UCLA Prospects at Elite 11

Brad Kaaya

A look at how some of the UCLA targets did at the San Francisco Elite 11...

Though Kyle Allen has already been to an Elite 11 Regional Tryout and two NFTC's plus earned an invite to The Opening and Elite 11, there were still some other west coast quarterback recruits in San Francisco on Friday evening that UCLA is keeping a close watch on.

Navato (Calif.) San Marin's Manny Wilkins first caught our eye at the Elite 11 in Oakland a year ago. The quarterback attended a regional camp in Texas last month and said he felt like a different quarterback on Friday.

"I felt a lot more comfortable today than I did in Texas," Wilkins said. "I was horrible in Texas, I have no idea what happened there. I came out so fired up and I put so much pressure on myself.

"I started off slow and then I started to press and it just went downhill from there. Today I told myself to just go out there and have fun and that's what I did. I felt free and loose and just let the ball go and I thought I had a good day."

Wilkins is planning to camp at UCLA's quarterback camp in June, and has already thrown for UCLA once this spring and will likely throw again for one of the Mazzones in the next two weeks.  He'll visit Arizona and Arizona State over Memorial Day weekend.

The four-star talked about how he thinks the quarterback dominoes will fall when Allen makes his decision, will will greatly affect Wilkins, sinc3 several schools targeting Allen -- including UCLA -- have Wilkins right behind him on their recruiting board.

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade signal caller Brad Kaaya, who committed to Miami on Monday, was the most consistent quarterback of the day and has had a very good spring. He looked comfortable in every situation on Friday, whether it was straight drops, rolling out or throwing out of the shot gun.

The Miami commit has a smooth, easy release and the game looks easy for him. He throws with great touch, spins it consistently and has plenty of zip. He can continue to improve his accuracy but does a nice job throwing on time and had one of the prettier deep balls in the event.

"Having come out here this weekend already committed took the monkey off my back and I was able to go out and just throw the football," Kaaya said. "I was pretty happy with how I threw the football and felt I had good day."

While Kaaya is a commit to the Hurricanes, once those quarterback dominoes start to fall you can bet that several West Coast schools will get involved and likely offer, and UCLA could be one of those if Allen goes elsewhere.  Kaaya was at spring ball and has long liked UCLA.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Josh Rosen and Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Ricky Town were the top underclassmen at the event and both looked strong.

Although just a rising junior, Rosen is already very polished as a pocket passer. He has a quick release, a very strong arm and can throw the deep ball with touch. He wasn't as accurate as we've seen him in the past but putting the ball in tight spaces is actually one of his strengths and he has as much as upside as anyone in this camp.

"I felt like I did well out there, I did a well as I possibly could have hoped for" Rosen said. "I was hoping to get in to that two-minute drill at the end there, it was a little frustrating but it just motivates me for the next time I get out there and I feel like I can compete with anyone."

Rosen visited Cal on Friday and the Bears are strongly in the mix for him, but he also likes UCLA and Stanford as well.

Town doesn't do the 7 on 7 circuit so this was one of the first times we've seen him this spring and he impressed. The signal caller has a smooth, easy delivery, was accurate throughout the day and showing more zip on his passes than we remember from last season.

"It was a great opportunity to be out with the best and I had a lot of fun," Town said. "I thought I did well overall, there were some footwork drills I know I can do better at but overall, it was a positive experience for me. I was real impressed with Josh Rosen and it was fun competing against him. We were going at it throw for throw all day."

Town is one of three 2015 quarterbacks that UCLA has already offered but you can make a case that he's their primary target, at least right now, at the position.

Norco's (Calif.) Coltin Gerhart is a spread quarterback and said he wasn't used to some of the drops but still looked strong. Gerhart has a quick release, is strong mechanically and has one of the biggest arms in the region.

He's a dual-threat quarterback who runs very well and although you're not able to showcase that aspect of your game in this environment, Gerhart still impressed with his arm talent and overall mobility.

"It was a great learning experience for me," Gerhart said. "The seven step drops were tough for me and I felt awkward at times but I still enjoyed some of the drills and it was fun hearing from the quarterback gurus who were coaching us."

Gerhart doesn't have an offer from UCLA, and isn't hearing from them a lot, but could be on the next tier.

Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon signal caller Cade Apsay started off strong and had a great first half of the camp. He's an athletic kid who moves very well and can make throws from all angles.

His arm didn't look as live the last hour of the camp but he was still able to deliver the ball on time and with accuracy. At his best, Apsay has a great skill set and the ability to fit in well with any offense. He'll be back on Sunday for the NIKE Camp and should do very well."

"I was pretty nervous out there in the beginning and didn't know what to expect out here," Apsay said. "As the day went along, I felt more comfortable but still need to work on calming my mind. That's one of the things the coaches talked to us about, when you're in the pressure chamber, you need to learn to calm yourself and that's something I know I can do better at."

Apsay will camp at UCLA this summer and his dad is a UCLA alum.  Plus, there is the whole first name thing.

A couple other 2014 quarterbacks who caught our eye included Los Gatos (Calif.) Nick Bawden and Henderson (Nev.) Foothill's Drew Doxtator, who will both camp at UCLA, and San Fernando's (Calif.) Cris Solano, whose head coach played under Karl Dorrell.

A few other underclassmen that we noticed included Merced's Tyrone Williams, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Kevin Davidson, Uplands (Calif.) Tyler Hilinski and Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza's Dakota Miller.

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