Camping In Texas: Impressing At Rockwall

Rockwall High School has been a good stop for the Mary Hardin-Baylor Elite Camps over the years. The Oklahoma State coaching staff has been a partner as guest coaches on the tour and this year the staff at the University of New Mexico also joined in. The MHB Elite Camps are an excellent way for prospects to be seen by three college coaching staffs from Mary-Hardin Baylor, New Mexico and OSU.

That opportunity on the final day of the camp series four-day tour across Texas brought 131 players out at Rockwall including a contingent from Douglass High School in Oklahoma City that made it to the Metroplex for a series of camps. The same weekend, both North Texas (on Saturday and Sunday) and TCU were staging mini-camps for prospects.

We'll start with quarterbacks and the offensive side of the ball. Let's begin with 2016 prospect Patrick McKaufman from Douglass, a standout quarterback. McKaufman is 6-5 and 177 pounds.

He is thin framed but has time to mature physically, and he throws the ball effectively as evidenced by his 100-of-172 passing last season for 2,143 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed 54 times for 315 yards and five touchdowns. As a freshman, he threw for 1,112 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran 24 times for 129 yards and four touchdowns.

At Rockwall, he ran a 4.88 forty with an impressive 9'5" broad jump and a 4.69 in the pro agility.

Late this past week Javon Thomas of Texarkana, Texas made his commitment to Tulsa even at the same time receiving an offer from New Mexico as the Lobos coaching staff must have really liked what they saw at the camp.

Thomas is a big back at 6-2, 206 pounds with a 4.56 in the forty and a 9'10" in the broad jump. He also had a 4.31 in the pro agility. Navy, Louisiana-Monroe, and Rice had also offered the big running back.

Cameron Minger is a very interesting prospect coming out of the camp. He only had 10 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown that we could find as a junior at Woodrow Wilson High School in the heart of Dallas. At 5-11, 185 pounds and running a 4.6, he is solid. His broad jump and pro agility were strong too.

One of my favorite receivers of the day was Akile Davis of Desoto, Texas, who told me that he moved to DeSoto a couple of years ago after attending Booker T. Washington in Tulsa, Okla.

Davis is 6-1, 182 pounds and ran a 4.63. He had a 4.28 in the pro agility and a good broad jump. Bowling Green, Indiana, Maryland, North Texas have offered, and Oklahoma State seems interested. Last season for the powerhouse Eagles, Davis caught 33 passes for 407 yards and five touchdowns.

A young wide receiver is 2016 prospect Daleonte Lewis out of Kimball in Dallas. He is already 6-1, 185 pounds and threw out a 4.52 in the forty with a 9'7" broad jump and a 4.76 in the pro agility.

Interestingly enough, there was a junior college participant in the camp in Jarvis Baxter. Originally, out of Lakeview Centennial in the area he is going into his sophomore year at Trinity Valley C.C. He is 5-11, 165 pounds and ran a 4.59 with a sizzling 4.2 in the pro agility. SMU seems really interested in Baxter. He also ran great routes and caught the ball the way the coaches were instructing and over the correct shoulder with the right hand placement.

One offensive linemen of note was Netori Johnson out of Prime Prep. The 2017 class prospect is 6-3 and too heavy at 338 pounds, but he still ran a 5.44 in the forty and has time to lose some weight, grow some and turn into a really good looking offensive line prospect.

On defense by far the top linebacker prospect was Kevin O'Neill out of nearby Sachse High School. A little small at 6-1, 190 pounds, he ran a 4.6 and had a high maneuvering 4.19 on the pro agility. UTSA has offered O'Neill and last season he made 85 total tackles with six tackles for loss, a sack, an interception, and a fumble caused.

In the secondary, which may have been the best group of the day, was Datavian Bush of Seagoville High School. Bush is a smallish 5-9, 145 pounds but has good measureables with a 4.3 forty, 10'6" broad jump, and 4.33 in the pro agility. He was 11-4A All-District last season and Special Teams Player of the Year in the District.

Looking ahead there was 2017 class prospect Daquain Jackson of Mesquite Poteet. He is 5-9, 167 pounds with a 4.5 in the forty and a 9'2" in the broad jump.

Finally, we opened with a Douglass camper and we close with a Douglass camper as safety prospect Dameko Doodles, who has been offered by TCU and Wyoming and is being recruited by the Division I schools in Oklahoma, ran a 4.7 and had a 9'6" broad jump.

Last season he ran four times for 44 yards and a touchdown, caught 15 passes for 368 yards and five touchdowns, made 48 tackles on defense with two interceptions and 86 yards in interception returns. He averaged 44.8 yards on five kickoff returns and returned one punt 55 yards for a touchdown. He also kicks and was 19-of-34 on PAT and 1-for-1 on field goals.

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