SoCal Camp showcases top talent

Southern California's best high school football players were on the USC campus to strut their stuff and try to make an impression at SoCal Nike Camp. The first of the Nike Camps provided potential recruits a chance to show that they are worthy of pursuit and to show how they stack up against other great players.

College coaches were not allowed to view the proceedings, but a ton of local coaches, parents and recruiting fans were on hand to see how the players rated. With the USC band playing at the swim meet next door, players went through a number of combine-like activities. Players were weighed, measured, timed and tested. They went through the 40 yard dash, a bench press test and agility drills.

Maybe the most impressive testers was WR Whitney Lewis. Lewis ran an astounding 4.33 in the 40, a 4.01 shuttle and a 34" vertical jump. He also showcased his strength, bench pressing 225 pounds 22 times.

With well over 400 players participating it wasn't the easiest place to get noticed. Two defensive ends really jumped out to all those in attendance. Long Beach Poly's Junior Lemau'u and Inglewood's Lawrence Jackson were nearly unblockable in pass rush drills. This was even more impressive due to the fact that each player was going against some of the areas best linemen. Both players are fast, strong and tenacious. The only knock is that both are fairly lean at this time and could use some more bulk.

There were some very impressive OL's as well Drew Radovich, Matt Reese and Brandon Larsen all showed great size and skill.

A pair of quarterbacks were the talk of the camp. As the event started Tom Grady was the guy a lot of the folks were talking about. The Huntington Beach-Edison signal caller is a tall, strong-armed passer and did not do anything to disappoint.

Kyle Wright may have stolen the show from Grady. He showed great arm strength and ran a 4.6 in the 40. Both proved that they should be top-10 quarterbacks in the class.

Another impressive QB was Rick Tola. Tola looked more like a lineman, but has a cannon arm and impressive footwork.

The vast majority of the players were from Southern California, but there were representatives from Arizona, Utah, Texas, Nevada, Hawaii, Missouri and Indiana.

Fullback Adam Blakey from Indianapolis was an impressive player with good size and nice foot speed.

A number of the Arizona players also made an impact. DL Drew Palmer had a solid showing, showing that the Sun Devils have a good one in this early commit.

"It was good to go up against California players," Palmer said.




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