Oakland Nike Camp MVPs

The NIKE Camp in Oakland was loaded with talent at almost every position and saw several standout performances. Here's a run down on the MVPs at each position as selected by the NIKE staff coaches. MVPs are based on camp performance, not recruiting potential...

Quarterback: Jared Goff, (Calif.) Marin Catholic

It was a good weekend for Goff as he shined at not only at the Elite 11 Regional Camp on Friday but the NIKE Camp as well. The key word in talking about Goff is consistency. He does everything well and doesn't have any discernible weaknesses. He's very polished, throws a nice, catchable ball with a tight spin and is very accurate. Goff makes good decisions with the ball as well, is a very heady quarterback with a high football IQ and has an excellent upside to him.

Running Back: Andrew Ballin, Fresno (Calif.) Hoover

Ballin was flying well below the radar but had a great weekend in Oakland. He had a top five SPARQ Rating on Saturday and then earned MVP honors Sunday. The athlete showed off the best burst and overall quickness in the drills as well as the best hands out of the backfield during the one on one drills with the linebackers and in the end that put him over the top. It will be interesting to see Ballin's game film and see if he's as good in the pads as he is without and if so, he'll be a very interesting player to check out this fall.

Wide Receiver: Darren Carrington, San Diego (Calif.) Horizon Christian

Carrington's stock continues to rise after another strong showing in Oakland. He has plus size and athleticism, runs very good routes and showed great hands throughout the camp. He played physical and showed he could beat press coverage and also really battled well for jump balls. His body control is as good as you'll see at the high school level and he really showed a nice burst getting in and out of his breaks.

Offensive Line: Cameron Hunt, Corona (Calif.) Centennial

Hunt was motivated to earn MVP honors after his sophomore teammate earned the honor following the SoCal NIKE Camp in April. He did just that and had a dominant showing at the left tackle position. Hunt didn't lose a single rep in the one on ones showing great technique, lateral mobility and strength. He went up against all the best defensive ends in the camp and few even got past the line of scrimmage against him. It will be interesting to see how Hunt's body grows in a few years and that could determine whether he ends up at guard or tackle in college.

Defensive Line: Misi Taifane, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant

It seems like every year, the Pacers have a dominant defensive lineman and Taifane will be next in line. The big tackle is very strong in his upper body and showed a nice first step. He did a nice job beating an opposing guard right off the snap and then was so strong, he could just rip through to the quarterback. Taifane might be a new name on the recruiting front, but he has the size and talent to definitely play at the next level.

Linebacker: Kevin Palma, Tulare (Calif.) Mission Oak

You can make a strong argument that not only was Palma the top linebacker in attendance, he was the top defensive player in the camp, regardless of position. At 6-2, 240 pounds, he moves like a player half his size and dominated the camp similar to how he did at Cerritos earlier in the year. He dominated the pass rush drill, made a ton of plays in the half-skelly period and plays with a great motor and passion. He runs well, really closes on a ball carrier and has the kind of frame college coaches drool over. At this point, it's tough to imagine a better linebacker prospect in the state than Palma.

Defensive back: Kevin King, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd

King was the surprise choice over what was a pretty solid group of defensive backs. The surprise was only in that King isn't as well known as some of the other players, not in his play. He had a great camp and is a very intriguing player. He has long, lean frame, runs well and has great ball skills. He made more plays in the half-skelly period and one on ones than any other defensive back and in that end, that's what put King over the top.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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