Lessons Learned: Oakland NFTC

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Despite being one of the final stops in Nike Football Training Camp tour, Oakland certainly proved it was worth the wait. The event’s biggest impressions centered around a handful of ESPN 150 members, the region’s top-rated running back, an SEC-committed quarterback and performances by Northern California-based recruits, who definitely defended their turf.

Star power shined

Nine campers earned invites to The Opening, including ESPN 150 members Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central), Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) and Dalton Schultz (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham).

And while the big-name prospects proved themselves, there were also some under-the-radar athletes who had standout performances, as linebacker Joey Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit), quarterback Kyle Carta-Samuels (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine Prep), lineman Kammy Delp (Pomona, Calif./Diamond Ranch), cornerback Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) and safety Brandon Simmons (Arlington, Texas/Timberview) received golden tickets.