Camping In Texas: First Stop Is Belton

The New Mexico coaching staff joined the fun and adventure at the four-day camps hosted over the weekend by the Mary Hardin-Baylor staff along with Oklahoma State and the Cowboys staff minus head coach Mike Gundy. It is four days of riding the bus, stopping for camps, including two-a-days the last two in the Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth areas, and a mini-social event for coaches in the evenings.

It's not typical to see the four- and five-star prospects showing up at these events. This is a little more of a grass roots campaign.

Remember, Mary Hardin-Baylor is a NCAA Division III school, which is non-scholarship, although they can give out financial aid to needy and deserving students. Coaches will catch a lot of prospects that may not have been seen or maybe skipped by the scouts and other internet sources, and they will catch a lot of young juniors and sophomores, even freshmen to be that could develop into significant candidates for Division I college football.

We will try to re-cap what we can from some of the camp stops. The information is far from complete as we only made two of the camps in person. Here goes.

The first stop each year is Belton and the Mary Hardin-Baylor campus. The "Cru" have a fine facility and a new stadium that for Division III is one of the best in the country. MHB is an excellent place for prospects at the Division III level to attend and have success and get a strong education as a student-athlete.

That might be evidenced by the attendance at this camp, which almost every year leads all others. This year topped out at an impressive 245 campers.

We'll start on the offensive side and at quarterback where the group was headed by a trio as far as we could learn

Jackson Tyner was there and the 6-4, 230-pounder from Edgewood, Texas is committed to Rice. He also had interest from Texas A&M and visited Arkansas unofficially. Last season he completed 85 of 168 passes for 1,788 yards with 19 touchdown passes and just five interceptions. He ran 96 times for 642 yards and 11 touchdowns. He obviously runs well for a big guy at 4.8 in the forty. He showed to be explosive and agile for his size as well.

Smaller quarterbacks on display included Brennen Wooten of Marble Falls, who is a junior-to-be this season. He is 6-0, 176 pounds and runs a 4.72. Akron, Clemson, Houston, Kentucky, TCU, and Tulsa have offered. Last season as a sophomore he completed 234 of 371 passes for 3,098 yards with 30 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He also ran 66 times for 318 yards and three touchdowns. Wooten is a popular young man in the class of 2016.

Cameron Barron is a 2015 quarterback that is 5-10, 166 pounds and runs really well at 4.59. He also showed a broad jump of over nine feet. The Bastrop, Texas quarterback completed 82 of 162 passes for 922 yards with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season, He ran for 749 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Among the most talented running backs in the camp were speedsters like Trent Canion (5-9, 189) of Copperas Cove, who ran a 4.4. Copperas Cove is loaded with outstanding speed as they sent several very fast young men to the camp in Belton.

Another example was Ledrian Johnson (5-7, 174), who ran a 4.4 as well. Brandon Johnson (5-8, 185) of Killeen Ellison ran a 4.5 and Kavan Johnson from hometown Belton is 5-9, 170 and last season carried the ball 124 times for 890 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also caught 30 passes for 385 yards and three touchdowns. He ran an impressive 4.5.

At wide receiver, attending was Jeremiah Booker (6-2, 185) out of College Station. He ran a 4.62 and last season caught 24 passes for 465 yards and seven touchdowns. Avery Jackson (5-8, 156) out of Austin (LBJ) ran a 4.5, Apollos Hester (5-10, 187) out of East View ran a 4.47, and 2016 prospect Rodney Jernigan (5-11, 160) out of A&M Consolidated ran a 4.49.

Keep an eye on David Racine of Cedar Ridge as he is 6-2, 186 pounds and ran a 4.46.

Of the offensive linemen in attendance we picked out Zachary Kinninger of Cy-Ranch in Cyprus as the 6-4, 300-pounder has offers from Fresno State, Houston, and New Mexico. Jordan Siegert from Cedar Park is 6-4, 270 and has offers from Texas Tech and UTSA. Chase Stewart of Caldwell is 6-5, 266 and a good looking prospect.

On the defensive side, the one defensive lineman we were curious about was Gene Autry Hopkins III, and if he is really a Division I prospect with a name like that he needs to be a Cowboy. He is 6-2 3/4 and 237 pounds and runs a 4.7. He is out of Elgin, Texas and last season had 45 tackles and a sack. As a sophomore he had 47 tackles and four sacks.

Linebackers on our list included Uzoma Akuneb (5-11 3/4, 215) out of St. Stephen's. He ran a 4.8 and is a 2016 prospect. Also, we liked Matt McNew (6-2, 212) out of Waco (Robinson), Texas as he ran a 4.6 and last season had good numbers playing some on both sides of the ball. Texas State has offered, with Texas, Colorado, Arkansas, and Baylor showing interest.

Kerry Walker (6-2, 217) out of Killeen Shoemaker ran a 4.67 and Jaylen Waters (6-0 3.4, 221) out of Copperas Cove ran a 4.6. He has an offer from Texas State.

The camp was loaded with defensive backs as Tre'Sean Artis (5-11 1/2, 167) was a standout who last season made 31 tackles, picked two passes, and had two fumble recoveries for Rouse, Texas.

Jameson Houston (6-0, 181) out of St. Michael's Catholic Academy strikes me as a safety but he ran like a corner at 4.4 and had a 4.49 on the pro agility. Houston, Iowa State, Texas, Texas Tech, and Utah State have shown interest.

Luke Huffer (5-10, 169) out of Burton ran a 4.4; Desmond Jefferson (5-9, 157) out of Killeen Shoemaker ran a sizzling 4.38; Justin Joe (5-10, 171) out of Copperas Cove posted a 4.4; and Andrew Leuthner (5-8 3/4, 159) also out of Copperas Cove made the CC speed brigade proud with a 4.4 forty.

Kahlil Thomas (5-10 1/2, 173) is an all-district performer out of Austin (LBJ) who ran a 4.5 and had over 50 tackles last season.

It was a big camp with a number of good looking prospects in Belton.

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