|Zach Kline (2012)|
Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley
Kline won the accuracy contest on Friday at the Elite 11 and followed it up with another strong showing at the Nike Camp. The Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley quarterback has pretty good size, throws a very nice deep ball and has great footwork. He'll be one of the better 2012 prospects in the West.
|Byron Marshall (2012)|
Back, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian|
Marshall showed why he's one of the top 2012 prospects at the position in the West. Marshall came a little later, but he fit right in with the group of backs and showed why his older brother Cameron, who's playing at Arizona State, told us two years ago that his younger brother could end up the better of the two.
|Malik Gilmore (2012)|
The best receiver prospect there was arguably Gilmore, who's making a habit of shining this spring. Gilmore starred out in Vegas in the 7on7, named to the all-underclass team, and did the same at last month's Los Angeles NFTC. On Sunday, he further cemented himself as one of the elite 2012 prospects in the West. Like we said last month, Gilmore is an effortless runner and he's also got some very good speed. Most impressive about Gilmore is, because of his size and arm length, he can catch just about every jump ball against a DB. He loves to battle for the ball in the air, doing so numerous times on Sunday, and routinely came down with it.
|Stephon McCray (2012)|
Line, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West
McCray was one of the top 2012 prospects in attendance and he walked away with OL MVP honors. Nicknamed "Three-And-A-Quarter", because he weighed in at 325 as a freshman, McCray has dropped the baby fat and now looks like an ideal guard at the next level. His very similar, body-wise, to Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw guard Marcus Martin.
|Freddie Tagaloa (2012)|
Line, Richmond (Calif.) Salesian
The 6-8, 280-pound Tagaloa has offers from half the Pac-10 already, despite being just a sophomore, and while he's still pretty raw in how he plays on the line (his footwork needs some improvement), he's got very nice long arms for the tackle position, and tremendous strength. In the early drills, he didn't fare as well, not surprising given he's more of a basketball player than a football player, but when they got to the 1-on-1's, he stepped it up.
|Arik Armstead (2012)|
Line, Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove
The 2012 prospect from Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove, has size, speed and skills that college scouts drool over. While he worked out with the defensive linemen, it's easy to see Armstead as a potential left tackle in college. There isn't any fat on him and he's a much more physical specimen than his brother, Armond (at USC) was at this age.
|Hardy Nickerson Jr. (2012)|
Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd
Football fans will remember Hardy Nickerson's name, and they should remember his son, Hardy Jr., too, because he'll be one of the top 2012 prospects at the position. His father starred at Cal and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he's got the body of what should a pretty good backer at the next level. He'll be playing for his dad at Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd this fall.
|Tee Shepard (2012)|
Back, Fresno (Calif.) Central
We first saw Shepard last spring at the San Francisco Scout Combine, when he came as a freshman, a highly touted one at that, under the tutelage of longtime DB guru Tony Perry, who's sent 30+ DBs onto the D-I level. Shepard more than held his own in San Francisco, and did the same in Vegas in March at the Badger/New Level 7on7. Perry told us a year ago, Shepard had the potential to be the best DB he's ever coached, and several of his more successful players have echoed that. Shepard has done nothing but live up to the hype. He was a pain in the receivers side all day long. He doesn't get beat in coverage, and has such quick and active hands, that make it tough to catch a pass on him.
|Shaquille Thompson (2012)|
Back, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
Thompson is no stranger to the defensive back position at a high level, as the Sacramento (Calif.) Grant 2012 prospect is the younger brother of former Cal star SydQuan Thompson. Thompson, though, is physically more gifted than Syd ever was, and already looks like he could be a college safety, despite not even being halfway through high school. He is the real deal and figures to be one of the elite national safeties in the 2012 class.