Oakland NFTC: Offensive Preview

There will be a handful of offensive targets for UCLA at the Sunday's Oakland NFTC...

As always, the NorCal NIKE Camp taking place in Oakland on Sunday should be very strong. Here's our look at the top offensive players expected to be in attendance.


Three signal callers already selected for the Elite 11 Finals and The Opening will headline the quarterback position on Sunday.

Corona (Calif.) Santiago's Blake Barnett is the headliner and a tremendous talent. He already competed at the earlier SoCal NIKE Camp and was the first quarterback selected for the Elite 11 this year.

Barnett has as much upside as any quarterback in the country with plus size, arm strength and athleticism. The Notre Dame commit always competes hard and should have another big camp.

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite's Travis Waller and Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle's Brian Lewerke both earned invites to the Elite 11 on Friday and will be throwing with a ton of confidence.

Waller, who was just offered by Alabama earlier today, is a dual threat quarterback who can hurt a defense with his arm and his legs. Lewerke, a Michigan State commit, is a smooth, efficient quarterback who can throw with touch and is one of the most accurate signal callers in the region.

Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep and San Jose State commitment Cameron Burston is one of the bigger sleepers out West. He has elite arm strength and can get the ball down the field as good as anyone. Burston has a long, athletic frame as well and is just scratching the surface of how good he could be.

Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill's Kyle Kearns always shows up well at these events. He's a cerebral quarterback, very smart, can get the ball out on time and with accuracy and always seems to make the right read.

Another sleeper prospect we're looking forward to seeing is Merced's (Calif.) Tyrone Williams. Williams, a dual threat quarterback, has a similar frame to Burston, long and athletic and can get the ball down the field.

Two underclassmen to watch will be red hot Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita's K.J. Costello and Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Kevin Davidson.

Costello has seen his stock soar in the last month with new offers rolling in almost daily. The quarterback has great size, a big arm and can make every throw on the field.

Davidson is a similar quarterback with impressive size and arm strength. His recruitment hasn't taken off like Costello's but he has all the tools to play at the high Div I level.

A few other quarterbacks to watch include El Dorado (Calif.) Oak Ridge's Ian Book ('16), Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral's Sean Paul Brophy, Camas (Wash.) Union's Nolan Henry, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic's Austin Hill ('17), LB Poly's (Calif.) Josh Love, El Segundo's (Calif.) Lars Nootbaar, Bellevue's (Wash.) Justus Rogers ('16), Dana Hills (Calif.) Cole Wilber and Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Caleb Wilson.

Running Backs

Texas and UCLA will see each other on the field next year and a Longhorn and Bruin commit could duke it out for RB MVP honors Sunday.

San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian and UT commit Kirk Johnson and Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North and Bruin commit Bolu Olorunfunmi headline the running back position and both are very talented.

Johnson has a nice combination of size, speed and power and rushed for over 1,200 yards last season in just seven games. Olorunfunmi is a power back and at 215 pounds, is one of the most physical players in the region.

After missing his entire junior season with a torn ACL, Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Malik Roberson has a chance to show why he was so heavily coveted as a sophomore. At his best, Roberson is one of the most explosive athletes in the west. He's a true home run threat with the ability to score from anywhere on the field.

A big power back to watch will be Richmond (Calif.) Kennedy's Ernie Timoteo. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Timoteo is a load who runs down hill and rushed for over 1,700 yards as a junior.

A sleeper to watch is Spanish Fork (Utah) Maple Mountain's Cole Casper. Casper clocked a 4.53-40 at the NIKE SPARQ Combine a year ago and has the versatility to play several positions at the next level.

A few other backs to watch include Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit's Beau Bisharat, Fresno (Calif.) Edison's Khai Williams and Los Gatos (Calif.) Joey Wood.

Wide Receivers

The receiver position is arguably the deepest on the offensive side of the ball. Not only will the 2015 class be well represented but the top four receivers in the West Coast 2016 class will be competing.

Two players who looked great at the SoCal NIKE Camp and are 7v7 teammates, Lavan Alston and Trent Irwin, will be extremely tough to cover.

Alston, out of Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure is one of most explosive receivers in the West and can really stretch the field. He has shown great hands as well, improved route running and his stock is rising fast.

Irwin, out of Newhall (Calif.) Hart, has the best pair of hands we've seen in some time. He's a tough, physical receiver who can do the dirty work inside and can get open on anyone.

South Grand Prairie's (Texas) Jaelan Austin will make the road trip from the Lone Star State. Austin is a big, outside receiver with some intriguing upside. He runs well, has good hands and can make plays down the field.

Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian's Justice Shelton-Mosley is a triple threat and could play running back, receiver or defensive back in college. He actually rushed for over 1,500 yards last season but we like his upside as a receiver and most schools are recruiting him as an athlete.

Don't be surprised if one of the talented underclass receivers steals the show. La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis' Dylan Crawford, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian's Collin Johnson, and La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat teammates Trevon Sidney and Tyler Vaughns are currently the top four rated receivers in the 2016 West Coast class.

Crawford is a smooth athlete with great hands and has dominated the spring 7v7 schedule. Johnson is a big, 6-4 receiver who plays in a run dominated offense but has all the physical tools to shine at the next level.

Sidney and Vaughns are two-way standouts who have the ability to dominate on either side of the ball. Sidney has a burst and is great after the catch, Vaughns has incredible body control and has been jumping over defensive backs all spring.

A few other receivers to watch include Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep's Darrell Adams, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian's Jeremy Kelly, Fresno Clovis West's Darian Owens ('16), Huntington Beach (Calif.) Nolan Thompson and Murrieta Valley's (Calif.) Aaron Young.

Tight Ends

Moraga (Calif.) Campolindo's Tyler Petite leads a strong group of tight ends. Petite is probably the most well rounded tight end in the region and does everything well. He has the prototypical size you're looking for at the position to be a factor in the run game but has the hands and athleticism to make plays down the field as well.

San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty's Tommy Hudson is a load at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds and will be able to play on either side of the ball in college. He has soft hands and shows surprisingly agility for a big man.

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle tight end Devin Asiasi will be one of the top recruits in the 2016 class. He has nice, athletic frame, runs well, catches the ball and just oozes upside.

Another sophomore to watch is Isaac Garcia out of Bellevue (Wash.). Garcia, who will also be recruited as a defensive end when he's a senior is a big kid with soft hands and an early offer from Washington State.

Offensive Line

Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou's Semisi Uluave is one of the strongest lineman in the region and had a solid showing at the NIKE Camp in Oakland a year ago. He's a mauler who can move and is a better athlete than given credit for.

Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Dru Samia is a powerful right tackle prospect. He's a dominant run blocker right now and shows the athleticism to be a very solid pass protector at the next level as well.

Auburn (Calif.) Placer's Johnny Capra has been on a nice recruiting roll in the last few weeks and his stock is soaring. He projects as a left tackle and moves well and once he improves his overall strength level, he has a chance to be a very nice player down the line.

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom Dominic Fredrickson opened up the holes for standout running back Joe Mixon last season. Fredrickson plays tackle at the H.S level but probably projects as an interior lineman in college.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral's Ve'ehala Tuihalamaka, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle's Drew Sullivan and Eureka's (Calif.) Jake Hanson are a few others we expect to do well Sunday.

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