Photo by: National Underclassmen Football Combine
Norman, Oklahoma- Nearly
400 athletes were on hand on the picturesque campus of Oklahoma University for
the second session of the NUC Top Performers camp. These gridiron warriors
battled unbearable temperatures for over six hours to show off their football
skills. They had the opportunity to show off their football skills during
agilities, individual position work, one-on-ones, and in a 7-on-7 instructional
camp. Below are the young prospects that caught the watchful eye of, NUC
National Analyst, Barry Every. These prospects demonstrated the skill and
possessed the size potential to play football at the next level.
Jonathan Alvarez, OL, 6-2, 273, Mesquite Horn, TX (2014)
offensive lineman has superior body structure for a potential center or guard
at the next level. Alvarez is a natural hip and knee bender that can really
uncoil from his stance with a lot of power. He is also athletically gifted with
quick feet allowing him to dance with defenders. Alvarez is very tough and not
afraid to mix it up as he was the popular choice for defenders to call out during
the final showcase. He ended up being the easy choice for OL MVP.
Development: The two areas he will need to work on in order to
be considered an elite lineman is keeping his head up while pass setting and
not over setting leaving the inside move open. Outside of that I can definitely
say he has what it takes physically to be considered a legit DI prospect.
Joey Banks, RB, 5-9, 174, Franklin, CA (2014)
Assets: Banks caught
my eye early on during agilities. He is light on his feet with great change of
direction and balance. During the one-on-one portion of the camp he proved to
be nearly unstoppable by using his quickness, acceleration, and body control to
beat linebacker's silly. On several occasions he was able to get deep and make
tremendous over the shoulder catches. Banks also possesses excellent overall
body structure and the frame to add at least another 20 pounds of muscle mass.
This back from the West Coast was the simple choice for RB MVP.
Development: He had very few weaknesses in his skill set. This
fall will most likely be his first as the every down go to guy at running back.
Adding that additional size while maintaining his overall athleticism will
allow him to get more yards after contact. There is little doubt that he
already possesses DI ability.
Grant Bouma, LB, 6-2, 215, Bakersfield Christian, CA
linebacker has excellent overall body structure with the potential to add
another 30 pounds of muscle mass. Bouma proved to be very physical at the point
of attack during the one-on-ones using his size and strength to steer backs off
their intended patterns. During the 7-on-7 tournament he did a nice job of
closing off the middle of the field. He was able to use his length to make
plays on errant passes. His effort did not go unnoticed as he won LB
MVP for the class of 2014.
Development: He will need to work on his flexibility just a tad
which should help him when dropping in coverage. This will also help him run
sideline to sideline to make plays on the ball carrier.
Kai Callins, RB, 5-10, 173, Guthrie, OK (2014)
Assets: Callins was
one of three backs that looked superior to every other athlete going through
agilities. This guy is a perfectionist when it comes to route running. He does
a great job of planting his foot while giving a head and shoulder fake. This
move left linebackers corkscrewed into the ground as he ran by. Callins also
has very soft hands and exceptional body control for a running back. He then
took his skill set to the instructional 7-on-7 tournament and dominated on the
field of play. His tremendous effort earned him the Overall MVP for the class of 2014 in the camp.
Development: Callins is a bit lean in the upper body and will
need to add additional muscle mass if he wants to project as a running back at
the next level. He could also work on his top end/homerun speed. Outside of
that he has the football skill set and IQ to project on either side of the ball
at the DI level.
Bobby Lee Garza, ATH, 5-11, 180, McCullom, TX (2013)
Assets: Garza may
have had the best body structure for a skilled position player in this camp. He
also took reps as a defensive back, receiver, and running back. He understands
versatility is the key to long term success in football. During agilities he
looked like a gifted shifty athlete as he whizzed through the stations. During
one-on-ones he physically dominated most receivers he faced. If he is beaten in
a one-on-one rep he does not pout but only comes back more determined. This
jack of all trades ended up earning Overall MVP for the class of 2013.
Development: As a defensive back he needs to work on
getting a good jam on the receiver while not allowing a clean inside release.
Use the boundary as your second defender. Right now he has more than five DI
offers. He needs not to wait too long before verbally committing in my opinion
because some of these schools could fill up.
Logan Moragne, RB, 5-10, 175, Little Rock Central, AR
Assets: Moragne was
the third back that looked like a special recruit in my opinion. He has
excellent lower body structure and the lateral movement to give defenders fits.
During the one-on-ones he used his superior change of direction and soft hands
to simply embarrass every backer he faced. But what really caught my eye was
his understanding of route running and finding holes in the defense. If not for
some cramping issues we could have been talking Moragne for RB or Overall MVP.
Development: Adding upper body muscle mass will help with
durability and yards after contact. I love this players workmen like attitude
and football IQ he just needs to be patient for his opportunity to shine on the
big stage this fall.
Gregory Peace, DB, 5-10, 165, Arlington Bowie, TX (2015)
Assets: Peace made his name known early on in the camp by
showing off his quick feet and hips during the agility stations. His positional
coach raved about his smooth balanced backpedal during individual drills. He
then translated his physical skills into lock down coverage during the
one-on-ones. Peace used his long arms to guide receivers off their intended
patterns. He was able to flip his hips and run stride for stride down the
sideline lines. During the 7-on-7 instructional tournament he blanketed his
side of the field making it a no fly zone for signal callers. He earned the
highest honor for the class of 2015 Overall MVP.
Development: He already possesses excellent height for his age
and the position. He now needs to
add an additional 20 pounds over the next three years while maintaining his
Christian Pearsall, ATH, 6-0, 205, UMS-Wright, AL (2014)
Assets: Pearsall has
excellent overall body structure which will allow him to project at several
positions at the next level. He worked out at receiver in this camp but looks
more like an H-Back or a Ted. He first caught my eye by using his deceiving
speed to beat cornerbacks deep in the 7-on-7 tournament. For a thick muscular
athlete he has extremely soft hands and superior body control. Pearsall can
make the over the shoulder catch as easy as he can make the tough catch in
heavy traffic. And though he was not selected for an award he proved to be one
of the more versatile players in the entire camp.
Development: I really think long term he will project as either
a linebacker or H-Back/Fullback at the next level. I really think these are the
two positions he should work out at future camps.
Mook Reynolds, DB, 5-10, 155,
Northern Guilford, NC (2015)
Assets: Reynolds was
the other rising sophomore defensive back that shined at this camp. He already
had the ideal height and long arms for the position. You have to like his
attitude because he took reps at defensive back and receiver. Reynolds uses his
long arms to guide receivers towards the boundary and to make plays on the
ball. He also has hips on a swivel which allow him to change direction and
recover when beaten. By the end of the day he had earned DB MVP for the class of 2015.
Development: I would like to see him work on staying lower in
his backpedal which should only magnify the number of plays on the ball he will
make. He is also very thin at this time and will need to add an additional 25
pounds of muscle mass over the next three years.
Shaan Washington, WR, 6-3, 208, Alexandria, LA (2013)
Assets: Wow! This is
one good looking prospect on the hoof. He stood out early on during agilities
because of his overall size and superior body structure. But Washington is more
than just a pretty picture he was able to show off quick feet and good lateral
movement. His size will definitely cause matchup problems for linebackers and
defensive backs. During one-on-ones he was able to show off his elegant long
stride and uncanny body control as he attacked the ball in the air. His strong
performance earned him WR MVP for the class of 2013.
Development: As a potential receiver at the next level he may
want to work on his top end speed in order to be considered a deep threat. His
body structure allows him to project at several positions such as a hybrid TE
or even a linebacker. If he is open minded college coaches will put him were he
can see the field first.
Daniel Wise, DL, 6-2-1/2, 223, Hebron, TX (2014)
defensive end looks great in his stance with powerbase high in the air and
hands ready to get underneath the offensive lineman. Wise fires off the ball
like a rocket gaining the early advantage with hand placement. But what really
stands out about this young pass rushing specialist is his use of hands. He
looks like a martial arts specialist using his hands as weapons to keep
offensive lineman whiffing at his body. He was the unanimous choice for DL
Development: Wise simply dominated the one-on-ones and clearly
looks the part of a major DI prospect. He will need to continue to add more
muscle mass in order to battle much larger offensive tackles at the next level.
His skill set may lend itself to projecting as a hybrid DE/LB in the 3-4
|Other Top Performers:
Chima Amushie, ATH, Youth Def. MVP,
George Ranch, TX (2017); Stephen Benedik, WR
MVP, Arnold, FL (2015); Ian Bramble, Co-WR
MVP, Beaumont Central, TX (2014); Nicholas
Carrera, QB MVP, Kecoughtan, VA
(2015); Hunter Conn, OL MVP,
Whitehouse, TX (2013); Hays Culbreath, Co-WR MVP, Greeneville, TN (2014); Alec Dingas, Co-TE
MVP, Shawnee Mission West, KS (2013);
Ethan Dursteler, Co-TE MVP, Sky
View, UT (2013); Mitchell Fritts, LB MVP, MacArthur, OK (2013);Trent Gilmore, QB MVP, Freedom, VA (2014); Luke Haskins, QB MVP, Edmond North, OK (2013); Deadrick Mayberry, RB
MVP, Mitchell, TN (2013); Elijah Ollison, DB
MVP, Camdenton, MO (2014); JaQuay Owens, RB
MVP, Eisenhower, IL (2015); Jerry Padilla, DB MVP, Highland, UT (2013);
Alryk Perry, DL MVP, Glenwood
School, GA (2013); Taegan Schoenfield, ATH, Youth Off. MVP, Wichita, KS (2018); Rylee Simon, LB MVP, Vian, OK (2015); Anthony Wilson, OL MVP, Bradley-Bourbonnais, IL (2015); Morgan Wilson, DL
MVP, Monticello, VA (2015).