MISSION VIEJO, Calif. - Nearly 200 young men from all over California, Arizona, Utah (and one from Germany) collected on to a soaked Mission Viejo football field at 10 am, Sunday for the Under Armour All-America Camp.
A rare rainy day in Southern California was the setting of a high energy, up-tempo kick-off to the 2020 recruiting camp season. On a day that otherwise could've been an air-raid-like performance from the quarterback group, vibes were tipped more along the lines of "my forty time was a little slow, you know, because of the rain."
A star-studded camp, pun intended, featuring one of the class of 2021's top overall prospects from Centennial High School's Korey Foreman (DE) Corona (Calif.), a premier Oaks Christian linebacker in Ethan Calvert from Westlake Village (Calif.), and Clemson-bound wide receiver Beaux Collins of Bellflower (Calif.) St John Bosco's class of 2021.
In typical SoCal fashion, plenty of talented quarterbacks were in attendance as well. Four-star pro-styler Miller Moss, Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany led the group of 20-plus quarterbacks, alongside USC-bound Jake Garcia, La Habra (Calif.) High School, Mission Viejo's own Peter Costelli, Missions Viejo (Calif.), and Wisconsin commit Deacon Hill of Santa Barbara (Calif.) High School. All class of 2021, all Southern Californians, and all very, very talented young men.
Here were some of the top athletes at this year's UA-LA camp:
RB Byron Cardwell, San Diego (Calif.) Morse High School
Cardwell was named the camp MVP, for his amazing combine performance and an outstanding display of effort throughout the entire camp. Cardwell ran a soaking wet 4.63 forty, clocked a 4.23 shuttle, and jumped a 30-inch vertical. The 6-foot, 197-pound running back from San Diego, Calif. is deciding between USC, UCLA, and Washington State among his 12 total offers.
LB Ethan Calvert, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Calvert was another head-turner during competitive drills. He showed off his burst, and coverage skills against some of the top QB's in the country. "People think, ya know, all I do is hit", said Calvert. "So I'm just trying to show off my speed and my agility." Calvert earned an invite to the 2021 Under Armor All-America Game for his performance in Sunday's drills.
QB Miller Moss, Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany
Moss was throwing the ball about as well as you can in the pouring rain. His over-the-top throwing motion helped keep the ball from slipping his release prematurely, resulting in him hitting some impressive deep throws. Coaches and players alike took notice of the young man's touch on deep throws, in addition to his throwing capabilities while on the move. Moss's bootlegs are in some ways a mean impression of a shortstop fielding a screaming ground ball in the SS-3B gap. Think Derek Jeter jump throw, but without the sidearm.
Moss earned an invitation to the 2021 Under Armor All-America Game for his superb performance distributing and taking care of the football.
DT Siale Suliafu, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) J Serra Catholic
Suliafu earned the praises of 5-star defensive end and fellow 2021 defender Korey Foreman, telling SI All American he's "going to try" to get Suliafu to Clemson. Suliafu recently received his first scholarship offer from Tennessee, he announced on Twitter, and after winning every rep he had in this camp, surely more will come.
OG BJ Tolo, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei (class of 2023)
Tolo shut down the defensive line during his reps today. The 6-foot-1, 290-pound 2023 Mater Dei product currently holds offers from Oregon, Kansas, and Colorado State. He finished every rep as all offensive lineman ought to do - through the whistle, and on top. Tolo will be garnering a lot more interest, moving into the early part of this 2021 cycle.