Top performers named at the All-Poly Camp's conclusion
Michelle Tessier, Deseret News
LAYTON — The All-Poly Camp wrapped up early Saturday afternoon with some spirited scrimmages, camp directors naming position group MVPs and a great sense of camaraderie and accomplishment.
Now in its 15th year, the All-Poly Camp is bigger than ever with close to 500 attending this year’s three-day event.
“It’s bigger and better. That’s the only way I know how to explain it to you,” said camp founder Alema Te’o at the camp’s conclusion. “The quality of the camp has increased and the commitment from our college coaches is outstanding and you’re not going to find something like this anywhere in the country.”
As impressive as the coaches taking part was a stellar slate of prospects, including Brighton High’s Osa Masina, who was named as one of four camp MVPs for linebacker.
Masina’s participation wasn’t expected, but more than welcomed by Te’o, who compared Masina’s talent to that of his nephew, and current San Diego Charger, Manti Te’o.
“All the kids were great, but that kid stood out to my eye with his abilities and what he can do,” Te'o said. “That kid, in my opinion, has a great football career ahead of him.”
Hurricane High’s Jeremiah Ieremia joined Masina as an MVP from the linebacker position and roundly impressed others through all three days.
Other local standouts included Gabe Sewell (Desert Hills) and Lorenzo Manu (East), who were named as defensive back MVPs.
Dylan Bennett (Herriman) and Bruce Tukuafu (Bountiful) were named defensive line MVPs.
On the offensive side, MVP honors went to quarterback Robbie Hutchins (Brighton), running backs Lopini Katoa (American Fork) and Houston Heimuli (Bountiful), tight end Nate Heaps (American Fork) and offensive lineman James Empey (American Fork.)
Most of the camp standouts already have collegiate offers in hand while others may have gone a long way in acquiring as much through their performances.
“Hopefully we can get some scholarships for these guys and get them out there,” Te'o said.
As satisfied as Te'o was with this year’s camp, he’ll now go about the next 12 months working on making it even better.
“Every year we’ve improved what we do, and we won’t rest,” he said. “I can’t do this alone, and I’m so grateful for all the coaches and everyone else who put in the time to make this camp what it is.”
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