Oakland Nike Camp: Top DBs

As expected, the strongest position at the Camp was the defensive back group. What was a surprise was the sleeper prospect who took home MVP honors...

Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd corner Kevin King was flying a bit under the radar prior to the camp. Although he was hearing from a handful of programs after a solid junior season, no one expected King to go out and dominate the way he did.

At 6-2, 170 pounds, King has a long, lean frame and matches up well against big receivers. He also showed extremely quick feet and the ability to turn and run with the fastest receivers in the camp. He has excellent ball skills and made more plays than any corner in the camp and was definitely deserving of his MVP honor.

Through the drills, Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback Johnny Johnson showed why he's considered among the nation's top DB prospects. He has incredibly quick feet and his burst out of his backpedal is about as good as you'll see at this level.

Unfortunately Johnson is still recovering from a torn labrum in his shoulder and wasn't cleared for the one on one drills. That's where he really stands out and where he put on a show at the NorCal NIKE Camp a year ago at Stanford. Few can match his ability to press a receiver at the line and the quickness to match them stride for stride in the open field.

As we've come to expect, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills cornerback Devin Holiday had another outstanding showing. Holiday continues to get bigger physically, runs well and has great body awareness. He has good ball skills and can play physical at the line or play the finesse game and can play very well in space.

Although he got beat a few more times than were used to seeing, there is no doubt Fresno (Calif.) Central corner L.J. Moore is a very talented player. He has good size and looks thicker in his upper body. He has long arms and showed good closing speed. His big issue at the camp was he seemed to guess a few too many times and it got him burned. He's definitely a dynamic athlete with a huge upside.

Fresno (Calif.) Central athlete Hatari Byrd was the top safety in the camp and had a strong second half to the camp. That coincided with him borrowing a pair of cleats, which shockingly are better to play in than tennis shoes. Byrd has a big frame but isn't thick or stiff in his lower body. It's why he doesn't weigh as much as people think, about 195 pounds, and why he can cover and run much better than people expect.

Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro's Brandon Monroe was one of the surprises of the camp and had an excellent showing. He plays on both sides of the ball but worked out with the DBs and it was a good move for him. He has good size and is a very explosive athlete as well.

Clovis (Calif.) athlete C.J. Broussard is a big talent on both sides of the ball and made a lot of plays working in the secondary. He's a good size corner but plays with a safety mentality. He closes well on the ball, has good ball skills and excellent football instincts.

Other players who stood out included El Cerrito's (Calif.) Marcellus Pippins, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's Na'im McGee, Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty's Devin Stevenson and Fresno (Calif.) Sunnyside's Eric Wingfield.

National Analyst Brandon Huffman contributed to this report

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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