OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland Nike Football Training Camp on Sunday was too talented to produce merely one top performers list. At least three are necessary to document the depth of talent on hand. Wednesday we will take a look at the top defensive rising seniors in attendance and Thursday will belong to the top underclassmen on either side of the ball.
Keller Chryst looked like a different quarterback between Friday and Sunday.
Today, we take a look at the top rising seniors on the offensive side of the ball led by a talented group of quarterbacks.
1. KJ Carta-Samuels, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep – Much has been made of Carta-Samuels hailing from a wing-T offense but you’d never tell based on Sunday’s performance. The Vandy commit earned an invite to the Elite 11 finals and The Opening by making a number of spectacular throws whether it was on a well-defended corner route, a deep comeback or a deep dig, Carta-Samuels set the bar on Sunday at the quarterback position.
2. Keller Chryst, Palo Alto (Calif.) High School – Friday’s Elite 11 wasn’t one of Chryst’s better days but the big strong-armed passer came out with a vengeance on Sunday and looked like a totally different man. Following the event, quarterback coach and current NFL free agent Jordan Palmer remarked that Chryst took to coaching extremely quickly showing that he has a knack for the mental side of the game. On the physical side of things, there wasn’t a quarterback that threw a better deep ball consistently on Friday than Chryst.
3. Morgan Mahalak, Greenbrae (Calif.) Marin Catholic – Mahalak had an all around strong weekend, showing that he’s got the ability to be another extremely effective Oregon quarterback under Mark Helfrich. In Mahalak, you get a kid with great feet, a clean delivery and an accurate ball inside and outside of the pocket.
1. Joe Mixon, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom – Mixon stands at a lean, muscular 6-foot-2. He’s long for a running back but he displayed everything you want out of a back on Sunday. In pass protection, Mixon showed great feet and toughness. During open-field drills, he had one of the most impressive moves of the day making two four-star linebackers miss on his way to a score. During the pass-game portion of the afternoon, Mixon showed wide receiver-level skill and has total comfort catching the ball downfield.
2. Nick Gibson, Corona (Calif.) High School – Despite Mixon’s strong performance, Nick Gibson took home the running back MVP award and it was well earned. The 5-8.5, 190-pounder runs with good leverage and has good burst in his legs. Though he’s under 5-9, he lean and physicality present him as a true every down back and as he waits on his first offer, he could be a steal of a southern California talent.
Michiah Quick lived up to his name on Sunday.
3. Jomon Dotson, American Canyon (Calif.) High School – Dotson is a skinny, wiry back that needs to add some bulk to carry a full load on the next level but his athleticism is there in a big way. Dotson ran an impressive 4.56 in the 40-yard dash but even more impressive than that was his 38-inch vertical.
1. Michiah Quick, Fresno (Calif.) Central East – At prospect camps around the nation, cornerbacks seem insistent on playing press coverage every snap. That plays right into Quick’s hands. Quickness is his strength and good luck trying to limit his release at the line of scrimmage. Quick is as good as any prospect in the country at making plays after the catch and creating separation and he showed off those talents in a big way on Sunday.
2. Jalen Harvey, El Cerrito (Calif.) High School – Harvey isn’t an elite athlete at the wide receiver position but he has feet and hands that are without peer. He had the catch of the day on Sunday and one of the catches of the year when he failed to get great separation on a defensive back on a vertical route, only to stab the football with one hand over the back of the cornerbacks head and turn upfield. It was a perfect illustration of what makes Harvey so unique. When your as physical as he is with those ball skills and the feet to get open, straight line speed suddenly doesn’t mean too much.
3. Justin Holmes, Roseville (Calif.) Oakmont – Holmes was clearly out to prove something on Sunday. Holding only an offer from Sacramento State, the big 6-3 wideout took rep after rep and created obvious mismatches with defenders who couldn’t handle his size. Holmes isn’t a precise route-runner but he does have good special awareness and body control making his frame tough to defend.
4. Erik Brown, Fontana (Calif.) Summit – It wasn’t Brown’s best day but it was still good enough to separate him from the pack. Brown is a rangy wide receiver that shows extremely natural ball skills and fluid ability to get up field and change directions.
1. Dalton Schultz, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham – Schultz earned an invite to The Opening with his performance on Sunday and he did it by quietly being the toughest tight end matchup at the event. Schultz is deceptively athletic, can get up the field and work the middle quickly and then turns up the field with athleticism with the ball in his hands.
2. Drew Sample, Newport (Wash.) High School – Sample may have been the best athlete at the tight end position in attendance. At 6-4, 234 pounds, Sample ran an impressive 4.83 40 on the laser and also showed power with a 40-foot powerball toss – good for placing him in the 99th percentile nationally. With that kind of frame and natural strength and athleticism, Sample has a very high ceiling.
1. Kenyon Frison, Salt Lake City (Utah) Granger – Physically, there wasn’t a better looking prospect at the event on Sunday than Frison who is committed to Utah. His potential is enormous as he has long arms on a powerful 6-5.5 frame. Though he didn’t win the MVP award, his movement skills combined with his frame make Frison the most likely future NFL player out of the offensive line group.
2. Kammy Delp, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch – Delp earned offensive line MVP on Sunday. He lined up at offensive guard throughout the event and was able to anchor against bull rushes and used powerful hands to withstand active interior defenders. He’s got very good feet at 300-plus pounds and looks like a multi-year starter in the Pac-12.
3. Andrew Mike, Tuscon (Ariz.) Sabino – Mike has a terrific frame though right now he still has a lot of weight and strength he needs to add. That should come on the college level. More importantly, Mike showed good feet and reactive quickness on Sunday. As he matures into his frame physically, Mike showed that he’s got the athletic toolset to make him a very high reward type of talent.
4. Kolton Miller, Roseville (Calif.) High School – Standing in the registration line, there wasn’t a more impressive prospect than Miller. He looked all of 6-7 with extremely long arms and an athletic well-proportioned frame. Unfortunately Miller sustained an injury before he was able to compete in the one-on-ones but during testing and agility drills he looked extremely athletic and he could be the sleeper prospect of the west coast.