Oregon NFTC: Offensive Preview

Cameron Scarlett

A new UCLA running back target leads the offensive prospects at the Oregon NFTC...

Several of the West's best prospects will be in Eugene on Sunday for the Oregon Nike Football Training Camp at the University of Oregon.

Scout.com will be on hand to check out the top prospects from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington in the final NFTC stop before The Opening returns to Oregon next month.

Here is a look at some of the defensive players to watch on Sunday, which includes a number of 2015 Scout 300 prospects, including the region's top offensive lineman, one of the top quarterbacks in the country and one of the top running backs in the West.

QUARTERBACKS

Two of the top ten quarterbacks in the country will be on hand, both trying to make one last impression to earn a spot in the Elite 11 Finals.

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure five-star Ricky Town, a USC commit, will be in Eugene to throw and bounce back from a so-so performance at the Los Angeles NFTC.

Spokane (Wash.) Shadle Park's Brett Rypien, a commit to Boise State, will also make one last pitch for an invitation of his own after a steady showing at the Oakland Elite 11 Regional.

Bothell (Wash.) three-star Ross Bowers was a strong performer at the same Oakland Elite 11, making it to the pressure cooker and he's also looking to make an impression and get an invitation.

Portland (Ore.) Roosevelt quarterback Kimane Domena is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the Northwest and had a good showing a year ago in Eugene.

Other prospects to watch include Camas (Wash.) Union's Nolan Henry and Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si's Jonathan Hillel.

One of the premier 2016 quarterbacks in the West, Santa Margarita (Calif.) passer K.J. Costello will be in Eugene.

Other underclassmen to watch include Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic's Harley Kirsch (2016), Havre (Mont.) 2016 passer Dane Warp, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills' Dakota Miller (2016) and Connor Neville from Wilsonville (Ore.), who was the top 2017 passer we saw at the Oakland Elite 11.

RUNNING BACKS

The Northwest's top running back and the No. 1 prospect in the state of Oregon, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic's Cameron Scarlett leads the running back contingent. Scarlett had a terrific showing a year ago as a sophomore and he's hoping to keep the state of Oregon's streak of putting someone in The Opening intact.

Another in-state back expected is Chase Morrison from Portland (Ore.) Jesuit, who like Scarlett, split carries with a Pac-12 bound back as a junior but will be the primary ball-carrier as seniors this fall.

A couple of Evergreen State backs coming down include Jack Bamis from Spokane (Wash.) Gonzaga Prep and and Sam McPherson from Bothell (Wash.).

Redding (Calif.) Enterprise back Isaiah Matthews, who's got a number of offers, will be coming up from the Golden State.

Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic four-star Brandon Wellington, a 2016 prospect who's also an elite safety prospect, heads the underclass list.

Other underclassmen to watch include Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen's Rey Green and C.J. Sanders from Aurora (Colo.) Gateway.

RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

The receiver group will be led by a couple of Pac-12 commits.

New Utah verbal Justice Murphy, from Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen, was an all-underclass pick a year ago in Eugene and he looks to earn all-camp honors this time around.

Napa (Calif.) receiver Austin Aaron was one of the better receivers we saw in January at the Los Angeles Elite 11 and he'll also be on hand.

Other receivers to watch include Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen's Kobey Eaton, San Jose (Calif.) Lincoln's Jacob Hoekstra, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline's Elijah Nichols, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea's J.C. Heckman and Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou's Kanawai Noa.

Two four-stars in the 2016 class will be there in La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis' Dylan Crawford and La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat's Trevon Sidney.

Other underclassmen to watch include Wenatchee (Wash.) 2016 receiver Christian Brandt-Sims and Kyle Olson-Urbon from Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninsula.

The tight end group is led by Jesse Sims from Stevensville (Mont.), who has a number of offers and Jacob Moen from Gilroy (Calif.) Christopher, who also has a handful of offers.

Other tight ends to watch include Seattle (Wash.) Lakeside's Erik Rottsolk and Corvallis (Ore.) Crescent Valley's Court Hammond.

OFFENSIVE LINE

A year ago, we saw Pocatello (Idaho) Highland offensive lineman Tristen Hoge for the first time in Eugene.

The Notre Dame verbal, who's the top offensive lineman in the West and the No. 2 offensive guard in the country, will try to get one of the last spots open for The Opening.

In fact, the offensive line is loaded with interior lineman from the Northwest, with Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic's Alex Neale and Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic's T.J. Salu two of the bigger names.

A number of other top linemen from Oregon will be on hand, including Riley Gallant and Blake Brandel from Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic as well as Portland (Ore.) Jesuit's Nick Miller.

Draper (Utah) Corner Canyon's Branden Bowen is making the trip from Utah and Paul Finau, a 2016 prospect from Kirkland (Ore.) Juanita will also be coming down and Baldwin (Hawaii) lineman Miki Fifita is making the trip over.

Other linemen to watch include Santa Clara (Calif.) Wilcox's Jonathan Herrera Gaoteote and Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro's Zach Hickman.

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