calif.) Carter 2016 LB Lokeni Toailoa (offered):
"Practices have been great.  Saturday was their first day in pads and the intensity level and hype was real high.  They were going at it all day in 1on1s and during team."

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 2016 RB Sean McGrew (offered):
"Practice was great.  I talked to Coach Mora, Coach Klemm and Coach Polamalu.  They were all excited to see me.  It was a great environment.  I got an up close look at the running back drills and really got to see how Coach Polamalu coaches.  He is a great coach and a great guy.  I feel like I could fit in very well.  They were all very surprised with my 10.67 100m time too."

Newbury Park (Calif.) 2017 ATH Darnay Holmes (offered on Wednesday):
"UCLA's Saturday practice was very good, it was a very good experience for me to be there, I got to know the coaches, and I learned many new techniques for being a DB, so overall it was amazing to watch them fully padded for the first team this year."

Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon DB Isaiah Renfro:
"Practice was good.  I love it up there.  The whole Westwood atmosphere is great. They didn't talk offer yet, just interest right now."

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite OL Clayton Johnston:
"Saturday was very good.  I got to talk to Coach Mora, Coach Klemm and Coach Polamalu for a while.  Coach Polamalu told me they would be in contact soon about an offer."

Corona (Calif.) Centennial CB Jihree Stewart
"It was great, I had a great time.  They didn't officially offer but I was talking to Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) and the rest of the staff just wants to see my film before offering.  So he said he pretty much knows it's a done deal, just has to go through protocol."

Etiwanda (Calif.) 2016 CB Treyjohn Butler:
"The practice was cool.  Great environment, well-run practice and a very fast tempo.  I enjoyed meeting Coach Martin and Coach Mora.

Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala CB Malik Psalms:
"It was really cool. I loved the environment and the tempo they had the whole practice. Coach Martin said he's excited to get me out to their camp so they can see how I respond with their coaching and to see any improvements that I've made since season.  I'm going to the Bruin Elite Camp."

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