Pads pop at All-Poly Camp

Friday was the first day campers all put on the shoulder pads and hit one another in contact drills and scrimmages. There were also many more newcomers to the camp. Total Blue Sports takes a look as some of Friday's top performers at the All-Poly Camp.

After a short warm-up period and some position work with coaches, camper hit the field for some scrimmage action. There were some new faces out there Friday, mainly at offensive line, safety and defensive line.

Standing out at the defensive line group was defensive end Kimo Seau from Liberty High School in Nevada. At about 6 feet and 225 pounds, Seau is more suited for middle linebacker than defensive end. He did get a chance to play some linebacker on Friday and showed well side to side in ball pursuit.

Senior P.J. Taeao (6 feet 1 inch, 250 pounds), also from Liberty High School, was another prospect that showed well in the trenches. As an offensive guard he showed good feet, great use of his hands, and was very aggressive in the trenches. Taeao is being looked at by UNLV, Oregon State, Arizona State, Arizona, Idaho and Northern Arizona.

Francis Bernard, a 5-foot-11-inch, 215-pound linebacker/running back from Herriman High School in Utah, caught the attention of camp directors on Friday. He runs hard downhill and has a nose for the ball. He repeatedly made play after play and looked good in individual drills.

From West High School in Utah, senior Semisi Afeaki not only passes the eye test, but he also packs a punch. The 6-foot, 230-pound linebacker not only showed a mean, tenacious streak in stuffing the run in the trenches, but he also showed well in pass support, position drills and individual drills. Utah State, UCLA, Utah and Weber State are showing interest.

Much like on Thursday, 6-foot-1-inch, 220-pound Trajan Pili from Centennial High School in Nevada impressed during the drill session and from the weakside linebacker position during scrimmaging. Pili moves very well and is a disciplined player. He is also very aggressive and quick to the ball. BYU has offered and other colleges such as UNLV, Utah and others are now showing interest.

At 6 feet 1 inch and 210 pounds, linebacker prospect Caleb Saulo from Kent Lakes High School in Washington had another great showing. On Thursday he showed great athleticism while running through drills, and on Friday he put that athleticism on display from his linebacker spot. He was vocal and showed good leadership.

A running back that performed well both in skeli drills and team scrimmaging was 5-foot-10-inch, 190-pound junior Timpview running back Charles Tu'ua. An aggressive runner, the local product showed toughness when he needed to burst through the offensive line as well as patience to follow his blockers. He'll be someone to keep an eye on.

From Kerns High School in Utah, 5-foot-10-inch, 180-pound Foai Leituala also had a good day in team scrimmaging. Leituala was a solid runner and very consistent throughout Friday's camp. According to Leituala, Utah State is apparently showing some interest in him.

Utah's Brighton High School represented well Friday at the All-Poly Camp. Linebacker Kite Vehikite (6 feet 1 inch, 230 pounds) showed good technique and mobility for his size.

Passing the eye-test was 6-foot-4-inch, 280-pound senior offensive tackle Nua Poteki, also from Brighton. As a left tackle, Poteki has a strong upper body and managed to beat rush defensive ends with his strength. He would be suited more for guard at the next level and is a little raw. Weber State, Utah, Arizona State and SUU are apparently showing interest.

True to form, senior Moses Folauhola from Utah's Hunter High School performed very well Friday from the defensive end position. He's quick, has a strong lower body and long arms. He gave offensive tackles fits all day long and is very aggressive off the edge.

At about 6 feet and 230 pounds, Folauhola has all the tools college coaches look for at the defensive end position except for one thing: size. He might be better suited at linebacker at the next level. Utah State, Utah, Washington State, UCLA and Weber State are looking at him.

There were some new safety prospects that showed up on Friday. One was 6-foot-1-inch, 200-pound senior Bud Pope from Desert Hills High School in Utah. Pope was a ball-hawking nightmare for quarterbacks and receivers during both skeli drills and team scrimmaging. Currently SUU is recruiting him hard, but after Friday's performance, other colleges could enter the picture.

Also showing well from the safety position was 5-foot-11-inch, 180-pound senior Ma'ne Manaea from Lakes High School in Washington. A fiery and flamboyant player, Manaea held down the middle of the field very well in pass support and showed a good ability to read well in the run game. He claims offers from Washington State and Colorado, and said he is being looked at by Utah, Oregon State, San Jose State, UCLA, Utah State and BYU.

From California, 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound junior De La Salle defensive back Vaisele Manoa showed very good athleticism. He was light on his feet, smooth in position drills and agile in team scrimmaging. He could be one that Pac-12 coaches keep an eye on, as he has a lot of tools to work with.

From the quarterback position, 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound Bowe Merin of St. Mary's High School in California had a good day throwing the pigskin during live scrimmaging. Merin showed good ball placement with his throws and had a good zip on the ball. He's going to be heading down to Stanford for a camp and is also being looked at by Idaho.

The standout at the tight end position on Friday was again 6-foot-6-inch, 225-pound junior Brady Holt of Riverton, Utah. He moves well for his size, has soft hand and has a lot of upside to his athleticism. Currently, Utah State, BYU, Utah, Oregon State and Weber State are showing interest.

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