June 6, 2011

Strong lineman group at Eugene NIKE

The annual Eugene NIKE training camp was held at the Casanova Center complex on Sunday. About 300 of the top aspiring high school football players, representing 25 different states, were on hand for the coaching and competition at the invitation-only event. The linemen on both sides of the ball were well-represented with about 30 players on offense and 30 on defense. Several of them stood out above the rest, though many deserve mention for their strong efforts.

On the defensive line, the MVP and the top D-1 prospect was the same guy. Isaac Seumalo from Corvallis high school was able to show off his skills in the three hours of drills and then again in the one-on-ones. The 6-foot-3, 280 son of Oregon State defensive line coach Joe Seumalo exhibited good strength and solid fundamentals. In the one-on-ones Seumalo switched back and forth between offense and defense, but even based on those limited OL repetitions, looked like he could have also won the OL MVP. Seumalo currently has offers from ASU, Boise State, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington.

Another D-1 prospect who worked out with the DL was Chandler Arizona's Kisma Jagne. The 6-foot-5, 235 pound athlete was quick off the line and used his hands well, giving the offensive linemen fits with his speed rush during one-on-ones. Jagne has very low body fat content and will likely play closer to 250 pounds at the college level. He currently has offers from Arizona, ASU, California, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Washington and Washington State.

6-foot-4, 220 pound Sawyer Whalen from Woodinville, Washington was also impressive. With a very lean frame, Whalen was quick off the line and displayed his athleticism and stamina during the four hours of camp. Whalen does not currently have any scholarship offers but based on Sunday's camp, will reward the football team that takes the risk.

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