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Going Camping: Receivers

UCLA
fall camp is just a few days away, and with that,
BruinSportsReport.com continues its Going Camping preview with
the receivers.
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2013 UCLA RECEIVERS AT A GLANCE
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PRE-CAMP DEPTH CHART
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style="font-style: italic;">X (outside)
1. Shaquelle Evans - 6-1, 211, RS Senior
Evans has established himself as this team's most solid and reliable
receiver. He has some lofty goals this season, somewhere around 1,000
yards and 10 touchdowns, but with the way he's improved since last
year, those might not be too farfetched.
2. Eldridge Massington- 6-1,
205,
Freshman
A source close to the situation said Massington should be 100 percent
for fall camp, and that seems like it'd be accurate, considering he
tore his ACL more than 12 months ago. He looked a bit off this spring
fighting through the injury, but when healthy, he's a Rivals250
recruit.
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(inside slot)
1. Devin Fuller - 5-11, 195,
Sophomore
This team has a lot of playmakers, but Fuller may just be the best one.
A complete freak athlete, Fuller had possibly the best spring of any
offensive player and should be a huge factor this year.
2. Ahmaad Harris - 5-4, 165, RS
Freshman
Harris will have to fight off true freshmen Darren Andrews and Jalen
Ortiz for this backup spot, but being a second-year player and going
through Sal Alosi's program should give Harris the edge to start camp.
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(tight end)
1. Darius Bell - 5-11, 210, RS
Senior
When healthy, Bell will be the starting tight end this year. The
problem is, he's often injured. He runs great routes and is a veteran
presence, however.
2.
Thomas Duarte - 6-3, 221, Freshman
Coaches gush about a lot of their incoming freshmen, but one they can't
stop talking about is Duarte. He has some serious athleticism and
big-time game, and should push Bell for starter reps immediately.
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1.
Jordan Payton - 6-1, 212, Sophomore
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Payton had a very solid spring and held off Devin Lucien to earn the
starting reps to start fall camp next month.
2.
Devin Lucien - 6-0, 185, RS Sophomore
A Dez Bryant-like receiver, Lucien has maybe the most talent of any
wideout on the team. If he can ever put the complete package together -
the playbook, blocking, attitude - he could be an All-American.
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BATTLE TO KEEP AN EYE ON
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Lucien vs. Jordan Payton should be a firework show all summer. Lucien
was beyond vocal about coming for Payton's spot in the spring, and you
can bet that won't change in San Bernardino. He makes catches that no
other player on this team can make, and if he makes enough of them, it
could be Payton looking up at Lucien to start the season.
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PRESSURE IS ON...
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Bell. He's clearly talented, there's no denying that. But if he can't
stay healthy, Thomas Duarte could run by him on this depth chart. The
Mater Dei standout is already a coaches' favorite, and Bell can't give
the staff any doubts in him this summer in camp.
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NEWCOMER TO WATCH
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Massington. He's more than 12 months removed from tearing his ACL,
which is when doctors usually say the knee should be 100 percent again.
If he is in fact that healthy, he could be a big weapon for this team.
Alabama, USC and nearly every other BCS program wanted him, so he
should be a keeper for UCLA this year.
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POSITION MVP
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Fuller is going to have a massive year. The jukes and catches he made
in spring camp made him look like a future first rounder. On a team
with no real running game threat yet, Fuller could see a ton of passes
this season, and we're betting he makes some huge plays with those
footballs.
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