The Nike Camp held at Stanford University Saturday (May 18th) boasted a turnout of over 500 athletes. The unofficial count was 570 athletes showing off their skills in front of several major D-I schools.
Pac10Recruiting spotted head coaches Pete Carroll (USC), Mike Bellotti (Oregon), John Mackovic (Arizona), Jeff Tedford (Cal), Gary Barnett (Colorado), and Pat Hill (Fresno State).
UCLA, ASU, Washington, Oregon State, Notre Dame and of course the host school Stanford were also on hand.
The word was that there were over 200 hundred walk-ons showed up at the camp who weren’t expected. The Nike staff handled the tough circumstances with poise. The camp went off as smoothly as possible and the organizers of the camp did a great job keeping a potentially chaotic situation under control.
When there is that many kids at any combine it makes it nearly impossible to see every athlete. The following report is what Pac10Recruiting saw at the camp.
One of the strengths at the camp was the amount of top-notch quarterbacks who were on hand. The signal-caller position is one of the reasons many D-I schools are making their way west.
The field generals that we were able to see (in no particular order) were Kyle Wright, Sam Keller, Johnny DuRocher, Leon Jackson, III, Sam Betty, Dennis Dixon, Michael Affleck, T.C. Ostrander and Brandon Ting.
Kyle Wright of Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista is the number one rated quarterback on many D-I school’s list wasn’t has sharp as we have seen before, but that being written, his talent cannot be denied. Wright on an off day is still pretty darn good.
Sam Keller from San Ramon also looked good. He showed off a nice tight delivery and threw a nice ball. Keller backed up his status as one of the best QBs in the west.
Another quarterback who passed the look test was Johnny DuRocher from Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel. DuRocher’s performance proved why his stock is rising every day.
Leon Jackson who will take over the reins at football powerhouse Long Beach (Calif.) Poly this fall had a nice outing. Jackson, who has verbal offers from Cal and Iowa, headed off for an unofficial visit to Cal yesterday with a contingent of other Poly players.
Sam Betty from Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale is a raw prospect at quarterback but his athleticism underlines his D-I potential.
San Leandro (Calif.) star QB Dennis Dixon was as good as Pac10Recruiting has seen him. He was sharp and showed outstanding velocity on his passes. Pac10Recruiting feels good about our top five QB in California ranking for Dixon. He was impressive.
Pac10Recruiting was able to see the state of Utah’s top QB prospect, Michael Affleck from Provo (Utah) Timpview. We were very impressed with Affleck and will interview him for a report in the very near future.
T.C. Ostrander from Menlo (Calif.) Menlo Atherton was very impressive. We believe his stock will rise based on his camp performance.
Brandon Ting from Union City (Calif.) Logan impressed Pac10Recruiting again. We first saw him (and his brother Ryan) at the USC skills camp a couple of weeks ago and we were impressed with his quickness and overall athleticism.
We will have more notes on other standouts of the Nike Camp at Stanford throughout the day.