The most talented camp circuit in the country returns on Sunday when the Nike Football Training Camps kick off in Los Angeles. A tour that will see coast-to-coast stops everywhere from Oregon to Miami to Memphis and New York, begins fittingly in one of the most talent heavy areas in the country.
Last year Dwight Williams was the underclassman to emerge at the LA Nike Camp. Who will it be this year?
Sunday’s event will spotlight some of the top players in California and beyond with elite talent from Arizona, Utah, Hawaii, New Mexico, Virginia, Nevada, Washington, Kentucky, Indiana, Idaho, Florida and Texas all preregistered to attend.
While there will inevitably be new names that emerge based on their performance Sunday we take a look at some of the known commodities that are registered to attend. Here are 10 players to watch on Sunday.
Adoree' Jackson, CB, Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra - There may not be a cornerback in the country more talented than Jackson. With a strong performance Sunday, he could find himself competing for the top ranking at his position.
Kyle Allen, QB, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain – Allen is one of the most talented passers in the country and though he has average height, his arm talent lacks nothing.
Natrell Curtis, OL, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe – From a state teeming with offensive line talent for 2014, Curtis could be the best. He’ll have a chance to prove that on Sunday.
Dwight Williams, LB, Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra – This event last year was what catapulted Williams to be one of the most highly-recruited linebackers in the country. He’ll be looking for back-to-back MVP awards this year.
Brady White, QB, Newhall (Calif.) Hart (class of 2015) – California is ridiculously loaded with quarterback talent in the class of 2015 and White will have an opportunity to set the bar for that group on Sunday.
Jonathan Lockett, CB, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei – There may not be a defensive back in the country as hot as Jonathan Lockett of late. Five offers in a week from the likes of Notre Dame, Oregon and UCLA have blown the lid off his recruitment.
Damien Mama, OL, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco – We’re anxious to get a look at Mama, one of the biggest and most highly recruited offensive linemen anywhere. Will his feet get exposed or will his stock continue to climb?
Toa Lobendahn, OL, La Habra (Calif.) High School – One of USC’s three early offensive line commits, Lobendahn is one of the top offensive linemen out west but has plenty of room to improve his stock over the weekend.
Iman Marshall, DB, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly (Class of 2015)– Last year, Marshall was one of the top performers at the LA Nike Camp despite competing as a freshman. As a seasoned sophomore this year, it is scary to think about what he is capable of.
Dionte Sykes, WR, Gilbert (Ariz.) Chandler – A long, rangy wide receiver with terrific hands, Sykes already holds offers from around the Pac-12 but has the potential to be a national recruit.
Other names to watch: Jamardre Cobb, LB, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian; Marquis Ware, ATH, Los Angeles Salesian; Malik Dorton, DE, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco; Greg Hoyd III, LB, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murietta; Justin Huff (2015), RB, Downey (Calif); Trent Irwin (2015), WR, Newhall (Calif.) Hart; Christian Kirk (2015), ATH, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro; Kurt Scoby, RB, Covina (Calif.) Bishop Alemany; Ainuu Taua, DT, Lompoc (Calif.); Jaleel Wadood, DB, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco; Naijiel Hale, CB, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Boscoe; Darrell Cloy, TE, Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St. Paul; Royce Freeman, RB, Imperial (Calif.); Jalen Greene, QB, Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra; Brandon Dawkins, QB, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) Oaks Christian; Uriah Leiataua, DL, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez; Josh Rosen (2015), QB, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco; Viane Talamaivao, OL, Corona (Calif.) Centennial