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UCLA Football Recruiting: 4 Top Targets to Watch at the Opening

Kyle KensingContributor IJanuary 23, 2017

UCLA Football Recruiting: 4 Top Targets to Watch at the Opening

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    The nation's top recruits in the class of 2015 converge on Beaverton, Oregon, next month for this year's edition of The Opening.

    UCLA Bruins fans should keep an eye on the event's proceedings—UCLA coaches certainly will be. 

    Head coach Jim Mora and his staff are in the hunt to sign several of the recruits showcasing their abilities at the event.

    Four of the Bruins' top prospects participating could be cornerstone signees for the coming year, and The Opening is a unique glimpse into what each might offer in the Pac-12.

Cordell Broadus: 4-Star Wide Receiver

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    Cordell Broadus
    Cordell BroadusCredit: 247Sports.com

    High School/Hometown

    Bishop Gorman/Las Vegas

     

    Height and Weight

    6'2", 195 pounds

     

    Recruitment Status

    Uncommitted. Top schools are UCLA, USC, Notre Dame, Florida State and Baylor.

     

    How He Got Here and What to Watch For

    Cordell Broadus steadily built recruiting buzz in the last year, with interest taking off since his eight-touchdown 2013 season for Diamond Bar High School in California. He landed a spot in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Game in January.

    Broadus earned high marks from 247Sports.com for his route-running ability, a skill demonstrated at March's Nike Football Training Camp in Los Angeles.

    A 247Sports report suggests he was "one of the top overall performers" at the event.

    At The Opening, Broadus will have a chance to showcase some of his other skillsparticularly his playmaking ability after the catch.

    UCLA jumped into the fray of recruiting Broadus early, and the Bruins now have a unique tie to him. His transfer to Las Vegas prep powerhouse Bishop Gorman pairs Broadus with UCLA-committed tight end Aliz'e Jones.

DeChaun Holiday: 4-Star Safety

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    DeChaun Holiday
    DeChaun HolidayCredit: 247Sports.com

    High School/Hometown

    Mission Hills/San Marcos, California

     

    Height and Weight

    6'2", 195 pounds

     

    Recruitment Status

    Uncommitted. Top schools are UCLA, USC, Oregon and Oklahoma.

     

    How He Got Here and What to Watch For

    A strong showing at the Los Angeles NFTC catapulted DeChaun Holiday into the top 100 of 247Sports' rankings and also netted the talented defensive back an invitation to The Opening.

    Interest in Holiday has also come flooding in this spring, with Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Mississippi State all offering him since March. UCLA got a jump by extending its scholarship offer to Holiday in October.

    Holiday's size makes him an especially intriguing defensive back prospect, as he's built somewhat more like a receiver. That gives Holiday a physical advantage he's demonstrated against such competition as 4-star wide receiver and fellow The Opening invitee, Equanimeous St. Brown.

    Gerard Martinez of USCFootball.com tweeted that Holiday "might be St. Brown's kryptonite" at the NFTC.

    The Opening is a prime opportunity for Holiday to continue his ascent up the 2015 recruiting ladder.

Keisean Lucier-South: 5-Star Defensive End

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    Keisean Lucier-South
    Keisean Lucier-SouthCredit: 247Sports.com

    High School/Hometown

    Lutheran/Orange, California

     

    Height and Weight

    6'5", 225 pounds

     

    Recruitment Status

    Uncommitted. Top schools are UCLA, Michigan, Texas, USC and Notre Dame.

     

    How He Got Here and What to Watch For

    Keisean Lucier-South had an excellent March. According to Rivals.com's Adam Gorney, the Lutheran High School standout was a star of the Southern California Rivals Camp.

    Scout.com's Brandon Huffman and Greg Biggins wrote, "If there was an overall MVP for the camp, it probably would have gone to Lucier-South."

    StudentSports.com's Todd Huber described Lucier-South as "unblockable during 1-on-1 [drills]."

    Indeed, the praise is pouring in, and Lucier-South looks more and more like the ideal addition to a UCLA line already featuring young talent like Eddie Vanderdoes.

    This lengthy and athletic edge-rusher can solidify his 5-star billing against the nation's best offensive linemen at The Opening.

    Demonstrating strength upon engagement at the line to go with his elusiveness on the blitz may be the last piece of the puzzle in Lucier-South truly establishing himself as one of the top recruits in the country.

Marvell Tell: 4-Star Safety

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    Marvell Tell
    Marvell TellCredit: 247Sports.com

    High School/Hometown

    Crespi/Encino, California

     

    Height and Weight

    6'2", 175 pounds

     

    Recruitment Status

    Uncommitted. Top schools are UCLA, USC, Oregon, Vanderbilt and Washington State.

     

    How He Got Here and What to Watch For

    A standout performance despite a tweaked hamstring at last month's Oakland NFTC landed Marvell Tell his invitation to The Opening.

    Scout.com reporters Brandon Huffman and Greg Biggins wrote "coaches couldn’t stop raving about Tell" in Oakland. 

    Tell previously wowed at the seven-on-seven Passing Down tournament in Fullerton, California. His highlights (via Scout.com) demonstrate an uncanny ability to swoop to the ball as well as a keen ability to read where opposing quarterbacks will throw.

    At full strength in Oregon, Tell should be able to wow scouts next month with his blend of athleticism and range.

     

    Recruiting rankings and information culled from 247Sports.com unless otherwise noted.

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