Northwest NIKE camp - the offense

The rain was hit and miss and the sun barely peaked through the thick clouds but the weather did not deter over 300 prep football players from attending the Northwest NIKE camp, held this past Saturday at the University of Oregon. The players came from as far east as Florida and as far west as Hawaii.

The quarterbacks were once again the focal point of the camp, highlighted by the return of Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel QB Johnny DuRocher to Oregon for the first time after his verbal commitment to play football for the Ducks. TC Ostrander from Atherton (Calif.) Menlo-Atherton was the real story, however, earning's camp MVP honors. Ostrander made his mark in May at the NoCal NIKE camp in Palo Alto and built upon that solid effort with an impressive display of passing on the University of Oregon practice fields. He spun a consistent ball with zip and accuracy. Whether it was a quick slant, skinny post or post corner route, TC always got the ball to the desired destination.

The list of other quarterbacks that turned in solid camp performances is long and includes Ryan Gunderson from Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic, Alex Brink from Eugene (Ore.) Sheldon, Brian Nooy from Pendelton, Oregon, Kevin O'Connell from Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon, Chris Peerboom from Portland (Ore.) Jesuit, Shane Steichen from El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oakridge, Jared Bronson from Auburn (Wash.) Thomas Jefferson, Casey Waddell from Walla Walla, Washington and Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes QB Jeff Wells.

Anthony Russo and Akeem Anthony from Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes showed onlookers that they will be an effective one-two punch for the Lancers this fall when it comes to running the football. The 5-3 Anthony is the better-known of the two, having started for Lakes since his sophomore year, but people should take note of the other 'Anthony'. Russo tested very well and consistently impressed the NIKE coaches on hand with his football accumen, agility and burst. He picks up instruction well and is a very coachable player.

Akeem presents plenty of problems with his size and speed. His 3.99 shuttle goes to his ability to stop and change directions on a dime. His cuts were the sharpest at camp and his ethic is unquestioned.

Jordan Carey from Olympia (Wash.) Capital and Kyle Trew from Edmonds (Wash.) Edmonds-Woodway were two other running backs that impressed with their workouts. Carey's 3.92 shuttle is a phenomenal time for a player six feet tall, and it is proof that Jordan has the athleticism to compete at the D1 level.

Trew is a rugged back that showed his jump off the ball and his dexterity as he flowed through the bag drills like a pro. He's not quite as big as the 6-2 and 215 pounds reported earlier, but he is big enough to be the punishing safety a lot of Division-1 schools are projecting him to be when he graduates from high school.

Running back was a position that was blessed with a lot of talent Saturday. Federal Way, Washington's Anthony Dotson, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic's Carl Appleton, Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View's Josh Baird, Derrell Hutsona from San Diego (Calif.) Helix, Epie King from The Dalles, Oregon, Calvin McCarty from Burnaby (BC) St. Thomas More, Kellen Mills from Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View and Caleb Rexius from Eugene (Ore.) Churchill were all performers of note who either worked out with the tailbacks or fullbacks. You need to remember their names, as most of those players will earn scholarships in the coming months.

Andre Piper-Jordan from Federal Way, Washington, Brandon Burmeister from Mercer Island, Washington and Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel WR David Lewis and Ryan McKie from Simpsonville (SC) Hillcrest headlined the receiver position at the Northwest NIKE camp. This group wasn't especially deep, but those four in particular were the ones that stood out above the rest. If there was a ball within their reach it was a reception.

Burmeister, in particular, was a pleasant surprise. He did not play football last year after having played as a sophomore for the Islanders. Word earlier this year was that Brandon had decided to concentrate solely on basketball, but he was in Eugene making sure it was clear he does plan on catching the ball for the MIHS football team this fall. At 6-5, he presented a lot of mismatch problems for the defensive backs he went up against and showed little rust in his route running.

Josh Bousman from Tacoma (Wash.) Tacoma Baptist is normally a running back but worked out with the receivers on Saturday, later stating that he feels he could end up being a wide-out in college. He has the athleticism required but it was evident he was learning the position for the first time. Other receivers that impressed included Michael Dorsey from Milwaukee (Ore.) Rex Putnam, Joey Henley from Kent (Wash.) Kentridge, James Seifert from Battle Ground, Washington, Kery White from Eugene (Ore.) Churchill, Michael Cole from Lake Oswego (Ore.) Lakeridge and Brig Walker from Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen.

Roy Scheuning from Pendleton, Oregon was a player that went quietly about his business Saturday but those paying attention to Scheuning throughout the day saw a dominant workout. He was easily the top offensive lineman of the camp. Former Pendleton teammate Shawn Perkins is headed to the University of Oregon this fall, so the Ducks may just hold the inside track towards earning a verbal commitment from Roy soon.

Kyle Gunther from Camarillo, California, Cole Linehan from Banks, Oregon, Nicolas Silva from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, Aaron Gilbert from Auburn (Wash.) Thomas Jefferson, Josh Tschirgi from Vancouver (Wash.) Skyview, Viliamu Kuaea from Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes, Drew Hansen from Kennewick (Wash.) Southridge, Joe Hernandez from Newberg, Oregon, Tom Sorenson from Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton, Robbie Garibay from Palo Cedro (Calif.) Foothill and teammates Peter St. John and Erik Bergland from Beaverton, Oregon were other offensive linemen of note during the camp.

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