Stanford Nike Camp Preview: Offense
Zach Kline
Zach Kline
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted May 14, 2011


Scout.com previews the top prospects to watch on offense at the Stanford Nike Camp....

Several of the West’s best will be in Palo Alto this weekend for the annual Stanford Nike Football Training Camp.

Scout.com will be on hand to check out the top prospects from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Here is a look at some of the players to watch on Sunday.

QUARTERBACKS

The quarterbacks got their first shot to shine on Friday at the Elite 11 Regional Camp, and a handful of them will be back for the NFTC on Sunday, including a trio of Scout 300 members: Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Zach Kline, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle's Bart Houston and Eagle (Idaho) passer Tanner Mangum.


Eagle (Idaho) quarterback Tanner Mangum
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In addition to the Scout 300 passers, there are a number of guys knocking on the door of the list, namely Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney's Jake Rodrigues, Fresno (Calif.) Central's Mike Baker, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Marc Evans and Bakersfield (Calif.) Ridgeview's Tyler Ferguson as well as Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral's Matt Morin, who was the MVP of the Los Angeles NFTC.

Other guys that have been flying under the radar this spring but are gearing up include Pittsburg (Calif.) Malik Watson, Arcadia (Calif.) passer Myles Carr, Granite Bay (Calif.) quarterback Brendan Keeney, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon's Jonathan Jerozal, Los Alamitos (Calif.) Dylan Lagarde, Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt's Aaron Crone, Hilmar (Calif.) Andrew Olson and Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista's Jeff Lockie.

There will be a number of 2013 prospects to keep an eye, including potentially the top underclass quarterback in the region, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline's Max Browne.  He'll be joined by Fresno (Calif.;) Central's Khari McGee, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian's Jihad Vercher and Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd's Dominic Miroglio.

RUNNING BACKS

It's not a great year for running backs in the West but there will be a couple of running backs to watch on Sunday.

The most notable is South Gate (Calif.) South East's Robert Lewis, a commit to SMU, who's getting a number of offers from Pac-12 programs.

Fontana (Calif.) Summit's Jamaal Williams got his first two offers last week, from San Diego State and Boise State and he'll be in attendance.

Other's to watch include Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Shaun Wick, Stevenson Ranch (Calif.) West Ranch's Jeffrey Coprich and 2013 prospect Anterio Bateman from Gardena (Calif.) Serra.

RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS


Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral receiver Davonte' Neal
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A good deal of Scout 300 prospects will be there at the receiver and tight end position, with Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice's Gabriel Marks (the 2010 WR MVP at the Los Angeles NFTC), Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral's Davonte' Neal, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union's Deontay Greenberry and the West's top tight end in Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney's Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick.

But the stars aren't the only one who're looking to make a statement on Sunday.

USC commit Jaydon Mickens from Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey, El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge's Dylan Collie are Richmond (Calif.) Kennedy's Kenny Walker some of the three-stars expected.

And sleepers like Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Justin Johnson, Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks' Michael Thomas, Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo's Laron Barnes and Fresno Central's Shakiem Barbel are some who'd like to catapult their name into the mix.

After Cope-Fitzpatrick, other tight ends like Fresno (Calif.) Bullard's Ian Taubler, Ventura (Calif.) tight end Nick Rudolph and Mesa (Ariz.) Red Mountain's Billy Freeman, will be in attendance.

OFFENSIVE LINE

It's an absolutely loaded class of offensive linemen in the region and several of the West's top prospects will be at Stanford to solidify their status.

The headliners include Scout Top 50 member Kyle Murphy from San Clemente (Calif.) and other Scout 300 members like Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon's Erik Magnuson, Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines' Cedrick Poutasi, Corvallis (Ore.) Isaac Seumalo and Richmond (Calif.) Salesian's Freddie Tagaloa.


San Jose (Calif.) Independence's Fernando Villanueva
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There are also a number of three-star offensive linemen who will be in attendance, including San Jose (Calif.) Independence's Fernando Villanueva, Fresno (Calif.) Bullard's Stephon McCray, last year's Stanford NFTC OL MVP, Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony's Matt Cochran, Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita's Nathan Dean, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial's David Keller and Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's David Barajas.

Other sleepers to watch include Oceanside (Calif.) Eduardo Middleton, Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley's Siosifa Malolo, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey's Justin Johnson and Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks's Danny Soltero.

One of the top underclass lineman prospects is Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West's David Keller, who will be there.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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