Palo Alto Nike: Part 2

A little more in-depth than the first, here's a look at some of the lesser known players that could have a chance to be recruited...

With some big-named no shows, the Palo Alto Nike Camp didn't have many elite prospects, even though there were probably over 500 kids participating.

This makes it very difficult to watch and evaluate. There are just too many kids, plus the prospects you want to see don't get enough reps.

I was going to write a big article about the camp, but probably the best way to do this is to write a companion piece to the original. In that original, you can find a rundown of the best prospects at the camp. In this report, I'll supplement that review with a rundown of the prospects that would be on the UCLA to-watch list as a result of the camp.

Quarterbacks:

The position was probably the most talented at the camp, with some potential Elite Eleven quarterback prospects participating. As we reported in the first article, Dennis Dixon had the best day, Kyle Wright showed he's still has the chops, but had a mediocre throwing day, and Johnny DuRocher passed the eye-ball test but also threw the ball pretty poorly.

Beyond those three, it's very doubtful that UCLA would recruit any other quarterbacks that participated in the camp.

Perhaps the next-best quarterback in attendance was T.C. Ostrander, Atherton (Calif.) Menlo-Atheron. Ostrander is about 6-2, moves fairly well and has a pretty strong arm. It's too bad that Leon Jackson, the quarterback from Long Beach Poly, isn't a couple of inches taller. The lefty throws a nice ball, with good velocity and accuracy, and he's a good athlete. At about 6-0 and probably 180, though, he's on the small side. Michael Affleck from Provo (Utah) Timpview looks more like linebacker physically, but threw a nice, strong ball. Another out-of-stater, Brett Weyman, Avon (Conn.) Avon Old Farms, supposedly has some offers from east coast schools and showed that it was justified, with probably one of the top five or six arms at the camp. Sam Keller threw pretty accurately, but has a low and limited throwing motion. Sam Betty, who is a pretty good small forward on the basketball court, showed great athleticism in the testing, jumping 34 inches in the vertical, but a very raw throwing motion in the drills.

Running Backs:

As reported in the first story, Lynell Hamilton passes the eye-ball test physically, and looked fairly good in the drills, despite apparently an injured hamstring. A prospect we didn't write about in the original story, Derrick Williams, from Bellflower St. John Bosco, had a very good showing – having very good size (probably 6-0, 200), and a nice, smooth quickness in the drills.

At fullback, Emeka Nnoli from Sacramento Natomas is a prospect that is probably on UCLA's level. He looked about 6-1 and probably 220+, and very agile in the drills.

Beyond those three, there weren't many running back prospects that UCLA would probably recruit. Dallas Bernstine from Vallejo Jesse Bethel showed nice speed, but was small at 5-10. Tyson Butler, a FB/LB, was about 5-11 himself, despite weighing close to 230. He didn't really stand out in the drills, though.

Possibly a sophomore to keep you eye on is Enrico Tucker, San Diego University. Tucker is about 5-10, ran in the 4.5 range and jumped 36 inches in the vertical. He's also a pretty well-known basketball player, a point guard. He also comes from a family that are UCLA fans.

Wide Receiver:

Mark Bradford was clearly the best receiver in the camp. After him, prospects that UCLA would possibly recruit are Sam Cheatham, from San Leandro (Calif.) High. Cheatham was about 5-11, had decent speed, but good acceleration and nice hands; Ruben Jackson, Stockton Edison, who has some nice moves and quickness, and possibly James Green, Brentwood (Calif.) Liberty, who tied for the fastest 40 time at 4.38 for the day, while also jumping 35 inches.

Probably the second best receiver Saturday was a sophomore, Lavell Hawkins, from Stockton Edison. Good-sized at probably 6-0, he ran nice routes, had quickness that separated him from his defender and good hands.

There probably weren't any tight ends that UCLA would recruit. A couple to watch who participated were Adam Bishop, Rohnert Park (Calif.) Rancho Cotate, and Phil Consenza, Grass Valley Nevada Union. Both tested well and looked pretty good in the drills.

Offensive Line:

We said there were a couple of potential sleepers at the camp, and offensive line is where they were. Overall, there weren't any clearly elite OL prospects.

A guy to definitely watch is Leon Drummer, Berkeley St. Mary's. Drummer was huge, at 6-5 and 300+. He was very thick, and not sloppy, while pretty nimble for how big he was, while he looked pretty raw in the drills. He also plays defensive line.

Ryan Kalil from Anaheim Servite looked technically good, but small – probably 6-2 and 260ish – and he didn't look like he had the frame to get really big. Hercules Satele from Long Beach Poly looked the best in the drills among the offensive linemen. He's about 6-3ish and 240 probably, and he is a guy who could get bigger and become, say, a nice center prospect. Brian Soi, Provo (Utah) Timpview, might have been among the top three or so linemen for the day, looking very physical and possessing some decent quickness. He could be a better defensive lineman than an offensive lineman down the line.

Aaron Johnson from Faifield (Calif.) Armijo, was pretty darn large, about 6-6 and probably 260. He's listed as a TE/DE, but looks too big and for those positions, but could possibly have good quickness as an OL. Jake Parker from Gridley (Calif.) High is listed as a listed defensive linemen. He's about 6-6, maybe taller and probably weighed 250 and looked better suited for the OL. Mark Pole from Union City James Logan was probably 6-6 and 260ish, and moved well. Robert Garibay, Palo Cedro (Calif.) Foothill, was a very wide load, probably 6-4 and 300+.

Defensive line:

Even though he didn't participate in the drills, Long Beach Poly's Kevin Brown was clearly the elite DL prospect at the camp. He put up the most reps on the bench, 37.

Junior Lemau'u of Poly has all the tools to be a very good defensive linemen and performed fairly well Saturday – just about as well as he did at the SoCal camp. His attitude is a big question, though.

Another Poly player (get a feeling Poly is going to have a freakish defensive line next season?), Josh Tauanuu also had a nice showing, looking good physically and quick in the drills.

There were a few fairly unknown prospects to watch. Xavier Jackson, from Vacaville Will C. Wood, was a testing freak. He looked about 6-3+ and probably 250ish, and ran in the 4.5s twice. UCLA has been watching him, but apparently he hasn't shown much in games that would reflect his testing abilities.

Ben Klamm is a player to watch, from Granite Bay. He's listed as a DE, and looked to be about 6-3 and 230, but already fairly well put together. He might project as a linebacker, but he was athletic in the testing and very good in the line drills.  Another name to note is Trey Koziol, who came out all the way from Hinsdale (Ill.) Hinsdale Central. Koziol looks like he physically has the tools to play on the next level and tested well, even though it was tough to see him in the line drills.

Linebackers:

Some of the most well-known names Saturday were Chris Purtz, Garry Lovely and the two LBs from Long Beach Poly, Brian Banks and Mark Washington, but again, there wasn't a clearly elite linebacker prospect in the camp. Purtz, from Clovis West, improved his stock with a 40 in the 4.5 range. He looked fairly good in the drills. Banks and Washington look good physically, like they did at the SoCal Nike Camp, but didn't really distinguish themselves in the drills.

Garry Lovely from Gunderson looks like a nice athlete, but physically resembles more of a safety than a linebacker at this point.

Perhaps one of the biggest sleepers in the camp is Chris Henry from Stockton Edison. Henry, who looks good on the Edison highlight tape as a fullback/wide receiver, looks to be about 6-1 and 215ish. He ran very well, in the 4.5s, and looked very nimble in the drills. He might have been the best LB prospect at the camp.

Possibly a player to watch was John Griffin from Merced. He looked to be about 6-0 and 220, tested well and looked very agile.

It's curious why Fred McNeill, the linebacker prospect from Los Angeles Loyola, lined up with the wide receivers, as he did as the SoCal camp. McNeill physically has all the makings of a linebacker, and definitely not a wide receiver. It'd be nice to see him work with the LBs (possibly at UCLA's one-day camp?).

Defensive Backs:

Freddie Parrish probably was the object of most of the attention among the defensive backs. As I said in the last report, he generally looked good in the testing (recording the best 20-yard shuttle time of the day, 4.01) and back-pedaling drills, but then didn't look explosive out of his plant in the one-on-one drills. It could have perhaps been just a couple of bad reps, and since he didn't get many with so many players in camp, it was hard to come to any conclusions. Freddie Parrish Sr. said his son was very tired from traveling to Notre Dame on an unofficial visit, having just got off a plane before the camp. We're hoping he shows up to UCLA's one-day camp so we can see him more.

Clifton Smith from Fresno Edisxon was again probably the best cover corner, as he might have been at the SoCal camp. His teammate Lorenzo Sims, also was solid again. I didn't get to see Soloman Smart, Phoenix (Ariz.) Moon Valley, in the one-on-one drills, but he tested extremely well, recording the best vertical of the day, 37.8, and one of the best 40s at 4.41.

The Ting twins, Union City James Logan, were one of the best "discoveries" of the camp, being probably the fastest and quickest athletes in attendance. Ryan Ting ran the fastest 40 in 4.38 and one of the fastest shuttles at 4.08. His twin brother, Brandon, matched his shuttle time, and was a hair slower in the 40 at 4.40. They play quarterback and wide receiver on their high school team as well as defensive back. Their recruitment will almost assuredly pick up because of their camp performance Saturday.


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