Top Talent on Hand Sunday in Portland

PORTLAND - Scout traveled to the Rose City this weekend for a Barton Football Academy camp, and their elite session was truly elite. With three 2014 prospects carrying Oregon State offers and a 2105 quarterback having been offered by BYU, there was plenty to take in at the Sylvania campus of Portland Community College.

Quarterback - Not one quarterback had a truly outstanding day to push themselves above the rest, but when you go to a Barton Football Academy camp - led by former Colorado and Washington QB Taylor Barton - you're sure to see a lot of up-and-coming talents. And there were quite a few on hand. Leading the group was senior Century signal-caller Sam Riddle, who is currently committed to North Dakota.

Aiden Wilder - Central Catholic
Eric Dungey - Lake Oswego
Nolan Henry (2015) - Union (Vancouver, Wash.)
Kimane Domena (2015) - Roosevelt
Reilly Hennessey - Camas, Wash.
Scotty Hitner - Cottage Grove
Trever Watson (2016) - Springfield
Cole Chandler (2015) - Silverton

Domena was probably the biggest revelation of this young but talented group. At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, he already has a verbal offer from BYU and Oregon State is also expressing interest. Domena is an LDS athlete and is thinking about serving his mission at this point in his recruitment. He is a raw athlete with unlimited upside and a cannon for an arm, but definitely raw in his fundamentals. But when you look at a D-1 athlete, there's no question Domena fits the bill.
Running Back - It's hard to really single out running backs in a predominantly throwing skill camp for the smaller athletes, but Tigard FB/LB A.J. Hotchkins duplicated his impressive camp performance last week in Washington with another solid, hard-working effort Sunday. On top of that, the 6-foot, 230-pound Hotchkins was catching passes with a possible broken finger on his right hand, but that didn't stop him from going all-out in the one-on-ones on both sides of the ball. His ethic is infectious, and it's one of the reasons the Washington Huskies have stepped up their interest, inviting Hotchkins to their 2/9 underclass day and also to their Rising Stars camp later this summer. Fullback is a tough fit for a lot of the spread teams nowadays, but a really good FB can become a coveted piece to an offense that utilizes one, so it's no surprise the Huskies are showing early interest in Hotchkins. Iowa is another school that has been showing a ton of early interest.

Tight End - This was the clear marquee group of the entire camp. There must be something in the Willamette, because there were a handful of tall, rangy athletes with great hands and competitive mindsets working out at the BFA this past weekend. Headlining the group was Jesuit TE Henry Mondeaux. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Mondeaux - who has a scholarship offer already from Oregon State - moves really, really well for a player his size and he caught everything thrown to him. During the camp final one-on-ones, he was really tough to beat simply based on his size and speed alone. There's no question Mondeaux is a high D1 prospect and I expect he'll be getting his share of BCS offers shortly.

Josh Brown - Sunset
Brody Haehlen - Clackamas
Taylor Stinson - Clackamas
Isaiah Hall - Horizon Christian
Receiver - Last year it was BSU-bound Tanner Shipley from Wilsonville that was a BFA revelation during the spring evaluation period and combine circuit. While there were a handful of strong prospects working out Sunday, the best receiver there wasn't a 2014 player. It was Jared Evans, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound sophomore who made the five-hour trek north from North Medford to work out. And I'm glad he made it because he reminds me a lot of Shipley with his size, ability to find the ball in the air and adjust, and of course his sure hands. Evans will be on a lot of FBS recruiting radars by this time next year.

Oscar Rauda - Cottage Grove
Quentin Bates - Reynolds
Offensive Line - It was a smaller group for former OSU OL Alex Linnenkohl to coach up, but Jesuit tackle Mike Miller (6-4, 280) is the one holdover from a Crusader line that's going to put players in at Oregon, Washington, Harvard and Portland State in 2013. Miller played behind UW-bound Andrew Kirkland at right tackle, and though guys like Connor Humphreys gave him fits he has the size, feet and desire to become a Division-1 offensive lineman.
Defensive Line - Humphreys (6-4, 245) from Central Catholic, had just returned from an unofficial visit to Arizona State but that didn't stop him from shrugging off the jet lag and crushing OL in the camp one-on-ones. There wasn't a lineman that could hang with his speed around the edge and his physical play at the point of attack. Oregon State, Portland State and Wyoming have already offered Humphreys, and he will be visiting Washington (2/9) and Washington State (2/16) for their underclass days.

Lakeridge's Marqueese Royster (6-1, 250) was the other defensive lineman that showed glimpses of D1 talent. Getting a chance to see Royster perform the last two weeks, there's no question he has the 'want-to' that you have to have in order to fulfill the dream of playing BCS football. And schools are starting to notice, including Missouri. Royster will join Humphreys in Pullman on February 16 for their underclass day.
Linebackers - Hotchkins, with his ethic and competitive streak, was doing double-time in both lines to get as many reps as possible, but it was Canby's Sam Bodine who finished off the camp with a phenomenal effort during the final one-on-one that forced the offensive players to run gassers. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Bodine certainly looks the part upon initial inspection, and his competitive nature came through in spades during even basic cone drills when going head-to-head with other 'backers. I'm not as sure about Bodine getting D1 offers as soon as maybe some others, but like Wilsonville's Johnny Ragin for 2013, I suspect teams will eventually come around to seeing just how athletic and good Bodine is and will offer accordingly.

Nick Underwood from Lake Oswego was the other 'backer that was going neck-and-neck with Hotchkins and Bodine all day long. At 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, Underwood isn't quite the physical specimen as those other two on first glance, but once you start seeing him compete you can see why he was rated so highly coming out of the Three Rivers League last year, where he joined Bodine as two of only three juniors to be named to their All-Defense First Team.
Defensive Backs - This was another position where there was a clear-cut, dominant performance. Central Catholic's Aaron Washington (5-9, 170) may not be big in stature, but he was bossing the floor all day long in the one-on-ones, where nearly all the receivers were stoned at the line of scrimmage. Portland State-bound Kahlil Dawson from Graham Kapowsin is a clear point of comparison for Washington, as both are diminutive in terms of size but play bigger than they are. Arizona State and BYU have already made inquiries on Washington and I expect that list will grow by leaps and bounds in the spring if word continues to get out.

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