TEMPE, Ariz.- Several promising prospects were on hand during the weekend for the Football University Phoenix Camp this past weekend at Tempe High, including Top247 quarterback Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), who earned an invitation to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Kyle Allen, the No. 5 pro-style quarterback prospect in the recruiting industry-generated 247Composite rankings, was outstanding during the weekend at the FBU Phoenix Camp and earned an invite to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder was the top 2014 prospect at the event, displaying the quick release and live arm that has made him the No. 5 pro-style quarterback prospect in the 2014 class according to the recruiting industry-generated 247Composite.
Allen was excited about the invite.
“It’s obviously an amazing honor not only to be invited to the game, but to represent the United States Army and to be a part of that,” Allen said. “It’s just an unreal opportunity. I am so excited to play.”
Allen holds scholarship offers from a host of programs, including Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, UCLA West Virginia, Wisconsin and Ole Miss, among others.
This was the second weekend in a row Allen has shined in a camp setting. He was one of the more impressive prospects at the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp last week.
-Class of 2015 offensive tackle Tristen Hoge (Pocatello, Idaho/Highland) was named the Offensive MVP of the camp and may have the most long-term upside of any prospect in attendance. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder has excellent flexibility and body quickness for a prospect his age and size and has a chance to develop into one of the most heavily-recruited tackle prospects in the forthcoming 2015 cycle. Boise State and BYU have issued early scholarship offers and it is suspected that there will be dozens more moving forward.
-Class of 2014 cornerback Wesley Sutton (Chandler, Ariz.) had an excellent weekend, proving to be an athletic competitor with good feet and hips. He captured the Defensive MVP award and had the eye of the FBU coaching staff the entire weekend. Sutton has interest from Arizona and attended junior day in Tucson on Feb. 2.
Class of 2015 offensive tackle Tristan Hoge hails from Pocatello, Idaho and could be one of the most coveted prospects ever to come out of that state.
-Sutton’s teammate, Class of 2014 defensive back Shawn Franklin, continues to impress in camp settings (he performed well at the NLA 7-on-7 in Las Vegas earlier this month) and could end up working his way into offers this coming summer with good camp showings on college campuses. The 6-foot Franklin may project better as a safety than cornerback long term. He has excellent range and a nose for the football. Arizona and Arizona State are showing interest.
-Class of 2015 receiver Christian Kirk continued to show why he’s going to be one of the most heavily-recruited prospects in the West for the next cycle. The thickly-built 5-foot-10, 190-pounder displayed excellent quickness, acceleration and hands while working out at the event and just as he did last week in Los Angeles and Las Vegas the previous weekend, showed a knack for being able to break open on the deep pass and burn secondaries. Kirk is approaching the double-digit offer mark and that should expand moving forward. Given his versatility (he also can make plays taking hand offs from scrimmage), style of play on offense for both programs and locale, he’s a huge target for Arizona and Arizona State in the 2015 cycle. Both have already offered.
-Class of 2015 quarterback James Morgan (Green Bay, Wisc./Ashwaubenon) was one of the top storylines at the event. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder caught the attention of many of the observers of the camp during drills by showing off a quick release and advanced arm strength and football I.Q. for someone his age. Then, after reviewing his film, he checked out not only from a passing standpoint, but also from the perspective of being a great athlete (he’s also a varsity basketball player). Green Bay is a city that is known for football for sure, but there hasn’t been a long line of college prospects to come out of the high school ranks there. Morgan definitely is one and should have several FBS offers by the time the summer is over, provided he camps at multiple schools. One program to watch early is Notre Dame. His father was a walk-on for the Irish early in his career before transferring to a smaller school.
-Another Class of 2015 quarterback Sean Brophy (Paradise Valley, Ariz./Chaparral) impressed during drills and one-on-one/7-on-7 work. Brophy has a quick release, good arm strength and size (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) and after starting several games for Chaparral last year, he will have a chance to improve his stock as the full-time starter this coming season. North Carolina State is one of the schools showing early interest. In fact, Brophy said the Wolfpack is showing the most right now.
-Class of 2014 athlete Matt Rodriguez (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial) was very solid all around during the event, showing a good ability to catch the ball in passing drills and displaying solid athleticism in the others. Rodriguez could be a running back or wide out if the three-star plays offense at the collegiate level, but he may have a higher upside at safety or even outside linebacker. The FBU coaching staff mentioned him several times when speaking about top prospects in attendance.
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Class of 2015 safety prospect Ronald Foster (Goodyear, Ariz./Desert Edge) has good size at 6-foot, 170 pounds and with development could emerge as a Division I prospect. ...Class of 2015 quarterback prospect Steven Montez (El Paso, Texas/Del Valle) has excellent height and is an accurate passer. He threw for nearly 2,000 yards as a sophomore and could emerge with a strong summer camp showing. ...Class of 2016 quarterback/athlete Alex Hunter (Peoria, Ariz./Liberty) already has excellent size (6-foot-1.5, 198 pounds) and started at receiver for his high school team last season. He will switch to quarterback this year and during passing drills showed off a live arm and good footwork for a prospect his age. Hunter also plays varsity basketball and competes in track and field at the varsity level. He's one to watch moving forward and already projects at the Division I level at some position.