Palo Alto Nike Combine

Here is a look at the Nike Camp in Palo Alto. A lot of talent was on hand, including several Wildcat recruits. Here's an overview.

Defensive linemen who stood out were Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Kenny Rowe, the top defensive end in the state, and one of the top two in the West; Carson (Calif.) tackle Mackey Mailo, one of the most frequent camp/combine attendees this spring; Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame defensive end Aaron Thomas; Oakland (Calif.) Skyline's Michael Snead, the younger brother of UCLA end William Snead; Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington defensive end Sam-Earl Fehoko and Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood tackle Simi Fili.

San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty linebacker Steve Sloan, who missed the Scout combine with a hip flexor injury, was there and looked generally good during the drills and one-on-ones, showing he's much healthier.

All three of the linebackers named to the Scout all-combine team were there, and continued to look solid. Norco (Calif.) Jordan Campbell is a physically well-put-together and looks the part. Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser's Chris Carter seems to be making an easy transition to a position he's not played before.

Encino (Calif.) Crespi's D.J. Holt, one of the players who has really upped his stock this spring, looked very good in the early part of the camp. He has recently added an offer from Oregon State, and when we talked with his family. Holt has yet to take the SAT, which he will do next month.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Apiata Tuihalamaka worked with the linebackers and looks to be about 210-215.

The secondary didn't have many big names outside of Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan's Antwoine Baker, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle's Lonnie Wishom and Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) cornerback Romeo Pellum. In fact, Pellum is a lot like Holt in that he's had a great spring and is seeing his interest pick up with several more schools showing strong performance.

"I thought I did real well," said Pellum. "Receivers aren't getting by me when we go head-to-head. I keep going to camps while a lot of guys are scared to come to them."

Wishom also had a solid day in the drills and one-on-ones after he had a so-so testing portion. "I did a lot better in the drills this week. I did three reps with one group and no receiver made a catch. Then they moved me to another group and I didn't let any receiver get a catch there," Wishom said.

Viney was there to support several Edison teammates, while shaking off a calf injury he suffered at a Fresno-area combine three days before the Scout.com Combine. It affected his testing at the Scout combine, but not his performance in the drills and one-on-ones, where he was the class of the defensive backs.

Other defensive backs we saw were Pasadena (Calif.) Muir's Lance Mitchell and Eugene Palmer and Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Remington Wilson.

On the offensive side of the ball, Forcier was the top quarterback, but other quarterbacks who stood out were Merced (Calif.) quarterback Logan Todd and Hillsboro (Ore.) Cory Bean, who did well for the second straight week.

There wasn't much in terms of talent at running back at the camp, outside of Oakland (Calif.) McClymond's Willie Griffin. One player who did stand out that has been floating under the radar is Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln's Curtis Shaw (5-11, 195). Shaw had one of the best forty times on the day, and reportedly has offers from UNLV, San Diego State, Purdue, Nebraska and Washington State.

Other running backs who we liked were Martinez (Calif.) Alhambra's Brandon Rutley and Merced (Calif.) running back Garrett Turner.

The offensive linemen were headlined by Palisades (Calif.) Mitchell Schwartz, who picked up a pair of offers from Stanford and Michigan over the weekend; Merced teammates Kyle Davidson and Mike Chambers, Carson (Calif.) Sean Enesi, Norco (Calif.) Garth Gerhart, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Cory Yriarte and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Devin Brown.

The receivers were led by San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa's Markques Simas and Merced's Carter Todd. Simas and Anthony Boyles have been battling for the top receiver spot in the state for the past couple of weeks and Simas' performance on Saturday could be enough to put him back at the top. Simas was the best receiver on the day, catching everything thrown to him. With the Scout.com Combine and the Nike Camp, Todd has had two solid performance in a row, and we think that offers should start rolling in for him very soon.

Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair's Ronnie Goforth, who plays quarterback for Mayfair and projects to safety in college, worked with the receivers, as did Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison's Hunter White, another likely defensive player in college.


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