Monday Night Ball Review

The college football recruiting cycle never takes a break. Although the start of fall camp is only days away, the Stanford football program held its second Monday Night Ball prospect camp of the summer earlier this week.

Unlike the first Monday Night Ball back in June, there were no Scout 300 members or current Stanford commits in attendance. Still, plenty of talented players made the trip to Palo Alto.

Some of the noteworthy camp participants are listed below

2011
Patrick Skov
Sam Tai
Charles Burks
Stephon Sanders
Kenny Knight
Lance Callihan
Kris Olugbode
Riley Magner
Kishon Wilcher
Frederick Willis
Scott Kujak

2012
Freddie Tagaloa
Bryce Treggs
Walker Williams
Jeff Lindquist
Sam Flor

Position Breakdown

Quarterbacks

Jeff Lindquist is already one of the most hyped signal callers in the 2012 class, and he showed why at today's camp. Although he started out a bit slow and seemed to have a bit of trouble loosening up, Lindquist has some nice velocity on his throws and had a nice performance. Lindquist's older brother will enroll at Stanford this coming fall and plans to play baseball on The Farm, and you'd think a family connection could only help Stanford's chances should they decide to join Washington State in offering the talented prospect.

Although he's under the radar, Florida quarterback Scott Kujak was probably the most interesting player at today's camp. The tallest signal caller in attendance, Kujak is ambidextrous. It was quite the sight to see Kujak getting loose with both arms. Kujak is a better thrower from the left side, but it would be interesting to see a creative offensive mind get to work with him.

2011 Idaho quarterback Riley Magner was the fastest of all the quarterbacks, tight ends, and linebackers, but he struggled a bit in throwing drills and has a slight frame.

Running Backs

A familiar name to fans of Stanford football, Patrick Skov headlined the running back/fullback group. Skov showed surprising speed in narrowly losing a 40 yard sprint, and didn't drop any passes out of the backfield that I saw. While it remains to be seen whether Skov will pick up a Stanford offer, I think he helped himself with this performance today.

2011 Bellarmine High School star Kris Olugbode also attended the camp. Kris is the brother of 2010 Stanford walk on Kyle Olugbode.

Defensive Ends/Outside Linebackers

The defensive end/outside linebacker group was among the deepest at the camp, with a trio of FBS recruits in attendance. Stephon Sanders, Charles Burks, and Sam Tai all made the trip to The Farm and seemed to perform pretty well. Sanders has the best size of the three, while Burks showed nice aggression and speed. Because of the camp format, it was a little difficult to evaluate this position.

Wide Receivers

The receiving group also had some nice depth to it. Elite 2012 wideout Bryce Treggs (along with his father, former Cal player Brian) was in attendance, and looked smooth in his routes and didn't drop any balls.

Michigan receiver Kenny Knight, who came to camp trying to earn a Stanford offer, was the tallest of the receivers in attendance at 6 foot 4, and looked sharp hauling in passes.

Wideout Frederick Willis was impressive at a Wisconsin camp, earning an offer from the Badgers last month, but I wasn't really able to see enough of him at the camp to get a handle on his talents.

2012 Southern California recruit (and son of former Stanford great Bob) Cody Whitfield attended the earlier Junior Day, but didn't stick around for the camp.

Offensive Linemen

While lacking the offers or star power of the linemen that showed up for last month's Monday Night Ball, this group of hulking recruits featured some impressive prospects in the class of 2012.

6 foot 8, 300-pound offensive tackle prospect Freddie Tagaloa from Salesian High School in Richmond already holds an offer from Stanford and several other Pac-10 programs, and proved to be the best lineman in attendance on Monday. In addition to beating out about 10 other linemen in a 40-yard race, Tagaloa more than held his own in one on ones. The scary thing for defensive linemen is that the prospect just turned 16 a few months ago, so he still has plenty of development left. It's hard to fathom what Tagaloa will be capable of when he arrives on campus to begin his college career, but the Stanford coaching staff would sure like to find out.

2012 Washington lineman Sam Flor also looked good in drills. Flor is part of what's shaping up to be an incredibly talented Washington state class for 2012. The headliner of that group might be offensive lineman Zach Banner (the son of former NFL star Lincoln Kennedy) who might have considered coming down for the camp if it weren't for AAU basketball.

Defensive Tackles

2011 recruit Lance Callihan from Baton Rouge has flown under the radar in many recruiting circles, but is a legitimate prospect for Stanford at the defensive tackle position. The coaching staff was impressed with his film and eager to get him on campus. From what I saw, he looked fairly strong in one on one drills, and is definitely a player to keep an eye on moving forward.

2012 recruit Walker Williams worked out with the defensive tackles, but at 6 foot 6, his future might be along the offensive line. Nevertheless, Williams looked strong in drills. His agility is impressive, particularly for someone of his size. Williams is another member of the vaunted 2012 Washington state class.

Defensive Backs

Frankly, the defensive back group didn't really feature many standouts. One of the players that did catch my eye was Kishon Wilcher. A Detroit resident, Wilcher was the fastest of all the camp attendees and looked fluid athletically, but lacks size at only 5 foot 6. Interestingly, Wilcher's father, Thomas Wilcher, played running back at Michigan while Jim Harbaugh played quarterback.

Stay tuned to The Bootleg for upcoming stories on several of the prospects in attendance, as well as information on any possible new offers handed out after the camp.


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