NoCal Nike camp - Offense

Players, families and coaches were all in attendance Saturday as the place to be was Stanford University for the NoCal Nike camp. As this was the main camp where college coaches could watch and evaluate west coach high school football talent (there was a smaller camp at USC earlier in the week), everyone was scrambling for a spot to watch the best of the best. The turnout was fantastic. Here are the highlights from the offensive side of the ball, with the top performers singled out.

Quarterback - Erik Ainge. A couple of Pac-10 coaches we talked to said Ainge, a 6-6, 192-pound junior from Hillsboro (Ore.) Glencoe was the surprise of the camp. And he was probably a little surprised at himself too, as he was suffering a little from back spasms from playing a bunch of basketball games just before showing up in Palo Alto. But Erik already has an offer from Mike Riley and the Oregon State Beavers, and that number is sure to rise after his efforts. Rocky Hinds didn't show, opening the door for someone to take the lead and Ainge did with solid footwork and quickness for his size and a cannon for an arm.

Other QB's to watch:
Brian Hildebrand - Corona, California (6-2, 186)
CJ Bacher - Rocklin (Calif.) Jesuit (6-2, 175)
Patrick Pinkey - Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest (6-0, 185)
Darren Bragg - San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine (6-1, 180)
Patrick Cowan - Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco (6-4, 200)

Running Back - Marshawn Lynch. Oakland (Calif.) Tech has a super one in Marshawn. He's got the size (5-11, 195), speed (4.4 40, 4.19 shuttle) and athleticism (34.4" vertical jump) to be a difference-maker in the Pac-10. And that's what he's banking on too. He loves the Oregon Ducks, and there's a very good chance he'll get offered this week, along with teammate Virdell Larkins. Despite his solid speed numbers, Lynch is more of a power back. He will be a coveted running back this fall for many top D1 colleges.

Other RB's to watch:
Jackie Bates - Concord (Calif.) De La Salle (5-9, 180)
Chris Jackson - San Jose (Calif.) Andrew Hill (5-11, 186)
Dominick Carrie - Orinda (Calif.) Miramonte (5-7.5, 170)
Gerwin Williams - Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
DJ Senter - Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Matt Hill - Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West

Wide Receiver - Cameron Colvin. The camp MVP, there wasn't a thing Cameron didn't excel at. Colvin, who measured in at 6-1 and 186 pounds, tested off the charts. He ran a sizzling 4.31 40 and 3.85 in the shuttle and it showed again during the one-on-ones. He was able to turn it off and on at will, cruising past defenders when he needed that extra gear for separation. He wasn't touched all day. DE Jeff Schweiger was a close second for MVP, but there was no question who stood out on offense. With players like Colvin, Willie Glasper, Parker Hanks and Terrance Kelley coming back for the Spartans, expect their unbeaten streak to be extended by another year.

Other WR's to watch:
Lavelle Hawkins - Stockton (Calif.) Edison (5-11, 165)
Morgan Trent - Brighton (Mich.) St. Mary's (6-1, 180 - committed to Michigan)
Austin Collie - El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge (6-0.5, 183)
Joey Munn - Pleasantown (Calif.) Foothill (6-2, 215)
E'lon Paige - Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek
Desmond Thomas - Vallejo, California

Offensive Line - Bradis McGriff. Bradis came in last year as a HUGE sophomore, and didn't disappoint this year either. At 6-5 and 300 pounds, McGriff has great lateral quickness and picks up instruction well. There wasn't one offensive lineman that dominated at Stanford, especially with Schweiger, Phillip Mbakagu and Isley Filiaga on the other side of the line. But McGriff more than held his own. John Gibson, Andrew Woodruff, David Lord, AJ McTaggart, Tony Lee and Jacob Hucko also have to be considered right at the top of the list, but McGriff gets the nod by a couple of cheeseburgers.

Other OL to watch:
John Gibson - Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's (6-4, 240)
Andrew Woodruff - Victoria, British Columbia (6-2, 297)
David Lord - Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower (6-5.5, 320)
AJ McTaggart - Rocklin, California (6-4, 270)
Tony Lee - Gardena (Calif.) Serra (6-3.5, 280)
Jacob Hucko - Cerritos, California (6-7, 280)
Patrick Carpenter - Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain
Ray Feinga - West Valley City (Utah) Hunter
Erik Schlief - San Jose (Calif) Leigh
David Dixon - Atascadero, California Top Stories