Los Angeles NFTC: Top Underclassmen

A pair of four-star quarterbacks led the wave of underclassmen at the Los Angeles NFTC...

QB Malik Henry, Westlake (Calif.)- 2016
Henry had the better day on Sunday and in fact, you can make an argument that he was easily among the top three quarterbacks of the day, regardless of class. He has all the tools you could want in a young quarterback including a smooth, effortless release, the arm strength to make every throw, an athletic frame, nice mobility in the pocket and a high football IQ.

QB K.J. Costello, Santa Margarita (Calif.)- 2016
Costello is a few inches taller than Henry and has a little more arm strength. He doesn't have the same mobility or feel for the position right now but has a ton of upside. Costello has always impressed with his ability to throw the deep ball but he shows good accuracy on the shorter and intermediate routes as well.

RB J.j. Taylor, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- 2016
On Sunday, Taylor took his skills to running back and flashed his incredible quickness and burst. He has great balance and change of direction and was an impossible cover in the one on one drills. He's undersized at about 5-6 but will be a big time playmaker for the next two seasons.  Taylor earned the RB MVP honors.

RB Sean McGrew, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- 2016
McGrew is probably not a whole lot taller than 5'7, but he's very quick. At his height, though, you'd have to think he'll be more of a situational player at the next level as a back or more likely a slot.

WR Trevon Sidney, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat
Sidney was the top underclassmen we saw in the group. Sidney is a natural athlete, very smooth and the game comes easy for him. He has an explosive burst, soft hands and will be a national recruit in two years, on both sides of the ball.

WR Brandon Burton, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- 2016
Burton is another underclassmen we liked on both sides of the ball. He prefers receiver and is very skilled with a strong body but he has a chance to be a very special player as a safety down the road as well.

DT Garrett Rand, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton- 2016
Rand was tough to block, using great strength and quickness and also playing low to make him difficult to contain.

DE Justin Holt, Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic- 2016
Holt did a great job in the positional drills, showing good feet and agility and does a good job of getting low and showing burst off the ball.

LB Lokeni Toailoa, Rialto (Calif.) Carter- 2016
Toailoa was exceptional in the pass-rushing drills, showing his quickness and first step that got him past the running back.  In the breakdown drills, did a good job of getting to the back quick and making the stop. 

DB Treyjohn Butler, Etiwanda (Calif.)- 2016
Butler was the top underclass DB we saw. Butler has everything you could want in a young corner including size, speed and ball skills. He was consistent in every part of the camp, worked hard and should be a national recruit in two years.

DB Traveon Beck, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- 2016
Beck is another bigtime underclass prospect for the Braves and showed great coverage skills and athleticism throughout the day.

DB Darnay Holmes, Newbury Park (Calif.)- 2017
Holmes had one of the fastest 40 times in the event, despite being one of the youngest participants.

Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman contributed to this report.

 

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