Card offensive commits shine on Monday Night

Many of the nation's top prospects descended on Palo Alto to participate in Stanford's Monday Night Ball earlier this week. On a perfect late afternoon at sunny Stanford Stadium, around 70 elite high school athletes took center stage, and did not disappoint.

WR/ATH
Jafus Gaines
Jordan Richards
Tacoi Sumler
Blair Holliday
Ty Montgomery
Devon Cajuste
Don Pearson
Norman Hayes
Cleveland Wallace (2012 prospect from Oak Grove HS)

Stanford commit Ty Montgomery stood out from a deep group of wide receivers, displaying a college-ready physique, strong hands, and quick, sharp cuts. It's easy to see why Montgomery has been so highly-touted, despite now being committed to Stanford for months. As such, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the four-star prospect pick up even more offers as the summer goes along. The Stanford coaching staff will do everything in its power to keep the speedy Texan committed.

Florida wide receiver Tacoi Sumler won the ‘fastest man' competition at camp, and used his wheels to gain separation from defenders during 7-on-7 drills. Although Sumler isn't the tallest athlete in the world at only 5-foot-8, he has impressive athleticism and leaping ability and doesn't seem to be limited by a small frame.

Texas wide out Jafus Gaines also impressed at the camp. Gaines looked to be a fluid athlete with above-average speed and didn't drop any passes that I saw.

New Stanford commit Devon Cajuste might have been the biggest surprise of the day, as he displayed above average athleticism with an amazing pair of hands. Looking every bit of his listed 6-foot-4 frame, Cajuste made numerous difficult catches and had little trouble gaining separation from his defender. He definitely seemed to be athletic enough to stick at the wide receiver position, instead of moving inside to tight end.

Jordan Richards, Norman Hayes, Blair Holliday, and 2012 prospect Cleveland Wallace were also impressive.

OL
Kevin Reihner
Garrett Gladd
Christian Bryant
Spencer Drango
Brian Moran
Jacob Arzouman (Arizona commit)

While the wide receivers might have been the most star-studded position group, the offensive lineman came in a close second.

From the camp's outset, Spencer Drango confirmed his status as one of the elite tackle prospects in the nation. With excellent feet and athleticism for a big man (Drango won the ‘fastest man' competition amongst all the linemen), the Big Texan was rarely beat in one-on-one drills. Standing every bit of 6-foot-6, Drango had little trouble neutralizing Stanford commit Anthony Hayes and more than held his own against Todd Peat. Drango is down to Stanford and Baylor with a decision forthcoming – you can be sure Stanford's offensive line coaches will be holding their collective breath until the four-star recruit makes his decision.

6-foot-5, 330-pound Illinois offensive guard Chris Bryant was just as impressive as Drango. The Stanford offeree was rarely, if ever, pushed back and was solidly built. Although Bryant's recruiting profile is relatively modest at this point, expect offers to be flying in for the talented big man in the next few months.

Stanford commits Kevin Reihner and Garrett Gladd looked good as well. Both moved surprisingly well for big men and look to be centerpieces for a well-rounded Cardinal offensive line for years to come. Reihner in particular was more athletic than I anticipated, and Gladd lived up to his ‘road-grader' label.

To be truthful, there really wasn't much separation amongst the linemen with Stanford offers at the camp (Gladd, Reihner, Drango, Bryant). All were dominant over the defensive tackles in position drills and looked to be BCS-caliber players.

Arizona commit Jacob Arzouman was impressive as well in his quest to earn a Stanford offer.

Although he didn't work out at the Monday Night Ball camp, it's worth nothing that 2012 offensive lineman Brandon Fanaika picked up an offer from the Cardinal earlier in the day.

QB
Kevin Hogan
Evan Crower

A Stanford commit, Evan Crower showed up to Monday Night Ball with his trademark shaggy hair and quick, accurate release. Displaying solid arm strength, Crower was far and away the best QB at camp, repeatedly fitting balls into tough spaces. While he wasn't perfect, Crower looks to be a solid candidate to be Stanford's quarterback of the future. He also impressed with his athleticism in conditioning drills.

On the other hand, Gonzaga Prep (Washington DC) quarterback Kevin Hogan has had better days. Although Hogan does have a nice frame and strong arm, he was inaccurate at times, and lacked consistency throughout the day. The Cardinal is high up on the three-star prospect's list, so it will be interesting to see what transpires following his camp performance.

RB
Amir Carlisle
Cam McDaniel
Jordan Perkins
Jovonte Slater

The story of the running back group was easily Cardinal commit Amir Carlisle. Although he might not have the elite straight ahead speed of a Tacoi Sumler, Carlisle has some of the quickest feet I've seen. He literally looked like he was floating in some drills, and had little trouble finding seems and getting open in 7-on-7 action. He lined up at multiple positions in those 7-on-7's and did fine at each. Perhaps most remarkable was Carlisle's change of direction abilities. He showed an ability to shift on a dime unlike any other recruit I saw at the camp. Carlisle is definitely a ‘must keep' for the Stanford coaches.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of The Bootleg's camp review, with a focus on the defensive recruits, as well as a host of prospect interviews in the days to come.


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