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Best of Eugene NFTC

EUGENE, Ore.- A dominant showing by Top247 defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, general quality on both lines of scrimmage and some surprising rising sophomores highlighted Sunday’s Eugene Nike Football Training Camp at the University of Oregon.

Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes was dominant at Sunday's Eugene Nike Football Training Camp.

It was the final NFTC of the 2012 cycle and was one of the best on record from a talent standpoint, fueled by a slew of centralized locations and prospects hoping to earn a spot in “The Opening”, the nation’s premier all-star summer camp, which will be held July 5-8 on the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Ore.

With his performance, Vanderdoes earned an invite to The Opening and was also the defensive line MVP and leads our top 10 performers, which is based on both camp performance and college prospect projection.

1-Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Auburn (Calif.) Placer

Vanderdoes, who is now a stout 309 pounds, displayed elite quickness, particularly during one-on-ones where he was rarely challenged. He has added size, recently weighing in at 309 pounds, and does not appear to have lost a step at all. Vanderdoes will be moving up in short order in the 247Sports prospect rankings and could very well be a five-star candidate. LSU, Oregon and USC appear to be in the best shape, but the plan is for Vanderdoes to make multiple official visits.

2- Jordan Hoiem, OLB/DE, Wailuku (Hawaii) Baldwin (Class of 2014)

The 6-foot-4.5, 208-pound Hoiem is a big-time athlete that shined at linebacker on Sunday in terms of size/athleticism combination. One of the things you always look for when evaluating linebackers in this setting is lateral ability and Hoiem displayed excellence in this category during position and one-on-one drills. Because he’s already so big, combined with the fact that he’s got two more years of high school football, he could very well grow into a defensive end long-term. Hawaii has already offered the Maui standout and we expect more in short order. Look for him to debut with a four-star rating on 247Sports in the near future.

3-Johnny Ragin, LB, Wilsonville (Ore.)

When we saw Ragin at a 7-on-7 event in March in Las Vegas, he was excellent athletically, but tough to project. After some debate, we settled on fullback where he’s the nation’s third-ranked prospect at that spot. After watching him work out at linebacker on Sunday in Eugene, that’s probably going to change as he looked like a natural, moving fluidly in the drills and showing off excellent pass coverage skills. We think outside linebacker or even strong safety could be in his future. Ragin is getting interest from a number of schools and plans to camp at Oregon in the near future. He is a no-brainer for several Pac-12 programs once they figure out where to use him best. He also measured 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and ran a 4.28-second shuttle at the Portland Nike SPARQ Combine.

4- Danny Mattingly, LB/TE, Spokane (Wash.) Mead

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Mattingly worked out at linebacker on Sunday (247Sports has him rated as the No. 5 prospect nationally at outside linebacker) and showed he can move around laterally well enough to play that spot at the next level. We also feel after watching him workout that he may have the highest long-term upside at tight end, where a number of programs are recruiting him. Alabama recently offered. Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Oregon are the three schools that appear to be in the best shape currently.

5- Zayd Issah, ATH, Harrisburg (Pa.) Central Dauphin

Issah is a versatile and valuable player for his high school team, primarily starring as a running back. On Sunday, he worked out at receiver and was one of the standouts at that position, using his size and athleticism to win his share of reps during one-on-ones. We don’t think it’s out of the question that he could play receiver in college, but believe that strong safety or outside linebacker may be where his highest ceiling is. A slew of programs, including Penn State, Pittsburgh Iowa, Virginia, Maryland, Arizona State, Connecticut and Rutgers have offered Issah, the current No. 14 overall prospect in Pennsylvania.

6- Evan Voeller, OT, West Linn (Ore.)

Voeller, who is committed to Oregon, enjoyed an impressive showing on Sunday. The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder has good feet and body quickness and outside of being beaten by Vanderdoes, more than held his own in one-on-one drills. Just like most young offensive linemen, he will need time to develop, but has the tools. He reminds us of another Class of 2013 offensive tackle prospect- Alan Knott of Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek, who committed to South Carolina on Sunday.

7- Benning Potoae, DE, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes (Class of 2015)

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Potoae is going to obviously need to fill out during the next three years of high school football, but his baseline athleticism,a very quick first step and active hands impressed during one-on-one drills on Sunday. Moving forward, we expect him to hold a slew of scholarship offers provided he continues to develop.

8- Kaleb McGarry, OT, Vancouver (Wash.) Battle Ground (Class of 2014)

Size and upside are the two things that stand out the most about the 6-foot-7, 270-pound McGarry, who recently picked up his first scholarship offer from Oregon State after camping with the Beavers a week ago. McGarry, who also is a standout on the basketball court, has excellent feet and is stronger than you would expect. Boise State, Washington, Oregon and a number of other programs are showing interest. Look for him to debut in the 247Sports prospect rankings for the 2014 class in the very near future.

9- Chico McClatcher, RB, Federal Way (Wash.) (Class of 2015)

McClatcher, who posted a laser-timed 4.47-second 40-yard dash at the Portland SPARQ Combine on Saturday, impressed greatly in this setting, using his speed and dynamic cutting ability to make life difficult on opposing linebackers during one-on-one drills. McClatcher already has an outstanding reputation in the Seattle area as he starred on the field as a sophomore. Colleges should begin to take notice soon.

10- Skyler Phillips, OG, Eugene (Ore.) Churchill

The 6-foot-3, 338-pound Phillips was one of the stories of the day. He had one of the few respectable reps against Vanderdoes and was generally impressive in both drills and one-on-ones. For his efforts, he was named the Offensive Line MVP by the NFTC coaching staff. There isn’t a ton going on right now with regards to his recruitment, but we expect that to change as he camps a few more places this summer. He displayed outstanding strength during Saturday’s SPARQ Combine in Portland with a 44-foot power ball toss.


The following prospects were selected as position MVPs by the Nike Football Training Camp coaching staff. Nearly all of the coaches at the NFTCs played or coached at the college level or above.

Quarterback- Kelly Hilinski, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Running Back- Asan Neil-Evergin, Lacy (Wash.) Timberline
Wide Receiver/Tight End- Raymond Hudson, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
Offensive Line- Skyler Phillips
Defensive Line- Eddie Vanderdoes
Defensive Back- Trayvon Henderson, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
Linebacker- Johnny Ragin

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