LAYTON — A defining feature of the All-Poly Camp has long been the quality of coaches the full-contact football camp attracts. Some of the top coaches nationally have made it a point to participate in the three-day camp, adding a quality few other camps can touch.
But regardless of what coaches show up from year to year, according to camp director and founder Alema Te'o, it's still all about the kids. After all, it's the quality of participants that in large part bring top coaches out.
The 2016 camp was no different with regards to the quality of participants — several of whom were highlighted with rewards at the camp's conclusion.
"It's always so hard for us to pinpoint just a few kids who stand out," Te'o said. "You ask me about top guys and there's so many that run through my mind — it's real hard to highlight just a few."
One player Te'o was sure to point out was one he could relate well with. Juliano Falaniko attended the camp from American Samoa, the same country he grew up in before traveling to the United States in hopes of playing football as a means to earn an education.
Falaniko, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound linebacker prospect, turned heads and has already earned a bevy of scholarships while being listed as being committed to USC.
"I grew up there and I went to the same high school he did," Te'o said of Falaniko, who attends Leone High School. "So yeah, that's sort of dear to my heart that him, and some of his teammates make it out here. It's unbelievable to me and a real blessing."
As for other top performers, the standouts typically start with the defensive linemen, a position group that headlines the All-Poly Camp from year to year.
Leading the pack was Hunter High's Lorenzo Fauatea, who was at the top of the list of top DL performers. Other standouts on the defensive line included Highland's Hunter Lotulelei, who recently committed to Utah, East High's Fusi Teisina and Sione Angilau and Alta High's Fine Maka.
Top out-of-state defensive line performers were Tyler Manoa, from St. Francis (California), Nakoa Pauole (Kamehameha, Hawaii), Pouono Fa'agai (Vista Murrieta, California) and Tommy Togiai (Highland, Idaho.)
But the All-Poly Camp isn't all about prime defensive line talent, as the camp has made great strides to become better rounded in recent years.
"We still get great linemen out, but quarterbacks, receivers, all the positions — we really got great kids here from every position," Te'o said.
Leading the quarterbacks were Kaleb Hatch, from El Paso, Cammon Cooper (Lehi High School) and Mason Fakahua (Cedar City).
Top offensive linemen at the camp included recent BYU commit Campbell Barrington (University of Washington), Zealand Tupuloa (JSerra High School, California), Jaren Kump (Herriman High School), Dillon Tucker (Layton), Junior Angilau (East) and Pinei Sewell (Desert Hills).
Top running back honors were given to Alta's Josh Davis, Hayden Courier (Valor Christian High School, Colorado) and Samson Tufui (Southlands High School, California).
Top receivers included Payson tight end Tyler Batty and wide receiver Landon Maxfield (Alta).
The linebackers were a strong group with Layton's Tayler Katoa named as a top performer, along with Mata Ola (Alta), Falaniko (American Samoa), Viliami Tausinga (East) and Karene Reid (Timpview.)
Top defensive backs included Timpview's Chaz Ah You, Desert Hill's Nefi Sewell and Sky View's Brody Burke.
At the camp's conclusion Te'o expressed gratitude for all the camp participants.
"A lot of the kids have just enough time and resources to attend just one camp, and I couldn't be more grateful for every kid who chose ours," Te'o said. "It's all about the kids and we hope we're continuing to help give them great opportunities for their futures. Everyone who continues to help — I'm just like a kid in a candy store around all these great people. It's truly a blessing for me."