Elite Camp showcases some top talent

The Arizona Elite Camp has become a prime recruiting event. A number of talented players have made the trek to Tucson for a chance to work with Wildcat coaches. Some use the camp as a chance to check out the school, some as a chance to get noticed and some just want to get better for their upcoming season.

Over 40 athletes participated in the camp, but one stood out. Everson Griffin was the class of the camp. He more than justified his five-star ranking. His mix of speed, power and intensity were fun to watch. His technique was solid, as the instructors rarely had to correct him in drills.

This was Griffin's first elite camp but his second camp overall as he participated in the three-day camp last year. He preferred the competition at this camp which did feature more contact, as well as displaying a number of quality opponents. He has gotten leaner since last year as well. He's still a load but he has lost a little of the baby fat he carried before his junior year.

On the recruiting front Griffin is not prepared to release a list of schools but did admit Arizona would be in it for the long haul. He was also high on USC and UCLA and was intrigued with some of the other programs starting to get involved.

Another impressive DE was Cameron Jordan of Phoenix. Jordan, who boasts offers from Nebraska and Oregon State, is a lanky, athletic DE who has some nice quickness. He played well but it remains to be seen if he was good enough to attract an offer from the Cats. One play who seems to have played well enough to get an offer is wide receiver David Roberts of Rancho Cucamonga. He was one of four Rancho players in town and all four loved their trip. Roberts, a receiver, played very well and seemed to be happy with the feedback he got from the staff.

Deon Ford, a 6-0 defensive back and the cousin of Devin Ross, is also an impressive athlete. Ford loves Arizona and would probably commit if he is offered. Right now he needs to continue to work but he is tall and speedy.

G Pittman may lack height but he's a powerfully built, and has some nice quicks. Teams favor taller defensive backs and that may hurt his chances at getting all of the offers he wants, but right now he is hearing from some top flight programs. Like his teammates, he too likes Arizona a lot and admits he'd be hard pressed to turn them down.

The final Rancho player in attendance was Qua'sand "Quan" Lewis. The 5-6 running back is a powerhouse weighing in at almost 190 pounds of solid muscle.

Quarterback Ronnie Fouch did not make the trip, but there were a pair of talented passers in attendance. Bryson Beirne from Mid Pacific Institute in Hawaii played very well. At 6-3, 215 he's got some thickness that you'd assume can absorb a blow. He threw a nice ball and has some zing to his tosses. He's another guy that looks like he could generate some serious interest from the Wildcat staff.

Kyle Newhall-Caballero is a taller and lankier player than Beirne, but also looks like a solid quarterback prospect. The in-state product has some skills and has some serious interest in the Wildcats.

The big question about Justin Salum is not if he can play at the D-I level but where will he play. He looks like he can play WR, RB, TE, LB or DB. He worked mostly at WR on Sunday but seems like he wants to try and play running back. He has transferred to powerhouse program Hamilton and has been through the grinder of two passing league tournaments and a series of practices and camps the past few weeks.

He's the nephew of former Wildcat standout Donnie Alum but they are not the only school on his list.

Devin Veal also looked good at the camp. He showed good speed and some nice instincts at DB. He was very good at tracking down balls, but you'd expect that from an athlete that also plays WR.

OL Blake Behrens of Brophy Prep was one of the few OL in attendance and showed some nice toughness and a willingness to take on anyone.


*Wildcat player Brad Wood was on hand to help out. He and several other current players were on hand to answer questions after the on-field portion of the camp.

*Incoming freshman Mana Mikaele is in town and taking summer school classes. He was on hand to take in the camp.

*Colorado QB Clint Brewster is expected to be in town later this week.

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