There wasn't a clear standout MVP at today's Nike Camp on the USC campus. In fact, there really weren't even a few clear sure-things to be elite players at the D-1 level.
Probably the best prospect participating was Rocky Hinds, the 6-4 quarteback from Playa Del Rey St. Bernard's. He's a truly amazing all-around athlete and still raw in his throwing ability, even though he improved considerably throughout the day.
The 5-11 wide receiver from Culver City, Michael Bumpus, was probably among the top five players in the camp, showing great quickness, cutting ability, route-running ability and hands.
Rodney Van, the defensive back prospect from Long Beach Poly, drew raves in the one-on-one drills, shutting down receivers consistently.
5-9 Corona Centennial running back Terrell Jackson was probably the #1 running back in camp.
On the offensive line, the standouts were mammoth Chilo Rachal from Compton Dominguez; Brandon Nicolas from Santa Ana Mater Dei, who certainly passed the eye-ball test, Norris Malele from Carson, who worked out with the DL, too; and Leo Talavou from Fountain Valley ,who had good feet and athleticism
On the DL, Los Angeles Fremont's 6-6 Thomas Herring had everyone in a bit of awe with his physical ability, but didn't show as well as you might have liked in the one-on-one drills; Defensive end Brigham Harwell is quick and athletic, but undersized a bit at 6-0 ½.
Other standouts were the twin defensive backs, Bryan and Jeremy Payton from Covina South Hills; a good cover cornerback prospect in Thomas McKay, from Palmdale; Deandre Gassaway, a big, smooth wide receiver San Bernardino Cajon; and three good-looking tight end prospects in Mike Barr, from Payson, Arizona, Andrew McIntyre, from La Canada St. Francis and Zach Miller, from Desert Vista, Arizona.
Three of the bigger-hyped recruits -- defensive back Jerome Boyd from L.A. Dorsey, wide receiver Derrick Jones from Long Beach Poly and Pomona linebacker Eugene Germany -- were in attendance but didn't participate.
We'll have a more in-depth story on the camp tomorrow...