One of the most impressive looking athletes who showed up at the NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles on Sunday was Jayson Allmond (6-1, 248, 4.62) from Bloomington, Calif. It was obvious that Allmond was well acquainted with the weight room and that he works very hard on staying in shape.
Allmond's numbers in the weight room are very impressive. His current bench is 385, his squat is 450 and his power clean is 275. He recorded a 33.5 vertical at USC's camp a year ago.
Allmond was just as impressive at NIKE on Sunday. He was told that he was one of the top linebacker prospects at the camp and that he was very much in the running for the camp's MVP at the linebacker position.
"I was very proud of my (NIKE Camp) performance," Allmond said. "I still need to work on a couple of things that will make me better for the next level."
Allmond isn't satisfied with one solid camp performance and will try to attend USC's overnight camp, ASU's one day, UCLA's one day and hopefully Oregon State's three-day camp.
On the recruiting trail, Allmond lists his early favorites as Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, UCLA and USC.
Allmond has taken in two junior days so far, one to UCLA and the other to Arizona State.
"UCLA was nice and the campus is beautiful," Allmond said. "I liked the energy of the students and Coach Wayne Moses made me feel comfortable and wanted.
"ASU was nice, too" Allmond said. "I went to their scrimmage and the coaches were very excited that I was there. Arizona State's coaches told me they have high expectation for me this season."
Allmond is very athletic and could end up playing a variety of positions on the next level. There were some at the NIKE Camp that think he could end up being another Levon Kirkland. While other said they think he's going to add weight and end up as a defensive tackle.
It didn't matter what side of the fence you were on. Whether you thought Allmond would make a great linebacker or if you thought he would end up with his hand on the ground. Everyone was in agreement that Allmond has a bright future.
As a junior, Allmond made first-team all-league after racking 60 tackles, 10 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two sacks from his linebacker position.
On offense, Allmond played tight end catching 10 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 29.7 yards per catch.