Lessons Learned: Los Angeles NFTC

LOS ANGELES -- As the first stop on the 2013 Nike Football Training Camp tour, Los Angeles provided a good look at hundreds of standouts in the West region. There were individual standouts at every position as well as several players who put themselves on the map with impressive performances. But the lasting impressions from the camp centered around two schools with talent to spare, a missed opportunity, a school making an out-of-state statement and Southern California’s deficiency and strength -- again -- at key positions.

Serra and Bosco lead the way

After a big play during Sunday’s camp, it was more than likely that when you searched the roster to see who was responsible, that player would be from one of two schools: Serra (Gardena, Calif.) or St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.). Combined, there were 18 players from those two schools, including linebacker MVP Dwight Williams, offensive line MVP Damien Mama, and three of the five recipients of invitations to The Opening (Williams, Mama, and cornerback Naijiel Hale). And these two programs won’t be finished with the 2014 class, either, as 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen (St. John Bosco), 2015 linebacker John Houston (Serra) and 2016 wide receiver Brandon Burton (Serra) are all players to watch moving forward.