Shepherd, Other Iowa Targets Shine at RedHawk

2011 Iowa verbal, JaCorey Shepherd, showed well at a state qualifying event recently. Hawkeye targets Cam McDaniel and Quentin Gardener also looked good at the gathering. Get an inside scouting report right here at Hawkeye Insider.

Overall MVP

J.W. Walsh, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback from Denton Guyer High in Texas was probably the highest rated commit at the event and his performance was on point, as he helped his team qualify for the State Championship in College Station.

It did not take long for Walsh and his Denton Guyer teammates to strike as they came out of the gates swinging and roiled up 35 first half points against Richland to coast to an easy victory. Walsh was throwing bullets and his team was scoring at will.

The team would go on to go 3-1 on the day and qualify, but his best game would come just prior to the semi-final match-up with Plano when he was able to help the Wildcats score 73 in a win over Garland. Walsh showed tremendous poise throughout the day and he is continuing to develop his game from a finesse standpoint, but he also looked like he is continuing to add some much needed size to his frame as he gets older.

The Best of the Rest

The secret is out on Coppell High athlete Cam McDaniel. At 5-foot-10, 180 pounds he has a low center of gravity, but moves extremely well. He would definitely fill the role of a slot receiver or a third down type of back in college. He is really slick catching the ball and runs very crisp and precise routes.

JaCorey Shepherd, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound wide receiver from Mesquite Horn High has made a commitment to play at Iowa and there is no doubt he is a high D1 caliber receiver. He has a good build and catches the ball away from his body and he also makes the tough grabs in traffic. He has the build of a slot receiver but plays more like an outside guy. His skills on the edge give him the ability to play at either spot in college.

Guyer's Josh Stewart, a 5-foot-10, 165 pound defensive back and Quentin Gardener, 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete were both fantastic looking specimens that made plays on both sides of the ball. Stewart probably had the biggest impact on offense where he was able to hook up with Walsh on multiple occasions, while Gardener had a couple of huge plays on the defensive side of the ball. Quite ironic as Stewart will plays CB in college while it looks like Gardener will end up in the slot.

The plan for most of the team playing Plano East High was to stay away from the rangy Lyndell Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound safety. Johnson patrolled the middle and his reach and speed made teams try to put the ball on the outside or underneath h is reach. He is still growing in to his frame from an athleticism standpoint but all of the tools are there for him to develop in to an excellent player in college.

Cameron Brown, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound receiver from Frisco Liberty High was probably the most impressive physical specimen at the event. And it was best said when someone mentioned that he is going to get D1 offers on his look alone. He stills has some work to do on his route running skills but there is no doubt that he is quick off of the ball and go up and make the catch over smaller defensive backs.

Best of the Rest: CB David Jenkins (Hebron), CB Devante Harris (Horn), WR Kiante Griffin (Hebron), QB Dalyn Williams


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