One of the biggest sleeper running backs out West this year is Riverside (Calif.) J.W North's Josh…
The Beyond 2000 Elite Football Camp
THE OFFENSE The one marquee quarterback who stood out and showed he deserves to get some Div I recognition was San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine's Darrin Bragg. Bragg, 6-1, 200 pounds has a live arm and is very athletic. At the NorCal Nike Camp, he clocked a 4.62 in the 40, 4.00 in the shuttle, jumped 33 inches in the vertical and did 12 reps on the bench. "He made some unbelievable throws all week," Allen. "He has a very live arm and was putting the ball right where it needed to be. He not only throws with zip but has nice touch. I think he definitely has enough size to play in college with that arm and he's a great kid." A strong running back group was led by Terrell Jackson from Corona (Calif.) Centennial, sleeper Terrence King out of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and Sylmar's (Calif.) Ryan Carew. "Jackson is definitely the real deal," Bell said. "He was one of the fastest kids at the camp and even though he has small hands, caught just about every ball thrown at him. He was the top guy in every drill and did live up to the hype. The biggest surprise was King. He was right there with Jackson in all the drills and really impressed me. "Carew got our award as the Most Versatile Player of the camp and had a strong showing. Not only did he look great running the ball but showed some great cover skills when we moved him over to cornerback. I think he has a future on either side of the ball." King backed up UCLA bound running back Derrick Williams last season but should have a huge senior year in the fall. Other running backs who stood out included Byron Ellis from Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice and Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Ryan Kelley. At the wide receiver position, Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) Santa Fe's Nathan Kimbrough put on an absolute show walking away with Camp MVP honors. "Nathan was unreal," Allen said. "He along with Corion Cooper had themselves one heck of a camp. Both those two players catch everything, have good speed and aren't afraid to go over the middle. In the all-star game that took place the last day, Cooper was the man and was impossible for any of the defensive backs to check." Kimbrough would commit to Arizona State just a few days following the camp and was already wearing his Sun Devil gear all week long. Cooper, 5-11, 179 pounds from Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista is an intriguing player who we also liked at the SoCal Nike Camp. He committed to Arizona shortly after the camp and should have a breakout season season. "A sleeper receiver we liked a lot was Uche Anyanwa, 6-2, 180 pounds from Encino (Calif.) Crespi," Bell said. "He has really good speed and although he dropped a few balls, has a lot of upside. He's tall and lanky and is tough to match-up with. "I also liked Alex Morfin from Hueneme High School. Alex came to the camp very raw, but his size (6-0) speed (4.5-4.6) and overall athletic ability make you have to notice him. By the time he left the camp, he looked like he was ready and more comfortable at the position. He still made little errors, but overall he showed me that he is capable of having a good senior season." A rising junior to watch and arguably the top underclassman at the camp was Gardner McKay, 5-11, 160 pounds from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw. McKay shined at both receiver and defensive back and should be one of the state's top prospects a year from now. THE DEFENSE Speaking of defensive backs, there were several that stood out including a couple of players who we projected but more as linebackers but shined at safety. "Bryan Payton was hands down the top cover corner of the camp," Allen said. "It's tough for me to imagine a better corner in the state. He's 6-1, can run and is very physical. He can play bump and run and jam a receiver at the line and just plain cover him. He's a natural and has a serious mean streak. "Another player I love is Chris Meadows from Redondo Union (Calif.). Chris will have a little stigma against him because he's a white corner but he can play. He has as much swagger as anyone and was probably the most polished corner we had. He runs well and is a very aggressive player. I'm really going to push him hard to colleges because I think he deserves it and has the talent to play at that level." Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure athlete Terrail Lambert has only played linebacker in high school and has a few growing pains trying to learn the cornerback position. "There's no doubt he's going to be good down the line," Bell said. "The problem for Terrail is he has never been trained as a corner so he has some work to do. He has good speed but is still raw as you would expect. He's eager to learn and got better every day. I wish he would have a chance to play corner next year but he told me he'll still play linebacker which I think could hurt his growth a little." Two surprises at the safety position were linebacker Isaiah Cook from Claremont (Calif.) and athlete Sekeli Faaeteete out of San Leandro (Calif.). "I know it's going to shock some people but Cook looked great at safety," Bell said. "I think that's where he should play in college. He has the size of a safety at 6-1, 180 pounds, runs well enough to play there and showed really good range and instincts in coverage. Sekeli looked really good too. He's just a great athlete. I know he also plays fullback and could play linebacker but when we asked him if he wanted to play both ways, he said he only wanted to play defense and stayed at safety the whole camp." A pair of sleeper defensive backs who emerged in the eyes of Bell were James Cannon from Richmond (Calif.) El Cerrito and J.T Rogan from San Diego (Calif.) Coronado. "Cannon is about 5-11 and can play both corner and safety," Bell said. "He can run and has a great knack for getting his hands on the ball. I told him if he played well in the A-Game, (the media day event) that he was a shoe in to win the Defensive MVP award but he came up just short. This kid has good hips, can run and is very confident in his ability. "Rogan is a great story. Everyone was calling him 'Doogie' after Doogie Hauser and he looked like he really didn't belong. I was even questioning why this kid was here. Then after the first day of practice, we watched about ten highlite tapes including guys like Faaeteete, Meadows and Cook and J.T had hands down the best tape of the group. So I start watching him closer and sure enough, he's one of the best football players of the camp. He made play after play in both one on one drills and 7 on 7 and is very smart on the field." Woodlands Hills (Calif.) Taft linebacker David Addario, 5-11, 205 pounds came home with the Def. MVP honors and had a very solid camp according to Allen. "He's not real big, but moves well, has good instincts and is always around the ball," Allen said. "He was always the spiritual leader of the defense and got everyone else going." Addario had a solid showing at the NorCal Nike Camp where he clocked a 4.66 in the 40, jumped 28 inches in the vertical and did 23 reps on the bench. Two other linebackers who emerged were Costa Mesa's (Calif.) Junior Epenesa and Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian Mark Cordell.
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