Nike Football The Opening Regional in SoCal: Offensive Preview

The aways loaded Nike Opening Regional Camp in Los Angeles will take place on Sunday. Here's a look at the top offensive players expected on Sunday.

THE OFFENSE:

QUARTERBACKS

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Long Beach Poly's (Calif.) Matt Corral headlines what should be a strong group of quarterbacks. The USC commit is ranked among the top 25 prospects in the country and has a ton of physical tools to work with. Corral has a live, accurate arm, plus mobility and can really spin the football. He should put on a show on Sunday. 

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Dorian Thompson-Robinson opened a lot of eyes at this very same camp a year ago and will definitely be gunning for QB MVP honors. The always competitive Thompson-Robinson has looked very good this off-season adding polish, touch and accuracy to his already strong set of physical tools. The quarterback has yet to start a varsity game at Gorman but is among the most the coveted quarterbacks in the nation. 

Newbury Park (Calif.) and Oklahoma commit Cameron Rising is about as smooth and efficient as it gets. He's a smart, heady quarterback, very accurate and throws with great touch and timing. Schools continue to go hard after the Sooner commit so he said over the weekend he remains solid with OU.

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills QB and Utah commit Jack Tuttle has made big strides in the last year and has established himself as one of the premier pocket passers in the region. Tuttle has a prototype frame, a smooth, effortless release and can get the ball down the field. He looked very good at Las Vegas Pylon 7v7 tournament just two weeks ago. 

*We've been watching Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete's Brevin White since he was in middle school. White has a live arm, is a plus athlete and always shows a ton of toughness and the ability to stand in and take a shot if needed to deliver the ball. 

*Lehi (Utah) QB Camm Cooper is the state's top signal caller and has a lot of natural ability. The lefty has a smooth, effortless release, has very good pocket mobility and shows an advanced feel in throwing with timing and anticipation. 

*Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Re-al Mitchell is one of the nation's top dual threat quarterbacks. He can flash a live arm but is most dangerous when he can get outside the pocket and is a threat to break off a big run and score from anywhere on the field. 

*Liberty's (Nev.) Kenyon Oblad has been as good as anyone we've seen in the last two weeks at the big 7v7 events in Las Vegas. He has a tight release and the ball really jumps out of his hand. He's throwing with a ton of confidence right now. 

*Corona (Calif) Roosevelt QB Jeremy Moussa is a major sleeper out West. He throws a very catchable ball and is one of the best pure throwers in the state. He can throw with touch, is very accurate on the deeper throws and has some definite upside to him.

*Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon QB Mason Quandt has one of the strongest arms in the state and can make every throw you need. 

*Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison's Griffin O'Connor really came on strong this past season and emerged as one of the top dual-threat QBs in the area. 

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There are several talented underclass quarterbacks expected headlined by Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei's J.T. Daniels. Daniels has a chance to break every state throwing record but is more than just a stat guy, he has elite next level tools as well. He'll be in the running for top overall player in the West Coast 2019 class. 

Murrieta Valley's (Calif.) Hank Bachmeier is another national recruit who can really sling it. The '19 QB had a huge sophomore season and is one of the more pure passers in the region. He can make all the throws and has the ability to extend a play and make positive yards with his legs as well.

*Upland (Calif.) '19 QB David Baldwin is a strong armed lefty with a downfield arm. He's a high level athlete as well and a true dual threat quarterback with a big upside to him.

*Orange Lutheran (Calif.) '19 QB Ryan Hilinski has a college frame, a big arm and is a natural leader. 

*Kapolei (Hawaii) '19 QB Taulia Tagovailoa has a lofty reputation already but showed on the field last season he's a talented kid in his own right. 

A pair of '20 QBs to watch are Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral's Bryce Young and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's D.J. Uiagalelei. Young made a ton of plays with his arm and his legs as a freshman last season and Uiagalelei is a big, strong armed QB who has 

RUNNING BACKS

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Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Kirby Bennett is one of the most heavily recruited athletes in the reigon. Bennett is a physical, downhill runner who can run between the tackles or bounce it outside and it should be fun to see him in this kind of environment. 

Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino's Chris Brown is another talented back who does everything well. He has a big frame, runs well and physically looks like a college running back right now. By the end of the summer, he could be the guy everyone is talking about as the top back in the region.

Santa Margarita (Calif.) athlete Malone Mataele is one of the more versatile players in the region and could play 3-4 different positions in college. He's a very talented safety but shows natural ability as a runner as well and that's likely the position he'll work out at on Sunday.

*Lompoc's (Calif.) Toa Taua is always fun to watch because of his hard running style, ability to shake off would be tacklers and downhill/attacking style.

*Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Demetrious Flowers is a tough, physical runner who really came on during the Braves State title run last season. He's a decisive runner with a better burst than given credit for and at 210 pounds, is a load to bring down in the open field.

*West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade's Andrew Van Buren is one of the hottest backs on the recruiting trail and does everything well. 

*Norco's (Calif.) Travis Dye is a quick, shifty back and very tough to bring down in the open field.

*A few other backs we like a lot include Menifee (Calif.) Heritage's Sherod White, Upland's (Calif.) Kyle Jones, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventura's Chuck Wick, Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo's Khoury Bethley and Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne's Jermar Jefferson.

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Two underclass backs we really like are Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey's Charles Mincy and Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete's Jamaal Bell. The two 2019 standouts are already among the top backs in the region with explosive speed, wiggle and very good hands out of the backfield. Both will be recruited by everyone as seniors. 

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

Without question, the receiver position is the strongest out West and in fact, this year's crop of pass catchers could be the deepest in recent memory. It may not happen on Sunday but would see as many as 10 kids land invites for The Opening Finals at some point this Spring. 

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Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei's Amon-Ra St. Brown and Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins' Jalen Hall lead a deep and talented group of wide out.

St. Brown was the most dynamic receiver in the state last season and has the hands and route running of a possession receiver with the speed and 'run after catch' ability of a dynamic playmaker. He's explosive in the return game as well and a true home run hitter and a threat to score from anywhere on the field. 

Hall is a big, physical receiver with strong hands and high level body control. He can jump over a defensive back, uses his size well to gain separation and will be a huge red zone threat from day one in college. 

*Murrieta Valley's (Calif.) Marquis Spiker is a big, physical receiver with great hands and body control. He's not a burner yet has no problems getting behind a defense and no one seems to catch him from behind either. 

*Manuel Allen is a player with a very nice upside. The Corona (Calif.) Centennial standout has length, athleticism and can go up and get it.

*Mission Viejo (Calif.) wide out Austin Osborne, a recent Washington commit, does everything well. He has an athletic 6-3 frame, can make plays down the field and is a polished route runner with great hands.

*Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins slot receiver and Nebraska  commit Eric Fuller is one of the most explosive players in the region, regardless of position. He's electric in space and can take a short hitch, make 3-4 guys and take it to the house on any given play.

*Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt's Chase Williams is one of the smoothest pass catchers in the region, the game just looks easy for him. He catches the ball as well as anyone in the area.

*Buena Park's (Calif.) Devon Cooley and Calabasas' (Calif.) Nikko Hall are a couple of two-way standouts who project as BCS prospects at receiver or safety. They'll likely work out on the offensive side of the ball but are equally talented in the secondary as well.

*Vista Murrieta's (Calif.) Khalil Shakir is a big play threat and tremendous after the catch. He's another dangerous special teamer in the punt/kick return game as well. 

*Moving out of state, Chase Cota out of South Medford (Ore.) and Solomon Enis out of Phoenix (Ariz.) North Canyon are the top receivers in their respective states. 

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Cota is a big, physical 6-3 athlete who can physically overwhelm a defender and Enis can really run and is tremendous after the catch. 

*When you throw in a few more explosive play makers like Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Jalen Nailor, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade's Michael Wilson, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger's Andre Hunt, San Marcos' (Calif.) Kyle Philips, Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Kobe Smith and Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne's J.J. Tucker, all who project as BCS prospects and you can see why we called this receiver group the best we've seen in some time.

*A few talented underclassmen to watch closely are Anaheim (Calif.) Servite '19 standout Kyle Ford and Calabasas (Calif.) '20 athlete Johnny Wilson. Ford is a physical receiver with a college body right now and Wilson is polished beyond his years and has tremendous upside. Two from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco we like are Josh Delgado and Colby Bowman. The two sophomores are very talented and should have big days. 

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Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Brevin Jordan and Long Beach Poly's (Calif.) Camren McDonald lead a solid tight end group.

Jordan has always been a big athlete who can run and make plays down the field and he continues to add size and strength to his frame as well. He's pushing 250 pounds but can still move and has very soft hands.

McDonald is a hybrid big WR/TE who can make plays down the field because of his athletic ability. We think he'll grow in to a pass catching tight end down the road and will be a brutal matchup for opposing 'backers and safeties.

Corona Del Mar's (Calif.) Tae Le is another hybrid tight end type. He plays like a jumbo receiver and has as good a hands as you'll see but the frame to grow in to a pass catching TE/H-Back type player.

*Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey's Isaiah Smalls and Santa Margarita's (Calif.) Jake Peters fit the mold of your more traditional tight end with the size to be effective in the run game but the hands to be that crucial security blanket on 3rd downs.

*An underclassmen we like a lot is Anaheim (Calif.) Servite's Ethan Rae. The 2019 athlete can really run and will be among the nation's top prospects at his position when he's a senior.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

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The top four offensive tackles in the West headline a solid group of linemen. 

Penei Sewell is our top rated offensive linemen in the region and he shows the positional versatility to play tackle or guard in college. He's a physical kid who just manhandles opposing linemen at the H.S level and has the size, strength and mobility to play for anyone in the country. 

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei's Tommy Brown is a true tackle prospect who can pass protect and run block equally well. He has a huge frame but is light on his feet and plays with the perfect amount of nastiness. 

Lake Oswego's (Ore.) Dawson Jaramillo is the top lineman in the state and has a prototype tackle frame. He moves very well for a big man and will have no problem adding as much size as he'll need to at the next level. 

Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral's Steven Jones is a fast rising tackle who has only played football for a couple of years but showed a ton of raw talent. Like Sewell, he has the size and toughness to play inside or outside in college and is just scratching the surface of how good he could be.

*Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley's Joey Ramos is another talented tackle we like a lot. He's the top offensive lineman in the state and shows up very well on film. He's a kid who plays through the whistle and has a lot of natural ability. 

*Highland (Utah) Lone Peak's Connor Pay, San Bernardino (Calif.) Aquinas' Jasper Friis and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Kevin Coblentz are just a few more intriguing tackle prospects. 

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At the guard position, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei's Chris Murray looks like the headliner here. There isn't a hotter OL prospect in the region right now than Murray, with new offers flooding in every day. He's a technically sound prospect, very strong and highly skilled as well.

Sam Vakalahi is another talented guard prospect with national offers. The Salt Lake City (Utah) East standout is a talented two-way player and could line up on both sides of the ball but the offensive line is likely where he projects best at.

*Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Jacob Isaia, La Mirada's Tyler Casados and Anaheim (Calif.) Servite's Luke Lacilento are few intriguing guards to watch. 

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Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral's Justin Dedich is the top center in the region and always impresses. He's about as technically sound a lineman as you'll find, has a strong, solid frame that can take on a bull rush and he's a powerful run blocker as well. 


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