SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The biggest and best mega camp out West returned on Wednesday at Sacramento State University.
With nearly 2,000 players registered for the two-day event, Sacramento State head coach TroyTaylor and director of football operations Garret Wolfe and the Sac State staff resumed the always successful Sac State Mega Camp and it continues to be the best and most loaded and smoothest Mega Camp in the West and really, as any across the country, even in temperatures approaching 100 degrees.
Multiple assistant coaches from double-digit Pac-12 and Mountain West programs, including head coaches Oregon State’s Jonathan Smith, Cal’s Justin Wilcox, UCLA’s Chip Kelly, Washington’s Kalen DeBoer, Washington State’s Jake Dickert and Stanford’s David Shaw plus Wyoming’s Craig Bohl and San Jose State’s Brent Brennan joined other coaches from around the region and were treated to some of the top players in the region.
In all, we saw head coaches or assistants from all each Pac-12 school- Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State, and nearly every Mountain West school – Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming plus BYU, Army, UTEP and host Sacramento State.
Now, with nearly 2,000 campers, 16 sessions across two days and multiple fields being used, it was impossible to see all of the action, but between the two days, we gathered as much of the recruiting info as we could.
Here are some of those recruiting nuggets from the camp.
–No skill player had a better day than Folsom (Calif.) 2024 quarterback Austin Mack. After waiting his turn for the Bulldogs, he’ll be the starter of this fall and already had a slew of Pac-12 offers. Four more came in on Wednesday, from Arizona, Colorado, Oregon State and Washington State. He already had Pac-12 offers from Cal, Oregon and Washington and each had their offensive coordinators watching him throw while UCLA and Arizona State were also watching him throw closely.
–Meanwhile, along the offensive line, Modesto (Calif.) Christian 2024 lineman Manasse Itete was just as busy with offers on Wednesday. While Vanderbilt offered him in the afternoon despite not being at the camp, four Pac-12 schools watched him at the camp and offered- Oregon State, Cal, USC and UCLA. Itete is still relatively new to football, he came from Congo to the US to play basketball but made the move to football and now he’s already getting offers all in one day.
–Cupertino (Calif.) Homestead 2024 tight end Wyatt Hook entered the camp with one Pac-12 offer, from Cal earlier this month, but pulled in three offers, including two from the Pac-12, when Hawaii joined Colorado and Washington State in offering Hook.
–Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon 2024 athlete Devin Green had his first Pac-12 offer come in when California offered him on Wednesday and then on Thursday, Arizona and Washington State offered him for his second and third Pac-12 offers. Green previously had an offer from Portland State.
–Salinas (Calif.) Palma 2024 receiver Logan Saldate landed an offer from Washington State at the camp. He was previously offered by Cal, Oklahoma State and Washington.
–Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney 2024 cornerback Phoenix rose had his first two Pac-12 offers come in when Cal and Washington offered him after the camp and then he went back on Thursday and was offered by Washington State and Colorado. He previously had an offer from Portland State.
–Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian 2024 athlete Kayo Patu picked up his first Pac-12 offer when Washington State offered him. Patu comes from a big Pac-12 family- his father played football at Oregon and his mother played softball there and currently one brother, Orin Patu, is a defensive lineman at Cal and the other, Ari Patu, a quarterback at Stanford.
–Orinda (Calif.) Miramonte quarterback Luke Duncan will take his official visit to Cal next weekend and the Bears look like they’re in a good position to land his commitment, with the Crystal Ball pointing to the hometown school. Duncan was the most high-profile passer from the 2023 class at the camp and after Thursday’s session, had coaches from Washington, UCLA, Washington State and Oregon State waiting to talk with him.
–Huntington Beach (Calif.) 2024 offensive lineman Justin Tauanuu came in to the camp with a few Pac-12 offers under his belt and left with two more when Oregon State and Washington State offered him.
–Auburn (Calif.) Placer offensive lineman Zander Esty had a productive two days, doing both days of the Mega Camp, and added two more Pac-12 offers and two more Mountain West offers. He already had an Oregon State offer but then Cal and Washington State joined the mix after watching him as did Nevada and San Jose State. Esty will take officials to Oregon State and Cal next week.
–Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral 2024 receiver Xavier Jordan picked up two more offers, from Hawaii and Washington State. He already had an offer from Arizona from the Pac-12 and Colorado State from the Mountain West and added one more from each conference.
-Fairfield (Calif.) Armijo 2024 defensive tackle Jericho Johnson had another productive camp that led to yet another Pac-12 offer. Washington State offered Johnson at the camp, to go with offers in the last week from Cal, San Jose State and Washington.
–Atherton (Calif.) Sacred Heart Prep receiver Carter Shaw had an offer from Yale but then was offered by San Jose State at the camp. The highlight of the camp, to us, was seeing the Cal staff gathered around Shaw, talking with him post-camp. Shaw is the son of Stanford head coach David Shaw, who was also there scouting the camp while watching his son.
–Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco safety Hunter Nowell reeled in his first in-state offer when San Jose State offered him on Wednesday. He had a previous offer from Charlotte.
–Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley offensive lineman Richard McKay pulled in an offer from Fresno State at Wednesday’s linemen session. The Bulldogs followed schools like Arizona and San Jose State in offering McKay.
–San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral linebacker Jerry Mixon already has a slew of offers but he was the most popular linebacker at the camp, with UCLA, Cal, Oregon and Washington coaches following him around. He’s already visited the Bruins for an official while the Huskies, Ducks and Bears are all pushing to get an official visit from him. Missouri, his first SEC offer, is also pushing to get Mixon to take an official out there.
–Corona (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Carson Conklin was one of the standouts on Thursday and the host Sacramento State offered the Husky quarterback.
–Sonora (Calif.) offensive lineman Roger Alderman was in the morning lineman session on Wednesday and had all three schools that essentially make up his unofficial final three- Oregon State, Colorado and Utah, watching all of his reps. Alderman visited Colorado last weekend and he’ll visit Utah this weekend and then wrap it with a trip to Oregon State.
–Hartnell (Calif.) College receiver Josiah Freeman took part in Wednesday’s JC portion of the camp and added an offer from Fresno State. He returned on Thursday and landed another pair of Mountain West offers, from Hawaii and UNLV. He previously held offers from Nevada, Texas State and Utah State while Hawaii and Colorado are also showing interest.
–Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers 2025 athlete Ezekiel Castex had his first two offers come in, one each from the Mountain West and the Pac-12, when Colorado State and then Arizona State offered him.
–Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan 2024 linebacker Logan Studt reeled in his first Pac-12 offer at the camp when Washington offered him. Fresno State had offered Studt prior to the camp.
–San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral linebacker RL Miller added an offer from host Sacramento State to go with previous offers from Western Kentucky and Arizona.
–Oakland (Calif.) Tech edge Omar Staples added a new Pac-12 offer after the camp when Washington State offered. He was also offered by Pennsylvania and that goes with offers from Oregon State and Utah. He’s set to visit Corvallis officially next weekend.
–Folsom (Calif.) safety Greco Carrillo pulled in an offer at the camp for the second straight year. San Jose State offered him after this camp a year after Fresno State offered him at the same camp last year.
–Folsom (Calif.) 2024 athlete RJ Whitten started his recruitment off with a Pac-12 offer when Cal offered him at the camp.
–San Mateo (Calif.) Serra tight end Seamus Gilmartin picked up an offer from Hawaii at the conclusion of the camp, with San Jose State having just offered prior to the camp.
–Fairfield (Calif.) Rodriguez cornerback Leroy Bryant will take his first official visit to Washington next weekend. Bryant was offered by Wyoming at the camp and is expected to work out for Cal coaches again later next week.
–Reno (Nev.) Galena 2024 offensive lineman Tyler Miller had his first two offers come in- San Diego State offered him on Wednesday and then home town Nevada offered him on Thursday.
–Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian receiver Kanye Clark added a new in-state offer, from San Diego State, that follows his most recent offer and first Pac-12 offer from Washington State.
–West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade 2024 defensive lineman TJ Ford had Washington State offer him after seeing him first at the Redlands Camp and then at Sacramento State.
–Sacramento (Calif.) 2024 running back Lamar Radcliffe continues to roll with offers, adding another Pac-12 offer, this one from Washington State, giving him half the Pac-12. He also added a Fresno State offer.
–Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers 2025 athlete Isaiah Jordan started his recruitment off with a Pac-12 offer, with Colorado being the first to go on Jordan.
–Rigby (Idaho) 2024 quarterback Luke Flowers also got his recruitment going with a Pac-12 offer, having Arizona offer him on Thursday.
–Roseville (Calif.) Oakmont defensive lineman Kyle Stahlecker added an offer from Sacramento State after Thursday’s session.
–Pittsburg (Calif.) safety Robin Boyd had his first offer come in post-camp when Southern Oregon offered him.
–Rocklin (Calif.) linebacker Derek Houston got his first offer after the camp on Thursday when hometown Sacramento State offered him.
247Sports’ Jackson Moore contributed to this notebook.