Running Backs Steal Show at COS Camp

It might be down year in California at running back, but in the Central Section, the running backs are abundant. As many as six backs from the area could land DI scholarships, and four of those took part in the College of the Sequoias Skills Camp in Visalia on Saturday.

The first annual College of the Sequoias Skills Camp saw about 100 athletes from Central and Northern California test in their forty-yard dash, short-shuttle, and bench. Then each player participated in position related drills, and competed in one-on-ones.

Led by all-state selection Tulare (Calif.) RB Jontell Reedom, the running backs stole the show. Visalia (Calif.) Mt. Whitney RB Ben Bowen, Corcoran (Calif.) RB Brant Botill, and Visalia (Calif.) RB Stefphon Jefferson all had stellar days.

Camp standouts Ben Bowen and Jontell Reedom
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Reedom, who ran a 4.7 forty at the UnderArmour/ Oakland Combine in June, improved his forty time to a 4.57 on Saturday. Reedom also excelled in one-on-ones displaying soft hands and solid route running. He showed his impressive strength benching 225 lbs 11 times. He rushed for over 2,700 yards last season and could top that number this season.

Bowen has been a combine freak. He holds the distinction of being the fastest at any of the UnderArmour/ Combines in the West. He ran a 4.43 at the L.A. Combine, but beat that time Saturday by running an official time of 4.4 flat. Bowen also benched 225 pounds 24 times, easily the highest mark on the day. In one-on-ones, he used his speed to create separation and make plays.

Botill competed at linebacker as well as running back. He did not test on the day but looked very good in one-on-ones on both sides of the ball. He plays with a great motor, and blankets backs in coverage.

Jefferson ran a 4.6 forty, but he plays much faster. At 5-foot-11 and 195 lbs, he has excellent size and runs with such a fluid motion. Visalia (Calif.) Redwood RB Josh Ramos (5-8, 160) also had a good day. He ran a 4.52 forty was extremely quick in drills.

Vallejo (Calif.) Bethel QB Mario Hill was the top quarterback at camp. The recent transfer threw for 1,475 yards last season for Pittsburgh (Calif.). He showed off his strong arm and accuracy. He also displayed excellent speed on Saturday with a 4.5 forty. Mt. Whitney's Tanner Mendonca also looked throwing the ball.

Hill to pass
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The quarterbacks had a few excellent targets to throw most notably Visalia Redwood receiver K.C. Pearce. The 6-foot-2 sophomore will play varsity this year and looks like he will be one of the best in state in 2011. He first caught are attention with his 4.46 forty time. But he blew the competition away in one-on-ones. He runs good routes and goes after the ball. He beat top Vallejo Bethel CB C.J. Anderson on two routes. Anderson was one of the top defenders at the Top Gun Camp two weeks ago in Florida.

Pearce on the catch
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Tulare brought a plethora of receivers including Jeremiah Green and top juniors Edward Dillihunt and Marquess Wilson. The 6-foot-4 Wilson and Dillihunt should be among best in the section this year. Dillihunt displayed decent speed in his routes, while Wilson looked good in one-on-ones. Green is the younger brother of current Nevada TE Virgil Green.

Porterville (Calif.) Granite Hills TE Felipe Andrade had good day in drills and easily ran some of the best routes of the day. He constantly got open and did not drop anything that touched his hands.

Andrade heading out for catch.
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A few offensive linemen caught our eye in drills. El Diamante's trio of Jesus Soto, Shane Souza, and Greg Jones showed us why the Miners could lead the state in rushing. They all move well and are aggressive in drills. Jones benched 225 lbs 20 times. Granite Hills' Jared Segler (6-2.5, 310) had the distinction of being the big man of the camp. Nonetheless, he showed decent footwork in drills and strength, benching 225 lbs 15 times.

Defensively, Redwood linebacker Curtis Williams stood out from the rest. At 6-foot and 200 lbs, the junior is built like a rock. He ran 4.55 forty and looked good in one-on-ones. He could be among the best in the state next season.

Williams jams the back at the line.
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Anderson was the star among the defensive backs. He was fluid in drills and picked off a few passes in one-on-ones. While Pearce was the only receiver to beat him, Anderson did shut him down in other reps.

Anderson goes up against Pearce for the ball.
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Junior Julian Haymon is another corner that impressed us in one-on-ones. While the nations top corner Cliff Harris of Fresno (Calif.) Edison did not attend the camp. Junior Vante Johnson did represent the Tigers well in one-on-ones. Redwood defensive back Joseph Marquez was aggressive in one-on-ones. He constantly put himself in position to make plays. Top Stories