Rivals Camp Series Heads to Cali
The Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour heads to California for the second weekend of the 2014 tour. CaliforniaPreps.com will have coverage of Saturday's camp at Fullerton College and Sunday's at Chabot College in Hayward. 2015's second ranked player Josh Rosen headlines the Southern California camp, while 24th ranked Kahlil McKenzie headlines the Northern California camp.
By Brandon Tatera
Southern CaliforniaThe class of 2015 in the state of California has a chance to be one of the best in recent memory, and much of that talent is from a loaded Southern part of the state.
Twenty-two Rivals250 members from the class of 2015 will be in attendance. Rosen is making his first appearance since since winning the State Championship with a 16-0 record. He will have 17 other St. John Bosco teammates attending, headlined by 4-star Zach Robertson and super sophomores D.J. Morgan and Sean McGrew.
Five-stars Rasheem Green and John Houston from Serra are the headliners on defense and are joined by their 4-star teammate Stanley Norman.
The top players from the state of Arizona and Utah will be in attendance, as #23 player Christian Kirk of Scottsdale, Arizona and the number 53 player Osa Masina of Salt Lake City will be in Fullerton to compete. The 4-stars both have exceptional offer lists with many of the nation's elite included.
The top position groups will be quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back.
Brady White, Notre Dame commit Blake Barnett, Travis Waller, Sheriron Jones, Washington 2017 commit Tate Martell, Brian Lewerke of Arizona, and Malik Henry round out a loaded group of signal callers along with Rosen.
Wide receiver brings back Cordell Broadus, who recently transferred from Diamond Bar to Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas. Trent Irwin, Malik Lovette, Equanimeous St. Brown, Jaylinn Hawkins, Christian Kirk, and Lavan Alston. The group also includes 2016's Brandon Burton of Serra and 2017 Nathan Tilford of Upland.
Defensive back is also very deep. Dechaun Holiday and Frank Buncom come up from San Diego County, while 4-star Isaiah Langley is regarded by some as the best play maker in the Bay Area as a junior. USC commit Taeon Mason, Darrien Molton, and Corona Centennial's Jihree Stewart has a chance to blow up this spring like former teammate John Plattenburg did last year.
Northern CaliforniaWhile the camp at Chabot College won't have the firepower of Saturday's camp in Fullerton, Sunday should still be a solid day with many of the top prospects from the Bay Area, Sacramento, and the Central Valley in attendance.
McKenzie, a 4-star defensive tackle from Concord De La Salle, will return from a visit to Oklahoma's junior day to compete with 2 highly regarded Spartan teammates in 2016's lineman Boss Tagaloa and tight end Devin Asiasi.
Two of the hottest tight ends on the west coast will be in attendance. Ricky McCoy of Fresno and Tyler Petite of Moraga are each Pac-12/BCS level talents. Petite recently picked up an offer from Miami.
Four-star quarterback Kyle Kearns picked up his first scholarship offer this week from SMU. He will be joined by a duo of promising 2016 standouts from Northern and Southern California in San Ramon Valley's Kevin Davidson and Santa Margarita's K.J. Costello.
The top inside linebacker on the west coast and second best LB in California, 4-star number 98 ranked Cameron Smith will be in attendance. Stephen Johnson III of San Leandro has picked up 6 offers in the past few weeks and will have a few eyes on him on Sunday.
A trio of 3-star rising offensive linemen will be in attendance. Grant's Darrin Paulo, Freedom's Dominic Fredrickson, and Dougherty Valley's Kieffer Longson each have Pac-12 offers.
A trio of Stellar Prep of Hayward Division 1 prospects will be in attendance in wide receiver Darrell Adams, quarterback Cameron Burston, and cornerback Chandler Gumbs.
Four-star Rivals250 member L.J. Reed and Austin Aaron of Napa are both big tall wide receivers that are poised for huge camps.