SoCal NIKE Camp MVPs

There was a ton of talent on display at the SoCal NIKE Camp at Cerritos J.C (Calif.) on Sunday. Here's a look at the MVP's at each position as selected by the NIKE Camp staff.

It's important to know that position MVP's are based on who had the best performance at the camp, not who has the best college potential. With that being said, here's a look at the top performers Sunday.


Conner Manning, El Toro (Calif.)- Manning had a strong showing at the Elite 11 in Dallas last week and continued his hot steak at Cerritos. Manning is an under the radar prospect but outshined several other, more highly touted signal callers. He was very consistent and made great decisions with the ball. He didn't have the strongest arm in the camp but was accurate and throws the ball on time with very good anticipation.

Running Back

Zachary Green, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure- Green is a powerful back who runs with a low center of gravity and has great balance. He was physical in the one on one pass rush drills with the linebackers and then was a very tough cover in running routes. He's a polished route runner and has good hands. Green has good speed as well and could have a big season as the featured back in the Seraphs offense next fall.

Wide Receiver

Steven Mitchell, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany- Mitchell had a very good day catching the ball. He showed off his explosiveness getting deep a few times and ran some great routes over the middle as well. He's very quick and a tough cover for anyone to match up with. He had some great battles with DB MVP Chris Hawkins and showed why he's among top pass catchers in the nation.

Offensive Lineman

Viane Talamaivoa, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- Just a sophomore, Talamaivoa will be an elite prospect in a few years. He played guard last season for the Huskies but will move to tackle this year and is the strongest player on the team. He physically manhandled players during the one on ones and had some great reps in the one on ones. His size and strength are already there and as he continues to improve his athleticism, he could really be something.

Defensive Lineman

Joe Mathis, Upland (Calif.)- An absolute beast all camp long and showed a lot of versatility to his game. Has always played on the edge but took a few reps at defensive tackle and could have a future as a three technique in college. Has a great ‘get off' and plays with a physical edge to him. Was overpowering opposing lineman but also showed the quickness to run right around them.


Dwight Williams, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- One of two sophomores to win a position MVP award. Williams is very athletic and moves like a safety. He actually has a safety frame right now but with two years to go before college, there is no doubt he'll grow in to a linebacker without a problem. Looked great in coverage and really shined in the one on one drills with the running backs. Is a physical player and has a very nice upside to him.

Defensive Back

Chris Hawkins, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)- It was a huge day for Hawkins on and off the field. Not only did he win DB MVP, he was invited to The Opening after the camp and then committed to his childhood dream school, the USC Trojans. Hawkins shined in every drill and was in lockdown mode during the one on ones. He flashed great quickness and closing speed and plays with a high football IQ. If there was an overall MVP for the camp, it likely would have been Hawkins, he was that impressive.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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