Dallas NFTC: Offensive Preview

A look at some of the premiere names on the offensive side coming to the Nike Football Training Camp at DeSoto High on Saturday...


It looks like the cream of the crop are set to come out and compete for one of the few spots in the Elite 11 at the Nike Headquarters in July. Both Scout100 members Jarrett Stidham and Kyler Murray will likely be the most buzzed about overall recruits in attendance and both should be considered frontrunners to eventually land a spot on The Opening roster. Stidham has good arm strength and prototype size, while Murray has pinpoint accuracy and elite athleticism.

Those may be the top-rated throwers, but an intriguing name on the roster is that of Baylor commitment Chad President. President is a great athlete who had made the move to quarterback as a junior, but suffered a season ending injury early on in the season.

Representing the 2016 class will be phenom athlete Tristen Wallace, who already proved his mettle at the Army Combine in January. He is set for a recruiting explosion this spring once he shows off his arm. He definitely passes the eye ball test.

Running Backs

Currently rated as Scout.com's No. 1 running back, Sotonye Jamabo has to be the pre-camp headliner of the running back group. He actually stood out at the NFTC last year, so he is a camp veteran. One of the most highly recruited players in the country he recently named a top four of Oklahoma, Baylor, UCLA and Oregon.

Pushing up the national rankings list after a strong season and a strong showing at the Next Level Athlete Showcase is South Oak Cliff's Jordan Stevenson. Stevenson is an absolute blazer, who will look good in all of the drills, time well and make big plays in the one-on-one session. I would put him on my watch list for overall camp MVP.


Leading the receivers is the state's No.1 target DaMarkus Lodge. The elite receiver from Cedar Hill helped lead his team to a state championship in 2013, dialing up big plays when the chips were down and his team's back was against the wall. He has great size and leaping ability and could have a similar performance to Malachi Dupre last year. Dupre earned an invite to The Opening after his solid day.

Aledo speedster Ryan Newsome will also be in attendance. Newsome is one of the most hotly recruited players in the state. He will not be as tall as some of the other receivers there, but he should be another player who should do well in the timed drills. He set records for his prowess in the return game during last year's state championship run.

Coming in from out of state is North Little Rock's K.J. Hill. Hill reports one of the most elite offers lists in the country with schools like Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State on it.

Offensive Line

Leading the list is Texas A&M commit and Scout300 offensive tackle Trevor Elbert. Elbert has the size, reach and strength to be a true college tackle. The NFTC environment will be fun to watch him in, checking in to establish he has the skills to hold off the true edge pass rushers.

Coming in from the 'Sooner State' is Oklahoma commitment Josh Wariboko. Wariboko is massive up front and has been having his way on the camp and combine tour over the past year. Carrying home some MVP hardware already, his should be a name to monitor.

Euless Trinity is known to put out some tough offensive linemen and Patrick Vahe is next in line. The Texas commit has played all over the line in his time playing at Trinity and that versatility is part of what makes him such a valued commodity.

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