GILBERT, Ariz. -- A solid collection of talent from Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado and beyond collected at Higley High School for the fourth of six Under Armor All-America Camps in the 2021 offseason circuit.
Position group sessions were staggered throughout the day; First up were the linemen. SI All-American takes a look at who wowed in the trenches, and caught up with the big men to talk 'cruitin thereafter.
Formalities first, there were three winners on the O-line of the Big Man Challenge (one-on-one period) award. Gavin Broscious (Goodyear (Ariz.) Desert Edge), Joe Brown (American Fork (Utah) Lone Peak), Grayson Stovall (Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton) all took home this honor.
SIAA caught up with the Utah product, Brown after the event. Still seeking his first scholarship offer, he was more focused on the work from the camp than any potential reward, telling us he's "hopeful" his first offer will come soon. As of now Brown says "I'm just going to keep working on my grind... I'm happy with how I prepared, happy with how I competed." Brown looked in complete control of his opponent through his reps in the one-on-one session. He looked sturdy, yet nimble in his set, and embodied the old offensive line coaching statute - "pass pro is not passive."
Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gormon edge defender Cyrus Moss was also in the house, and after flying through positional drills, Moss was first up in one-on-ones. He forcefully turned the shoulders of an oversetting Michigan commit Connor Jones (Monument (Colo.) Palmer Ridge), on his way to a sack. SIAA caught up with both Moss and Jones (who is coming off a hand injury) at the conclusion of big-man challenge. Jones, relishing at the opportunity to compete against the best, told SIAA "he (Moss) is the best in this camp." The Under Armour All-America Game invite committee concurred and extended to Moss an invitation to the 2022 game. Moss was indeed the most polished and most ready for the next level out of everyone on the field Saturday.
Moss also mentioned Lone Peak guard Joe Brown as one of the most impressive lineman of the camp, not only because of his performance but because "he's not just a big lineman, you could tell he's in the gym and he's got real strength on him." Moss continues, "he (Brown) was definitely somebody I noticed. Coach said he didn't have any offers... I think that'll change."
Colorado product and future Arizona Wildcat Grayson Stoval had an excellent rep against the San Diego, California product and eventual defensive line big man challenge winner Jaxson Moi (Cathedral Catholic). Moi, who was offered by Michigan the day before the camp, was one of the only pass rushers to successfully use a push-pull (with no pads) in the one-on-one session. He stayed low through his rushes, using use two complementary moves in one rep if he needed to. He rushes the passer "with a plan in mind" of how he will get to the quarterback, a fairly advanced trait in a young pass rusher.
We asked about Moi's connection with Oregon - "I love Coach (Mario) Cristobal, I already feel he's such a family guy. I really love the energy up there and how they keep in touch with me." As far as any leader in his recruitment right now, Moi didn't place anyone school above another, but tells SIAA he'd like to commit before his senior season.
Interior defensive linemen Dallas Vakalahi (Salt Lake City (Utah) West) graced through positional drills with nice bend and good balance. He capped that off with an impressive showing in the one-on-one session. SIAA took notice early of his hand fighting and how synchronized his feet are with his striking. Vakalahi was cited by his adversaries and peers in the trenches as one of the best in the camp.
Class of 2023 edge defender Ryan Davis (Pheonix (Ariz.) Sandra Day O'Connor) has a great base of tools he can build on, and he might've had the highest motor at the camp. He showed good bend, and fast footwork both in the drills and in competition. Davis is one SIAA will be tracking through his upcoming junior season.
Last but not least, offensive guard and yet another Utah product Weylin Lapuaho (Bingham) "had a blast" dominating all four of his reps in the big man challenge and looked as polished as anybody at the camp. He currently holds just one offer, from Utah, and cited their high graduation rate amongst student-athletes as one of his favorite things about the football program. Lapuaho's feet were the most technically sound on the field, never giving up his post-foot and stoning every rush he faced.
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