All-Oakland NFTC Team: The Surprises

A look at some of the surprising performers at the Oakland Nike Football Training Camp...

Top Five Surprises

Kevin King
Cornerback, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd
In a loaded field of defensive backs, King left with MVP honors, making play after play in the 1on1s.  Overshadowed by a pair of teammates at O'Dowd last year who signed with Pac-12 schools, King had his breakout during the weekend, and has a couple of offers to back it up.  He's got good size and length and is one of the top overall prospects in the Bay Area.

Xavier Nelson
Tight End, Berkeley (Calif.)
Nelson is a long and still somewhat lean athlete, but with very good athleticism and ability to run.  He has soft hands and did a good job in his routes.  He's got a lot of room to grow physically, but right now he looks like a pass-catching tight end, rather than a hand-down tight end.

Nick Whitton
Offensive Line, Villa Park (Calif.)
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 and was pretty dominant throughout.

John Mundt
Tight End, Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic
Mundt had a great showing at the SPARQ Combine on Saturday, and then followed it up with a great performance on Sunday at the camp. He's got great size and can run and jump and showed plenty of athleticism and pass-catching ability.

Misi Taifane
Defensive Tackle, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
With some more heavily recruited NorCal prospects there on the defensive line, it was Taifane who won the MVP honors after the most consistent day of any defensive linemen there. He played with a lot of nasty and was extremely physical and was a load for the interior linemen to handle.

National Recruiting analysts Greg Biggins and  Brandon Huffman contributed to this report

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