Oakland NFTC: Defensive Preview

Several Scout 300 players on defense will be in Oakland on Sunday for the NFTC...

Several of the West's best prospects will be in the Bay Area on Sunday for the Oakland Nike Football Training Camp at Laney College.

Scout.com will be on hand to check out the top prospects from the West.

Here is a look at some of the defensive players to watch on Sunday, which includes a number of 2014 Scout 300 prospects.

Defensive Line

The Defensive line position is a little down but a pair of USC commitments should lead the way.

Fresno (Calif.) Central defensive tackle Tashon Smallwood headlines the defensive line and has a great chance to Get Open with a strong performance Sunday. The USC commit is very quick off the ball, has great strength and is one of the elite pass rushers in the nation.

Corona (Calif.) Centennial's Austin Maloata is an intriguing prospect who played in Samoa as a sophomore. His film was impressive enough to garner an offer from USC and he committed the following day. At 6-3, 250 pounds, Maloata has the athleticism and growth potential to play inside or outside at the next level and he should do very well on Sunday.

An underclassmen to watch is Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North tackle Jacob Daniel. Daniel has emerged as one of the top prospects in the 2015 class and holds close to double digit scholarship offers from schools like California, Wisconsin, Miami and Oregon State to name a few.

Another underclassmen we like is Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood rush end T.J. Fehoko. Fehoko was all-region as a freshman last year after totaling 67 tackles and 17 sacks.


El Cerrito (Calif.) ‘backer D.J. Calhoun is an impressive specimen and can really play. He's a tough, physical player who plays with a great motor and has the athleticism to chase down plays from all over the field.

Calhoun's close friend and 7 on 7 teammate Michael Lazarus is another player we expect big things from. Lazarus has a college body right now but runs well and shows solid cover skills. He missed part of his junior season but has rebounded well and has looked 100% healthy this spring.

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit Joey Alfieri is not just one of the top players in the NW region but the entire west. He's big, physical and fast and is a talented tight end prospect as well. Half of the Pac 12 along with Wisconsin has already offered Alfieri.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Chander Leniu and San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills' Fred Warner have been two of the more impressive linebackers this spring. Leniu is a true middle linebacker and one of the most physical players in the state. Warner has made a smooth transition from defensive end and been one of the stars of the spring 7 on 7 circuit.

Vista Murrieta (Calif.) athlete Tyler Cook can play linebacker or tight end and could even grow in to a defensive end down the line. He'll work out with the linebackers and should be among the top athletes at the position.

An underclassmen who has really shined all spring is Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian's Kyahva Tezino. Tezino can play multiple positions but we love his upside at linebacker. He has the size, speed and toughness to be an elite player at the next level.

We also really like Granite Bay's (Calif.) Cameron Smith, who was rated the No. 3 ‘backer at the SoCal NIKE Camp earlier in the spring. Smith is a huge kid, about 6-2, 245 pounds but plays with a motor, high intensity and is a tackling machine.

Defensive Backs

The DB group is loaded and looks like the strongest position in the camp. The top two ranked players in the region, Gardena (Calif.) Serra corner Adoree Jackson and Long Beach Poly (Calif.) safety Juju Smith headline the group.

Jackson said he also wants to work out with the receivers and Smith will likely try and do the same. Both players are rated among the top 10 overall prospects in the nation and have every physical tool you could want.

El Cerrito (Calif.) athlete Adarius Pickett is a big, physical corner with a high upside as well. He runs well for a big corner, has the flexibility to turn and run with a receiver and shows good top end speed as well.

Arlington (Calif.) Mansfield Timberview safety Brandon Simmons made the road trip from the Lone Star State and should do very well. He has excellent cover skills for a safety, which should help him stand out during the half-skelly and one on one portion of the camp.

Another safety we expect to do very well is Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan's Adam Soesman. Soesman has looked good all spring on the 7 on 7 circuit and is an athletic, rangy safety with good ball skills.

Staying with the safety theme, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame's Koa Farmer has size, speed and covers a ton of ground and few corners have been more impressive this spring than Corona (Calif.) Centennial's John Plattenburg.

After a strong showing at the SoCal NIKE Camp, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Jaleel Wadood is back in Oakland in hopes of making The Opening. Wadood is one of the most versatile DBs in the state and can play corner or safety. He'll work out with the corners on Sunday and should do very well.

Others we expect to shine include Fresno (Calif.) Central's Devon Brewer, San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley's Maurice McKnight, Oakland (Calif.) McClymond's Lavon Washington and Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Glen Ihenacho.

An underclassmen we're very high on Culver City (Calif.) two-way standout Stanley Norman. Norman is a lock down corner, an elite receiver and easily among the top prospects in the loaded West Coast 2015 class.

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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