Oregon NFTC: Top Offensive Performers

Cameron Scarlett

Here's our look at the top 10 overall performers on the offensive side of the ball at the Oakland NFTC...

QB Ross Bowers, Bothell (Wash.)
Bowers was solid all weekend at the Oakland Elite 11 Regional Tryout and then the Oakland NFTC. He returned to the Oregon NFTC intent on getting a spot into the Elite 11 Finals and The Opening and not only did he earn QB MVP honors, but he also punched his ticket to Beaverton. We've seen Bowers a ton since his sophomore season, in games, 7v7 tournaments and at camps, and his improvement has been one of the storylines of the spring in the region. While he may not be the high-profle QB recruit some of the other QBs headed to Beaverton are, his performance on Sunday coming on the heels of Oakland put him in rare company.

QB Ricky Town, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Town has been dealing with a minor knee injury for most of the spring, and is still only about 60% back, but he made the trip to Eugene for one final look from the Elite 11 staff. Town was moving decently despite wearing a knee brace on his plant leg and was solid and steady throughout the day. The USC commit looked at his best in the 1-on-1's, especially on the deep outs and his accuracy was on point all day. It was really his first time throwing in a couple of months, but he threw a nice ball throughout the day, especially considering he was shaking off some rust.

QB Brett Rypien, Spokane (Wash.) Shadle Park
The Boise State commit also had a good day and he too could have won MVP honors. He was sharper than he was in Oakland, threw with more velocity but also more touch when he needed to and his deep ball looked as good if not better than it did in Oakland.

RB Cameron Scarlett, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic
Scarlett had a very good day too and was in contention for MVP honors. He checked in at 6-1.5, 205, and said he's lost about 10 pounds because of track, but that he's working to get back to 210-215. Scarlett is a powerful back, but showed some grace, good footwork and ball-catching ability during the drills. Scarlett was one of the better pass-blocking running backs there too.

WR Austin Aaron, Napa (Calif.)
Aaron is a big, rangy target with better speed than given credit for, but impressive body control and ability to adjust to the ball. Like the other three, his hands are what make him such a reliable target, able to go up and get anything and using his size to body up the defender and out-muscle them for the ball. The California commit looks like he could grow into a Y or tight end in college, but he's got good enough speed that being split out wide is still very much a possibility.

WR Justice Murphy, Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen
Murphy had quite the weekend, earning MVP honors on Friday at the NW Elite Football Camp, and landing two more Pac-12 offers as a result, and continued his good play on Sunday. The thing that makes Murphy so effective is just how precise a route-runner he is. He's not ridiculously fast, but his plenty fast enough, still getting separation, but running the right routes and catching anything thrown to him. The Utah verbal has really upped his stock in the last couple of days.

OL Tristen Hoge, Pocatello (Idaho) Highland
Hoge, a Notre Dame commit, was certainly the top offensive line prospect in Eugene and he didn't disappoint. He did lose a rep in the 1-on-1's, but was solid throughout the day. He measured in at 6-5, 290, still looking much trimmer than the 290 he weighed in at. Hoge's first punch is very good and a couple times, knocked the defender off quickly when he was playing guard. He did some reps at center and some at guard and its easy to see why the Irish like him as a pure inside prospect, specifically at center.

OL Alex Neale, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic
Neale had quite a weekend, having also won OL MVP honors at the NWEFC on Friday before driving down to Eugene and making it a clean sweep. Neale was very good in the positional drills but was at his best in the 1-on-1's, constantly getting the best of the DLs he went up against. He plays nice and low, uses great hand placement and keeps his feet chopping then has a measure of nasty to go along with it. It's just a matter of time before Neale, a pure center, gets his first offer.

OL Kieffer Longson, San Ramon (Calif.) Dougherty
Longson was again probably the tallest lineman there, and was right after Neale and Hoge for top lineman. We saw Longson three weeks ago at the Oakland NFTC and he again had a good day, showing the same aggressiveness we saw in Oakland and the same athleticism he has, especially for his size.

OL Blake Brandel, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic
Brandel had some nice flashes, particularly in the 1on1s, but really shined in the footwork drills and individual positional drills. At 6-7, 260, Brandel is long and lean and really athletic but also technically sound, with good flexibility and footwork.

NOTE- Our list is based on who we felt had the best day and is not based on college recruiting potential. This list is also just for players in the rising 2015 class as we'll have a separate list for underclassmen later in the week.

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