The offensive line MVP went to Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco guard Damien Mama but Corona (Calif.) Centennial lineman Viane Talamaivao also made a compelling case, especially after winning it last year.
Both got invites to The Opening and on this day, Mama got the upper hand. At6-4' 330' he's not sloppy at all, but is really agile and nimble on his feet, and then you add in his great strength and he couldn't be beat in 1on1s. Mama played tackle and had no problems with the speedier defensive ends, especially once he got his hands on them.
Talamaivao had probably the best rep in the 1on1, not biting on a swim move, then pancaking, rather effortlessly, the defensive lineman. He looks more flexible than he did a year ago and moved really well while also looking better weight-wise. He's a definite guard in college.
Claremont (Calif.) tackle Jordan Austin has one offer and if he can add some more weight, it won't be a surprise if more come his way. He moved well, and got the upper hand in the one on ones a couple times because he was good in keeping his feet moving and pushing his defender out.
Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian 2015 tackle Reno Rosene is one of the best in his class and as he's continuing to fill out, with already pretty good athletics, should be a known name quickly. He won his two 1on1s pretty easily.
Apple Valley (Calif.) lineman Troy Bacon will likely slide down and play guard or center in college and he showed really good footwork, constantly keeping them chopping.
La Habra (Calif.) tackle Toa Lobendahn was solid in the drills and broke even in the 1on1s. He could certainly use some more weight, as he still looks pretty slender. Lobendahn will graduate early before getting to USC.
Lompoc (Calif.) defensive tackle Ainuu Taua emphatically won the DL MVP and an invitation to The Opening, showing great quickness off the ball and a quick first step. He's quick and strong, plays low and difficult to block. He blew past the OL in the 1on1s thanks largely to his quickness.
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive end Malik Dorton had a very good day, his only loss in the 1on1s coming against his teammate Damien Mama, the OL MVP. Dorton right now is still a bit of a tweener, he's still slight for a DE, and his quickness as a linebacker is uncertain, but he moves well and did a good job getting off the ball. Slower OLs couldn't block him, as he generally blew past them.
Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista defensive end Jalen Jelks may have been the most physically impressive defensive end, all of 6-6, 250. He did a pretty good job of playing low although he didn't use many moves. He moved well though and it's not a stretch to think that with another 20-30 pounds (which he has the frame for), he could end up a pretty athletic left tackle.
Oak Hills (Calif.) defensive end Kennedy Emesibe is pretty raw but had a good body and frame, with long arms and good quickness. He's got room to grow though and with pretty good athleticism will probably grow into an effective defensive end.
Bakersfield (Calif.) Frontier tackle Colton Foster had a good day too, showing good agility and a great motor. He looks like he could even be a effective interior offensive lineman. La Habra (Calif.) defensive tackle Greg Gaines looks like a true 3-tech, playing nice and low and using his strength to push back the center and guard he went up against.
Paramount (Calif.) tackle Joe Brown was also tough to block, using great strength and quickness and also playing low to make him difficult to contain.
Easily the most impressive looking defensive lineman was Gardena (Calif.) Serra sophomore Rasheem Green. After a great performance at the SPARQ Combine on Saturday, Green came to the NFTC on Sunday and while he's incredibly raw, with his size and quickness (about 6-5, 260), his upside is off the charts and being at Serra, figures to be a national recruit by the time it's his turn.