Quick Notes and Evaluations From Nike Camp

Feb. 29 -- Here are our initial quick notes and evaluations from the Nike Camp on Sunday...

It was a good event on Sunday, with plenty of top talent showing up and competing. We'll have complete evals later, but here's our early look at some of the standouts and guys we were focused on.

--Jack Sears tested really well in the 40 (clocked a 4.7), shuttle (4.16), vertical (35.5), and powerball (45"), but was just OK throwing the ball. He didn't have a really natural motion, and didn't get a whole lot of juice on the ball despite a pretty good build. From seeing him in person now, it makes sense to wait and see what happens with other targets before offering him.

--The second-string Bishop Gorman quarterback, Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who is a 2017 prospect, might have been the best quarterback there. He has a rocket for an arm, and while he's only about 6'1 or so, he's built really well. He said that a UCLA offer would be a really big one for him, and that if he got it,, he might commit on the spot. Playing behind Tate Martell for another year would probably not be a great move for him, so we wouldn't be shocked if he elects to transfer so he can start.

--It was a stacked defensive back group, but probably the most exciting guy to watch was Darnay Holmes. Holmes was exceptional on defense, with incredibly quick feet, a great feel for the position, and the athleticism to handle any receiver, even ones bigger than him. He took a few reps on offense as well and was just as impressive at receiver, recording the best catch of the day, a leaping grab over a defensive back in the end zone during 1-on-1s. In terms of his recruitment, it sounds like UCLA is in good shape here, and that Nebraska isn't as much of a factor as has been the thought recently. He was wearing UCLA cleats at the event.

--Defensive ends Hunter Echols and Jaelan Phillips were both very impressive today. Echols has an excellent first step and is explosive off the ball, which made him tough to deal with in one-on-ones. He needs to add some bulk, but there's a lot to love about him as a pass rusher. Phillips is more of a physical specimen, and as he fills out, he will be a beast at defensive end. He was also really impressive during one-on-ones. Phillips' dad was decked out in UCLA gear today, and Phillips and Echols were inseparable during and before the event.

-- Deommodore Lenoir had a really nice day and actually made it to The Opening. He looks like he's grown an inch in the last year and also put on some good weight. UCLA was his leader last spring, but it didn't sound like the Bruins are still out in front here from talking to Lenoir at the event.

-- Joseph Lewis was kind of dogging it a little bit for the first half of the event, but then Scout's Greg Biggins gave him a pep talk during the one-on-ones and suddenly he was the best receiver there. When he is motivated, he's the best receiver in the class, and for an hour on Sunday he was just that. He is an explosive athlete with great ball skills, great hands, and tons of upside.

-- I loved the improvement Terrell Bynum has made in the last year. The 2017 receiver looks much more fluid now than he did a year ago, and he has clearly put in a ton of work on improving his agility. He's also quite a bit faster straight ahead, and looks like he might have grown an inch. UCLA is in the mix, but he was sporting a pair of USC gloves, and actually said Washington is recruiting him the hardest right now. Jim Mora, though, has started to recruit him, and he said that was big.

-- 2018 receiver Jalen Hall was one of the top guys at the event. He was a little lanky and gawky a year ago, and didn't look particularly fluid, but he's grown into his long frame a bit more and looked much better today. He is able to drop his weight easier and just looks much quicker. He caught basically everything thrown his way too. He has broad shoulders and looks like he could fill out into a really big receiver or maybe even a tight end.

-- Wyatt Davis was probably the most impressive offensive linemen there. He's improved his body quite a bit in the last year and looked very good during one-on-ones. UCLA has been recruiting him hard, and he has a very good relationship with Adrian Klemm.

We'll have much more over the next couple of days.


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