L.A. NFTC Offensive Preview

A look at some of the top offensive prospects expected at the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp on Sunday at Cerritos College...


A trio of quarterbacks who shined at last weekends New Level 7 on 7 tournament in Las Vegas headline this group. Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne's Troy Williams is currently rated the top signal caller in the state and definitely looked like it a week ago. Look for another big performance from the quarterback Sunday.

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Anu Solomon and Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian's Jihad Vercher should also shine. Solomon has a live arm, quick release and can make every throw. Vercher has similar qualities and the ball explodes out of his hand.

Another player to watch closely will be Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita's Johnny Stanton. There's no doubt Stanton is a heck of a football player. Some question if he throws the ball consistently enough to be a BCS level quarterback. Stanton can help answer some of those doubts with a strong showing on Sunday.

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame's Kelly Hilinski, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Cameron Birse, Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro's Matt Adam, Vista Murrieta's (Calif.) Nick Stevens and Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian junior Brandon Dawkins are just a few others to watch out for.


Redlands (Calif.) athlete Craig Lee is a national prospect and one of the top players in the region, regardless of position. Lee clocked a 10.7-100m earlier this week and should give opposing linebackers fits in the one on one drills.

He's nursing a sore hamstring, but when healthy, no one is more fun to watch in the open field than San Diego (Calif.) Madison's Pierre Cormier. Cormier said he's about 80-85% right now and might not be able to work out. If he can go, even at less than full speed, Cormier will put on a show.

Another lightning fast running back is Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame standout Khalfani Muhamad. Muhamad could be the favorite to win the CA state championship in the 100m and can absolutely fly. Another jitterbug type that will be a tough cover is Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial's Jalen Ortiz. Ortiz will work out with the running backs Sunday and work out with the defensive backs at the NorCal NIKE Camp in May.

You don't find many backs more complete than Cal commit Deon Martin. Martin, out of Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale, is a powerful athlete who runs with great balance and lean and is quicker than people give him credit for as well. Terrell Newby out of West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade is a dynamic play maker as well and among the most heavily recruited playes in the region.

Norco's (Calif.) Joseph Ajeeigbe, Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza's Mauriece Lee and Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Zachary Green should have strong showings as well.


Next to the defensive backs, the receiver position is probably the strongest in the camp. Santa Monica (Calif.) receiver Sebastian LaRue was relatively quiet in Las Vegas last weekend and will look for a big performance Sunday. When on his game, Larue is an explosive, sure handed pass catcher who does everything well. He's a solid route runner and a home run threat as well.

Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany's Steven Mitchell and Long Beach Jordan's (Calif.) John Ross were a dynamic duo for the 1925 all-stars last week and are tremendous talents. Mitchell lines up all over the field and is a very good cornerback as well but he's being recruited primarily on the offensive side of the ball.

Ross is under-rated and under-recruited for just how good he is. He can make the tough catch, has great body control and is a dangerous return man. He'll be a very tough cover for every opposing corner in this camp.

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde's Demorea Stringfellow had his coming out party at this very same camp a year ago. He's a big, physical receiver who manhandled all opposing corners last April. The athlete has very strong hands, runs well and plays with an edge to him.

An intriguing underclassmen to watch will be Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro's Christian Kirk. Just a freshman, Kirk is already well known in local circles but could make a national name for himself with a strong showing Sunday. The last freshman to get invited to a NIKE Camp from the Grand Canyon State was a player by the name of Davonte Neal and some feel Kirk has that same kind of upside.

A pair of tight ends who should do very well are Marcus Baugh and Thomas Duarte. Baugh, out of Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North is a big, physical athlete who runs well and has sure hands. He's the top tight end in the region and has tremendous upside.

Duarte is actually a receiver at the high school level but projects as a tight end in college. He has the kind of frame that will easily hold another 20-25 pounds or so and if he can maintain his athleticism, he could be a very special player at the next level.


Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Nico Falah is rated the No. 3 tackle in the nation and will try and live up to that lofty status this Sunday. Falah has a great skill set to him boasting an athletic body, with long arms and very good feet. He's a tough kid as well and plays with a motor and is just a very good all around football player.

San Clemente's (Calif.) Sean Harlow played in the shadows of all-world prospect Kyle Murphy last season but he's a very talented kid in his right. He's a good athlete and moves very well. He plays with great technique already, no surprise being the son of a former NFL lineman) and has a very nice mean streak to him.

It seems like Orange Lutheran's (Calif.) John Lopez has been attending the NIKE Camp for years and he actually has. Lopez emerged as a player to watch before his freshman season and has had a very productive HS career so far. He's a thick, well built kid and if he can continue to improve his athleticism, he has a chance to be a very good college player.

Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe tackle Kenny Lacy has blown up this spring with over 20 scholarship offers on the table. Scouts love his frame, long arms and quick feet. He's still raw in some areas but has a very nice upside to him. it will be interesting to watch how hard he competes in the one on one drills but Lacy should do very well.

Going back to the Orange County theme, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita is loaded up front and center Dane Crane and Riley Sorenson are expected to work out and both should do well. Crane is a dominant player and easily among the nation's top true center prospects.

Sorenson will be a three year starter for the Eagles and is a mammoth prospect. He's a tough kid and just needs to make sure he's physically in shape to compete to the best of his ability.

Others to watch include Paramount's (Calif.) Chria Borrayo, Fountain Valley's (Calif.) J.D. Hinnant, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde's Poasi Moala, Orange Lutheran's (Calif.) Collin Sutton and Villa Park's (Calif.) Nick Whitton.

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