Oakland NFTC: Breaking Down the OLs

A look at the top offensive line performers at the Oakland Nike Football Training Camp, where Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive lineman Cameron Hunt earned MVP honors...

After sitting out the SoCal NFTC last month, Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive lineman Cameron Hunt watched his underclass teammate, Vione Taliamoava, walk away with OL MVP honors.

Six weeks later, it was Hunt who gave the Huskies a clean sweep of the Golden State NFTC's, winning the MVP honors at the Oakland NFTC on Sunday.

The most dominant offensive lineman at the Oakland NFTC, Hunt won every one-on-one to not only win MVP honors but also an invitation to The Opening.

Hunt showed great flexibility and footwork, excellent technique and plenty of nasty, typical of offensive linemen from Centennial, and was the clear MVP.

Right behind Hunt was Villa Park (Calif.) offensive lineman Nick Whitton.  One of our favorite linemen in this class, Whitton has some of the best film of any lineman in the West, but is still waiting for his first offer.  While he's not as tall as most linemen, and we think that's what is keeping him from an offer, he plays with a lot of fire and nastiness.  Whitton said that schools are telling him that center is where he'll end up in college, and he played a lot of center on Sunday in the 1on1s. 

A player that impressed us was Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks offensive tackle Kyle Saxelid.  Saxelid is 6-7 and about 245 with a wingspan of 80 inches, and of all the linemen there, had probably the most flexibility and the best, most natural bend and more than held his own in the 1on1s.  The one thing he'll certainly need to do is add more weight by the time he gets to college.

The most massive offensive lineman there was Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony tackle Aaron Cochran, who stands about 6-6, 350.  Cochran struggled a bit, getting beat a few times by quicker defensive ends.  He could still look to drop some weight and add more muscle.

Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic tackle Gunnar Graham, who has a couple of offers and protects the blindside of four-star quarterback (and QB MVP) Jared Goff, was also solid and pretty consistent throughout the day.

Also having good days were Shasta's Zane Ventimiglia and Chico (Calif.) Pleasant Valley's Carson O'Connell.

National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins contributed to this report.

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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