NFTC LA: All-Camp Team

QB Kyle Allen out of Scottsdale, Ariz., was one of two quarterbacks to make the All-NFTC Team.

QB Kyle Allen out of Scottsdale, Ariz., was one of two quarterbacks to make the All-NFTC Team. Photo: Tom Hauck

Over 300 top prospects from California and beyond gathered Sunday for the first stop of the Nike Football Training Camp tour in Los Angeles. Here is a look at the 25 standout performers that make up the Los Angeles All-NFTC team.

Note: Selections are based upon camp performance as evaluated by the NFTC staff as well as past and projected on-field performance. Athletes are in the Class of 2014 unless otherwise noted.


QB: Kyle Allen, 6-3, 192, Desert Mountain (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Results: 4.88 40, 4.38 shuttle, 32’ PB, 28.4” VJ, 71.61 SPARQ
Breakdown: QB MVP was on point all day; passed for 3,119 yards and 36 TDs as a junior and has offers in from Texas A&M, UCLA, Boise State and others. Could end up as the top QB in the West in the Class of 2014.

QB: Josh Rosen (’15), 6-3 ½, 200, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
Results: 5.03 40, 4.31 shuttle, 39’ PB, 31.0” VJ, 88.17 SPARQ
Breakdown: The Class of 2015 QB class in California looks to loaded and Rosen is one reason. He’s packed 17 good pounds on his frame in the last year and was arguably the most physically impressive QB in attendance with a strong, compact release and a ton of heat on his ball. Passed for 2,102 yards and 22 TDs as a sophomore.

Royce Freeman

Royce Freeman out of Imperial (Calif.) High School had a great day in Redondo Beach. Photo: Tom Hauck

RB: Royce Freeman, 5-11 ½, 220, Imperial (Calif.)
Results: 4.71 40, 4.09 shuttle, 38’ PB’, 32.4” VJ, 110.58 SPARQ
Breakdown: Showed a great feet for a big back to take home RB MVP honors. Ran for 2,482 yards and 34 scores last fall. Washington, Cal, Oregon State and others have offered.

RB: D.J. Riggins, 5-11, 170, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Results: Did not test
Breakdown: Explosive athlete showed well in drills, particularly as a receiver out of the backfield. Good in space. San Jose State has offered.

RB: Demario Richard, 5-9, 197, Palmdale (Calif.)
Results: 4.28 shuttle, 37’ PB
Breakdown: Nearly took home MVP honors with strong performance Sunday. Has great burst and is solidly-built to absorb contact and perform as pass-blocker. Oregon, UCLA, Tennessee and others have offered.

WR: Christian Kirk (’15), 5-10, 187, Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Results: 4.58 40, 4.32 shuttle, 38’ PB, 34.9” VJ, 103.80 SPARQ
Breakdown: Rising junior posted one of the day’s top SPARQ Ratings and then dominated in drills to earn WR MVP honors. Had over 1,000 yards receiving and scored 15 times as a sophomore and has offers in already from UCLA, ASU, Arizona, Cal, Wisconsin and Oregon State.

WR: Jordan Lasley, 6-1, 181, Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
Results: 4.68 40, 4.35 shuttle, 34’ PB, 31.7” VJ, 85.38 SPARQ
Breakdown: Lasley was the MVP runner-up and for good reason as the Serra standout, who is sometimes over-shadowed by his big name teammates in the Class of ’14, had a huge day both testing and running routes. Created separation often during 1on1s and skelly.

OL: Troy Bacon, 6-2.5, 281, Apple Valley (Calif.)
Results: 5.38 40, 4.63 Shuttle, 35′ PB, 24.4″ VJ, 71.49 SPARQ
Breakdown: Bacon showed why he is a fast riser on the West Coast. Bacon has great feet and plays with good natural knee bend. Bacon holds an offer from TCU and is drawing interest from the Cal, Stanford, USC and the rest of the Pac-12.

OL: Deontay Estes, 6-4.5, 282, Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.)
Results: 5.38 40, 4.81 Shuttle, 42′ PB, 26.4″ VJ, 87.78 SPARQ
Breakdown: A virtual unknown coming into Sunday, Estes is one of those guys you notice as soon as they get off the bus. He looked and tested like a future Division 1 left tackle.

OL: Toa Lobendahn, 6-3, 284, La Habra (Calif.)
Results: 5.50 40, 4.84 Shuttle, 38′ PB, 26.3″ VJ, 76.05 SPARQ
Breakdown: The USC commit is a smooth athlete, and really took to the coaching at the event. While not as large as some of the other marquee names on this list, Lobendahn looks slim at 284 pounds, and will have the versatility to play anywhere along the line at the next level.

OL: Damien Mama, 6-4, 352, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
Results: 4.93 Shuttle, 35′ PB, 22.8″ VJ
Breakdown: The hottest prospect in the West continued to roll at the Los Angeles Nike Camp. His desire to compete and dominance in one-on-ones led to the OL MVP award as well as a ticket to The Opening.

OL: Viane Talamaivao, 6-2, 316, Centennial (Corona, Calif.)
Results: Did not test
Breakdown: After winning the OL MVP as a sophomore, Talamaivao was a bit of a known commodity to NFTC coaches. He did not disappoint his second time around. After punishing defenders in one-on-ones, he too punched his ticket to The Opening.

OL: Fred Ulu Perry Jr. (’15), 6-1, 301, St. Louis (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Results: 26.5″ VJ, 40′ PB
Breakdown: One of the more technically sound offensive linemen in the country, regardless of class, Ulu-Perry went unbeaten through one-on-ones, and played with the edge you like to see in interior linemen. Ulu-Perry already holds a Hawaii offer, but expect that list to grow this spring.


Defensive lineman Malik Dorton goes head-to-head with an o-lineman during the 1-on-1's. Photo: Tom Hauck

Defensive lineman Malik Dorton goes head-to-head with an o-lineman during the 1-on-1’s. Photo: Tom Hauck

DL: Malik Dorton, 6-1.5, 235, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
Results: 5.08 40, 4.34 Shuttle, 35.0′ PB, 24.6″ VJ, 75.81 SPARQ
Breakdown: Dorton was far and away the premier edge rusher at the event. His combination of size and strength allowed him to bend the corner, and Dorton even gave OL MVP and high school teammate Damien Mama a run for his money in the final rep of the day.

DL: Greg Gaines, 6-1, 297, La Habra (Calif.)
Results: 5.40 40, 4.75 Shuttle, 41′ PB, 27.3″ VJ, 93.99 SPARQ
Breakdown: Gaines is an exceptional athlete, even doubling as a running back for his La Habra squad. The defensive tackle prospect has offers from Boise State and Colorado.

DL: Rasheem Green (’15), 6-5, 269, Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
Results: 4.94 40, 4.66 Shuttle, 39.0′ PB, 31.4″ VJ, 97.47 SPARQ
Breakdown: Green continued his meteoric rise at Sunday’s NFTC. After testing off-the-charts on Saturday, Green dropped his 40 below 5.0 seconds, and showed he was more than a combine guy, with a great performance on the field. Green received his first offer less than 24 hours after the NFTC from UCLA.

DL: Ainuu Taua, 5-11.5, 293, Lompoc (Calif.)
Results: 5.24 40, 37′ PB, 25.4″ VJ
Breakdown: Taua probably could have come in and bull-rushed his way to the DL MVP Award. Instead, he worked hard to develop his pash rush moves, and was untouchable when it came time for one-on-ones. Those moves will be developed further when Taua heads to The Opening.

LB: John Houston Jr. (’15), 6-3, 198, Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
Results: 4.81 40, 4.50 shuttle, 31’ PB, 29.9” VJ, 71.46 SPARQ
Breakdown: Fantastic in the open field tackling drills vs the RBs. Earned high praise from coaches for setting an example for all other campers to follow – perfect blend of aggression and athleticism. Only a sophomore and has plenty of room to fill out his rangy frame. Picked up first offer from UCLA shortly after the camp.

LB: Cameron Smith (’15), 6-1 ½, 247, Granite Bay (Calif.)
Results: 4.94 40, 4.28 shuttle, 36’ PB, 29.4” VJ, 92.88 SPARQ
Breakdown: Hard working and coachable – lot of up side to improve all facets of his game. Made some nice plays in half-skelly – he plays with great vision and takes up a lot of space. Totaled 196 stops to earn sophomore all-state honors this past fall.

LB: Dwight Williams, 6-1, 201, Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
Results: Did not test
Breakdown: Williams dominated in all aspects of the camp en route to his second straight L.A. NFTC LB MVP honor and an invite to The Opening. Fantastic ability to change gears mainly due to the fact that he is a balanced and well-proportioned athlete. Very coach able and passionate about improving his game. Has 30+ offers after an all-state junior season.

DB: Denzel Fisher, Centennial (Compton, Calif.)
Results: Did not test
Breakdown: Fisher emerged Sunday as a diamond in the ruff, a long-armed and rangy-type safety body with cornerback feet and hips that made plays throughout the day to earn DB MVP honors. Looked solid in position specific drills and during the half skelly period, where he impressed several coaches with his play on the ball. Landed first offer from San Diego State post-camp.

DB: Naijiel Hale, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
Results: Did not test
Breakdown: Hale displayed the ability to change directions and turn with the receivers as well as any DB in attendance on Sunday. Earned a spot at The Opening with his dominant showing and his half-dozen offers from Nebraska, Cal, ASU, Arizona, Boise State and WSU are bound to increase in the near future.

DB: Jonathan Lockett, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Results: Did not test
Breakdown: Feisty corner-type who loves to battle and play on the island. Showed great footwork during SPARQ period. In and out of his plants showing good closing speed. Has picked up Notre Dame, UCLA and Oregon offers in the past 10 days and had seven interceptions as a junior.

DB: Iman Marshall (’15), 6-0 ½, 186, Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
Results: Did not test
Breakdown: Has the desire to be a lockdown corner but may project to be a superstar safety with his football intelligence and great frame. UCLA, Washington, Washington State and Oregon State have already offered.

DB: Jaleel Wadood, 5-10, 165, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
Results: 4.22 shuttle
Breakdown: Has a high IQ for football, and wants to get better. A little small in size for a typical college safety, but he plays with a lot of confidence and chip on his shoulder. Committed to ASU in January but has since pulled in offers from Oregon, Washington and others. Earned junior all-state honors last fall.

Updated: March 14, 2013

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