Texas Tour Saw Its Share Of Talent

The Oklahoma State coaching staff served last week as guests of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football coaching staff for mini-camps throughout Texas. The five half-day camps allow high school players to show their talents and pick up pointers from college coaches. This year's stops were in Belton and San Antonio the first day, Houston the second day, and Longview and Dallas the final day.

Each camp includes physical instruction on stretching, running, and agility with some pointers on strength training and nutrition. There are skill drills for each position group and then one-on-one work in the passing game, pass defense, and work with the offensive and defensive linemen.

This year's camps may have actually seen more talented juniors-to-be campers than actual seniors looking to impress and maybe have a chance to play college football at one of the schools that the camp coaches represent. We made phone calls and enlisted individuals that were there to give us a rundown of some of the camp activity.

Belton
This is always one of the busiest stops as it is held on the campus of Mary Hardin-Baylor and draws from the talented high schools of the rich Cen-Tex region that includes Waco, Austin, Temple, Copperas Cove and surrounding areas.

There were 118 campers attending at Belton this year. One of our favorite defensive end prospects is Victor Iroknais out of Pflugerville Hendrickson, who made the camp. The 6-3, 220-pound Iroknais ran really well for a player his size, somewhere in the 4.6 range.

One of the top quarterbacks in the 2013 class in Texas in Jordan Darling out of Midway Hewitt. The 6-4, 220-pound Hewitt is a dropback pocket-style quarterback that has a strong arm to go with classic size.

A pair of other offensive players stood out as Reisel running back Cory Schroeder at 5-9, 165 pounds ran well. Chris Edling is a 6-3, 211-pound tight end prospect out of Corsicana that ran well and tested well. Hyde Park wide receiver Ryan Roberts is 6-6, 180 pounds and reportedly moves really well.

San Antonio
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong led Cibolo Steele to a state championship last season as a junior defeating Denton Guyer and current Cowboys freshman quarterback J.W. Walsh in that championship game. Armstrong is an athletic dual threat quarterback, not exactly what OSU is looking for but Armstrong is 6-0, 202 pounds and moves very well. He could play several positions.

Kason Fornesout of Kerrville Tivy is a name to keep an eye out for as the 5-10, 165-pound inside receiver prospect has really good times running in the 4.5 range.

On the offensive line there were three strong prospects in San Antonio in offensive guard prospect Nik Altman (6-2, 267) out of Clemens, and tackle prospects in Alex Delgado (6-5, 310) out of Boerne and Jacob Dunning (6-5, 250) out of Leander.

Over on defense in the camp, Brent Carpenter of Goliad is a solid defensive end prospect ay 6-3, 215 that needs to fill out. The defensive backs are Nick Coleman (6-0, 175) of East Central that ran in the 4.6 range and Derrick Kindred (5-10, 178) of Wagner that also ran in the 4.6 area.

Houston
This was the camp that everybody told us had the most speed and the most talent with close to 80 youngsters in attendance.

You start with the only confirmed offer that we have from the week of camp and that went to Fort Bend Elkins wide receiver Chance Allen. The 6-2, 190-pound Allen had a strong junior season and in front of all the coaches dropped off a sub-4.5 clocking in the forty. That may have sealed the deal on him.

There was also a very legit quarterback prospect in Brooks Haack out of Katy, who trhew for 1,461 yards last season with a very impressive 16 touchdowns to one interception on the season. The 6-1, 190-pound Haack also is athletic and runs right around 4.5. OSU has had interest in Haack from the bvginning and was in San Antonio earlier this spring to watch him throw.

An impressive physical speciman at quarterback was junior Jeffry Nabors of Cy Ridge, who stands 6-4, 175 pounds.

Running back Jarvis Leavett only ran for 349 yards and five touchdowns last season but at 5-11, 200 pounds and with 4.4 speed or better he could develop into a star. Other wide receivers that showed up well were juniors Connor Neagli (6-0, 173) of Jersey Village and Justin Schindler of Dulles Foster (6-0, 182).

On the defensive side there were more standouts for the class of 2013 in defensive tackle prospect Hardrick Walker out of Westfield. Walker is 6-1, 280 pounds but has great feet and athleticsim for his size. David Wilganowski is a very quick 6-4, 221 defensive end out of Rudder.

Oklahoma State always recruits North Shore and the latest standout defender for the Mustangs is Kevin Alexander. The 5-10, 160-pounder has confirmed 4.3 speed. He also has a junior protege in Earnest Thomas a 5-8, 160-pound cornerback.

Longview
The smallest turnout of the week was in Longview where there were just more than 30 campers in attendance. One of the better tight end prospects of the week was Brownsboro senior Nick Jones. Jones is 6-3 and just south of 240 pounds. He runs well, has good hands, and is also very good as a blocker. He's a real solid prospect.

Erick Hawkins out of hometown Longivew is a 5-11, 170-pound inside receiver prospect that ran out of his shoes with times better than 4.4.

A top 2013 quarterback prospect is Longview's dual threat signal caller Bivins Caraway. The 5-11, 195-Caraway can run too.

On defense another pair from Longview that are already on most lists for 2013 are safety/linebacker prospect Demarkus Latham and undersized (5-10, 211) tackling machine Jalen Porter.

Dallas (Lake Highlands)
You have to give Sanger quarterback Dane Evans points for consistency, fresh off throwing for Oklahoma State on Friday in Stillwater at their three-day camp, he was back at it at Lake Highlands on Wednesday. Evans is a really good quarterback that has the only drawback of being 6-0. He is going to end up being somebody's Drew Brees. His arm is really Division I.

E.J. Speed is a 6-2, 186-pound junior to be that is a really good looking prospect.

Also on offense the top wide receiver prospects included Lancaster's Dominique Martin (5-10, 165) and teammate JaQuan White (5-10, 175). Both ran really strong in the forty and showed good hands in the drills.

Three offensive linemen that stood out were Duncanville's Adam Butler, who may soon rate an offer. The 6-4, 280-pound Butler has good feet and is a powerful player. Andrew Dockrill of Plano is a 6-4, 275-pound prospect that is the real deal and an underclassman that looked really good was Tanner Stone of Highland Park. The 6-6, 255-pound Stone reall stands out and he has great quickness too.

On defense Kent Perkins from the home school, Lake Highlands, is one of the most athletic defensive tackles we've seen on the high school level. He runs really well and he is 6-5, 290. Brad Horton is a 6-5, 230-pound defensive end out of Liberty Christian.

In the secondary the best prospects were both juniors in Corey Douglas (5-6, 160) out of Lancaster and Justin Kelly (5-9, 170) from Mesquite Horn. Both would be cornerback prospects.


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