Coaches From Coast to Coast: Every direction you looked at the All-Poly camp in Layton (UT), you would see another college coach from a different region of the country. Washington, USC, Oregon State, Utah, Utah State, BYU, Texas Tech, Hawaii, Nevada, Colorado, Boise State, Weber State, Southern Utah, and UNLV were all very well represented at day 1 of the All-Poly camp. Bob Stoops, Chris Petersen, and Mike MacIntyre made impressive speeches to the campers, setting the tone for a long afternoon of football. Wisconsin, Washington State, South Florida, Central Michigan, and a few other schools had a coach or two in attendance as well.
Day 1 Standouts
Salanoa Alo-Wily: The Kahuku defensive linemen is a terror for opponents. Wily fires off the ball really well. During one on one's very few offensive linemen could keep up with his quickness, and if they could he displayed the strength to have his way with them. Alo-Wily is a prospect that could leave All-Poly with a few new offers.
Dru Samia: Samia wasn't happy with his performance, but he may be the only one. Well, maybe a few of the defensive ends that were battered by Samia's vicious punches felt that way as well. Samia didn't lose a rep that I saw. He was also the center of attention amongst college coaches. He certainly lived up to the billing, and promises a better showing tomorrow.
Jeremiah Ieremia: During the team scrimmage, Ieremia was flying around the field like his hair was on fire. Whether it was a run or a pass, he was the first man to the ball. The Hurricane linebacker was another prospect that had a lot of coaches following him around.
Cody Barton: A day after committing to Utah, Barton was moving around better than he ever has in the past. He was playing outside linebacker and looked fluid and instinctive. Barton, Ieremiah, and Gaige Kartchner were linebackers on the same team, and opponents were lucky to get back to the line of scrimmage against them.
A.J. Epenesa: The fact that Epenesa is a rising sophomore should be illegal. The Illinois propsect stood out from the get-go. His frame is about as good as it gets, and his motor is equally as good. Epenesa needs to get stronger, but once that happens he will be an elite prospect.
The Day 1 MVP
James Empey: The American Fork interior linemen put on another clinic at All-Poly. Whether it was a speed rusher or a power guy, Empey made quick work of them. He stacked up pancakes and displayed nearly perfect technique. Empey reeled in an Oregon State offer at the end of the day, and was constantly swarmed by coaches. It wouldn't be surprising if Empey picked up another offer or two between now and Saturday afternoon.
Final Thoughts On Day 1
The All-Poly Camp is all about intensity and attitude. The coaches did a good job setting the tone and the players really responded. Washington State D Line coach, Joe Salave'a had the linemen fired up. While there was a lot of intensity and aggression on display, the sportsmanship was always there. Guys would knock the snot out of each other and then held their opponent up.
The camp is stacked with talent, ranging from guys with two-dozen offers, like Osa Masina to guys fighting for their first offers. I didn't see anyone taking reps off or going less than 100%. This is a testimony to the coaches and culture established at the All-Poly Camp. It is a blast to cover.