Quick Fix on Nike Camp

Michael Bumpus

Here's a quick look at today's Los Angeles Nike Camp, with some of the standouts being quarterback Rocky Hinds, wide receiver Michael Bumpus, defensive lineman Thomas Herring and defensive back Rodney Van...

There wasn't a clear standout MVP at today's Nike Camp on the USC campus.  In fact, there really weren't even a few clear sure-things to be elite players at the D-1 level.

Probably the best prospect participating was Rocky Hinds, the 6-4 quarteback from Playa Del Rey St. Bernard's. He's a truly amazing all-around athlete and still raw in his throwing ability, even though he improved considerably throughout the day.

The 5-11 wide receiver from Culver City, Michael Bumpus, was probably among the top five players in the camp, showing great quickness, cutting ability, route-running ability and hands. 

Rodney Van, the defensive back prospect from Long Beach Poly, drew raves in the one-on-one drills, shutting down receivers consistently. 

5-9 Corona Centennial running back Terrell Jackson was probably the #1 running back in camp. 

On the offensive line, the standouts were mammoth Chilo Rachal from Compton Dominguez; Brandon Nicolas from Santa Ana Mater Dei, who certainly passed the eye-ball test, Norris Malele from Carson, who worked out with the DL, too; and Leo Talavou from Fountain Valley ,who had good feet and athleticism

On the DL, Los Angeles Fremont's 6-6 Thomas Herring had everyone in a bit of awe with his physical ability, but didn't show as well as you might have liked in the one-on-one drills; Defensive end Brigham Harwell is quick and athletic, but undersized a bit at 6-0 ½.

Other standouts were the twin defensive backs, Bryan and Jeremy Payton from Covina South Hills; a good cover cornerback prospect in Thomas McKay, from Palmdale; Deandre Gassaway, a big, smooth wide receiver San Bernardino Cajon; and three good-looking tight end prospects in Mike Barr, from Payson, Arizona, Andrew McIntyre, from La Canada St. Francis and Zach Miller, from Desert Vista, Arizona.

Three of the bigger-hyped recruits -- defensive back Jerome Boyd from L.A. Dorsey, wide receiver Derrick Jones from Long Beach Poly and Pomona linebacker Eugene Germany -- were in attendance but didn't participate.

We'll have a more in-depth story on the camp tomorrow...

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