BYU Post-Camp Football Review

More than 1,000 athletes of various ages and sizes brought their name and game to BYU to test their wills and skills against some of the best in the west LDS football prospects over the past two weeks. This is a random review of the more impressive camp performers.

The younger campers came for the fun while their more serious senior counterparts came to show and strut their stuff in search of elusive BYU football scholarship offers – which are progressively becoming harder to come by as the national LDS talent pool improves exponentially.

The top camp performers included:

QUARTERBACKS

JACOB BOWER: Jacob Bower is a quarterback with tremendous upside whom BYU has offered based on his exceptional athleticism. Possessing one of the strongest arms in recent camp memory, Bower threw the football 75 yards on distant throws at BYU's camp and 83 yards at the Elite 11 tryout several weeks ago.

Bower's mobility and coordination complemented his excellent footwork and technique in the pocket during passing drills. However, his passing skills are still a bit raw, though he possesses great talent which can be easily molded. Simply, his upswing and potential is too good to pass on.

BYU has the inside track on landing him.

MAX HALL: Max Hall was the better and most complete passer during both weeks of BYU's camp. He has been well schooled at Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona, by coaches who have developed other quality passing quarterbacks like BYU back up QB John Beck. He showed more polish during passing drills and during scrimmages.

He is a quarterback that possesses good athleticism, mobility and great footwork in the pocket. His drop back is crisp and has very good passing form that allows him to throw with good velocity with seemingly effortless accuracy on his passes.

Currently, Arizona State and BYU appear to be his top choices.

WIDE RECEIVERS

DREW MUGLESTON:

Drew Mugleston is a teammate of quarterback Hall. He came to Provo as a receiver and was impressive as a 6-2, 190-pound target. He has reportedly run a 4.5 forty, but recorded a 4.6 time at BYU's camp. Mugleston's strength, however, may be on the defensive side as a defensive back where he impressed everyone with excellent and numerous interceptions against camp opponents.

Physically, he is a well-defined athlete who benched 300 pounds, squatted 380 pounds and recorded a 33" vertical leap.

Mugleston is currently hearing from BYU, ASU, Utah and San Diego State.

LUKE ASHWORTH:

Luke Ashworth is a complete athlete with two more high school seasons left that coaches drool over. Simply put, Ashworth is probably the best sophomore prospect in Utah and arguably in the west. He made the most spectacular catch in the BYU camps.

TBS Managing Editor Brandon Gurney reported last week: "On one play during a scrimmage, he broke free on a fly pattern, leaving his defender 10 yards behind. The ball was overthrown and Ashworth put on the after-burners to catch up with it.

"Catching up with it would have led Ashworth into a no-win collision at full speed with the largest tree on the practice field. The entire sideline cringed and some even looked away at the prospect of a brutal impact.

"It never happened as Ashworth effortlessly caught the ball, put on the brakes inches from the tree and ran back to the huddle as if nothing happened. All in attendance stood in unbelief. Ashworth demonstrated exceptional speed, incredible agility in stopping on a dime and uncanny awareness of where he is on the field all in one play. Needless to say, everyone was impressed."

Ashworth possesses power, speed and quickness. At 6- 2, 195 pounds with a 4.5 forty and 31" vertical, Ashworth is already a very versatile athlete that can play wide receiver, cornerback, free safety or outside linebacker at the Division 1 level.

For now, Ashworth enters his junior year at Timpview High School this fall as a top-tier future college prospect.

He has indicated he would sign with BYU if offered. Time will tell.

AUSTIN COLLIE:

Although he only attended BYU's camp for one day, that's all it took for knowledgeable observers to realize that LDS Oak Ridge High wide receiver Austin Collie is as legit as it gets. He has 4.5 forty speed and 4.07 shuttle quickness (NIKE Camp stats) combined with a 6-1, 185-pound frame that BYU coaches covet most in a receiver.

Simply put, Collie has exceptional athleticism and complements those skills with excellent technique. Kevin Curtis, head coach of Timpanogos High School who observed Collie from the sidelines noted: "He is the kind of kid that can come right in and start for you (in college)."

BYU and Stanford are currently his two top choices.

SPENCER HAFOKA:

A sophomore last season, Spencer Hafoka is following in his older brother's (BYU receiver Saia Hafoka currently serving an LDS mission) impressive footsteps. The younger Hafoka plays wide receiver with excellent athleticism and caught the attention of most camp onlookers.

Though not as tall as Ashworth and Collie at 5-11 and 160 pounds, Hafoka possesses quickness and speed that frustrated the top cornerback at the camp. He will be a strong Division 1 prospect. There were very few, if any, who could contain Hafoka in the flats, visibly frustrating many who tried.

BYU has the inside track to land him.

JUSTIN SOI:

Justin Soi has good quickness off the line with the potential to be a good tight end or defensive end at the Division 1 level. He was a large target for quarterbacks at 6-4 and 230 pounds, recording a 4.8 forty at BYU's camp. He earned MVP honors for the tight end group.

Soi is BYU's to lose.

OFFENSIVE / DEFENSIVE LINEMEN:

NICK ALLETTO:

Simply put, Nick Alletto earned co-Offensive Lineman of the camp with Utah's #1 OL recruit Ray Feinga. Alletto physically passes the eye test at 6-5, 280- pound. He ran a 5.3 forty in camp and validated during one-on-one drills why a number of major colleges have offered him. He was never beaten last year as a junior.

Alletto has more quickness than speed which is important for an offensive tackle, the position he will most likely play in college. He held his own against the top defensive lineman in camp who are also high recruited athletes – Ray Feinga, Terrence Brown and Isley Filiaga in seesaw one-on-one battles during drills..

Alletto was the first 2004 verbal commit for BYU last week.

RAY FEINGA:

Feinga is very mobile for a big man. At 6-6, 290-pounds, Feinga was a bull to stop when he lined up as a defensive lineman and even harder to get around as an offensive lineman in one-on-one drills. He is strong, has quick feet for his size and is hard to move which makes him more suitable for the offensive line in college. He also has good technique and a lot of upside.

He is highly recruited by many schools and BYU has an excellent shot at landing him.

TERRENCE BROWN:

The highly recruited South Carolina prospect was another standout among the offensive and defensive line camp participants. At 6-4 and 285 pounds, Terrence Brown also held his own in the mix against the camp of the camp performers Alletto, Feinga and Filiaga.

BYU is one of his top college choices.

ISLEY FILIAGA:

Although only 5-11 tall, Filiaga has superior strength and quickness over all other campers that compensated for his height deficiency. His twitch muscle reflexes where the best of any lineman and his strength far superior to everyone else in camp. He benched 225 pounds 36 times compared to Alletto's 15.

A more startling comparison is former BYU defensive lineman Ryan Denney, selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills, pushed 225 35 times in a pre-draft combine. Filiaga was the most dominant defensive lineman to attend both weeks of camp.

Like Justin Soi, Filiaga is BYU's to lose.

RUNNING BACKS & LINEBACKERS

B. J. McKENZIE:

B.J. McKenzie did well in the linebackers group despite a poor showing in his forty speed, taking home the Best Linebacker Award in week one. He showed good cover skills during the one-on-ones drills.

McKenzie really likes BYU although he has not been offered.

ALEX ALVIS:

Alex Alvis is a 5-10 running back from Houston, Texas, who impressed many camp onlookers with his play. Although Alvis is only a junior-to-be and the youngest junior on his varsity football team, he has good speed, but will need to improve his times to get a serious look at the college level. He received playing time as a freshman and sophomore on his 5A Texas varsity team.

Look for Alvis to get a serious look from BYU coaches when the time comes.

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