Quick chat with UCLA recruit Gabriel Marks

Inside UCLA Campus Correspondent Jacob Ruffman also put together some quick interviews at the Above and Beyond Lineman camp yesterday at Spaulding Field. Ruffman is a recruiting enthusiast and a terrific young writer, and I hope to have him as a frequent presence to ramp up our recruiting coverage. This is some great stuff, with more interviews to follow.
Enjoy….

Here’s Round 2 with WR Gabe Marks,“>WR Gabriel Marks, video at the end:

Ruffman: How’s the recruiting process going for you right now?
Gabriel Marks: “It’s been good so far. I have offers from UCLA, Utah, Colorado, SMU, Boston College, Utah State and Idaho.”

JR: What is UCLA talking to you about most?
GM: “They are just making sure that my grades are right and that I get out to the campus more and visit.”

JR: What are you thoughts on UCLA?
GM: “UCLA is one of the best schools in the nation academically and the team is getting better. I came to a couple of practices in the spring and they are really getting better. I’m just waiting to see how they do this season.”

JR: Do you know when you’re going to make a decision?
GM: “No, not really. Just whenever I wake up and feel like I’m comfortable making my choice.”

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Adams verbally commits to UCLA

Jordan Adams, Scout.com’s No. 11-rated small forward in the class of 2012, just committed to UCLA on a live broadcast.

Adams, who played for new assistant coach Korey McCray’s Atlanta Celtics on the AAU circuit, becomes the Bruins’ first commitment of the class, and it’s a big one.

At 6-5, 215 pounds, he has a solid frame and is talented but raw on the offensive end, and he’ll probably end up as a shooting guard. The main knock on him right now is conditioning, but he’ll have a year to work at vaunted Oak Hill Academy, and he should be able to contribute to UCLA early as the Bruins lose both Lazeric Jones and Jerime Anderson from the backcourt.

Adams told Scout.com that he committed to UCLA “because of their tradition and history,” and added, “I think it’s a good fit for me.”

It seems that the hire of McCray is already paying off for the Bruins, as Adams told Scout.com: “He impacted me a lot because he was my trainer. He helped me with everything. Nobody would be recruiting me if it weren’t for him.”

Adams is the first in what could be a huge recruiting haul for Ben Howland and Co., and he gave a personal shout-out to many of the Bruins’ top recruits, asking for Shaq Goodwin, Shabazz Muhammad and L.J. Rose to join him in Westwood during his video announcement.

Here’s a link to the Scout story: Check it out

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Quick chat with UCLA recruit Bryce Treggs

Inside UCLA Campus Correspondent Jacob Ruffman also put together some quick interviews at the Above and Beyond Lineman camp yesterday at Spaulding Field. Ruffman is a recruiting enthusiast and a terrific young writer, and I hope to have him as a frequent presence to ramp up our recruiting coverage. This is some great stuff, with more interviews to follow.
Enjoy….

Here’s Round 1 with 4-star WR Bryce Treggs, video at the end:

Ruffman: You are one of the top wide receivers in the nation, why did you decide to come out here and participate in the camp?
Bryce Treggs: “It was actually my dad. He wanted me to come out here and work with coach Johnson a little bit and feel out his coaching style.”

JR: What did you think of him?
BT: “Coach Johnson is great, I love his style. He’s very hands on, he doesn’t just tell you what to do he shows you how to do it. I like that.”

JR: Where does UCLA stand for you right now?
BT: “UCLA is definitely in my top 4. The main schools I’m looking at are Cal, Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA.”

JR: What is it about UCLA you’re interested in?
BT: “It’s the balance between academics and athletics. Also it’s close to home so friends and family could see me play.”

JR: Do you think you’re going to take your officials before or after you make a decision?
BT: “I’m going to decide after most likely. I’m getting recruited so I might as well enjoy it.”

JR: Are you going to take any more trips this summer?
BT: “No, I think I’m done. I might come up to UCLA a couple more times because it’s right down the street but I’m not taking any more trips.”

JR: You spent a lot of time talking with some of the other recruits, are there any players you might want to play with in college?
BT: “I would love to play with Ishmael (Adams) because we’re both good players on different sides of the ball. We could come in here and make an impact right away. Also Richard Smith, Gabriel Marks, pretty much everyone UCLA is recruiting that’s here.”

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Quick chat with UCLA recruit Steven Moore

Inside UCLA Campus Correspondent Jacob Ruffman also put together some quick interviews at the Above and Beyond Lineman camp yesterday at Spaulding Field. Ruffman is a recruiting enthusiast and a terrific young writer, and I hope to have him as a frequent presence to ramp up our recruiting coverage. This is some great stuff, with more interviews to follow.
Enjoy….

Here’s Round 3 with OT Steven Moore:

Jacob Ruffman: You were out here last year, how did this camp compare to last years?
Steven Moore: “It was much better this year. I wasn’t able to finish the camp last year so I wasn’t able to compete in the Bruin challenge. This year I was and that was a lot of fun.”

JR: UCLA offered you today, how does that change things?
SM: “It was great to get this offer. It’s my second Pac-12 offer and I really like the sound
of that.”

JR: What schools are you looking at right now?
SM: “I have five offers so far: Nevada, Arizona, San Jose State, Fresno State and now
UCLA.”

JR: Do you have any timetable for your decision?
SM: “I plan on taking all five of my officials so I don’t think it will be any time soon, but I
definitely will be taking one to UCLA.”

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Weekly Q&A

Fire away with questions for this week’s Q&A. Please don’t post new questions on the answers section, because I don’t always check the comments. Save them for next week.

Thanks
Jon

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UCLA Above and Beyond Skills Camp Recap

Inside UCLA Campus Correspondent Jacob Ruffman returns with a recap of today’s Above and Beyond Skills camp at Spaulding Field. Ruffman is a recruiting enthusiast and a terrific young writer, and I hope to have him as a frequent presence to ramp up our recruiting coverage. This is some great stuff, with interviews to follow tomorrow.
Enjoy….

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There was a little more flash involved in today’s UCLA Above and Beyond Skills camp compared to the lineman camp yesterday. There were more oohs and aahs, much more competitive chatter and it a more social environment at Spaulding Field.

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Most of the top players in attendance were not participating in the camp, but a couple of big names were out there doing drills during the first half, including 4-star WR Bryce Treggs and 3-stars TE Ian Taubler and Richard Smith. Non-participating visitors included 4-star CB Ishmael Adams, WR Gabe Marks, WR Kenny Lawler and two Serra defensive linemen who shined at the linemen camp yesterday, DE Kache Palacio“>Kache Palacio and Royce Dodd.

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One of the top prospects on hand that had yet to receive a UCLA offer was ATH Bryan Harper. He got reps on both sides of the ball, but he looks like he’ll end up on the defensive side; he had a smooth backpedal and fluid hips that make him more suited to be a defensive back.

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Treggs showed why he is one of the top wide receivers in the nation during his stint. He’s a refined route runner and he has good quickness with great hands for this level. He didn’t compete in the second portion because offensive coordinator Mike Johnson didn’t want to risk injury. Treggs spent the majority of the day talking with other recruits and the coaching staff. He has a magnetic personality, the type of recruit who would go out and recruit for you. He spent a lot of time with Adams and is also good friends with Smith and Marks.

Treggs still has Cal in the lead with Notre Dame and Stanford following, but he did say that UCLA is in his top group with those three schools. This is a change because he had only Cal, Stanford and Notre Dame in his top group before the camp.

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Smith, an Arizona State soft verbal, came out and did his best impersonation of Long Beach Poly’s mascot, the Jackrabbit. Though lightning-fast, he did lose focus a couple of times during the drills and dropped some balls and he didn’t exactly jump to the front of the line to get more reps in.
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Cantlay in lights

If you watch highlights of Rory McIllroy hositing the U.S. Open trophy this morning, check out the golfer in the background, that’s UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay. The only golfer among suits on the green. He’s forever in the picture of McIlroy winning his first major. Cantlay earned that spot by winning low amateur at the U.S. Open. He’ll play in the Travelers Championship this week in Connecticut after earning a sponsor’s exemption.

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Quick chat with UCLA recruit Eli Ankou

Inside UCLA Campus Correspondent Jacob Ruffman also put together some quick interviews at the Above and Beyond Lineman camp yesterday at Spaulding Field. Ruffman is a recruiting enthusiast and a terrific young writer, and I hope to have him as a frequent presence to ramp up our recruiting coverage. This is some great stuff, with more interviews to follow.
Enjoy….

Here’s Round 2 with DE Eli Ankou, video at the end:

Ruffman: This is your first time out to UCLA, what did you think of the school/camp?
Ankou: “It was awesome, there’s good weather, good atmosphere. The coaches were great
and they really know what they’re talking about. I was really motivated to do my
best and show them what I can do.”

JR: What did the coaches do for you during the camp?
EA:”They showed me how to use my hips a bit more and at the end of the one-on-ones I
was able to exploit that more. It was great to get those pointers and use them in live
games.”

JR: What schools are you looking at currently?
EA: “I currently have three offers: UCLA, Virginia and Vanderbilt. I also have high
interest from Michigan state, Rutgers, Akron and some other schools up north.”

JR: What are your thoughts about UCLA?
EA: “I really like the environment of the school as a whole. When you walk out of here
you walk out with something valuable. Also, the coaches are great and the facilities
are really good as well.”

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Quick chat with UCLA recruit Isaac Seumalo

Inside UCLA Campus Correspondent Jacob Ruffman also put together some quick interviews at the Above and Beyond Lineman camp yesterday at Spaulding Field. Ruffman is a recruiting enthusiast and a terrific young writer, and I hope to have him as a frequent presence to ramp up our recruiting coverage. This is some great stuff, with more interviews to follow.
Enjoy….

Here’s Round 1 with OL/DL Isaac Seumalo, with video at the end:

Ruffman: What did you think of the camp? The coaches? Your performance?
Seumalo: “Today was great. I thought I did fairly well but it was really tiring. It was fun
though, I had a lot of fun.”

You were playing on both sides of the ball a lot today, which side do you think you’ll
play on in college?

IS: “I’m not sure yet because I like both a lot. Each one is different and right now I’m
just trying to do as well as I can at both.”

Did you get to know any of the guys at the camp?
“I was able to talk a lot with Eduardo Middleton quite a bit. Also I spent a lot of time
with the kids from Serra (Kache Palacio and Royce Dodd), too, during a team drill.
They were good guys.”

Are there any schools sticking out to you at this point?
“Not yet. I’m still feeling out the process and going with the flow.”

Your dad coaches at Oregon State and he could potentially be your position coach if
you played defense, is that going to have a bearing on your decision?

“No, not at all. My dad is a dad first and a coach second. He’s going to let me make
my own choice.”

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