2023 Omaha Benson defensive tackle Steven Owusu at the 2022 Omaha Locker Room Camp
2023 Omaha Benson defensive tackle Steven Owusu.
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2022 Omaha Locker Room Camp Notebook

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

The standout players and notes on teams you may or may not know from the four days of practices.

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Omaha North

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

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

Defensive back Tre Brown (2023) moved from corner to safety late last season and showed his ball hawking ability along with some thump in the jamboree on Friday versus Omaha Central.  He has good length and strength and isn’t afraid to mix it up in the run game.

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

There is a lot of young talent in the Vikings program, led by 2025 athlete Titan Glassman. Glassman, 6-foot, 175 will see significant playing time at safety or linebacker on defense or wide receiver on the offensive side of the ball. 

Larry Martin era at North is better known for their running backs, big lineman and athletes, not so much quarterback play. That may change in 2022. The Vikings will have the rest of the summer and fall to settle on a starting quarterback. 

Both Sebastian Circo (2025) and Jackson Flere (2025) saw time with the top unit at Wednesday’s practice. It was Circo that had a day in the jamboree. He made three throws that a North quarterback hasn’t made 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 third a deep ball to the back corner of the end zone that dropped in just over the outstretched arms of a defender 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 that participated that I saw during the week. The Heavyweight wrestler doesn’t just look the part, he plays the part. Defensively he showed his next-level athleticism and strength. Thursday in the joint practice he was clearly the best lineman of the three (Central, Northwest, Bryan) teams. In one-on-one drills he was unstoppable and didn’t lose a rep. 

Caleb Pyfrom (2024), Omaha Central, is one to keep an eye on. He’s a 6-5, 280-pound converted tight end that will play offensive tackle in 2022. His size and athleticism is intriguing. The ceiling is high for Pyfrom as he grows into his frame. Central defensive end Bryce Lytle (2024) is a speed rusher/good bend guy. He was consistently applying pressure to the Omaha North quarterbacks and had a hard hitting sack in the jamboree on Friday. 

There is structure and organization at Omaha Bryan. They also have just enough talent to win enough games to make a run at the playoffs in 2022. 2023 lineman Maquise Keeten is 5-11, 260-pounds but he is a fighter. He will need 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 one-on-one drills particularly as a defensive tackle. 2024 running back Braylon Rogers is what you like a running back. He showed good vision and a little wiggle particularly in tight spaces. Rogers could have a big season in 2022. 

Omaha Northwest 2023 lineman Marcelus Hardin had a nice day against Omaha Central and Omaha Bryan lineman Thursday at their joint practice. Defensively he can win in short spaces. He’s not the tallest or a fits all the measurables guy, but he is strong and should be stout in the interior of the offensive line. 

2025 Omaha Benson nose tackle Steven Owusu is a large space eater in the middle of the defense. He easily stands out at 6-5, 320-pounds. Owusu isn’t just a large human in the middle he can move well and showed the ability to get a pass rush up the middle. 

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

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