Oregon NFTC: The MVPs

The juniors stole the show at the Oregon NFTC while one 2015 prospect gets an invitation to the Elite 11 Finals and The Opening...

There were plenty of top tier 2015 prospects at the Oregon NFTC.

But you could make a case that the 2016 prospects stole the show, especially on offense, with two of the skill MVPs being underclassmen while the defensive line MVP was also a 2016 prospect.

Here is a look at the positional MVPs as chosen by the NFTC staff.

QUARTERBACKS

Ross Bowers, Bothell (Wash.), 2015. Bowers was solid all weekend at the Oakland Elite 11 Regional Tryout and then the Oakland NFTC. He returned to the Oregon NFTC intent on getting a spot into the Elite 11 Finals and The Opening and not only did he earn QB MVP honors, but he also punched his ticket to Beaverton. We've seen Bowers a ton since his sophomore season, in games, 7v7 tournaments and at camps, and his improvement has been one of the storylines of the spring in the region. While he may not be the high-profle QB recruit some of the other QBs headed to Beaverton are, his performance on Sunday coming on the heels of Oakland put him in rare company.

RUNNING BACKS

Brandon Wellington, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic, 2016. Wellington is an early 2016 four-star safety by Scout but he can also play running back. While he likes defense, he played running back on Sunday and was definitely the top performer there. He's well put together, at about 6-0, 215, runs really well, has good feet and cutback ability and catches the ball extremely well. He may be the top overall skill prospect in the Northwest, regardless of class.

RECEIVERS

Trevon Sidney, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat, 2016. It wouldn't be a stretch to call Sidney the MVP of the day on Sunday. Not just at receiver, but overall. Sidney was terrific in the one-on-one's, catching everything, including a stretch where he made a one-handed grab, jumped over a DB to catch a pass in the end zone in front of the DBs face and making a crafty sideline catch where he kept both feet in bounds. Already an early four-star by Scout, Sidney has game-breaker speed, soft hands and runs excellent routes then shows the explosiveness you want in a big-play receiver.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Alex Neale, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic, 2015. It's been quite a weekend for Neale, who also won OL MVP honors at the NWEFC on Friday before driving down to Eugene and making it a clean sweep. Neale was very good in the positional drills but was at his best in the 1-on-1's, constantly getting the best of the DLs he went up against. He plays nice and low, uses great hand placement and keeps his feet chopping then has a measure of nasty to go along with it. It's just a matter of time before Neale, a pure center, gets his first offer.


David Letuligasenoa (DL MVP), Christian Folau (LB MVP) and Brandon Wellington (RB MVP)

DEFENSIVE LINE

David Letuligasenoa, Brentwood (Calif.) Heritage, 2016. We first saw Letuligasenoa last fall against five-star Joe Mixon when they helped limit Mixon to one of his lowest outputs of the season. Letuligasenoa was good all afternoon, especially in the one-on-one's. He's not the tallest defensive lineman, going about 6-0, but he's real quick off the ball, plays low and with good leverage and did a good job of disengaging with his blockers. He also showed a good amount of strength with a frame to probably easily add another 20-25 pounds.

LINEBACKERS

Christian Folau, Salt Lake City (Utah) East, 2015. One of the premier middle linebackers in the West, the Stanford commit was probably the top overall defensive performer on the day. The four-star showed great polish and movement in the drills, moved well in space and was tough for the running backs to stop in the pass rushing drills. He also did really well in the 1-on-1's and showed the agility that's made him a top 10 middle backer nationally.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

A.J. Greeley, Fresno (Calif.) Edison, 2015. For the second time in as many NFTCs out West, a Fresno DB won the MVP of this positional unit. In Oakland, it was Dehlon Preston and in Eugene, it was his good friend and DB Guru teammate Greeley. Greeley showed the best footwork, backpedal and closing speed of any of the DBs, was physical and heady in his play, and next to impossible to get a pass caught on.

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