RN Top 10: Oakland NFTC
May, 20, 2013
By Erik McKinney | ESPN.com
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The thought heading into the Oakland Nike Camp was that Laney College would be buzzing with some of the West’s top prospects on Sunday afternoon. And although two ESPN 150 prospects were on hand but did not participate, the camp still delivered in a big way.
Nine players received invitations to The Opening and a good deal more put themselves in good position to receive invites at a later date. As always, cutting the list to a top 10 wasn't an easy task, but several players separated themselves with some truly standout performances.
10. Kammy Delp
Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch | OG | 6-4, 265
Without a marquee offensive lineman on the roster, the position was up for grabs, and Delp seized control early on. The big lineman has seen his recruitment skyrocket this spring, and this weekend proved why coaches have been on him. He was outstanding during one-on-ones and walked away with the position MVP award as well as an invitation to The Opening.
“Kammy was a guy I was pretty high on from tape,” offensive line coach Todd Huber said. “He’s a little rawer than some other guys we’ve seen across the country, but he has refined his technique this spring. You could tell he really wanted to improve during position drills, and when we got to one-on-ones, he really turned it on. He sat back really patiently. He has the size and showed the technique that wasn’t really on tape. I think there’s going to be a big jump between his junior and senior year.”
9. Nick Gibson
Corona (Calif.) Corona | RB | 5-10, 180
Gibson announced his presence early with his bleached hair, but he backed it up in a big way once the blitz pickup drill began. He made sure he lined up against a number of the top linebackers in attendance, and Gibson delivered on each rep. Other backs might have put together more impressive performances carrying the ball, but nobody made an impact similar to Gibson during the blocking drills.
“He was the most consistent,” running backs coach Barry Foster said. “He went out there and he blocked well, he ran great routes, he had a great attitude, and he was just consistently making plays.”
8. Dalton Schultz
South Jordan (Utah) Bingham | TE | 6-6, 218
The big tight end is in the middle of a West Coast tour that will take him to Stanford, Oregon State and Washington, but the ESPN 150 prospect stopped in Oakland long enough to prove exactly why he’s such a coveted recruit in this class. Not only will Schultz head home with several unofficial visits under his belt, he also collected an invitation to The Opening.
“The great thing about him was his separation on contact,” receivers coach Damon Griffin said. “That’s the biggest thing as a tight end, because a lot of time you have guys on you. He showed his intelligence as well because he constantly found the hole and settled in space for his quarterback.”
7. Adarius Pickett
El Cerrito (Calif.) El Cerrito | CB | 6-0, 185
In an absolutely loaded group of defensive backs, Pickett was terrific. One of three defensive backs to receive invitations to The Opening, Pickett registered several pass deflections throughout the day. Defensive backs coach Michael Fletcher said the MVP choice for the defensive backs was extremely difficult, and while Pickett didn’t come away with it, he was one of several who put in the kind of day that could have earned it.
6. Joey Alfieri
Portland (Ore.) Jesuit | LB | 6-2, 215