NorCal NFTC: Top Performers

We take a look at the top 10 overall performers on both offense and defense and at the NorCal NIKE Camp last Sunday, including many UCLA prospects...

OFFENSE

QB Blake Barnett, Coroan (Calif.) Santiago
We've seen Barnett multiple times this spring but Sunday was the best we've seen him throw and that includes 7v7 tournaments. Physically, Barnett always looks the part and the ball was exploding out of his hand. He was accurate throwing the deep ball and intermediate routes and showed nice touch as well. He's a big time athlete and throws well on the run and can kill a defense with his legs when a play breaks down.

QB Brian Lewerke, Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle
Lewerke got locked in for the Elite 11 and The Opening Friday but still worked out Sunday and had a very strong camp. In fact, he looked better on Sunday throwing with more zip and accuracy. He has excellent footwork, a solid frame and a nice live arm. He can throw with touch and knows when to take a little off and when to add some heat. He's a confident quarterback who plays with poise and has a nice calmness to him.

QB Travis Waller, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Waller is similar to Barnett in that he's still raw in some areas and hasn't had the same game experience as a lot of the other quarterbacks. That being said, they might have the most upside of anyone when it call comes together for them. Waller has a great frame, he's athletic and can make all the throws. His release can get a little long at times, almost loopy looking, but it's something that can be easily fixed.

RB Kirk Johnson, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian
Johnson was a bit up and down in pass blocking the linebackers, but excelled in the drills. He showed great cutback ability, spin moves, quickness and burst and looked noticeably bigger since last year's Oakland NFTC. Johnson earned the SPARQ MVP honors too with the best SPARQ score at the NFTC with a 117.42, showing his all-around athleticism.

WR Trent Irwin, Newhall (Calif.) Hart
Irwin was the favorite target by just about every quarterback in attendance because of his smooth route running and ability to get open, not to mention the fact that he catches anything near him. He measured out at a solid 6-2, 193 pounds, up 20 pounds from just two years ago. He's quicker off the ball, has much better top end speed now and shows more explosiveness getting in and out of his breaks. He was locked in for The Opening following the event and it was definitely well deserved.

WR J.J. Koski, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley
Koski has been tearing up the 7v7 circuit all spring and had another big showing on Sunday. In a lot of ways, he's very similar to receiver Irwin in terms of his size, speed, smooth route running ability and hands. He's faster than given credit for and was blowing by opposing defensive backs all day. He's easily among the most under-rated and under-recruited players out West and can play at the high Div I level.

Justice Shelton-Mosley
WR Justice Shelton-Mosley, Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian
Shelton-Mosley may play in a small school league but he showed has some big time talent. He has very good speed and has the ability to be a deep threat at the next level. He's a versatile player who can play multiple positions in college but he looked like a natural at receiver. He caught the ball well and looked good running his routes but it was his separation speed that really jumped out.

OL Kieffer Longson, San Ramon (Calif.) Dougherty Valley We saw Longson at the same event last spring and then saw him play in the fall and he's continuing to blossom into a very good left tackle. He's playing much lower with better pad level and aggressively over the course of the last year. He's flexible and has good bend in the knees and keeps his feet moving.

OL Dru Samia, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley
Samia opened up a lot of eyes and looks like a natural at right tackle. He has a great frame at about 6-5, 290 pounds and showed above average feet and athleticism, strength and a serious mean streak. Samia is the kind of lineman who plays through the whistle and is looking to physically overwhelm his opponent and he didn't lose a single one on one rep that we saw on Sunday.

OL Semisi Uluave, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou
Uluave moved around all day, doing reps at tackle, guard and center and doing all well. The only time he struggled was against DL MVP Kahlil McKenzie, and yet he was the only OL who could stay with McKenzie, stalemating on their last rep. Uluave looks like an ideal guard, with the ability to play any spot on the line, though it's likely that he'll play on the interior. He moved his feet well, keeping them chopping the whole time, did a good job with his hands and showed good strength. Uluave's initial punch was usually enough to stagger his defender.


DEFENSE

DT Kahlil McKenzie, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
We knew McKenzie was good but he wowed onlookers with his strength and ability to man handle even the strongest offensive linemen. At 6-4, 330 pounds, he has an NFL body right now, powerful hands and very well could end up the top defensive tackle in the country by the end of the summer, as well as the top overall prospect in the West.

DT Breiden Fehoko, Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington
Any other event and Fehoko would have probably won the MVP honors, but he settled for an invitation of his own to The Opening. Fehoko's first step was far too quick for any of the offensive linemen to stay with him and he easily one just about every 1on1 rep, using his quickness off the ball. In the times where a lineman got his hands on him, he quickly disengaged, using good moves and quick hands to get past them. He looks like he could play defensive end or tackle at the next level, depending on where his body goes.

DT Rex Manu, Mililani (Hawaii)
A commit to Stanford, Manu looked plenty comfortable in the Bay Area, playing low and getting good leverage to get under his blocker. He also did a good job of using his hands to free from the block and showed really good strength.

DE N.J. Falo, Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum
Falo may have been the quickest off the ball of any of the defensive ends, playing nice and low and firing off the ball. He probably will be a rush linebacker in college, but with added weight could put his hand down often in college.

LB Cameron Smith, Granite Bay (Calif.)
Smith had a strong camp and while he didn't get the Golden Ticket to The Opening just yet, it would be surprising if he doesn't down the road. Smith is a pure inside ‘backer who has dropped almost 20 pounds since last spring and looks quicker and more agile. He plays with a high football IQ and is on a different level than other players in his ability to diagnose a player before it happens.

LB Jeremiah Ieremia, Hurricane (Utah)
Ieremia was the surprise choice for MVP but it was well deserved. The athlete was a standout at the SoCal NIKE Camp and looked even better in Oakland. He was great in the pass rush drills and matched up really well with the running backs in all the other drills as well. He has the frame to play inside or outside and shows a lot of versatility.

DB Dehlon Preston, Fresno (Calif.) Central
Preston took home DB MVP honors and is one of the best pure cover corners in the region. Although just 5-foot-9, Preston is so hard to get open against because of his physical play and quick feet. Preston plays with great technique and closes very well on the ball. He's an instinctual player, very confident and plays with a high understanding of how to play the position.

Marvell Tell
DB Marvell Tell, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Before he had to shut things down with a sore hammy, the NIKE coaches couldn't stop raving about Tell. Tell tweaked his hamstring running his 40 but battled through the rest of the testing and then showed his high level athleticism during the SPARQ drills and early position drills.

DB Isaiah Langley, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
Langley has a great frame at 6-0, 175 pounds, clocked a 4.51-40 in the testing portion of the camp and flashed his usual high level athleticism in the half-skelly and one on one portion of the camp. Langley was very physical and plays with a ton of confidence. He has long arms and uses them well and showed great ball skills throughout.

DB Stephen Johnson, San Leandro (Calif.)
From an athletic standpoint, Johnson has few peers out West and has elite speed. He clocked a 4.41-40, good for 2nd best on the day and it translates to the field as well. He's a dynamic athlete who is still learning how to play the position but his upside is incredibly high. He has long arms, quick feet and is a great all around athlete capable of playing multiple positions at the next level.

Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman contributed to this report.

NOTE- Our list is based on who we felt had the best day and is not based on college recruiting potential. This list is also just for players in the rising 2015 class as we'll have a separate list for underclassmen later in the week.


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