Los Angeles NFTC Preview: Offense

A look at the some of the top offensive prospects expected at the Los Angeles NFTC on Sunday, where several of UCLA's top targets will be in attendance...

Several of the West's best prospects will be in the Southland on Sunday for the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp at Redondo Union HS.

Scout.com will be on hand to check out the top prospects from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Here is a look at some of the offensive players to watch on Sunday, which includes a number of 2015 Scout 300 prospects, including the top three quarterbacks, top two offensive tackles, top three receivers and more as well as several elite 2016 prospects.


Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco five-star quarterback Josh Rosen.

It's a banner year for quarterbacks out West, with the top two in the nation calling the region home and five of the top 10 quarterbacks nationally coming from Southern California.

In fact, six Scout 300 quarterbacks play in the Southland and all six of them are expected at the NFTC.

The headliners, of course, are the top two passers in the country, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Ricky Town and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Josh Rosen.

The two five-stars lead a group that will likely be unmatched at any NFTC this year, and there probably won't be a better group of quarterbacks assembled until a regional Elite 11.  Town, a commit to USC, and Rosen, who will announce in two weeks, with UCLA the heavy favorite, are the cream of the crop.

But it's not just about Town and Rosen.

That's because Corona (Calif.) Santiago quarterback Blake Barnett is the lone Western quarterback to have a ticket already punched to The Opening and the Elite 11 Finals, after he won MVP honors at January's Elite 11 Regional Camp in Los Angeles.  The Notre Dame commit is ranked No. 6 nationally.

Two more top ten quarterbacks will be in attendance in Newhall (Calif.) Hart's Brady White, ranked No. 8 and Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde's Sheriron Jones, No. 10 in the country, and both finalists in the Pressure Cooker at the Elite 11.

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite's Travis Waller is the sixth Scout 300 prospect scheduled to be in Los Angeles, the four-star one of the better dual-threat passers in the country.

Other 2015 quarterbacks to keep an eye on include Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle's Brian Lewerke, Chandler (Ariz.) passer Bryce Perkins, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Danny Hong, Upland (Calif.) quarterback Tyler Hilinski, San Clemente (Calif.) signal-caller Sam Darnold, San Diego (Calif.) Westview's Nate Ketteringham and Dana Hills (Calif.) quarterback Cole Wilber.

The quarterback crop in the region isn't limited to a talented 2015 pool but there are some 2016 prospects who are amongst the nation's best and two of the four-star's in the 2016 class will be on hand.

Westlake (Calif.) quarterback Malik Henry was the top underclass quarterback at the Elite 11 Regionals in January and fellow four-star K.J. Costello from Santa Margarita (Calif.) had a strong showing as well.

Joining them from the 2016 class is Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Khalil Tate, set to take over the reins for the Cavs, Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro's Devon Modster.  Poway (Calif.) 2017 quarterback Tate Martell, who committed to Washington before his 8th grade season, is also expected.


It's not a great year for running backs in the region in 2015, with most of the top backs coming from the Northwest.

Redlands (Calif.) East Valley running back Malik Lovette.

However, the West's top running back calls Southern California home in Redlands (Calif.) East Valley's Malik Lovette.  The four-star has offers from all over the country and is one of the most versatile backs in the country and leads the running back group.

Central California's top skill prospect is Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North's Bolu Olorunfunmi, one of the best power backs in the region.

Arizona will have two of the top West's top backs in attendance in Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial's Dedrick Young, who also may work at linebacker and speedy Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe back Paul Lucas.

Other backs to watch include Long Beach (Calif.) Poly's Jeremy Calhoun, St. George (Utah) Desert Hills' Bridger Cowden, Newbury Park (Calif.) back Darick Holmes and Burbank (Calif.) back James Williams

Underclassmen include Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Sean McGrew, who has a slew of offers as well as La Verne (Calif.) Damien's Dylan Thigpen.


With a strong crop of quarterbacks expected, the direct beneficiaries of that will be the receivers and tight ends, and the West again has a number of top tier pass-catchers and most of them will be in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The top receiver in the West, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro's Christian Kirk, earned MVP honors for the receivers at last year's NFTC, the lone sophomore to earn that nod and it also helped him become one of just five 2015 prospects to be invited to The Opening.  Kirk is looking for a return trip to Beaverton.

One of the most polished receivers, not just in the region, but nationally, Newhall (Calif.) Hart's Trent Irwin will be back at the NFTC for the third time and the four-star is fast becoming one of the most heavily recruited pass-catchers in the West.

There are seven more Scout 300 prospects working with the receivers. 

Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon's Isaiah Renfro and Riverside (Calif.) Poly's Ykili Ross are ranked at safety and cornerback, respectively, but both of the four-stars are gifted receivers too.

The four-star receivers include Anaheim (Calif.) Servite's Equanimeous St. Brown, Buena Park (Calif.) receiver Jaylinn Hawkins, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir teammates Desean Holmes and Taeon Mason, a USC commit and Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Cordell Broadus.

Other receivers to keep an eye include Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Lavan Alston, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta's Colin Baker, Corona (Calif.) Centennial's Greyson Bankhead, La Jolla (Calif.) Torrey Pines' Jack Bailey, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian's Jeremy Kelly, Huntington Beach (Calif.) receiver Nolan Thompson, Paramount (Calif.) receivers Donzale Roddie, Pomona (Calif.) receiver Shawn Wilson and Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro's Jake Smeltzer.

The 2016 crop of receivers is ridiculously talented already and most of the West's best will be on hand.

There are five early four-stars in that group who will be at the NFTC in West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade's Dymond Lee, Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Brandon Burton, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei's Davir Hamilton, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat's Trevon Sidney and Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis' Drew Kobayashi.

Other top 2016 receivers expected include La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis' Dylan Crawford, Corona (Calif.) Centennial's Javon McKinley.

The tight ends will be led by Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola's Christian Rector, who was offered by UCLA and USC this week and who may also work with the defensive lineman.

Other tight ends expected include Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's John McGill, Upland (Calif.) tight end Hasani Smith and West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade's Chris Bounds.

Depending on how the CIF basketball playoffs go on Saturday night, Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward's Breland Brandt, one of the elite 2016 prospects in the country could be in attendance.


A year ago, the top three lineman in the Southland all earned initiations to The Opening and this year, it's an even deeper and possibly more talented group of big men in the trenches that are expected.

Herriman (Utah) offensive lineman Andre James..

In fact, half of the top 20 linemen in the West will be on hand in the Southern California.

From the tackles, the top two in the region are both coming from out-of-state to perform at the NFTC.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral's Keenan Walker is the West's top tackle and Herriman (Utah) tackle Andre James is right behind him and the two will likely battle for the region's best for the next 11 months.

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade's Bar Milo and Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Reno Rosene are two more four-stars scheduled to attend.

At guard, three of the top five in the region will be there in Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde's Tevita Halalilo, Newbury Park (Calif.) guard Zach Okun, who committed to Oregon this past week and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Zach Robertson.

Other linemen to watch include Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis' Fred Ulu-Perry, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Horizon's Jake Grant, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite's Clayton Johnston, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Nick Capella, La Mirada (Calif.) guard Anthony Cerillo, Gilbert (Ariz.) Williams Field's Cade Cote, Santa Margarita (Calif.) tackle Austin Maihen, Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral's Mason Walter and Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral's Ve'ehala Tuihalamaka.

From the underclassmen, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei's Frank Martin and Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Jaylen Larry are some early names to note.

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