Camping In Texas: San Antonio Has Talent

For the past several years the Oklahoma State football coaching staff has joined head coach Pete Fredenburg and his Mary Hardin-Baylor staff for their Elite Camps series across the state of Texas. Last week, the New Mexico Lobos coaching staff joined in. It was four days of riding the bus, stopping for camps, 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. The second stop was San Antonio. Here goes.

San Antonio Madison High School is always a good stop in that you will find some sleepers. This is where Oklahoma State zeroed in on talented Ramon Richards out of Brackenridge High School last year. This time there were 170 campers waiting to go through instruction with the MHB, OSU, and UNM staffs.

Starting, as we like to do, on offense, L.G. Williams was in attendance. The standout quarterback from Cibolo Steele was one of the finalist in the Elite 11 camp in Cowboys Stadium just a few weeks ago. He measured at 5-8, 185 pounds and the thing is if he were five inches taller he might be the most sought after quarterback in Texas this year.

Last season he completed 82 of 135 passes for 1,568 yards and 17 touchdowns. He only threw three interceptions. He rushed for 944 yards and eight touchdowns on 104 carries. At the camp at Madison he clocked a 4.6 in the forty. He has one offer from UTSA.

An interesting tight end prospect from Converse Judson is Blaine Albrecht. The 6-4, 216-pound Albrecht is a two-sport star, and his other sport besides football is soccer. The big kid ran a 4.7 at the camp at Madison.

Oklahoma State has Austin Hays on its roster and the wide receiver has been a great addition. That puts San Antonio Reagan High School in a positive light. Joe Latronico is a 2016 offensive guard prospect who measured 6-3, 267 pounds and he is one to watch.

Ethan Crawford is a linebacker from Reagan that is a little small at 6-0, 195, but he ran a 4.5 and had a standing broad jump of over 10'2" so he might make a strong "star" linebacker prospect.

Staying on defense now, Noah McMeans out of LaVernia High School is a good looking linebacker prospect at 6-3 1/4 and 199 pounds. He ran a 4.6 and had a 9'2" broad jump. He also a 4.28 on the pro agility. Last season he earned all-district honors with 87 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and five fumble recoveries.

Another linebacker to keep an eye on is James Bailey. He is also on the small side at 6-1, 189 pounds, but he plays big with 89 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, and two defensive touchdowns with one on an interception. The Lake Travis standout ran a 4.6 and also had a 9'2" broad jump.

There were a trio of defensive backs to admire in San Antonio. Dominique Daniels is a 5-11 1/2, 203-pound safety prospect who ran a 4.6 and had a 9'4" broad jump. He has Baylor, OU, and UTSA recruiting him already.

Anthony Johnson is a teammate of L.G. Williams at Cibolo Steele. The 5-11 3/4, 189-pound Johnson ran a 4.6 and showed explosion with a 9'9" broad jump. Last season he had 21 tackles with an interception and a fumble recovery for the powerhouse program. He moved to Texas from Arizona and North Texas, Houston, UTSA, Texas State, along with OSU and OU have been recruiting him.

Finally, LaDarian McFarland is a three-sport athlete at Wagner High School. He plays football, basketball, and runs track. He is 6-1 1/2, 174 pounds and runs a 4.5. There is a demand for athletes like McFarland. He was All-District in 25-5A last season and at the camp also had a 9'3" broad jump and a 4.49 agility drill.

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