All Nike Training Camp Team

Here's a look at the top 22 defensive and offensive standouts from Cerritos at the SoCal NFTC this past Sunday...

DEFENSE

Defensive Line

Joe Mathis, Upland (Calif.)- The week before, Mathis played linebacker at the NLA Elite 7on7, but was back with his hand down at his more natural defensive end position, and almost from the get-go, showed why he's a top 10 pass-rusher nationally. Mathis played end on both sides and did some defensive tackle too, and outside of one stonewall, dominated in the 1-on-1s.  His performance netted him an invite to The Opening, the second year in a row an Upland player was selected.

Taco Charlton, Pickerington (Ohio) Central- Charlton set the tone on the first 1-on-1, by blowing by the tackle without being touched. He too only lost 1-on-1, and won every other.  The future Michigan Wolverine is a nice long athlete who just needs to add some weight, but he's got the quickness off the edge to be a top-tier pass rusher.

Ainuu Taua, Lompoc (Calif.)- Taua was the top underclass performer at the NFTC and the 2014 prospect is definitely one to watch in the future.  The 6-1, 275-pounder has a good frame to add more weight and be an ideal 3-tech at the next level.  He's quick off the ball and plays nice and low and his motor never stops.

Linebackers

Kevin Palma, Tulare (Calif.) Mission Oak- The 6-1.5, 235-pounder was quick off the edge and might have been the most athletic linebacker there. A day after recording the second highest Sparq rating at the Long Beach Combine, Palma was just as good in football-specific drills. In drills where running backs had to pass block the linebackers, he twice blew past the back without being touched to get to the bag. He looked good in the positional drills and the 1on1s until tweaking his arm

Dwight Williams, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- The linebackers MVP, the 2014 prospect Williams was good in the individual drills, showing good agility and athleticism and looked real fluid and stepped it up in the 1on1's.  Williams, who's about 6-1, 200, looks noticeably bigger than when we saw him in the fall, but moved very well.

George Frazier, Monrovia (Calif.)- Frazier moved really well for his size. Frazier also plays quarterback, so he's plenty athletic, but he's gotten thicker since we saw him at the U.S. Army Combine but has maintained his athleticism. .

Defensive Backs

Chris Hawkins, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)-  The DB MVP, Hawkins had a big day on Sunday.  It ended with him committing to his dream school, USC, but it followed a day where he won the MVP honors amongst a loaded group of defensive backs.  He looked great in the drills and was stellar in the 1-on-1's, beating WR MVP Steven Hawkins twice. Hawkins also earned an invite to The Opening.

Priest Willis, Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza- Willis is one of the most versatile defensive backs in this class, with safety size but corner experience.  He's got great change of direction and is really physical.  A fluid athlete, Willis also earned an invite to The Opening.

Iman Marshall, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly- Marshall had another impressive showing after looking great in Las Vegas two weeks ago. Marshall will play safety for Poly but worked out at corner Sunday and was in lockdown mode all day. He plays with a lot of swagger already and it's scary to think how good he can be with three more years to develop.

Tahaan Goodman, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)- After being the most consistent defensive back in Las Vegas, Goodman followed it up with another shining performance.  Goodman is very physical, runs well and has outstanding instincts. Goodman was another invitee to The Opening.

Tyler Foreman, Encino (Calif.) Crespi- Foreman is a huge kid who looks like a linebacker but can definitely play safety. He moves with ease, is a physical player and is even better in pads.  Like several defensive backs, he was coming off a strong showing at the NLA ELite 7on7 and kept up his performance at the NFTC.

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Conner Manning, El Toro (Calif.)- Manning is an emerging prospect who is beginning to create a nice buzz for himself. He did it on the field last year and now is getting it done on the camp circuit. He was the most consistent quarterback of the day and physically, may not do anything great, but does everything well.

Running Back

Zachary Green, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure- Green shined in al phases of the camp. He was physical and dominated the linebackers in the pass rush drills. He showed a nice burst in the position drills and good hands running routes. Green is even better with the pads on as he's a very tough, physical kid and should have a big senior year.

Deon Martin, Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale- Martin came in about 10 pounds lighter than he was a year ago and looked noticeably quicker. He's always been a very hard, physical runner with great balance and vision. He's tough to knock off his feet and rarely goes down on even second contact. After sitting out most of his junior season, look for the Cal commit to explode next fall.

Wide Receivers

Damorea Stringfellow, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde- The most physically impressive offensive player in the camp. Measured in at a solid 6-3, 205 pounds and looked like Justin Blackmon running around the field. Has huge hands, excellent body control and knows how to use his size to his advantage. Definitely an elite prospect.

Steven Mitchell, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemamy- Mitchell earned WR MVP honors and had a very good day. He catches the ball well and has a great burst in and out of his breaks. He can stop and start and change direction with ease and doesn't lose much speed coming out of his breaks.

Tight Ends

Marcus Baugh, Riverside (Calif.) J.W North- Just how good was Baugh? Lead LB coach Chris Gizzi made a point to call out Baugh during the RB-TE/LB one on ones at the end of the day and said he was the best player on the field. At 6-4, 230 pounds, he has a great frame, is very athletic and looked more natural catching the ball as the came went along.

Thomas Duarte, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei- Duarte is a natural pass catcher and is a very intriguing prospect. He plays receiver for the Monarchs but at 6-2, 230 pounds, he could grow in to a tight end/H-Back type. He runs well enough to play receiver and is very strong. He catches the ball well in traffic and uses his body well to get separation from smaller defenders.

Offensive Linemen

Alex Redmond, Los Alamitos (Calif.)- Redmond is flying under the radar but he has every physical tool you could want in a future lineman. He has a great frame, 6-5, 290 pounds and he's not sloppy. He's an extremely physical player and one of the nastiest lineman in the state. He's improving his athleticism and should be recruited at the high major level.

John Lopez, Orange Lutheran (Calif.)- Seems like Lopez has been coming to the NIKE Camp for years and well, he basically has. This was his third NIKE event and by far his best showing. He actually dropped 15 pounds since last year and moved better than he ever has. Lopez has always been a very physical player and he had several dominant reps in the one on ones manhandling the lineman across from him.

Nico Falah, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Falah is one of the most athletic tackles in the nation and did very well in the position drills. He got beat a few times in the one on ones by simply not being strong enough in his core to hold his ground but that will come. He has the frame you're looking for, long arms, light on his feet and moves laterally very well.

Viane Talamaivoa, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- The sophomore earned OL MVP honors and definitely announced his presence with authority. He's a natural guard prospect and plays for a great H.S program and will only get better. He's incredibly strong already and will learn more about technique but you can't teach his natural aggressiveness and raw power.

National Recruiting analysts Brandon Huffman and Greg Biggins contributed to this report


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