Stanford Nike Recap: Offense

Scout.com takes a look at the top performers on offense at the Stanford Nike Football Training Camp...

Despite flashes of rain and hail, numerous prospects from the West, and beyond, took part in the Stanford Nike Football Training Camp.

Scout.com was on hand to breakdown the top prospects at each position.

QUARTERBACKS


Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline quarterback Max Browne

Snubbed a year ago for the Quarterback MVP at the Stanford NFTC, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Zach Kline left no doubt this year, earning MVP honors and standing out as arguably the top skill prospect across the board on Sunday.

Kline has really blossomed into one of the elite quarterbacks nationally, already holding a strong and accurate arm, but really improving in the other facets of the position- footwork, decision making and touch.  Kline also has a pretty magnetic personality and was overheard recruiting guys to Cal, where he's commited.  Receivers were cutting line and letting others go ahead, so they could do 1-on-1's with Kline.

The debate for California's top quarterback could boil down to the debate for the East Bay Athletic League's top passer, with Kline and fellow EBAL quarterback Bart Houston from Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, both the clear top two quarterbacks in the Golden State.  While Kline had a better weekend with the Nike Camp and Elite 11, Houston wasn't that much farther behind him.  For Houston, he plays in a run-oriented offense, so in a camp setting, he gets to throw the ball a lot more than he normally does for the Spartans, and you get to see a very good, strong and accurate arm.  Houston is a little more reserved than Kline, but he too was making recruiting pitches for Wisconsin, where he verbaled to earlier this month.

Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney quarterback Jake Rodrigues has catapulted himself into the discussion for the top quarterback in California, and gives NorCal three stellar prospects in this class.  We saw Rodrigues a year ago at the Elite 11 in Berkeley, and since then, he's gotten in better shape while keeping the arm strength and has really improved his accuracy.

Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline quarterback Max Browne will be one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2013 class nationally, and like Kline and Houston a year ago, he shined at Stanford as a sophomore.  Browne's got very good touch and accuracy and a good downfield arm.  He's a little bit stiff when he runs, and he's used to playing in the spread out of the shotgun, so his footwork could use some more polish, but as far as making all the throws, Browne can make them all, and is very technically sound.

Bakersfield (Calif.) Ridgeview quarterback Tyler Ferguson followed up a strong showing at the Nike Camp on Friday with another solid showing on Sunday.  His arm is good, but his strengths are in the touch and consistency in which he throws with.  He's a good sized quarterback with good footwork, and has a release and motion similar to fellow Bakersfield native Cody Kessler, just not quite the arm strength as Kessler.

Few quarterbacks have a stronger arm than Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral's Matt Morin.  The lefty can sling it downfield with the best of them and unloaded several passes.  The downside was that he tended to be erratic and a little too confident in his throws and had a few more incompletions than would have been liked.  Still, the arm strength is rarely rivaled.

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Marc Evans is very similar to Houston, a good arm with good accuracy, but having all the other key attributes in a quarterback.  His arm strength is good, but his accuracy and touch were what stood out to us.  He's also got very good footwork and a smooth, unrobotic delivery.

Another underclassmen who caught our eye was Fresno (Calif.) Central's Khari McGee, who we liked a lot at the Badger Elite 7on7.  He's got great downfield arm strength, just needs to work on his consistency in the short and intermediate routes.

Other quarterbacks that stood out were Pittsburg (Calif.) Malik Watson, Granite Bay (Calif.) Brendan Keeney, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon's Jonathan Jerozal and Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian 2013 passer Jihad Vercher.

RUNNING BACKS

The running back crop was just o.k. at the Stanford Nike Camp, and the MVP was South Gate (Calif.) South East's Robert Lewis.

An electric back, Lewis is still pretty slight, but you can't argue his quickness and shiftiness. 

Just missing the running back MVP was Stevenson Ranch (Calif.) West Ranch's Jeffrey Coprich, who's a good athlete with good quickness.

The surprise was Berkeley (Calif.) native Rudolpho James, who's got tremendous physicality and looks like he could be a good fullback in college.

Liberty Ranch (Calif.) back Jonathan Wiernicki and Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita 2013 prospect Darrin Laufasa also had good days.

RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS


Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union receiver Deontay Greenberry

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral's Davonte' Neal has been to numerous camps over the years, including Nike Camps, and finally earned an elusive MVP award at Stanford.  Neal's an explosive athlete and could play on either side of the ball, and play it well.  While his best position in college might be cornerback, Neal is a very talented receiver and he had the number of the cornerbacks and safeties on Sunday.

Just behind Neal was Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union's Deontay Greenberry, who continues to stake his claim as one of the West's best with another good camp.  Greenberry has very good speed, but it's his ability to catch everything thrown to him, the way he can adjust to the ball and his soft hands that stand out.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey's Jaydon Mickens has been doing track for most of the spring, and had some lingering injuries too, so this was his first camp of the spring and he looked like he hadn't missed a beat.  Mickens is smallish but runs tremendous routes and does a great job of using his hands to catch the ball.

El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge receiver Dylan Collie was probably the most consistent receiver on Sunday.  He won't wow you with his size and his speed is decent, but where he gets you is his ability to cut and get open and his very good hands.  Collie also plays much bigger than he is, and was difficult for DBs to jam.

Richmond (Calif.) Kennedy's Kenny Walker, Fresno (Calif.) Central's Shakiem Barbell, Pittsburg (Calif.) Tylor Mapp and Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks' Michael Thomas also caught our attention.

The West's top tight end, Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney's Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, had an ok if inconsistent day.  We've seen Cope-Fitzpatrick several times over the years, and this wasn't one of his better days catching the ball.  Still, you see all the other tools that make him one of the premier players at his position.

Fresno (Calif.) Bullard's Ian Taubler is a big-bodied tight end- he'd make an athletic offensive lineman, but he wants to be a tight end at the next level.  He's tough to jam at the line and is decently athletic but has very soft hands.

OFFENSIVE LINE

There were four Scout 300 linemen on hand, including Scout Top 50 prospect Kyle Murphy from San Clemente (Calif.) and other Scout 300 members like Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon's Erik Magnuson, Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines' Cedrick Poutasi and Corvallis (Ore.) Isaac Seumalo.

Seumalo, though, had the best day, earning MVP honors, which were well deserved.  The four-star guard didn't lose a single one-on-one, and ended the day with a pancake where he very simply chucked the defensive lineman he matched up with.  Seumalo has very good agility and tremendous strength and his footwork was probably the best of any offensive lineman there.

Murphy wasn't too far behind Seumalo, though he did lose one-on-one, which surprised everyone.  He came back the next rep and dominated the defender.  Murphy is long and still a little lean, and you can see there is more room to put on weight.  But his athleticism and how low he can get in his stance because of his natural knee bend, shows why so many schools are interested in him.

Magnuson was good in the individual drills and was solid in the early one-on-one's before some knee pain ended his day early.  Like Murphy, Magnuson has a real nice knee bend and plays low.

Poutasi started off the one-on-one's very strong, and as has been mentioned with other linemen, has good knee-bend, but some of the quicker defensive ends, he struggled with.


Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony center Matthew Cochran

Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony's Matthew Cochran is a mammoth 330-pounds, but doesn't look sloppy at all and can move really well for a player of his size.  He's also got good strength and a strong lower body.  He was nearly perfect in his one-on-one's, and though most schools are recruiting him as a center, he can easily play guard in college.

Fresno (Calif.) Bullard's Stephon McCray, the MVP of the OL a year ago, had an up-and-down afternoon, but ended the day well as fellow Fresno native David Keller from San Joaquin Memorial also had a solid showing.

The biggest surprise was Kelvin Shelton from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde.  Shelton comes from the same school as Dallas Cowboys' draftee Tyron Smith, and like Smith, still looks pretty thin, but has excellent footwork and good strength and won nearly all his one-on-ones.

Another sleeper we liked was Palmdale (Calif.) tackle Eric Rodriguez.

 

Scout.com's Brandon Hufman, Mario Gomez and Kevin Carden contributed to this report

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