Elite Camp showcases talent

The Arizona Elite camp featured a number of talented players. Top to bottom it probably had as good a crop of talent as any of the previous elite camps.

While there was still the usual number of offerable players, there were less what I would deem "filler" type players. Allante Battle is fast. I mean the kid is a blur. At 5-9 and 165 he is built in the Syndric Steptoe/Mike Thomas mold. He is the Arizona 4A champion in the 100, 200 and 400 meters and that sprinter speed seems to translate to the football field. He can play either wide out or corner, though being a kick returner may be his ticket to seeing the field early. He likes Arizona a lot at this stage, but is still exploring his options.

His teammate at Desert Vista Zeb Togiai was one of the top linemen in the camp. He can play both inside and outside on the defensive line and was really manhandling opponents in the 1-on-1 drills we watched him in.

Again, the Cats are in good, but he said that he expects his recruiting to take off once he improves his academics.

Keelan Johnson was very impressive and really helped himself. He's got good size and showed great quickness. He likely projects as a wideout at the next level, although some teams have courted him as a running back.

Has Jamal Womble done enough to earn an offer? If not he should be very close. The prevailing thought is that if he does not earn an offer soon, he may drop the Cats.

His Buena teammate Jake Muasau mostly practiced at wide receiver but did slip over a work a little bit with the defensive backs.

While there weren't a ton of studs at the offensive line spot, there were no schlubs either. Overall the crop of players was very solid, with many worth keeping an eye on.

One player did earn a scholarship offer. If Oaks Christian OL Trace Biskin was not extended an offer by the staff he will be. He's a good looking OL prospect with a good frame that seems able to add more lean muscle.

Several other offensive linemen did well. Maybe not good enough to earn offers, but certainly good enough to remain on the Wildcats' radar screen. Shawn Wyatt or Smithson Valley, TX and Tyler Johnson of Clear Creek, TX both played well, as did Saguaro's Joe Kellog and Peninsula High School's Joey Trapp.

Garrett Edgerson also looked solid. Edgerson loves The Wildcats but knows he has to have a very good senior season to earn an offer. He could be the type of player who can fill out a class late in the process.

There were some solid defensive linemen on hand as well. In addition to Togiai, Schuyler Waterhouse and Chris Merrill really played very well.

The Cats offered junior-to-be Corey Adams of Scottsdale Saguaro. The DL admitted to rooting for Ohio State and ASU as a kid, but said that would not hurt the chances of Michigan and Arizona, both of whom have offered as well as the Devils.

There were not a lot of quarterbacks on hand. Calvin Schmidtke is trying to make a name for himself. He moved to a bigger school for his senior season and is trying to hit a few camps. Although he grew up a Washington fan, he says he'd like to get out of the Pacific Northwest and likes the Wildcats. He said Sonny Dykes gave his some good feedback and said that he was climbing up his list.

A lot of people in recruiting circles like Moorpark, CA QB Adam Barry. He looked solid in the camp, but it will remain to see how he fits into the Wildcats' plans.

Stephen Warren is only a sophomore but his father knows Dykes fairly well and so the young passer from Abilene came to Tucson to check things out. He looks like he could be a pretty good prospect by next year.

Travis Trickey not only has a cool name, but some good bloodlines. The linebacker is the cousin of current Wildcat Spencer Larsen.

Gerell Robinson and Robert Golden did not participate in drills (although Robinson did run a few routes) but watched the proceedings, chatted with coaches and even talked to other campers.

Incoming freshman RB Nicolas Grigsby was also an observer.

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