Standouts at the Stanford Nike Camp

A number of big time recruits were on hand at the Nike Combine in Palo Alto.

The Palo Alto Nike Camp had 600 players participating, so there is bound to be some guys that we'll miss in this write-up.

Here's a rundown of some of the prospects we did see.

Probably the biggest standout at the camp was Taylor Mays, the defensive back from Seattle O'Dea. Mays, physically, looks like an NFL player, at about 6-3 and probably 220. He had very good quickness and foot speed for a guy his size and, in fact, he's so big it wouldn't be a longshot to see him at linebacker on the college level. Wherever he plays, though, it's pretty clear that he'll have a very good chance to succeed, possessing a great combination of size and quickness.

Josh Tatum, the linebacker/running back from Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds, was easily among the handful of best players at the camp. He has a well-put-together body, and moves well, with little stiffness for how muscular he is.

DeLaShaun Dean, the wide receiver/safety from Fairfield (Calif.) High, who has been offered by UCLA and is mentioning the Bruins, was among the best at the camp Saturday. Dean has great size and athleticism, at 6-3 and over 200 pounds. He looks fairly raw in the receiver drills, but is so strong and runs so well that he has the ability to get open, while still not polished on his pass-catching skills.

Among the linemen, UCLA had a trio of committed players in attendance: Andy Keane, the OL/DL from Palm Springs, Jake Dean the offensive lineman from Lancaster Paraclete, and Walter Watts, the offensive lineman from Los Banos. All three did well on the day, with Keane and Dean impressing in the testing, running quick 40s for linemen. Keane worked out on both sides of the ball in the one-on-one drills, and was more impressive on the defensive side, using his quickness and technique to get around blockers. Dean, as we suspected, broke his nose again last week at the Los Angeles Combine, but he was in Palo Alto Saturday, again working out and looking good in the one-on-ones. This was the first time we've seen Watts in person, and he was a bit smaller than we had believed – at 6-2 ½ and 300. In the one-on-one drills, though, he proved himself, being perhaps the best offensive lineman of the day, winning just about every drill and doing so with superior quickness and balance.

Bradley Cole, who was about 6-2 and 275, from Olympia (Wash.) Timberline, was another west coast offensive lineman who did well, standing out in the one-on-ones. He didn't get beat in the reps that we saw.

The tight end that committed to UCLA just this week, Dylan Rush, from Kealakekua (Haw.) Konawaena, participated.

Rush was 6-2 and 228, which is a bit smallish for a Pac-10 tight end. He's impressively put-together, though, with a good build and musculature. He ran fairly well, and had some good moments catching the ball in the drills while at others looked a bit tentative.

Rush wore a white UCLA hat during the camp's workouts.

Among the tight ends, Na Derris Ward, the tight end from Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds, was probably the most impressive physically, at over 6-5 and 230ish. Because of an injury, he didn't work out, though.

Another athlete who did work out with the tight ends to watch is Trevor Mooney, from Trabuco Hills (Calif.) High. Mooney is at least 6-5, if not 6-6, and about 230, and is a very good physical specimen who moves very well for his size, with good feet. He looked a bit raw himself in catching the ball, but got out off the block quickly. Even if he isn't a tight end, just his size and his mobility make him interesting.

Encino Crespi's Sione Fua.
Sione Fua, the lineman from Encino Crespi, was impressive physically, at about 6-2 ½ and 280ish. He moved well in the drills, but had some up and down moments in the one-on-ones. Working mostly as a defensive lineman, he struggled at times to get around the opposing o-lineman.

One very impressive prospect was Tom Hansen, from Sheldon (Calif.) High. Hansen, about 6-3 and 230, worked out with the defensive line. He was very quick off the snap and was just too agile to be blocked in the one-on-ones.

A.J. Simmons, the defensive end from Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd, looked good physically and was very quick off the ball in the one-on-ones.

Keith Browner, the 6-5 and 220-pounder from Los Angeles Dorsey, didn't seem to get a lot of reps, but was physically imposing. He got the best of his blockers in the reps we saw, with his very quick first step.

Jamarr Robinson, the linebacker from Fairfield who attended UCLA's camp last month, also had a good day, at 6-2 and about 225, and moving well in the drills and one-on-ones, with good footwork and explosion, and the ability to take nice cuts and angles.

Ryan Coulson, the linebacker from Elk Grove (Calif.) High who was about 6-1 and 215, looked just okay, with pretty good feet and balance.

Ricky Thenarse, the athlete from Long Beach Jordan that UCLA is interested in, worked with the receivers and did fairly well. He's still on the thin side, and has an undisciplined running style, but is a good athlete.

The running back that UCLA isn't involved with at this point, DeMarco Murray, from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, we didn't see work out, but was told looked very good, with good quickness.

It was disappointing that James Montgomery, the running back from Rancho Cordova (Calif.) Cordova, who UCLA has offered, was a no-show.

The wide receiver, David Ausberry, from Lemoore (Calif.) High, who UCLA isn't involved with, has gotten a lot of hype. He certainly is very physically imposing, at 6-3 ½ and over 200 pounds of muscle. But he didn't looked particularly good in the drills, looking very raw and awkward running routes and having poor pass-catching skills.

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