Barton Vancouver Camp Notebook I

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Some of the area's top prospects for the 2013 recruiting class and beyond were at the Barton Football Combine Sunday at the Kiggins Bowl. With nearly 70 prospects working out in at least five different classes, there was a great cross-section of talent and youth involved with this camp. Here's recruiting updates on some of those on hand.

2013 C/DE A.J. McCollum (Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha) - McCollum is a 6-foot-.5, 258-pound OL prospect on a line that also includes players like Brayden Kearsley and Michael Kluge, and McCollum told that Portland State has started to ramp up interest. We were also told that Northern Arizona is starting to snoop around a little bit. McCollum has as impressive a camp workout as any of the offensive linemen there, so his stock should start to move in the coming weeks.

2014 OL Kaleb McGary (Battle Ground, Wash.) - Arguably the biggest surprise of camp, the 6-foot-6.25, 276-pound McGary went the day before the Barton Combine to an Oregon State one day camp as a tight end. He was quickly tried out at offensive tackle, and I expect that move will stick. McGary is also a basketball player, so while he doesn't have any of the footwork or technique down at all for offensive line, he absolutely has the feet to quickly learn. He's a fluid runner, clocking a 5.3 on his 40-yard dash, and he still has two seasons yet to play at Battle Ground HS. On the recruiting front, Washington is his early leader, followed by schools like Oregon State, and Oregon, citing the fact that his family are UW fans and he likes the way the program is being run. McGary will be a fixture at future events, like the upcoming Oregon NFTC and SPARQ events, as well as the Northwest Elite Football Camp Friday at Mercer Island and camps at Oregon State and Washington.

2013 WR Forrest Russell (Vancouver (Wash.) Skyview) - Russell is one of those players that if he was a few inches taller would be garnering massive attention, but at the same time it's the fact that he isn't of cookie cutter height and weight that gives him the chip on his shoulder and has made him the competitor that he is. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound receiver is making all the rounds in hopes of his first scholarship offer, heading Friday to the Northwest Elite Football Camp, then down south to the Oregon NFTC and SPARQ events the next two days. He will also camp at Portland State and UNLV and is also hoping to travel to Washington State to attend their camp. The Vikings appear closest to offering Russell at this point.

2013 RB/DB Bruce Jones, Jr. (Beaverton (Ore.) Sunset) - Jones, even though he's a 16-year old senior at Sunset, is the recruiting equivalent of a late bloomer, but the 5-foot-11.5, 165-pound RB/DB is going to try his best in the next few weeks to show the local schools that he's worthy of a scholarship offer. He told that he's been talking with North Dakota, Oregon State and Portland State, and will be camping at OSU, PSU and Oregon. His future certainly seems to be as a cornerback, and that's what position he told us he would work out at.

2013 OL Ryan Brown (Portland (Ore.) Jesuit) - McCollum isn't the only Portland area lineman to be part of a talented OL; Brown is teammates with fellow Crusaders Doug Brenner, Max Rich and Andrew Kirkland. But even though all three of those players are getting heavily recruited in their own right, Brown isn't suffering. In fact, he has had a bevy of interest from schools like Portland State, San Diego, Cal Poly, Wyoming, Colorado and Oregon State. He currently favors San Diego and Cal Poly, citing recent unofficial visits he made to the two schools as the difference so far. He's already been to a camp at Oregon State, and he'll be camping at USD, Cal Poly, Portland State and Colorado this summer in the hopes he can land those coveted scholarship offers.

2013 WR/DB Reiley Henderson (Vancouver (Wash.) Skyview) - The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Henderson, younger brother of former Hawaii signee Ellis Henderson, is considered by many to be the top pure cover corner in the Northwest. That's heady praise, but Henderson isn't letting it get to his head. If anything, the fact that he doesn't have any scholarship offers yet is driving him even harder to get that first one in his pocket. To that end, Henderson will be camping Friday at the Northwest Elite Football Camp, and then will go right back down south to participate in a SPARQ combine. He will also camp at Oregon State, Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon and Washington in an attempt to impress coaches directly. His 4.61 40 was only .05 off the fastest time of the day on a slow field turf surface, so speed isn't a problem for Henderson.

2013 WR Mike Tate (Federal Way, Wash.) - Tate is a big-time receiver prospect from the area right in-between Seattle and Tacoma, and the Federal Way Eagles have amassed some talent for the 2012 football season and beyond. The 6-foot-1, 168-pound Tate ran a 4.76 40-yard dash but showed plenty of quicks when it came to the camp-closing one-on-ones. Tate recently earned his first two scholarship offers, from Montana and Portland State, and in talking with he believes Eastern Washington and Idaho could be close to offering as well - but when asked for a favorite school he mentioned Washington. He was seen wearing a UW beanie for most of the event. Tate said that he'll be attending this weekend's Oregon NFTC and SPARQ events, as well as Barton Football's Northwest Premier Marketing Event at the end of June.

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