There was a very strong group of underclassmen in Oakland with two players earning MVPs honors at their respective positions and one more player we felt deserved MVP as well.
Based solely on who had the best day on Sunday, not who has the most recruiting potential, here is a look at our list of the top 10 underclass performers and five more who just missed the cut.
The Top 10
Jacob Bandes, DL, Pittsburg (Calif.), ’19
Just how good was Bandes? He would have made our list of the top 10 defensive players in the camp if we included underclassmen and was our choice for DL MVP and, honest, we didn’t think it was close. His combination of quickness and power looks next-level already. The Oregon State Beavers, San Jose State Spartans, UCLA Bruins and Utah Utes have all offered and he should have 20 offers by the time he’s a junior.
Jalen Cropper, WR, Sanger (Calif.), '19
Cropper is an explosive receiver who looked very natural playing the position. He played a lot of quarterback as a sophomore but his future is in the slot and he has all the tools to develop in to one of the state's top athletes by the time he is a senior. Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and Utah have all offered.
De'Gabriel Floyd, Santa Clarita (Calif.) Golden Valley '19
Like we said with Bandes, Floyd also would have made our all-defensive team if underclassmen were included. He earned LB MVP honors and impressed in every drill as well as one on ones. He will be in contention for top linebacker recruit out West when he is a senior and has already given an early commitment to the USC Trojans.
Cameron Gardner, WR, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran, ’19
Gardner really opened our eyes with his ability to separate and get open. He has very good hands, a nice burst out of his breaks and is an extremely polished player. He should have a big season for the Lancers this fall.
Elias Ricks, DB, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, ’20
Ricks is a long, athletic safety with tremendous upside. He is already 6-2, is a good athlete who can cover and is a naturally aggressive kid. He will have all the top schools after him before too long. The San Jose State Spartans have already offered.
Austin Jones, RB, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd, 19
Jones was in the running for RB MVP honors and had a very strong camp. He has a nice burst, plenty of wiggle and the top end speed to project as a game breaker in college. Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, UCLA, Utah and Washington have all offered.
Kendall Milton, RB, Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan, ’20
Milton does not look like an ordinary freshman. In fact, at a chiseled 6-2, 200 pounds, he looks more like a college freshman than a high school one. He is a naturally powerful kid who can get downhill and is the type of back who can wear down a defense. Arizona, BYU, Fresno State, Oregon State, San Jose State, UCLA and Utah have all offered.
Dylan Morris, Graham (Wash.) Graham-Kapowsin ’19
Morris always impresses and had another strong showing in Oakland. He has the total package of being able to make all the throws, is highly competitive and is a mobile quarterback who can make plays with his legs. He earned QB MVP honors and holds offers from Nebraska, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State have offered.
Michael Robertson, DB, Savannah (Ga.) Savannah Christian Prep, ’20
Robertson worked out with the corners and flashed why he is already one of the top recruits in the South. He has nice length, good feet and hips and his natural athleticism is obvious to see. The Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Michigan Wolverines and Tennessee Volunteers are just a few of the national programs who have offered.
Maninoa Tufono, LB, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou, '19
Tufono drew raves from the Nike coaching staff and was just behind Floyd when talking about the top underclass linebackers in the camp. He is a big kid who looks like a natural inside ‘backer at the next level and plays with a ton of energy and aggression. Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Syracuse and Washington State are just a few of his early offers.
Five More Who Just Missed The Cut:
Drason Havea, LB, Orem (Utah) Mountain View, '20
Ayden Hector, DB, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic, ’20
Brock Jones, DB, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North, '19
Bijan Robinson, RB, Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic, '20
Isaiah Rutherford, DB, Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit, '19
National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins, Mountain/Island recruiting analyst Blair Angulo and Director of Recruiting Brandon Huffman contributed to this list.