Oakland Nike Camp Preview
Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon

Posted May 18, 2013


We preview the top prospects expected at the Oakland Nike Football Training Camp on Sunday...

Several of the West’s best prospects will be in the Bay Area on Sunday for the Oakland Nike Football Training Camp at Laney College.

Scout.com will be on hand to check out the top prospects from the West.

Here is a look at some of the offensive players to watch on Sunday, which includes a number of 2014 Scout 300 prospects.


Novato (Calif.) San Marin's Manny Wilkins.
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Quarterbacks

Novato (Calif.) San Marin quarterback Manny Wilkins is coming in off a solid performance at the Elite 11, when he won the Golden Gun again, and he'll be back at the Oakland NFTC where he was the top underclassmen a year ago.

He's one of a handful of NorCal quarterbacks with offers including Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande's JaJuan Lawson and Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum's C.J. Spencer.

Boise State commit Jalen Greene from Gardena (Calif.) Serra made the drive up north along with another Southland native in Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne's Eban Jackson.

Also coming out from in-state are three-stars Dinuba (Calif.) passer Marcus McMaryion, Mission Viejo (Calif.) Ian Fieber and Los Gatos (Calif.) signal-caller Nick Bawden.

From out of state, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou's Larry Tuileta and Las Vegas (Nev.) Foothill quarterback Drew Doxtator will be making the trip.

Other 2014 passers to watch include Santa Rosa (Calif.) Cardinal Newman's Keaton Dunsford, San Fernando (Calif.) quarterback Cris Solano, San Ramon (Calif.) California's Cameron Owen and Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista's Nikita Zamora.

There will be a ton of talented 2015 prospects at quarterback on hand including Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Ricky Town, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill's Kyle Kearns, Fontana (Calif.) Jurupa Hills' Damion Wright, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral's Sean Paul Brophy, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei's Jack Lowary and Upland (Calif.) junior Tyler Hilinski..

Running Backs


Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) fullback Devante Downs.
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The headliner at running back is Oakley (Calif.) Freedom's Joe Mixon, the West's top back and the owner of nearly 50 offers.

Mixon first got on the map last year when he earned all-camp underclass honors and has now developed into the most heavily recruited player in the region.

Joining him at running back is Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) power back Devante Downs, who's ranked by Scout as the #1-fullback prospect in the country.

Fresno (Calif.) Central running back Nick Wilson is a commit to Arizona and the four-star is one of a number of prospects from the Central Valley expected and San Diego State commit P.J. Walker from Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill is also slated to attend.

Another powerful runner making the trip North is Monrovia (Calif.) back Kurt Scoby, who was terrific a year ago at the Los Angeles NFTC when he was a sophomore.

American Canyon (Calif.) running back Jomon Dotson has a handful of offers and he's joined by another NorCal runner with offers in Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Marcus De La Pena.

Other running backs to watch include Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin's Joey Banks, Mission Viejo (Calif.) back Alex Suchesk and Pittsburg (Calif.) back Harris Ross.

From the underclassmen, keep an eye on Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Malik Roberson, who got his first offer easrlier this month and Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian's Justice Shelton-Mosley.

Receivers/Tight Ends

The Nike Camp will have the nation's top receiver and tight end both in attendance and the nation's top safety is expected to work with the receivers.


Fresno (Calif.) Central receiver Michiah Quick.
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Fresno (Calif.) Central receiver Michiah Quick, Scout's top-ranked receiver, was stellar a year ago as an underclassmen and he'll be working for an invite to The Opening on Sunday.

South Jordan (Utah) Bingham's Dalton Schultz is Scout's top-ranked tight end and he's been great all spring and he too is looking for an invite to Beaverton.

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly five-star safety Juju Smith is scheduled to attend and while defense is likely where his future is, he'll work with the receivers.

Fontana (Calif.) Summit receiver Erik Brown is making a case for one of the top receivers in the region and the four-star should have a nice day on Sunday.  Upland (Calif.) defensive back Jeff Farrar will work out with the receivers, which is his first love and is an intriguing player to watch.

Cal verbal Jalen Harvey from El Cerrito (Calif.), is the lone committed receiver expected at the NFTC.

A few other three-star receivers expected are Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove's Wyatt Demps, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Shay Fields, Mission Viejo (Calif.) receiver Sean Modster, Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Jordan Lasley and Roseville (Calif.) Oakmont's Justin Holmes.

Other receivers of note include Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic's Kaelin Deboskie, Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Gregory Webb, Granite Bay (Calif.) Tony Ellison.

Some underclassmen to watch include Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks' L.J. Reed, Corona (Calif.) Centennial's Greyson Bankhead and Newhall (Calif.) Hart's Trent Irwin.

Other tight ends of note are Granite Bay (Calif.) Dylan Keeney, Bellevue (Wash.) Newport's Drew Sample, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 2015 tight end Kyle Penniston and Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Zack Bornstein.

Offensive Line

Tucson (Ariz.) Sabino offensive tackle Andrew Mike is the top prospect expected in Oakland along the offensive line, a four-star prospect ranked #14 nationally.


Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks offensive lineman Kameron Schroeder.
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Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks offensive tackle Kameron Schroeder is a commit to Duke but has double-digit offers and is another top prospect expected.

Riverside (Calif.) King offensive tackle Sean Krepsz will make the trip up and it will be the first chance to see him this spring.

Carson (Calif.) tackle Bobby Johnson got his first offer recently and he will be in the Bay.

Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch two-way lineman Kammy Delp has Pac-12 offers for both sides of the ball, but he'll work with the offensive lineman in Oakland.

Roseville (Calif.) offensive tackle Kolton Miller has a couple of Pac-12 offers and Kenyon Frison from Granger (Utah) is a commit to the home-state Utes.


Several of the West’s best prospects will be in the Bay Area on Sunday for the Oakland Nike Football Training Camp at Laney College.

Scout.com will be on hand to check out the top prospects from the West.

Here is a look at some of the defensive players to watch on Sunday, which includes a number of 2014 Scout 300 prospects.

Defensive Line

The Defensive line position is a little down but a pair of USC commitments should lead the way.

Fresno (Calif.) Central defensive tackle Tashon Smallwood headlines the defensive line and has a great chance to Get Open with a strong performance Sunday. The USC commit is very quick off the ball, has great strength and is one of the elite pass rushers in the nation.

Corona (Calif.) Centennial’s Austin Maloata is an intriguing prospect who played in Samoa as a sophomore. His film was impressive enough to garner an offer from USC and he committed the following day. At 6-3, 250 pounds, Maloata has the athleticism and growth potential to play inside or outside at the next level and he should do very well on Sunday.

An underclassmen to watch is Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North tackle Jacob Daniel. Daniel has emerged as one of the top prospects in the 2015 class and holds close to double digit scholarship offers from schools like California, Wisconsin, Miami and Oregon State to name a few.

Another underclassmen we like is Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood rush end T.J. Fehoko. Fehoko was all-region as a freshman last year after totaling 67 tackles and 17 sacks.

Linebackers

El Cerrito (Calif.) ‘backer D.J. Calhoun is an impressive specimen and can really play. He’s a tough, physical player who plays with a great motor and has the athleticism to chase down plays from all over the field.

Calhoun’s close friend and 7 on 7 teammate Michael Lazarus is another player we expect big things from. Lazarus has a college body right now but runs well and shows solid cover skills. He missed part of his junior season but has rebounded well and has looked 100% healthy this spring.

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit Joey Alfieri is not just one of the top players in the NW region but the entire west. He’s big, physical and fast and is a talented tight end prospect as well. Half of the Pac 12 along with Wisconsin has already offered Alfieri.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco’s Chander Leniu and San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills’ Fred Warner have been two of the more impressive linebackers this spring. Leniu is a true middle linebacker and one of the most physical players in the state. Warner has made a smooth transition from defensive end and been one of the stars of the spring 7 on 7 circuit.

Vista Murrieta (Calif.) athlete Tyler Cook can play linebacker or tight end and could even grow in to a defensive end down the line. He’ll work out with the linebackers and should be among the top athletes at the position.

An underclassmen who has really shined all spring is Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian’s Kyahva Tezino. Tezino can play multiple positions but we love his upside at linebacker. He has the size, speed and toughness to be an elite player at the next level.

We also really like Granite Bay’s (Calif.) Cameron Smith, who was rated the No. 3 ‘backer at the SoCal NIKE Camp earlier in the spring. Smith is a huge kid, about 6-2, 245 pounds but plays with a motor, high intensity and is a tackling machine.

Defensive Backs

The DB group is loaded and looks like the strongest position in the camp. The top two ranked players in the region, Gardena (Calif.) Serra corner Adoree Jackson and Long Beach Poly (Calif.) safety Juju Smith headline the group.

Jackson said he also wants to work out with the receivers and Smith will likely try and do the same. Both players are rated among the top 10 overall prospects in the nation and have every physical tool you could want.

El Cerrito (Calif.) athlete Adarius Pickett is a big, physical corner with a high upside as well. He runs well for a big corner, has the flexibility to turn and run with a receiver and shows good top end speed as well.

Arlington (Calif.) Mansfield Timberview safety Brandon Simmons made the road trip from the Lone Star State and should do very well. He has excellent cover skills for a safety, which should help him stand out during the half-skelly and one on one portion of the camp.

Another safety we expect to do very well is Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan’s Adam Soesman. Soesman has looked good all spring on the 7 on 7 circuit and is an athletic, rangy safety with good ball skills.

Staying with the safety theme, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame’s Koa Farmer has size, speed and covers a ton of ground and few corners have been more impressive this spring than Corona (Calif.) Centennial’s John Plattenburg.

After a strong showing at the SoCal NIKE Camp, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco’s Jaleel Wadood is back in Oakland in hopes of making The Opening. Wadood is one of the most versatile DBs in the state and can play corner or safety. He’ll work out with the corners on Sunday and should do very well.

Others we expect to shine include Fresno (Calif.) Central’s Devon Brewer, San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley’s Maurice McKnight, Oakland (Calif.) McClymond’s Lavon Washington and Gardena (Calif.) Serra’s Glen Ihenacho.

An underclassmen we’re very high on Culver City (Calif.) two-way standout Stanley Norman. Norman is a lock down corner, an elite receiver and easily among the top prospects in the loaded West Coast 2015 class.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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