Oakland NIKE Camp MVPs
John Plattenburg
John Plattenburg

Posted May 20, 2013


The NorCal NIKE Camp in Oakland, California, was as loaded as expected with high-level talent at each position. It wasn’t just that the elite players stood out as several under-the-radar type prospects took home MVP honors at their respective positions...

Here’s a look at who earned MVP at each position as selected by the NIKE Camp coaching staff. MVPs are based solely on camp performance and not recruiting potential.

Quarterback:

K.J. Carta-Samuels, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine- By his own admission, Carta-Samuels might have actually had a better day on Friday at the Elite 11 Regional Camp. He was still very impressive Sunday showing off his cannon for an arm and he can really spin the football. He may have been more accurate on some of the deep balls Friday but he still made several big-time throws down the field and the Vanderbilt commit has a very big upside to him.

Running Back:

Nick Gibson, Corona (Calif.)- Gibson was one of the biggest surprises of the camp in landing MVP honors. Gibson is a stocky, rocked-out 5-9, 185-pound back with great quickness. He excelled in every drill in the camp, embarrassing linebackers with his ability to change direction, and can stop and start on a dime. He caught the ball very well out of the backfield, has great moves in the open field and definitely looks like a legitimate D-1 prospect.

Wide Receiver:

Justin Holmes, Oakmont (Calif.)- Every time we see Holmes, he looks a little better. He has a strong frame, good straight-line speed and catches the ball very well. Holmes has worked hard on his route running and is much smoother and was able to get open at will. He does a nice job adjusting to the ball in the air and is one of the most under-recruited players in the West.

Offensive Lineman:

Kammy Delp, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch- Delp earned an invite to The Opening with a strong effort Sunday. He worked out at guard and was tough, physical and nasty. He plays with an edge and has a bigger frame that we anticipated. Delp is also a talented defensive tackle but took all his reps on the offensive line and that’s probably where he has the most upside.

Defensive Lineman:

Mori Savini, Sandy (Utah) Jordan- Savini is an undersized defensive tackle who did well at the SoCal NIKE Camp and showed even better in Oakland. He’s very tough to block because he’s so quick off the ball, is very strong and will always win the leverage battle. He showed multiple pass rush moves and didn’t have to rely on trying to just bull rush an opposing guard like the majority of the tackles.

Linebacker:

Joey Alfieri, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit- The ‘backer coaches couldn’t stop gushing about Alfieri, who put on a clinic. He has a great frame, moves very well and made a ton of plays. He competes very hard, understands how to finish off a play and is a natural leader.

Defensive Back:

John Plattenburg, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- The DB position was easily the most loaded in the camp but there was no doubt who the top corner was. Plattenberg put on a show and has every tool you’re looking for in a college corner. He has a solid frame, long arms and very quick feet. He showed great quickness breaking on the ball, is a tough, physical player and has excellent ball skills as well. He didn’t get the invite for The Opening yet but don’t be surprised if it happens soon.

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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