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June 12, 2010

Offensive stars at Oregon State NIKE Camp

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Last Sunday, ESPN and NIKE football brought their team of football coaches to the Oregon State campus to conduct the 12th stop on the NIKE Football Training Camp tour. Teaming up with the NIKE instructors were members of the OSU coaching staff.

With the high caliber of coaching on hand, just over 230 high school athletes ascended upon Corvallis. Some of the most sought after prospects in the northwest and California took part in the half day camp. Here's a look at some of the players who stood out on the offensive side of the ball.

QUARTERBACK

Brett Smith (6'2" 185) Salem, OR - The 2011 recruit, in my opinion, was the best quarterback in attendance. He showed great footwork during drills, a strong arm when throwing on the move, and good mobility. He was at his best early on as once they moved to 7-on-7 drills he did struggle a bit. He currently has 4 offers from some mid-major programs, but I expect that to change by the time his camp circuit is over.

Justin Lane (6'0" 197) North Lakewood, WA - Another under the radar recruit, Lane throws a very pretty ball, while also showcasing perhaps the strongest arm of the day. The Lakewood High quarterback showed that he throws both the long ball and put touch on the ball as well. Perhaps his strongest route is the fade, as he completed it time and time again to a number of different receivers. Currently holds one offer from Illinois State, but is starting to hear more from Washington, Washington State and Boise State.

Nelson Fishback (6'1" 188) Durham, CA - The QB MVP of the camp wasn't the most mobile quarterback, nor did he have the strongest arm so he played within himself. Fishback throws a good tight spiral and is very accurate in his throws. He was at his best in the 7-on-7 drills as he was able to read the field, make a correct read and deliver an accurate ball. Currently he does not have an offer on the table, but is hearing from a number of west coast schools including Pac-10 teams Washington State, Washington, Arizona, UCLA and Oregon State.

RUNNING BACK

Haran Piggee (5'11" 174) Galt, CA - The RB MVP for the Corvallis stop, was really impressive in all phases of the game. Whether it was catching the ball out of the backfield or blocking LBs in one-on-one drills, the senior-to-be from Galt High School definitely saw his stock shoot up. He has a good frame that should be able to add weight in a college program without sacrificing too much in speed and agility. Currently Piggee is hearing from Oregon State, Boise State, UCLA, Fresno State and Northern Arizona, with Boise State being close to extending an offer.

Jordan Perkins (5'11" 177) Lodi, CA - Perkins, a Stanford commit, has good explosion and top end speed. Couple that with a frame that will allow him to put on weight. Perkins held his own throughout one-on-one blocking drills with linebackers and showed a good ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Showed good vision with the ball in his hands and an ability to make people miss. Before committing to Stanford, Perkins had received offers from Fresno State and UTEP.

Cameron McKernan (5'11" 200) Kent, WA - McKernan rolled into Corvallis looking like he could come in and play for a college football team now. As it stands, McKernan currently holds offers from Air Force, Wyoming, Portland State, and Eastern Washington. But after seeing him in person, he will get a few more offers by the end of summer. Cameron can play either in the backfield or split out wide as he has the ability and size to play each position.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Colt Lyerla (6'5" 225) Hillsboro, OR - One of the most versatile athletes this recruiting cycle, Lyerla has the ability to play at four different positions in college. He worked with the tight ends and wide receivers during this camp. He has elite speed for his size, however needs to work on his route running as well as improve his hands. While he would be an adequate receiver in a program, he might be best suited to play on the other side of the ball at either DE or OLB. Lyerla currently has nearly a dozen offers and will be looking to narrow down his list as the summer continues.

Kasen Williams (6'2" 197) Sammamish, WA - Williams has one of the most impressive offer lists out of any recruit in the nation and has the skills to back it up. The WR MVP for the Corvallis Camp used his big frame to catch ball after ball all day. Williams will start to cut down his list at the end of June.

Rahmel Dockery (5'10" 165) University Place, WA - Dockery was perhaps the most impressive player at the camp as he was dynamic with the ball in his hands. He showed elite speed, great hands, body control and vertical in going up 50/50 balls. In my opinion, had a camp MVP award been issued, Dockery would have had my vote. Currently, Rahmel has three offers from Idaho, Washington State and Oregon State.

Brock Lutes (6'4" 218) Newberg, OR - The basketball-turned-football player made the play of the day. Running a post route, the ball was over thrown but that didn't deter Lutes as he jumped up and caught the ball one handed. The catch was reminiscent of Brandon Lloyd's catch a couple years ago for the 49ers. Lutes is an interesting recruit as he has a good frame but is being recruited more heavily on the hardwood than the field, but if he chooses the go the football routes he would be a good tight end and wide receiver prospect.

Kellen Westering (6'2" 185) Puyallup, WA - Westering really opened my eyes as he was the third most consistent receiver in attendance, behind Dockery and Williams. After the camp was completed, I overheard some of the Nike coaches talking about how impressive Westering was throughout the day. His combination of size, speed and talent opened plenty of eyes.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Isaac Seumalo (6'2" 250) Corvallis, OR - Seumalo, the son of OSU D-Line coach Joe Seumalo, was named the offensive line MVP for the camp. While he was participating on the o-line for this camp, the 2012 recruit is probably best suited at defensive tackle. Has great strength and quickness for his size. Isaac will only get stronger as he continues to grow heading into his junior year at Corvallis High School.

Alex Mitchell (6'2" 309) Portland, OR - The 4-star guard out of Portland's Jefferson High, followed up his strong showings at the All-American Combine and Eugene Nike Camp with another strong showing in Corvallis. He has the size right now to come into a big-time college program and compete for playing time. Has a strong punch and is surprisingly quick for his size. It is surprising that he sits with only one offer right now from Oregon State, as he has had the exposure and the talent that should garner more offers.

Zach Banner (6'9" 310) Lakewood, WA - Banner is another intriguing prospect as he is absolutely huge! The 2012 tackle prospect from Lakes High School has the size to be a top talent in the northwest but definitely has some areas that he needs to improve on. His footwork and foot speed needs to improve in order for him to be a top talent along the west coast. Banner already holds offers from Arizona State, Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA and Washington.



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