Oakland NFTC Recap
Following an Elite 11 Regional Camp on Friday night and a Nike Football SPARQ Combine Saturday afternoon, the third big Nike event of the weekend took place Sunday, May 18, 2014 in the Bay Area as the Nike Football Training Camp was held at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif.
Top athletes from all over the country worked out doing SPARQ Testing as well as position one-on-one drills. Here’s a look at the standouts from Sunday’s NFTC, including the half dozen invited to attend The Opening this summer as well as those receiving MVP positional honors …
The Opening 2014 Invites
WR Trent Irwin (Hart, Newhall, Calif.)
Irwin caught 76 passes for 1,456 yards and 20 TDs as a junior and also had two interceptions as a defensive back. He earned CalHiSports.com Junior All-State honors and was also an L.A. Daily News All-Area pick. Trent has offers from Stanford (4.1 GPA) and Arizona State, two early leaders, along with Cal, Colorado, Colorado State, Indiana, Penn State, SDSU, Vandy, Washington and Washington State. The SoCal junior is rated as the No. 16 receiver in his class by Scout.com and No. 22 by 247 Sports.
OL Semisi Uluave (Punaho, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Uluave impressed last year when he attended the Oakland NFSC and weighed in at 6-foot-4, 317 pounds and recorded a 96.81 SPARQ Rating which included a 41-foot power ball throw. He was 2nd Team All-State and has offers from Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State and Wisconsin.
DL Breiden Fehoko (Farrington, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Fehoko recorded 103 tackles in 2013 and an eye-opening 24.5 sacks to earn All-State honors. He has committed to Texas Tech despite offers from two dozen major programs ranging from Alabama to Wisconsin. The Hawaii standout is rated as the No. 8 defensive tackle in the Class of 2015 by 247 Sports and the No. 9 at the position by Scout.com.
DL Kahlil McKenzie (De La Salle, Concord, Calif.)
McKenzie was a Junior All-State honoree by CalHiSports.com after he made 74 tackles with 12 sacks for one of the top programs in the nation. He is rated as the No. 5 defensive tackle by Scout.com and No. 10 by 247 Sports and has two dozen offers including ones from favorites such as Tennessee, Arizona, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and USC.
DB Isaiah Langley (Foothill, Pleasanton, Calif.)
Langley was a 2nd Team Junior All-State pick by CalHiSports last year and also earned 1st Team All-EBAL honors. The defender is rated as the No. 10 cornerback in the 2015 class by Scout.com and No. 13 prospect at the position by 247 Sports. He has 30 offers from around the nation including early favorites Cal, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State and USC.
DB Marvell Tell (Crespi, Encino, Calif.)
Tell is rated as the No. 3 safety in the country by both Scout.com and 247 Sports. At the 2013 Los Angeles NFSC he put up at 94.05 SPARQ Rating which included a 37.4 inch vertical jump. He has 20 offers including three Pac-12 schools he likes: UCLA, USC and Washington State.
Position Group MVPs
QB – Blake Barnett (Santiago, Corona, Calif.)
In January Barnett received the first official invite to the 2014 Elite 11 Finals and he hasn’t slowed down since. Competing at both the Los Angeles and Oakland NFTC, Blake has showed much improvement in both his accuracy and anticipation.
RB – Beau Bisharat (Jesuit, Carmichael, Calif.)
The Jesuit back showed deceptive speed and elusiveness despite having one of the larger frames within the group of backs. Additionally, he displayed excellent patience in the pass rush drill and possessed a great set of hands to compliment his crisp route running.
WR – J.J. Koski (San Ramon Valley, Danville, Calif.)
After a 1000-yard season last fall, Koski had a dominant performance going against the DB group during 1on1’s where he wowed many and solidified his place as the MVP of the receiver group.
OL – Dru Samia (San Ramon Valley, Danville, CA)
Samia was a pleasant surprise and probably helped himself more than anyone in attendance. Since the fall he has put on 20 pounds of good weight and displayed a smooth style of play complimented by the footwork of a true tackle.
DL – Kahlil McKenzie (De La Salle, Concord, Calif.)
McKenzie’s performance was the most dominant by a DT we’ve seen this year. In competition he was unbelievably physical and didn’t rely on one facet of game to beat opponents while being very receptive to coaching.
LB – Jeremiah Ieremia (Hurricane, Utah)
Hailing from Utah, Jeremiah is a fleet-footed LB with an ever-running motor and high football IQ. In competition he played with great intensity and excelled in pass rushing while being able to keep up with the smaller, shiftier backs.
DB – Dehlon Preston (Central, Fresno, Calif.)
With a scrappy style of play, Dehlon displayed the best footwork of DB group on top of having exceptional closing speed and being hyper-responsive when breaking on the ball.
SPARQ – RB Kirk Johnson (Valley Christian, San Jose, Calif.) – 117.72
On top of earning the highest SPARQ Rating, which included a 4.57 40 and a 4.0 shuttle, Johnson also displayed great hands and balance throughout the position specific drills and competition.