UCLA has recruited well since Jim Mora has been in charge of the program, but they are finally starting to look like they could be neck and neck with USC for recruiting in southern California. One thing that has helped them out a lot has been establishing a pipeline with Ground Zero Athletes and it’s helped them land top linebackers Breland Brandt, Lokeni Toailoa, and Krys Barnes as well as an explosive athlete like Demetric Felton.
Felton is the type of player they failed to land in their previous recruiting class and is a great pickup for the Bruins.
I don’t think Felton’s height and weight are accurate with what I saw from his junior season, but he has not yet turned seventeen so there is still plenty of time to develop physically. He has great burst and outstanding feet. His lateral movement really stands out amongst all of his other athletic traits.
Felton mostly lines up out of the backfield and is a good inside runner despite his size. His ability be be a one-cut runner and to be slippery in traffic really stand out.
He is a such a dangerous player when he gets to the second level and it’s why he can excel after the catch as well. He has the burst to gain big yards and can make tacklers miss in-space. He shows the speed to flat out run by players on vertical routes and can turn short throws into big gains. Not surprisingly he ran a limited route tree when playing in the slot.
I would like to see him be more of a consistent hands-catcher rather than letting the ball get to his chest, but he has shown the ability to make phenomenal catches. He adjusts to the football well on deep balls and made one of the nicest one handed interceptions I have ever seen while playing defensive back.
He brings added value as a returner and has the skills to take it the distance every time the ball is kicked to him.
He’s more than likely going to be a slot receiver for UCLA.
Felton can immediately compete for playing time as a returner and is a great pickup after losing a commitment from a similar player in Ryan Newsome last cycle. If he can develop as a route runner, then he’s going to be a tough player to cover out of the slot for Pac-12 defenses during his career.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).