PALO ALTO, Calif.- Sunday’s Nike Football Training Camp on the campus of Stanford University featured many of the top prospects from the West for the Class of 2012 and a couple of 2013 standouts. This annual event is always talent-laden, but this year was particularly good as there were two five-stars and several Top247 prospects competing.
Max Browne will be one of the top quarterback prospects in the country for the Class of 2013.
Here’s a look at the 20 best from the event (alphabetical order).
Max Browne, QB, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline (Class of 2013)
Browne impressed at Friday’s Elite 11 workout and was even better on Sunday. He’s got great size at 6-foot-4 and throws an accurate ball. He also has good arm strength as most of his throws feature good velocity. Washington has issued an early offer, but don’t be surprised if the entire country is after him in the near future.
Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, TE, Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney
Cope-Fitzpatrick, the nation’s No. 7 tight end prospect, made some tough catches in drills and showed improved athleticism compared to last summer when we saw him. He’s got good hands, competes hard and is on his way to being an excellent college tight end. Cal, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State has offered Cope-Fitzpatrick.
Donte Deayon, CB, Fontana (Calif.) Summit
Folks that cover the West are familiar with Deayon, who has put on a clinic in these types of settings on more than one occasion. The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder battled all day against plenty of receivers that were bigger than him and won the defensive back MVP award from the NFTC coaching staff. Recently, Boise State issued Deayon his first offer. Don’t be surprised if there are more.
Deontay Greenberry, WR, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union
Four-star wide receiver Deontay Greenberry continues to show he can make tough catches in camp settings.
Greenberry put on a show the last time we saw him- at the Badger Elite 11 in Las Vegas- and continued to make his trademark difficult catches during this event. He dropped a few, too, and wasn’t as dominant as he was in Vegas, but he still was one of the top prospects in Palo Alto. Arizona State, California, Notre Dame, UCLA, UNLV, Washington and Washington State all have offered Greenberry. The Fighting Irish have been the team to beat.
Bart Houston, QB, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Houston, a Wisconsin commit, impressed on Friday and Sunday. He’s got excellent size and arm strength and was accurate for the most part this weekend. Houston’s footwork is solid and he will be a good fit for what the Badgers like to do on offense. You combine everything and the No. 6 pro-style quarterback prospect in the country is an appropriate ranking. Opinions across California and the country are definitely mixed on Houston, but we like him.
Johnny Johnson, CB, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial (Class of 2013)
Johnson is another defensive back that will straight-up battle. He’s not the tallest cornerback prospect out there, but he’s thick and has long arms, which come in handy when he’s trying to break up passes. He also showed Sunday he was fearless as he challenged any and all comers during the one-on-one drills. Johnson is definitely a player to watch for the next recruiting cycle.
Zach Kline, QB, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley
Kline, the quarterback MVP, was another that was impressive Friday and Sunday. He has such a big arm and great velocity on his throws, but the thing that stood out on Sunday was that he was also very accurate throwing all of the passes he needed to. His footwork is good, fundamentals are there- he’s a complete quarterback. But it’s his God-given ability to throw the football well that gives him a bright future. Kline is the nation’s No. 4 pro-style quarterback prospect.
Erik Magnuson, OT, Encitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon
BYU quarterback commit Tanner Mangum was solid both at the Nike Camp at the Elite 11 this weekend.
Magnuson has an excellent frame, good feet and plays with a nasty streak. He was dominant in one-on-ones and looked good athletically moving around in position drills. Combine what he showed Sunday with what he shows on film and there’s a good chance that Magnuson could move up our rankings when they are updated again. Currently, he’s the No. 13 offensive tackle prospect in the country. Arizona, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and others have offered the 6-foot-5, 275-pounder.
Tanner Mangum, QB, Eagle (Idaho)
It was another solid day for Mangum, who is committed to BYU. Arm strength is a question mark, but it’s not like he lollipops the ball in there and he’s got great accuracy. Just like he did on Friday night at the Elite 11, he showed that he’s a great fit for the Cougars and what they like to do on offense.
Dwight Melvin, DT, Laveen (Ariz.) Fairfax
It’s surprising given the lack of defensive tackle prospects across the country that Melvin doesn’t have a single scholarship offer to his credit. After watching him show excellent quickness and strength and use his hands well in one-on-one drills, we think that will change soon. Melvin won the defensive line MVP from the NFTC coaching staff.
Jaydon Mickens, WR, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Mickens isn’t very big at all. In fact, he’s on the smallish side. But, when you see him run, cut and catch, it’s evident why he’s a four-star rated prospect and committed to USC. He’s a crisp route runner that can be electric with the ball in his hands and he showed that during receiver drills and one-on-ones.
Kyle Murphy, OT, San Clemente (Calif.)
Five-star offensive tackle Kyle Murphy was impressive during Sunday's Nike Camp.
There is little doubt that Murphy, currently the nation’s No. 9 overall prospect, is one of the top prospects in the country after watching him in person Sunday. He’s got a great frame, elite feet and elite flexibility. The coaches were heaping praise on him for his ability to pass protect and move his feet during one-on-one drills, where he was dominant. Murphy has a double-digit offer count from all over the country and recently said that Oregon, USC and Stanford stood out the most.
L.J. Moore, CB, Fresno (Calif.) Central (Class of 2013)
Moore is a taller cornerback prospect that impressed during position drills with his ability to change directions and cut. He also had some very nice moments in coverage during one-on-ones. Expect colleges to take a close look at Moore in the next recruiting cycle.
Davonte Neal, WR, Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Chaparral
Neal was the best wide receiver during one-on-ones and is hard to cover because of his shiftiness and speed. He also has hands and is a polished route runner. It was an interesting performance for Neal, the wide receiver MVP, because he worked out at cornerback at the Los Angeles Nike Camp and shined at that position as well. Neal has nearly 30 scholarship offers to his credit.
Marcus Rios, CB, Elk Grove (Calif.) Consumnes Oaks
The first thing that stands out about Rios, a Boise State commit, are his feet. He has excellent feet. Rios also can change directions well and showed good recovery speed during the one-on-one portion of the event. One slight criticism- he may want to watch holding and pass interference as he would have been flagged one multiple pass break-ups if it were real football. Still, he is an extremely impressive prospect. He currently is a four-star.
Isaac Seumalo, OL/DL, Corvallis (Ore.)
Notre Dame commit Tee Shepard worked out at receiver during the camp, but still showed he was an elite athlete and playmaker.
Seumalo is known more for his defensive ability, but worked out on offense in this camp and won the MVP award from the coaches over the likes of Magnuson, Murphy and others. He’s extremely quick for his size, uses his hands well and has good flexibility. Don’t rule out him playing defensive tackle in college as his skill set lends itself to that position and it’s hard to find guys that are that size with that type of athleticism. His father coaches at Oregon State and his fundamentals are typical of the son of a coach. Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Boise State and a host of others have offered him.
Tee Shepard, CB, Fresno (Calif.) Central East
Shepard worked out at wide receiver during the event, but put on a great display of top-end athleticism for the entire event. He looked great in warm-ups, position drills, one-on-ones, you name it. Notre Dame is getting a stud in Shepard and No. 145 overall in the country, while a lofty position, may be too low after watching what he could do athletically on Sunday.
Scott Starr, LB, Norco (Calif.)
Starr, the nation’s No. 5 inside linebacker prospect, was the star of the linebacker group. He’s obviously going to be a player that shines more on film when wearing pads, but he showed good lateral movement, quick hands/reflexes and toughness during Sunday’s event. Offers are starting to roll in now. Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA and Washington have all stepped in. He wants to go to USC and would likely jump on a Trojans offer, but they haven’t pulled the trigger on the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder yet.
Shaq Thompson, ATH, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
Thompson, a five-star prospect, looks great physically. He’s got size, he can run, he can turn and run, change directions, you name it. The thing that’s going to be interesting with him is finding a position. Is he a safety or is he almost too big to play back there? He’s a great high school running back, but doesn’t project there at this point. Regardless, he’s an elite athlete and one of the best overall prospects in the country. He was committed to Cal and the Golden Bears still have the inside track to land him. Thompson did not take many reps in one-on-ones, but when we saw him, it was evident he had good ball skills and instincts as a defensive back.
Cleveland Wallace, CB, San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove
Wallace, who is committed to Oregon State, is a taller, rangy cornerback who looked very good in position drills and also had his moments during the one-on-ones. Wallace has the hips to play corner, but also could be a good free safety.
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