Palo Alto Nike Camp Review

There were over 500 prospects at the Palo Alto Nike Camp Saturday, and some big performances. Here's a rundown of some of the standouts, including Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Childs, Syd Thompson and Will Powers...

Among the more than 500 high school players that participated in the Palo Alto Nike Camp Saturday, there were probably four truly elite prospects.

Ryan Reynolds, the linebacker from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, showed to be one of the best linebackers in the country. He measured 6-1, weighed 215, but tested incredibly well. He put up 47 reps on the bench, ran a 4.7 40, a 4.38 shuttle and registered a 30-inch vertical. His combined score, what Nike calls his Sparq score, was the best ever in the history of the Nike Camps. He was even more impressive in the one-on-one drills, showing incredible quickness.

UCLA is trying to get involved with Reynolds, but it appears that Oklahoma, Wisconsin and a couple others have the upper hand.

Ekom Udofia, the defensive tackle from Scottdale (Ariz.) Chaparral, also proved to be among the elite players in the west, and probably among the best DLs in the country. At 6-1 and 288 pounds, he showed very good quickness while putting up a Nike-record 48 reps on the bench. In the one-on-one, he was unable to be contained by any offensive linemen at the camp. USC leads Miami and others.

Michael Ray Garvin, the 5-9, 180-pound cornerback from Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep, was also a testing monster. He ran a blazing 4.28 in the 40, showing legit sprinter speed. In the drills, he had exceptional cover skills, and used his speed to close on receivers very well. It was said he could be the best cornerback prospect in the country.

DeSean Jackson, the wide receiver from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, also proved he belonged among the elite players in the camp. He measured 5-11 and weighed 160, while running one of the best 40s of the day, a 4.46. He was the best receiver in the drills, showing great route-running ability and moves, and suctions for hands.

Here's a look at the rest of the camp by position:

Quarterback

William Tuitama, Kevin Lopina, Kyle Reed, Arkelon Hall, Patrick Devenny, and Josh Portis were some of the fairly known names that participated, but not really any one of them proved Saturday to be an elite-level quarterback.

Tuitama, the 6-3, 210-pounder from Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's, probably had the edge for the day. He showed probably the strongest arm, and despite being slightly chunky, had good athleticism.

Josh Portis has improved considerably from a year ago. The 6-3, 184-pound prospect jumped 35 inches in the vertical, and showed his athleticism on the field. His throwing motion is still long and mechanical, but vastly improved.

Kyle Reed looked just okay Saturday. At about 6-2, and 185, the Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds prospect had good athleticism, but questionable mechanics and arm strength. The word was that he looked exceptionally better at the Elite 11 workout Sunday at Berkeley, probably the best among the quarterbacks at the workout – more comfortable and relaxed. UCLA has offered Reed, while Cal is thought to be the team to beat.

Arkelon Hall, the prospect from Fresno (Calif.) Edison, physically doesn't look like a quarterback. He's got a squatty body, at about 6-0 to 6-1 and 200-plus pounds. He had good arm strength but some raw mechanics.

A new name to watch is Jacob Crook, the 6-2, 185-pounder from Glendora (Calif.) High. Crook has one of the best highlight tapes circulating among junior quarterbacks and, while he just looked okay here, showed the arm strength and mobility to be someone to keep an eye on.

Offensive Line

Probably the best among the offensive line prospects in attendance were a couple of out-of-state twins, Ben and Joe Barresi, from Edmond (Okla.) North. They both showed good strength, quickness and aggressiveness.

A great-looking prospect was Nick Howell, the 6-5, 255-pounder from Fresno (Calif.) Bullard. Howell had one of the best bodies of the day, very lean with great muscle tone, while still weighing 255. You could see him being able to put on considerable bulk, having played football for just a couple of years and having been mostly a volleyball player. He had very long arms and used them very effectively in the one-on-ones, also showing very good feet.

Jacob Hickman, from Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial, had a good day, as did Daniel Borg, from Tucson (Ariz.) Ironwood.

Devin Head, the 6-4, 270-pound prospect from Corona (Calif.) Centennial, had a good showing, looking strong in the one-on-ones with good footwork and technique.

Having so many interior linemen on the roster for the next couple of years, UCLA is looking for tackle prospects. Perhaps the best looking tackle prospect besides Howell was Matt Kopa, the Stanford commit. He's listed as a defensive lineman, but looked like the prototype offensive tackle, at about 6-5 ½ and a good-looking 265-pounds. He also has a 4.0 GPA.

Wide Receivers

The receivers were the deepest of any position at the camp.

After Jackson, perhaps the second-best was Jeremy Childs from Los Alamitos (Calif.) High, who looked to be about 6-0 and 185. Childs has a good body, ran great routes and had very sure hands.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Jefferson's Austin Usher is impressive physically, at about 6-3 and 190. He ran in the 4.4s, and showed good agility in the drills. Catching the ball he's still a little raw, but has a very good burst for his size.

Bret Lockett, 6-1, 188, from Diamond Bar (Calif.) High, should probably be mentioned in that upper tier of receivers. He ran a 4.56 40 (but ran a 4.47 at the San Diego Nike Camp), and looked strong, quick and talented in the drills. Jesse Canada, from Monrovia (Calif.) High, was another standout. At about 6-1 and 185, Canada had good pass-catching ability. The word is that UCLA has offered Canada.

Others to watch were Jason Crawley, from Pittsburg (Calif.) High; Brandon Smith, from Baskersfield (Calif.) High, and Orlando Scandrick from Los Alamitos.

Tight Ends

A few tight ends of note worked out. Erik Lorig, from Rolling Hills (Calif.) Peninsula, was perhaps the best all-around. He measured at 6-4, weighed 250 pounds and moved very well, showing good hands. Logan Paulsen, the tight end from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade is still thin at about 215-ish, but catches the ball really well. UCLA has reportedly offered both Lorig and Paulsen.

Ryan Moya from Oak Ridge (Calif.) had a good showing, putting up 39 reps in the bench. At 6-2 and 225, though, he could be better suited as a linebacker.

Running Backs

It wasn't a great collection of running backs. J.R. Hasty, from Bellevue (Wash.) High, looked respectable. Edward Britton from El Paso (Tex.) Montwood, looked good, recording one of the best shuttle times of the day, a 4.09.

Matt Clapp, the fullback prospect from Phoenix (Ariz.) Paradise Valley, passed the eyeball test, looking about 6-2 and 225.

George Hypolite, the fullback from Los Angeles Loyola, was supposed to participate but didn't attend the camp.

Trason Bragg, the tailback from Loyola, did participate, as did Los Alamitos running back, Cortes Rice, but we didn't get the chance to observe them much.

Defensive Line

After Udofia, the other standout defensive lineman was Will Powers, from San Mateo (Calif.) Serra. Looking fairly lean still, Powers was 6-4 and about 225. Powers looked dominating in the one-on-ones, with great quickness and foot speed. He very well could be the best rush defensive end we've seen yet this spring.

Linebackers

Besides Reynolds, the other well-hyped linebacker prospect was Rey Maualuga from Eureka (Calif.) High. Maulaga, though, pulled a hamstring running the 40, and was hampered for the rest of the day. He did, though, to his credit, tough it out, and continued to participate in the drills. Even with a tender hamstring, he still looked quick and strong. USC is the clear leader for him at this point.

E.J. Savannah, the 6-2, 210-pound prospect from Bellevue (Wash.) High, had a good performance, looking very agile and quick-footed. UCLA is recruiting him, while he has a few Pac-10 offers.

Defensive Backs

With Garvin leading the way, it was a solid group of defensive backs. SydQuan Thompson, the cornerback prospect from Sacramento (Calif.) Grant, looked about 5-10 and 180. He had great flexibility and hips, and could change direction quickly in the one-on-ones. He didn't test.

Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback Robert Peele had a very good day. At about 5-11 and 175, he was among the best cover guys at the camp, along with Garvin and Thompson.

Others who had good performances were safety prospect Kevin Ellison, from Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union; Long Beach Poly corner Laranzo Bursey; corner Marcus Ezeff from Santa Rosa (Calif.) High, and Englewood (Col.) Cherry Creek safety Adam Block


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