Tuesday's Skills Position Camp

It was the first of two days of Skills Camps on Spaulding, and the primary storyline was Oaks Christian quarterback Brandon Dawkins performing in front of the coaches trying to earn a scholarship offer...

Remember, the Elite Camp is June 21st, and they're expecting a very talented turnout for that one.

This one Tuesday, not so much.

The primary storyline was Brandon Dawkins, the 2014 Oaks Christian quarterback, participating, trying to earn a UCLA scholarship offer. He had just an okay day, nothing spectacular. He ran a 4.82 40, which isn't great or bad for a guy 6-4. He has a very strong arm, and his throwing motion has shortened up, but it still takes a while for the ball to get out of his hand. You can especially notice it on short throws, when he would benefit from a quick release. He threw some decent balls, but didn't connect on that many. From his performance today I would doubt UCLA would move on him.

Kennedy Emesibe, the 6-4, 250-ish defensive end from Oak Hills (Calif.), was there, working as a linebacker and tight end sometimes, and then working with defensive line coach Angus McClure on some d-line stuff, too. Physically he looks good, but he ran a 4.81 40, which is okay, but not great. I would say you'd put this one in the category, too, of a performance that wouldn't elicit a UCLA scholarship offer. Emesibe is the younger brother of UCLA walk-on running back Melvin Emesibe.

D.J. Riggins, the running back/f-back from Oaks Christian, looked generally good. He's not straight-ahead fast but has good lateral quickness and elusiveness. Probably in past years UCLA might have offered Riggins by now -- but with how they're recruiting the 2014 class he's a guy they can wait on. Nothing he did today would probably make them deter from that course.

The best 2014 DB was probably Artuz Manning, from Rancho Cucamonga, but he was about 5-9ish and 165.

Zack Bornstein, the Oaks Christian tight end, is impressive physically, at about 6-5 and 215, and showed decent hands. He ran straight ahead well, but was a bit stiff in his cutting ability. He's probably a Mountain West-level guy.

For 2015, linebacker prospect D.J. Beavers looked good physically, at about 6-1 and 215, and ran well. He's probably a Pac-12 level prospect.

The 2015 Newhall Hart receiver Trent Irwin had a typical Irwin-esque day, looking average athletically but then getting separation and catching almost every ball thrown at him. A question continues to be his body; he's looked the same for the last two years, practically, and you have to wonder how much upside there is.

Cules Rose, a cornerback from Pinnacle, was about 5-10 and ran a 4.57 40, and moved well in the drills.

2013 UCLA-committed safety Tyler Foreman made an appearance, along with a few current players, like Ishmael Adams, Aaron Wallace and Jordan Payton.

Quarterback Cade Apsay from Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon, is expected Wednesday.


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