NoCal Nike camp - Defense

Just like with Cameron Colvin and the offense, there was a clear MVP on defense. San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian DE Jeff Schweiger was tops in his group and tops overall on defense during the NoCal Nike camp at Stanford Saturday. The 6-4, 240-pound Schweiger got pushed by Phillip Mbakagu, Bernard Hicks and Willie Glasper, but Jeff was just too dominating during the one-on-ones.

Defensive linemen - Jeff Schweiger. His physical stats Saturday tell a lot of the story - 4.56 in the 40, 4.11 in the shuttle, 31 reps of 185 pounds on the bench and 30.9 inches in the vertical jump - but seeing Schweiger in action was the real deal. He made Andrew Woodruff, one of the top 5 OL in camp, look positively foolish with some inside rushes where he nearly wasn't touched. His first step is incredible. Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Colorado, UCLA, USC and Washington are the schools he's considering at this point, but with over 20 offers already Jeff can write his own ticket.

Other DL to watch:
Phillip Mbakagu - Hayward, California (6-2, 260)
Isley Filiaga - Orem (Utah) Timpanogos (5-11.5, 290)
Ekom Udofia - Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral (6-1, 265)
Jonathan Nichols - Oakland (Calif.) St. Elizabeth*
Jason Roberts - Fresno (Calif.) Fresno*
Marvin Jones Jr. - Vallejo (Calif.) Jesse Bethel*

Linebacker - Joe Mortensen. The 6-1, 235-pound LB from Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley moved very well for a guy his size and had the attitude you like to see in a middle thumper. Every coach watching him loved him, and like Mission Viejo's Jed Collins, Mortensen is built very much in the mold of a prototypical MIK, will plug holes. Good all-around day, picked things up well, great recognition. In short - very coachable.

Other LB's to watch:
Ryan Reynolds - Lake Havasu, Arizona (6-1, 218)
Alan Darlin - Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek (6-0.5, 223)
Terrance Kelley - Concord (Calif.) De La Salle (5-11.5, 207)
Ray Mualaga - Eureka, California*
Parker Hanks - Concord (Calif.) De La Salle (6-0, 205)
Worrell Williams - Sacramento (Calif.) Grant (6-0, 240)
Trenton Tuiasosopo - Everett (Wash.) Mariner (6-1, 220)
David Haile - Union City (Calif.) James Logan (6-3.5, 200)

Defensive Backs - Bernard Hicks. It's nearly impossible to separate Hicks, a 5-11, 190-pound DB from Fresno (Calif.) Edison from Willie Glasper and Randy Estes, but in the final analysis Hicks had the best feet of all the DB's at camp, and you can't coach that. His natural ability to move in any direction effortlessly was the only difference between him and the other two, but it's substantial and it's what makes Hicks such a fantastic college prospect. The things that make the other two players you can't see without pads on, as both have made their reputations as ferocious hitters.

Other DB's to watch:
Willie Glasper - Concord (Calif.) De La Salle (5-11, 170)
Randy Estes - Los Alamitos, California (6-1, 180)
Marshawn Royal - Fresno (Calif.) Sunnyside*
Antoine Cason - Los Alamitos, California (5-11.5, 165)
Virdell Larkins - Oakland (Calif.) Tech (5-10, 177)
James Lewis - Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice (6-1, 197)
Mesphin Forrester - Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice*
Angelo Fobbs - San Mateo (Calif.) Serra (6-1, 173)
Keenan Jones - Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne (5-11, 170)
Lamar Herron - Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas (6-0, 190)

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