Yesterday we brought you the story of Central Catholic star athlete Connor Humphreys and his MVP performance at the Rivals Performance Camp this past weekend. He was named the MVP for the Defensive Line making him the best of the best down there at the camp which was loaded with solid D-1 prospects.
Mr. Humphreys was not alone in his representation of the NW Regions Best. Several others made it down and they included some of Washington’s hottest prospects for 2014 and 2015.
Let’s start off with Bellevue’s Shane Bowman. The 6’4- 242 lb QB cruncher was in the house in LA too and he turned some heads as well. Reports had him in the top group with Humphreys leaving a few very curious about these NW pass rushers.
We caught up to Bowman who is coming off a great season where he had 13 Sacks for the Nations #1 Team.
” I wanted to say thank you again- the camp was an awesome experience and was top notch. Rivals had world class coaches with multiple first round draft picks and some of them had super bowl wins and national titles. The athletes there were all extremely talented and it was great to go up against guys who already have multiple offers and beat them in 1 on 1’s. The only thing is I thought I would have gotten more recognition because of my performance but I was extremely satisfied and surprised at where I matched up with these 3 star and 4 star guys. Our defensive line Coach Rex Norris was impressed with me and Chuck Smith (my D-line mentor) came up as we spoke and he had previously coached Chuck at Tennesse. He said he could tell (I had been working with Chuck because of my technique; it was great hearing that from a world renown coach,” offered Bowman.
Shane was noticed. We have heard from several of the analysts there that he looked very good. The camp is moving fast and furious across the country and a lot of film is being captured. We expect our Top Analysts to be digging into more and more stories as the coming months roll along.
Bowman is so much bigger then he was a year ago and is so aggressive and physical. It sounds like Coach Butch Goncharoff is going to unleash his D-Linemen a bit this season and that mean guys like Bowman and Marcus Griffin will be even more aggressive. In a word “Yikes”!
Darren Bowman, Shane’s Dad, played a little ball and offered this on the Camp.
“The D- line coach was fantastic; agility drills were uniform and highlighted foot speed – explosive power – hip mobility etc. The competition was tip top – kids for the O- line were massive,” said Darren.
Joining Bowman from the State of Washington were Jayden Croft (6’1″- 180 Lb) a 2014 QB from Tumwater HS and the “Blue Mamba” Chico McClatcher of Federal Way HS. Chico is a 2015 top kid with offers already to his credit and he tore up the camp by all accounts.
Croft loved it saying, “Rivals camp was awesome. TONS of great talent and I feel like I got a lot better. I was the only QB there from Washington and thought I turned some heads with a few throws!”
Another NW great that made the Trip last weekend to the Phoenix, Arizona Rivals Camp was 4 Star Linebacker Joey Alfieri. The explosive LB (6’3″- 230 lbs) from Jesuit HS in Portland, Oregon impresses everyone where ever he shows up and this camp was no exception. He holds offers from OSU, Washington, and Washington State.
“Flying down to Arizona has been one of my favorite and most rewarding experiences of my football career. Not only did I get to learn from coaches who have experience at the Professional level, but I also got a chance to compete with some of the best kids around the country and see how I matched up against them. I currently have 3 offers from Oregon state, Washington and Washington state. I will be flying down to Stanford on June 18th to attend their camp and Junior day. I continue to work on my speed and quickness during this track season. I feel that I performed extremely well in the combine and showed the coaches that I deserve to be considered one of the top linebackers in the country. I got so many reps on the one on ones and was very pleased with how I did during them. The coaches all had advice to give me and great insights to share after watching me get a rep, which I really enjoyed,” offered Alfieri who comes from NFL football stock (Dad Phillip) and who is perhaps the #1 two way impact player in the Region.
These are a few of the guys we caught up to. All of them had an impact at this new camp series which immediately moved into the National spotlight as one of the top 2 or 3 events an athlete can get to all season as the competition and level of media coverage warranted the kids and parents making the trip.
More to follow on all of these guys as the season goes along!