Omaha 2022 Locker Room Camp Notebook

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2023 Omaha Benson defensive tackle Steven Owusu.

The Omaha Locker Room Camp was held last week at eight high schools in the metro area (Omaha North, Omaha Burke, Omaha Central, Omaha Northwest, Omaha Bryan, Omaha Benson, Omaha South, Ralston). The traditional jamboree was held Friday at Omaha Burke.

Standout players and team notes you may or may not know over the four days of practices.

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North Omaha

The Vikings were the most complete team of the eight. Structure, function, no extra lessons after playing talking, just playing football. I saw the Vikings practice alone on Wednesday at North and at the jamboree on Friday.

lineman 2025 Tyson Terry did not participate in either day, choosing to prepare for a busy month of June with camps on college campuses. A handful of return linemen stood out in both practice and the jamboree. 2023 defensive tackle and two-time state champion wrestler Tyler Stewart will be a touch from both sides on the ball inside the line. lineman 2023 Devin Jones (6-4, 275) at left tackle should solidify that side of the line with either Terry or Stewart likely playing guard next to him. Payton Nickerbocker started at center in 2021 for the Vikings, he has a calm but commanding presence about him, something that is valuable in this position.

defensive back Tre Brown (2023) moved from corner to safety late last season and showed off his ability to peddle the ball with a punch during Friday’s jamboree against Omaha Central. He has good length and strength and isn’t afraid to blend into the running game.

North always seems to have running backs. 2024 return Te’Shaun Porter took the job and literally ran with it in 2021 rushing for over 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns.

There’s plenty of young talent in the Vikings’ program, led by the Athlete of 2024 Titan Glassman. The 6-foot, 175-year-old Glassman will see significant playing time as a safety or defensive linebacker or wide receiver on the offensive side of the ball.

The Larry Martin era at North is best known for his running backs, big linemen and athletes, not so much for the quarterback. That could change in 2022. The Vikings will have the rest of the summer and fall to pick a starting quarterback.

Both Sebastien Circo (2025) and Jackson Flere (2025) saw time with the top unit. Circo had the best day of the jamboree. He had three throws that a Northern quarterback hadn’t since Zach Martin (2013). The first a would be a touchdown pass that was dropped in the end zone. The second, a corner route just over the defender for a 25-yard touchdown and the third a ball deep into the back corner of the end zone that landed just above a defender’s outstretched arms for a 35 yard touchdown. In limited time last season as a backup, Flere saw significant time in a 39-22 loss to Omaha Westside where he threw for 196 yards and two touchdowns.

Others

2023 Omaha Central defensive tackle Jamison Kemp (6-2, 290) was the most impressive lineman I’ve seen all week. The heavyweight wrestler doesn’t just look the part, he plays the part. Defensively, he showed off his next-level athleticism and strength. Thursday, during joint training, he was clearly the best lineman of the three teams (Central, Northwest, Bryan). In the individual exercises he was unstoppable and didn’t lose a rep.

Caleb Pyfrom (2024), Omaha Central, is one to watch. He’s a converted 6-foot-5, 260-pound tight end who will play offensive tackle in 2022. His height and athleticism are intriguing. The ceiling is high for Pyfrom as he grows within his frame. Central defensive end Bryce Lytle (2024) is a speed rusher/good bend guy. He was constantly applying pressure on Omaha North quarterbacks and had a hard-hitting sack in the jamboree on Friday.

There is structure and organization in Omaha Bryan. They also have just enough talent to win enough games to qualify for the playoffs in 2022. Maquise Keeten is 5-11, 260 pounds but he’s a fighter. He’ll have to play both sides of the ball for the Bears in 2022, but that shouldn’t be a problem. He showed some toughness and in individual drills, especially as a defensive tackle. 2024 running back Braylon Rogers do you like a running back. He showed good vision and some movement, especially in tight spaces. Rogers could have a big season in 2022.

2023 Omaha Northwest Lineman Marcelus Hardin had a great day against Omaha Central and Omaha lineman Bryan Thursday in their joint practice. Defensively, he can win in short spaces. He’s not the biggest or a type that fits all measurables, but he’s strong and should be solid inside the offensive line.

2023 Omaha Benson nose tackle Steven Owusu is a big space eater in the middle of the defense. He stands out easily at 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds. Owusu is not only a great human in the middle, he can move well and has shown his ability to get a pass in the middle.

Chris Swill (2023) is an outside linebacker/defensive end who wreaked havoc in Benson’s backfield during Friday’s jamboree. Swille was virtually unblockable at times using both speed and power moves.

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