Oregon NTFC Recap: Offense

Scout.com takes a look at the top performers on offense at the Oregon Nike Football Training Camp...

Some of the top prospects from the West, and beyond, took part in the Oregon Nike Football Training Camp this past weekend.

Scout.com was on hand to breakdown the top prospects at each position.


Lake Oswego (Ore.) QB Alex Matthews 

There was a lack of top talent at the quarterback position with no Scout 300 passers in attendance. However, there were a few prospects that performed well through most of the drills.

Lake Oswego (Ore.) quarterback Alex Matthews earned MVP honors for the position and probably has the highest ceiling of any quarterback in attendance. Matthews has good size and a good arm, accuracy is probably his biggest issue. He will be benefited by playing full time this fall, he shared duties last season. Matthews is a borderline major FBS conference quarterback and will likely have to wait to see if offers come in from Pac-12 level programs.

Coeur d'Alene (Ida.) quarterback Chad Chalich performed well. Chalich looks good on the run and showed accuracy throwing on the run as well as from the pocket. Burien (Wash.) Kennedy quarterback Jason Thompson was solid throughout the day, but is more of an athlete than a quarterback. He may limit his college potential if he is set on staying at quarterback.


Running back was the thinnest position at the camp, with very few FCS level athletes.

The player that earned MVP honors for the weekend wasn't even planning on attending the camp. Federal Way (Wash.) running back DJ May showed up to the SPARQ combine Saturday and ran a blistering 4.47 forty yard dash. That earned May an invite to the camp and  he performed well. He is a bit undersized but has speed that you can't teach.

The best running back prospect was Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita 2013 athlete Darrin Laufasa. The 6'1" 215lbs Laufasa is only a sophomore, but looks like he could walk on to a college campus tomorrow. Laufasa would like to play fullback in college, but will also be recruited as a linebacker. It was almost unfair to watch Laufasa go up against linebackers in 1on1 blocking drills.


Upland (Calif.)  WR Kenny Lawler 

This position group was dominated by talented tight ends. The only receiver that stood out was Upland (Calif.) prospect Kenny Lawler, who is committed to Arizona State but still looking around. Lawler is a talented player who has solid speed and size, but doesn't stand out for either.

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran tight end Christo Kourtzidis was another player that surprised many by attending the camp. Kourtzidis is still recovering from a torn labrum and didn't participate in any blocking drills. Kourtzidis has good lower body strength and looked smooth running routes. He doesn't have great speed, but had enough to get by the coverage he came across in Eugene.

Kent (Wash.) Kenbridge tight end Caleb Smith passed the eyeball test better than any other prospect in attendance. Smith has great size and has very little body fat on his frame. He showed an improved ability in catching passes, using his body to shield the ball from defenders.

Two other athletes that stood out were Prairie View (Col.) tight end Jordan Vaden and Blaine (Wash.) tight end Andrew Price. Both have good height and move very well for the position. Bethel (Wash.) athlete David Fontenette is a bit shorter than previously listed and appears destined to play linebacker at the next level.


Tacoma (Wash.)  Baptist Tackle Walker Williams 

It's an absolutely loaded class of offensive linemen in the region and several of the West's top prospects were in Oregon to solidify their status. However, it was a pair of 2013 linemen that stole the show.

Corvallis (Ore.) lineman Isaac Seumalo has won the offensive line MVP at five previous Nike camps, so he chose to attend this one as a defensive prospect. That being said, Seumalo jumped over to the offensive line for a couple plays in 1on1's and showed he was the top lineman in Eugene. It was one of the only times I have ever seen defensive linemen lose yards in a pass rush drill.

Tacoma Baptist (Wash.) lineman Walker Williams was one of the most intriguing prospects in attendance. Walker has improved his footwork and quickness since last summer. Williams looked much more comfortable in the pass rush drill, physically dismissing a couple of opponents. He was beaten by a couple of players with speed rush moves and can still improve in that area.

Two of the better linemen in attendance were only sophomores and both from the state of Oregon. West Linn (Ore.) tackle Evan Voeller is a huge prospect that moves well for his size. Voeller already holds an offer from Washington and should see most of the Pac-12 jump into the mix by the time it is all said and done. Aloha (Ore.) tackle Brayden Kearsley committed to BYU on Friday and looks like he could be the top lineman in the Northwest in 2013. 

Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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