L.A. Nike Camp: Top Performers

Aziz Shittu, Jordan Simmons, Raymond Ford and several other talented prospects showcased their skills at the L.A. Nike Camp. Look inside for the best of the best.

DL Aziz Shittu - Buhach Colony High School
The MVP of the offensive and defensive line drills, he was able to line up outside and beat tackles, and he'd line up inside and beat offensive guards. He showed a combination of strength and power that make him a coveted prospect for the next level. He has the quickness to play a strong defensive end position and the size to play defensive tackle.

DT Ellis McCarthy – Monrovia High School
McCarthy is a sculpted 300 pounder that is extremely quick off the line and uses his hands well. He showed surprising flashes of quickness as he would combine a strong push with a spin move that belied his size.

OG Jordan Simmons – Crespi High School
Simmons is a road grader at offensive line. He plays right tackle for Crespi and lined up at times at both tackle and guard. Scout ranks him as a guard and that's where he was most comfortable today. Once he was moved to guard he won three straight matchups in the 1v1s before lining up against McCarthy who got the better of him on consecutive plays.


Shittu goes from d-line drills .
OT Ronnie Stanley - Bishop Gorman High School
The prospect with the best frame for an offensive tackle was Nevada's No. 1 overall prospect in Stanley. Stanley has good feet with an excellent slide step. He played with a strong base, able to absorb bull rushes from shorter, heavier defensive linemen that lined up against him.

DB Ishmael Adams - Oaks Christian High School
Adams really stood out in a talented defensive back group. He was one of the most physical cornerbacks on the day, jamming receivers at the line and getting them out of their routes. Adams was named the DB MVP because of his productivity and consistency.

DB Raymond Ford – Serra High School
The Serra cornerback really shined during the one-on-one drills and showed that he is one of the top cover corners in California. Ford showcased his smooth backpedal and good closing speed during one-on-one drills.

WR Derrick Woods – Inglewood High School
Woods used his speed and athleticism to come up with a handful of big plays on Sunday. The two-way star from Inglewood High School, had one of the top catches of the camp, beating his man deep and pulling in an acrobatic grab in the back of the end zone.

WR Chris Harper – Crespi High School
The junior impressed as much as any other wideout on Sunday. He ran fluid routes, showed good hands and speed. Harper looks like a Z receiver at the next level with his ability to stretch the field.

WR Bryce Treggs – St. John Bosco High School
We've seen Treggs perform much better at other camps and events, but he still was one of the top wideouts on Sunday. He couldn't be covered. Defensive backs didn't dare challenge him at the line respecting his speed, which he used to blow past defenders.

WR Gabriel Marks – Venice High School
Marks was an under the radar player a few months ago, but after impressive performances at the Badger Sport Vegas 7-on-7 and L.A. Nike Camp, college coaches are taking notice. Marks runs good routes, has above-average hands and understands how to get open.

QB Hayden Rettig – Cathedral High School
Rettig was the top underclassmen quarterback in attendance on Sunday, and continues to develop into a big time prospect. The 6-3.5 205-pound QB has a live arm and showed improved accuracy during passing workouts.

LB Butch Pauu – Servite High School
It was no surprise to see Pauu as one of the most productive linebackers on the day. The hard-nosed linebacker is always around the ball and plays with great passion. Pauu is a bit undersized, but still one of the most instinctive players we have seen.

LB Jabari Ruffin – Downey High School
The USC commit was one of the most physically impressive players in the linebacker group. Ruffin has the frame to add good weight before he gets to the college level.

WR/DB Dalis Bruce – Monte Vista High School
Bruce has shown he can shutdown receivers as a defensive back, most recently at the Badger/New Level Athletics 7v7 in Las Vegas, but on Sunday, he showed he could be a player on the other side of the ball. Bruce ran solid routes and displayed excellent hands. While his future is likely at cornerback, he has the skills to be a D1 slot receiver.

Davonte' Neal – Chaparral (AZ) High School
Similar to Ishmael Adams in that both cornerbacks really set the tone with their physical play and swagger. The four-star wide receiver from Scottsdale (Az.) Chaparral proved that he is a legit defensive back prospect as well.

WR Randall Goforth – Long Beach Poly
Long Beach Poly was well represented by Randall Goforth, who was one of the most productive players on the day, and took home top honors for the position. With Goforth and Richard Smith, the Jackrabbits will once again have some talented playmakers in 2011.

TE Taylor McNamara – Westview High School
San Diego (Calif.) Westview tight end Taylor McNamara was very impressive in all areas on Sunday. At 6-5, 235 pounds McNamara has everything that you look for in a tight end, with good hands, physical play and solid route-running skills. McNamara was definitely the top player in the tight end group on Sunday.

QB Matt Morin – Chaparral High School
Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral QB Matt Morin took home the QB MVP Award at the L.A. Nike Camp after a very strong showing. Morin was very consistent, has a good arm and didn't force the ball. Look for Morin's recruitment to heat up after his impressive performance.

RB Shaq Powell – Bishop Gorman High School
It is a down year for running backs on the West Coast, but Powell solidified himself as one of the top in the region. Powell has developed into a physical runner with slashing style.

OL John Lopez – Orange Lutheran High School
The mammoth 2013 offensive lineman continues to impress this offseason. Lopez more than held his own against some of the top defensive linemen in the 2012 class. Lopez already has an offer from UCLA and will be one of the top offensive line recruits in California at this time next year.


Ellis McCarthy was a monster in the middle. (Kevin Carden Photo)


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