UCLA Football: Week 2 Spring Practice Stock Report
The second week of spring practice is underway in Westwood.
This stock report will primarily focus upon recent entries to the program. Two of the respective risers are in their first seasons under the direction of Jim Mora.
One member of the team has struggled thus far in camp. It is a mild surprise considering the hype surrounding the former Scout 5-star prospect.
Here's a look at the Week 2 stock report for the UCLA Bruins.
Stock Up: Mossi Johnson
Mossi Johnson has consistently flashed for UCLA throughout the spring.
The Crenshaw High School product was a grayshirt signee for the Bruins for the 2013 class. He technically joined the team with the 2014 class after fully recovering from a torn ACL in his grayshirt year.
A versatile prospect, Johnson is capable playing as both a wide receiver and as a defensive back. He's currently participating as a receiver in Noel Mazzone's offense.
Wide receivers coach Eric Yarber has been very effusive in his praise of the young player. Yarber particularly commented on Johnson's ability "to find a way to make plays with his athleticism." Yarber also thinks Johnson is "a true football player."
At this point, Johnson is pushing for time in the slot behind expected starter Devin Fuller.
Stock Down: Priest Willis
Priest Willis hasn't lived up to the hype thus far in his career.
Granted, he's only a sophomore. There's more than enough time for the corner to turn it around and become a very productive player.
David Woods of BruinReportOnline.com (subscription required) remarked upon Willis' problems defending in one-on-one situations. Willis' height (6'1") and body type could signal a switch to safety—especially if he continues to have problems in coverage.
Reporter Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register has also spoken about Willis' struggles during the spring camp thus far. With a deep secondary class slated to enter in the summer, Willis needs to pick up his play considerably.
Stock Up: Malcolm Bunche
Malcolm Bunche has finally been cleared to participate in UCLA's spring camp.
The mammoth offensive lineman instantly boosts the overall depth and experience level of UCLA's offensive line group.
Edward Lewis of BruinSportsReport and Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register commented on Bunche's overall physicality and raw power.
Bunche held his own quite well during his first practice with pads and even had an impressive showing against two of UCLA's best defensive linemen in Kenny Clark and Ellis McCarthy.
Of course, he was unable to participate in UCLA's offseason conditioning program. It likely will take some time in order for Bunche to fully get in shape.
Regardless, his inclusion into the squad is a massive coup for the Bruins. He looks like the favorite to start at the vacant left guard spot.
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