SoCal NIKE Camp Review: The MVPs

The NIKE Football Training Camp Tour kicked off in Southern California in what was a very deep and talented group overall. Here's a look at the MVPs from each position as selected by the NIKE and Student Sports coaching staff.

MVP's are selected based solely on camp performance and have nothing to with recruiting potential.

Quarterback: Kyle Allen, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain

Allen had a huge performance and was clearly the top signal caller in attendance. He has a great frame and looks about an inch taller and 10 pounds heavier than a year ago. Allen showed off a very live, accurate arm and looked in total command in every drill. He's currently rated the No. 3 QB nationally and after seeing him in person that may actually be too low.

Running Back: Royce Freeman, Imperial (Calif.)

There wasn't a better looking athlete physically than Freeman. At 5-11, 220 pounds, Freeman looks like a college back right now and did very well in every drill. He showed soft hands in the pass catching drills, is a very physical runner and has the ability to be an every down back at the next level.

Wide Receiver:Christian Kirk, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro (2015)

It was a deep group of receivers but Kirk separated himself in the one on one drills. He shows explosive speed and is able to explode in and out of his breaks. He has very good hands as well and can stretch the field vertically and will be a dangerous player with the ball in his hands running after the catch as well.

Offensive Line: Damien Mama, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

The OL MVP could have just as easily gone to Corona (Calif.) Centennial's Viane Talamaivao, who dominated the one on ones as well but Mama was a little more consistent throughout the camp. Mama is a massive lineman who weighed in at 350 pounds but moved very well and actually worked out with the tackles. He's currently rated the top guard in the West but showed the versatility to play anywhere on the line.

Defensive Line: Ainuu Taua, Lompoc (Calif.)

Taua was an absolute beast and wowed onlookers with his showing in the pass rush drills. The tackle showed off one of the quickest first steps you'll see anywhere in the country and has great strength as well. He could have simply bull rushed his way to the quarterback but showed legitimate moves to beat his man and earned an invite to The Opening as a result.

Linebacker: Dwight Williams, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Williams had a great camp and earned MVP honors for the second year in a row. The athlete is a natural in pass coverage and moves around like a big safety. He was physical in the pass rush drills showing a great burst off the edge as well as nifty spin move. He also earned an invite to The Opening and it was definitely deserved.

Defensive Back: Denzel Fisher, Compton (Calif.) Centennial

Fisher was the biggest revelation of the day and flashed elite level talent. He's all of 6-2 with long arms and great ball skills. He picked off three balls during the one on ones and showed the quick feet to change direction and run with smaller receivers and was very comfortable in press as well. He'll need to add some weight but he has the frame to do so and no one increased their stock more than Fisher on Sunday.

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 Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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