Here Are a Few Recruiting Notes From Sunday's Opening Regional Camp in Oakland

May 25 -- Here's a few recruiting news and notes we picked up following The Opening Regional Camp in Oakland this past Sunday...

Jack Sears, QB, San Clemente (Calif.)

Sears had a great showing in Oakland, taking home QB MVP honors over a deep field. The signal caller visited Washington on Monday, which comes on the heels of recent trips to CalUCLA and USC. Sears said he could take a visit over the summer to Texas A&M and schools like Duke and Utah are still pushing hard. Don't be surprised to see Oregon step in to the picture soon as well. A decision from Sears could come sometime in late June or early July.

Jalen McKenzie, OL, Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley 

McKenzie missed his entire junior season after tearing an ACL but said he's 100% healthy now and had a solid showing at the Opening Regional Camp in Oakland on Sunday. McKenzie has a lot of family ties to Tennessee as his older brother Kahlil McKenzie is a freshman at UT and his father Reggie also played there. The Vols are definitely high on the list but he wants to go through the process and take his visits before committing anywhere. Other schools on his short list include the Arizona WildcatsLSU TigersMichigan Wolverines, Oregon and USC.  UCLA coach Adrian Klemm went to visit McKenzie Tuesday and it appears UCLA will re-emphasize its offer and pick up its recruitment of him.

Elijah Gates, DB, Buena Park (Calif.) 

Gates has taken spring visits to Oregon and UCLA and both programs are doing very well with the talented corner at this time. Purdue is pushing hard as well and Gates said he’ll visit the Boilermakers as well as Notre Dame in mid-June. As for official visits, TCU is the one school Gates said he knows he’ll officially visit but Michigan and Nebraska look like strong possibilities as well. The athlete said he’s still planning to wait until Signing Day to make his college choice.

Popo Aumavae, OL-DL, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary’s

Aumavae has taken spring visits to Oregon, UCLA and USC and said he’s hoping to get to Cal later this spring as well. The two-way lineman said he plans to take all five official visits before shutting things down and listed Michigan as the one school he knows will for sure get a visit. Aumavae said the Wolverines, along with the Ducks and Bruins are the schools recruiting him hardest right now.

Andrew Vorhees, OL, Kingsburg (Calif.)

Vorhees has been busy on the visit front and checked out Oregon, UCLA and USC over the last month. He said he plans to take another visit to USC in June and will also camp with Stanford next month as well. The Cardinal have yet to offer but if they do, they’ll be very high on the board. Vorhees said he plans to take his official visits in the fall before making a decision and is still trying to decide what schools he’ll visit.

Merlin Robertson, LB, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Robertson is up to six offers with Illinois and Oklahoma joining earlier offers from BYUMiami, USC and Utah. He could take a visit to Oklahoma over the summer and added he would like to see Miami at some point as well. BYU and USC are the longtime leaders and it will be tough for anyone to beat them out but Robertson did say he remains open to all schools at this point.

Tysyn Parker, LB, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Parker currently has offers from Columbia, Idaho and Nevada and said several schools including New Mexico State, Oregon StateSan Diego State and San Jose State could be on the verge off offering as well. The athlete, who is hoping to show colleges he has the size and strength to be a full time linebacker, plans to camp with Fresno State and San Jose State this summer and could make a summer commitment if the right offer comes in. Academics, Parker is carrying a 4.0 GPA, will play a big factor in his decision.

Aliki Vimahi, DL, Kahuku (Hawaii)

Vimahi is sitting on nine total offers right now but said BYU, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon State and Washington State are the schools currently recruiting him the hardest. He plans to take several visits over the spring and summer and mentioned he’ll check out Cal, Stanford, UCLA and USC on a Cali swing and then head to Utah to see BYU, Utah and Utah State later on as well.

Jamire Calvin, WR, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral 

Calvin has already taken several unofficial visits this spring and will head out to Arizona next weekend for his next trip. Utah will also get an unofficial visit in the summer and that will likely be it. Calvin has already been to Nebraska, UCLA and USC and said he plans to cut his list to 10 schools in the coming weeks. While he doesn’t have a leader just yet, Calvin did Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska and Oregon are a few schools that will definitely be in his top 10 when he comes out with it.

Chris Brooks, ATH, Newbury Park (Calif.)

Brooks was one of the surprises of the camp winning WR MVP honors. The athlete said he has six total offers and is hearing the most from Arizona, Colorado State, San Diego State and Washington State. Boise State, Cal, Oregon State and UNLV are showing strong interest as well and could be close to pulling the trigger on an offer. He has already taken an unofficial visit to UA and plans to return for an official visit as well. If they offer, Brooks said he would like to officially visit Boise State and Cal and Washington State will definitely be in line for an official visit as well.

Colby Parkinson, TE, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian 

Parkinson is that rare athlete these days that gave an early commitment to his school of choice and has no plans to entertain other schools or take any other visits. In fact, Parkinson said he doesn’t even feel the need to tweet out his new offers, feeling it would be disrespectful to Stanford. Make no mistake, schools are still heavily recruiting him with offers coming in over the last month or so from schools like the Alabama Crimson Tide, Arizona State, Florida Gators, LSU Tigers and Oregon. The only visit he said he’ll take will be his official visit to the Cardinal later in the year.

Jimmy Jaggers, TE, Roseville (Calif.) 

Jaguars has taken several unofficial visits out West over the last few months, checking UCLA, USC and Washington. He’ll head to the South in a few weeks and take a look at Florida, in what will likely be his final unofficial trip before making a decision. Jaggers said the three Pac-12 schools along with the Gators are currently recruiting him the hardest with Texas A&M showing high interest as well. The big tight end said he’s hopeful he’ll be able to make a commitment sometime in July.

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