UCLA Prospects at The Opening -- Update

Alize Jones

Nike's The Opening is the premiere football prospect event of the summer. All of the best national recruits come to Oregon in July, and this year UCLA easily has the most targets participating in the even than it ever has...

Breaking News: Alize Jones, the five-star tight end prospect committed to UCLA, has been added to The Opening roster.

It's pretty huge, since it will be the only event in which Jones has participated all spring or summer, and a great opportunity to see him in action.

The other big news is that Stephen Johnson will announce his decision at The Opening, and it's between UCLA and Oregon.

UCLA will have the most targets participating in the event than it ever has, a total of 34 prospects UCLA is currently recruiting.

The two most recent additions, who were added to the roster right as Nike finalized the roster, were Osa Masina and Porter Gustin.

The Opening is a five-day competition featuring the best football prospects in the nation, conducted at the Nike campus in Beaverton, Oregon.

It features 7-on-7 and lineman competition, as well as the Elite 11 quarterback competition going on in tandem.

This year it takes place July 5th through July 10.

There will be a total of 162 recruits participating (here's the finalized roster).

Below are the 33 UCLA prospects participating.



Cordell Broadus, 6-3.5, 190, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Ranking: #133 Overall, #15 WR OFFERED

Broadus is considered a top-five receiver in the west, and after seeing him at the SoCal Nike Camp, he solidified that status. He's gotten taller, a legit 6-3, and his body has muscled out some and is developing well. He's not lightning fast, but pretty quick for his size, and has good length to go along with good pass-catching skills. After taking a few big receivers in 2014, UCLA is targeting quicker, elusive receivers, but Broadus might be too good to pass up if he wants to commit. And we're hearing UCLA is probably his leader at this point, after the commitment of his friend Josh Rosen. He has said that he'll wait until Signing Day to announce, but he could make up his mind before then.



Austin Bryant, 6-4, 230, Thomasville (Georgia) Thomas County
Ranking: #239 Overall, #28 DE OFFERED

Bryant is projected as strong side defensive end prospect, and was impressive against some of the nation's top offensive tackles at the Atlanta NFTC. UCLA Defensive Coordinator Jeff Ulbrich visited Bryant this spring, and the buzz we've heard from sources in Georgia is that Bryant really has a bond with Ulbrich and that UCLA has a very good chance with him. He intends to visit unofficially during the summer, and perhaps make an early decision.


Frank Buncom, 6-1, 180, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine
Ranking: #160 Overall, #10 S OFFERED

Buncom is a good prospect and a good student. He's a smart kid that showed this spring/summer that he has a great work ethic, participating in many camps and combines and never taking a rep off. UCLA was in a good place with him a couple of months ago, but we're uncertain just how actively they're recruiting him at this point. Stanford is thought to be the heavy lean.



George Campbell, 6-4, 190, Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake
Ranking: #26 Overall, #3 WR OFFERED

Campbell has size and speed, and that combo gets him the lofty ranking. Last year at The Opening Campbell ran a 4.36 in the 40, and he's a rare two-time attendee that is a standout on both sides of the ball. UCLA is trying, and Campbell recently said that UCLA was on a narrowed list. He has said in the past that he intended to visit UCLA and if he does come out on his own dime this summer then you can start considering him a serious prospect for UCLA.



Neville Gallimore, 6-3, 300, St. Catharines, ON (Can.)
Ranking: #90 Overall, #11 DT OFFERED

Gallimore has great athleticism for a prospect his size. In high school, he often times worked as a standup end or outside linebacker spot, showing great mobility and quickness. At the Ohio Nike Camp he worked strictly as a defensive tackle, and displayed some very impressive raw athleticism and some developing rush moves, earning him an invitation to The Opening. UCLA has been on him for a while, since he knows fellow Canadian and current UCLA defensive lineman Eli Ankou.



Rasheem Green, 6-5, 289, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Ranking: #18 Overall, #3 DE OFFERED

Rasheem, the Dream, recorded a freaky 113.04 SPARQ Rating at the SoCal NFTC. He's the potential NFL prospects UCLA wants to keep plugging into its defensive line, and pretty much the perfect guy to step into that Cassius Marsh/Owa Odighizuwa role. He's strong and explosive and actually still pretty raw, with a huge upside. The common assumption is that he was a USC lean, but his mother is a Bruin alum and we're hearing more and more it could be a UCLA/Stanford battle.



Porter Gustin, 6-5, 235, Salem (Utah) Salem Hills
Ranking: #61Overall, #8 DE OFFERED

Gustin is an exceptional jumbo athlete, at 6-5 and nearly 240. He's sometimes listed as a linebacker, but with his size you have to project him as a defensive end type, and he'd be a perfect fit in UCLA's DE/OLB role. He lists Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon, and Washington, mainly, but he's a kid that's new to the recruiting scene and just at the beginning of his knowledge about schools and programs, so it's expected his recruitment is a long-haul type of one.



Dechaun Holiday, 6-2, 190, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills
Ranking: #82 Overall, #13 CB OFFERED

Holiday won the Defensvie Back MVP honors at the SoCal NFTC in a loaded group. He's big enough where you could see him almost grow into a linebacker, but he's shown this spring some exceptional coverage skills. He's the type of versatile guy that UCLA is looking for, someone who could, despite how big he is, be a cornerback but certainly play safety, nickel and mini-linebacker. UCLA was the first to offer and we know the early favorite but now the country is getting involved, with offers from Notre Dame, Oklahoma, USC, Texas A&M, Oregon and more.



John Houston, 6-3, 200, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Ranking: #17 Overall, #2 DE OFFERED

Houston is a combo of very good size and exceptional athleticism, so his physical and athletic upside are considerable. He'll have to continue to add good weight and learn to play with more of a mean streak, but he's a promising prospect. It's long been thought he's leaning to USC, but we know that Mora is after him. He recently said that USC, Florida State, Oregon, Oklahoma and Florida are definitely among his finalists. While we know UCLA is part of his top 13 we're skeptical the Bruins have a real shot.



Sotonye Jamabo, 6-1, 190, Plano (Tex.) Plano West
Ranking: #39 Overall, #2 RB OFFERED

Even though the big running back had an injured Achilles, he still recorded a 4.61 40 on his way to a 109.26 SPARQ Rating at the Dallas Nike Combine. UCLA started recruiting Jamabo pretty seriously in March and the interest is mutual. UCLA Running Back Coach Kennedy Polamalu has a connection to Jamabo and he's having an impact on the elite prospect. Jamabo visited UCLA two weeks ago and the feeling is that the Bruins lead or are among his top two.



Andre James, 6-5, 275, Herriman (Utah)
Ranking: #148 Overall, #13 OT OFFERED

The #2 tackle prospect in the west, James has offers from all over the country. He visited UCLA when in town for the L.A. Nike Camp, and UCLA is doing well with him. There's no feeling that he's an early-commmitment type. Coach Adrian Klemm and Coach Taylor Mazzone are on James and making him a priority. He's not LDS so BYU doesn't necessarily have an advantage with James. He recently released his top six of UCLA, USC, Utah, Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio State. He got a later offer to The Opening (June 6th). The recent trend is that he's leaning to UCLA, but we hesitate to put much stock in it.



Malik Jefferson, 6-3, 220, Mesquite (Tex.) Poteet
Ranking: #2 Overall, #1 OLB OFFERED

We're skeptical UCLA has a real chance with the super-elite Jefferson, but the coaches went to see him this spring. Jefferson is perhaps the best pass-rushing outside linebacker in the nation. He has indicated he'll visit UCLA in June unofficially, and without it we tend to believe UCLA wouldn't have a shot with him. While summer isn't over the window for that visit is narrowing.



Stephen Johnson, 5-11, 185, San Leandro (Calif.)
Ranking: #241 Overall, #30 CB OFFERED

Johnson was probably one of the hottest prospects in the west this spring, collecting offers from big-time programs, including just recently UCLA. He clocked a 4.37 40 at the U.S. Army Combine and that got him a great deal of new attention. He earned an invitation to The Opening when he ran a 4.41 at the Oakland NFTC and generally performed well. He's getting recruited as a cornerback, a slot receiver (which UCLA is recruiting him as), and even a quarterback, the position he plays in high school. Johnson will announce his decision at The Opening, and, in the last several days, the word is that Johnson has been fluctuating between UCLA and Oregon and it could go either way.



Alize Jones, 6-4.5, 220, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Ranking: #29 Overall, #2 TE COMMITTED

UCLA got a commitment from the #2 tight end in the country early on and it looks like the commitment is very solid. Jones is an elite athlete, who could probably be a five-star defensive end/linebacker if he chose to be. Since he's been committed for so long and he didn't participate in any spring/summer events (not feeling the need since he's committed), Jones has been somewhat overlooked in the last couple of months. Participating in the Opening will be his first and probably only event of the summer and a very a big thing, then. To be able to see him up against all of the best prospects in the nation should be interesting.


Christian Kirk, 5-11, 190, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
Ranking: #35 Overall, #4 WR OFFERED

At the 2014 Los Angeles NFTC, Kirk recorded a 4.54 40, 4.37 shuttle, 40.5" vert and 37' Powerball for an oustanding 116.58 SPARQ Rating. After watching Kirk at the Nike Camp, it's a bit uncertain exactly what position he'll play in college. But he's not one of those guys that you say that about since he's not really a fit at any position; with Kirk it's a matter that he could play a number of positions really well. He's getting recruited mostly as a wide receiver. The word is that Texas A&M is the clear leader at this point.



Isaiah Langley, 6-0, 175, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
Ranking: #73 Overall, #10 OFFERED

A great body for a cornerback – rangy with long arms and a smooth running ability. Langley has all the markings of a great cornerback, but the talent to play just about anywhere. In fact, he looks like a weapon as a wide receiver. UCLA and Langley have faded through spring. He'll announce at the Opening and it looks to be either Cal or USC.



Keisean Lucier-South, 6-5, 220, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Ranking: #19 Overall, #4 DE OFFERED

UCLA has used the prospect of being the next Anthony Barr on many recruits, and perhaps the #1 candidate to fill those shoes in the 2015 class is Lucier-South. He was a beast at the Nike Camp, just too quick and long for any OL to come close to containing him. He also, though, is so athletic and runs so well that he very well might be capable of dropping into coverage, too. He attended UCLA's Spring Game, and during and after pretty much indicated that UCLA was his leader. That's great and all, but it's more than likely going to be a long-haul recruitment.



Iman Marshall, 6-1, 190, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Ranking: #10 Overall, #3 CB OFFERED

Marshall is a versatile prospect. He sees himself as a cornerback, and he has decent cover skills, but we think he projects as a safety, and a very good one. USC has been thought to be his leader, but he's spent some time on UCLA's campus, attended a couple of practices and UCLA's spring game, and has been by a few more times this spring and summer. Mora is all over him.



Osa Masina, 6-4, 210, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton

Ranking: #51 Overall, #7 OLB OFFERED

Masina has been very impressive this spring and summer. For his size, and he's pretty big, he's shown he's capable of dropping into coverage. He could probably play that Myles Jack outside linebacker spot or inside at UCLA. He visited UCLA's campus in early March and has consistenly repped UCLA publicly. The word is that UCLA is doing well with him, and is possibly leading for him. He narrowed his list to eight: UCLA, USC, Michigan, Wisconsin, Stanford, Arizona State, Notre Dame and local Utah.



Ray-Ray McCloud, 5-10, 175, Tampa Bay (Fla.) Sickles
Ranking: #45 RB OFFERED

McCloud has been coming on this spring, garnering a good deal of offers, including from UCLA. The Bruins were on him fairly early and have kept on him so there's mutual interest. There is a thought that he'll stay local, probably Florida, but he's had a plan to visit many schools this summer, including UCLA in June. He was perhaps the best prospect at UCLA's Elite Camp. The thought is that UCLA has a real shot with McCloud, but it's going to be a battle for perhaps Florida's most explosive offensive weapon, with Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and Michigan involved.



Arthur McGinnis, 6-3, 215, New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton
Ranking: #14 MLB OFFERED

McGinnis was a bit under the radar, until he won the linebacker MVP at the Nike D.C. Camp. He is getting interest and has offers from UCLA, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Georgia. He's a very good athlete, recording a top-ten SPARQ rating at the recent combine in New Orleans. He's a strong student, so academics will play a part. He came out to the west coast for the B2G Camp, and didn't visit UCLA. The word is that UCLA isn't recruiting him heavily.



Ryan Newsome, 5-9, 175, Aledo (Tex.)
Ranking: #188 Overall, #23 WR OFFERED

Newsome is the type of speed guy UCLA is targeting at receiver in 2015. He ran a 10.51 in track this spring, and a 4.16 shuttle at the Dallas NFTC. He has offers from some of the elite national programs and his recruitment is going big. Mora has been recruiting him personally and the word is that UCLA is doing well with Newsome. He visited UCLA earlier in June and the visit reportedly went really well. He recently released his top five: Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, and Notre Dame.



Drew Richmond, 6-6, 290, Memphis (Tenn.) University School
Ranking: #115 Overall, #10 OT OFFERED

We've heard that UCLA is doing well with Richmond, after Klemm went to see him recently at his high school. Interestingly, Richmond says he wants to announce a decision September 9th, and the only official visit he's certain of is to UCLA. He said he could still visit other schools in addition to the one he announces for, however. But it's a good sign, and the feeling is that the Bruins either currently lead or are right there for Richmond, along with Alabama.



Josh Rosen, 6-4, 205, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Ranking: #12 Overall, #1 QB COMMITTED

The newly-crowned #1 quarterback prospect in the nation by Scout.com, Rosen has been committed to UCLA since March. Rosen has so many of the tools you need to be an elite college quarterback – size, athleticism, a strong arm, accuracy, touch, and intelligence. He also seems to be maturing in terms of leadership, too, which is a big factor. The trip up to Oregon for The Opening will be an opportunity for Rosen to show he deserves the #1 quarterback ranking.


Dru Samia, 6-5, 290, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley

Samia looked like one of the best OLs in the west in the recent Oakland Nike Camp, with great size, feet and nastiness. He'll probably move up the Scout.com rankings with how he's looked this summer and very likely get a fourth star. UCLA has been recruiting Samia for some time, but has picked it up now that he had a blow-up performance at the Nike Camp. There was some concern about academics, but it's looking promising. UCLA offered Samia, and he attended the UCLA camp last week, and the Bruins are thought to be the leader.


Tim Settle, 6-3, 310, Manassas (Virg.) Jackson
Ranking: #15 Overall, #3 DT OFFERED

Settle is the #3 defensive tackle in the nation and has almost 40 scholarship offers, including those from the nation's elite programs. He recently released his top 15, in order: Tennessee, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Texas, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Penn State, West Virginia, UCLA, North Carolina, North Carolina State, LSU, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. UCLA running 10th doesn't seem very promising, but we've heard that he's decided UCLA will be one of his official visits, which gives the Bruins a fighting chance.



Kendall Sheffield, 6-0, 180, Missouri City (Tex.) Marshall
Ranking: #7 Overall, #2 CB OFFERED

At the Houston Nike Combine, he showed great athleticism, running a 4.09 shuttle and recording a 41.7-inch vertical jump. UCLA is using its Texas connections to get in on Sheffield, a top-ten national prospect. The biggest connection is that he goes to the high school of current UCLA linebacker Deon Hollins. Sheffield is an elite talent, with great speed and quickness. He literally is hearing from every program in the country, and it will be a tough recruitment for UCLA. Like with many, if Sheffield visits UCLA unofficially this summer, and there still is a chance, that would be a sign that they have a chance.



Roquan Smith, 6-1, 207, Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County
Ranking: #104 Overall, #3 MLB OFFERED

Smith really has exploded on the scene after a great junior season, and is a hard-hitting, athletic force inside. Picture a more athletic Eric Kendricks. The country is on him now, but the word is that UCLA is doing very well with him, constantly in contact with Mora and the UCLA staff. He visited UCLA last week and the Bruins are thought to be the leader.



Equanimeous St. Brown, 6-5, 200, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Ranking: #88 Overall, #9 WR OFFERED

UCLA was a childhood favorite for St. Brown and the Bruins offered him this spring, which immediately vaulted them to among his leaders. At the L.A. Nike Camp he looked all of 6-4 to 6-5, and very agile for that size, while having gained some strength. That combination made it near-impossible for him to be guarded when he sealed off a route. He got The Opening invite in June. UCLA, while having offered, hasn't recruited him really aggressively. He just took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame and it's thought the Fighting Irish lead.



Marvell Tell, 6-2, 180, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Ranking: #47 Overall, #3 S OFFERED

Tell is a talented prospect, with very good size but with the agility and quickness to perhaps play other spots than safety. UCLA was his early leader, then USC surged, but we've heard since UCLA's spring practice, when Tell spent an entire day on UCLA's campus and with the program, UCLA is probably back on top. He recently visited USC unofficially. Regardless, Tell is going to be a recruiting battle, and just not between UCLA and USC, but with the likes of Oklahoma, Washington and even Washington State, who Tell visited in March.



Adonis Thomas, 6-4, 210, Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett
Ranking: #263 Overall, #22 OLB OFFERED

Thomas is considered one of the best prospects in the state of Georgia for 2015, and one of the best pass rushers in the South. He trimmed his list to 10: Florida, UCLA, Alabama, Stanford, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida State. Florida is on him hard and he'll make a decision before his season – before he probably has a chance to get out west.



Fred Ulu-Perry, 6-3, 305, Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis
Ranking: #282 Overall, #17 OG OFFERED

Ulu-Perry had a great SoCal NFTC performance, where he won the OL MVP, which garnered him the invitation to The Opening. He's emerging as one of the best guard prospects in the west, and UCLA is stepping up its recruitment of him, with OL Coach Adrian Klemm going to see him in Hawaii a couple of months ago, and Ulu-Perry looking very good at UCLA's camp last week, which got him the UCLA offer. It's thought the Bruins look good for him right now.



Semisi Uluave, 6-5, 320, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou
Ranking: #85 OG OFFERED

Uluave might be one of the most under-rated prospects in the west, mostly because it's generally difficult for college coaches to get out to Hawaii to see prospects. Uluave, though, participated in the NorCal NIKE Camp and looked very good. UCLA had been on him previously, and offered as a result of his spring performances. The feeling as of now is that UCLA looks very good for him.



Donte Jackson, 5-11, 175, Jefferson (La.) Riverdale
Ranking: #28 CB OFFERED

At the moment, Jackson has a top five of Georgia, LSU, Oregon, Texas A&M, and Florida, but UCLA is taking a look at him. He's become one of the hottest prospects in the country this spring, with several big-time offers coming in. Georgia is the current leader, but Oregon was his favorite school growing up.

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