The Cowboys staff is looking for players that can achieve at the Big 12 level of Division I, while MHB is looking at players that will fit in at Division III. In this case one attracts the other.
There were 70 athletes at the L.D. Bell camp and remember we said in the Lake Highlands review that if there are four or five prospects that fit the Division I bill in a camp then it is more than worthwhile.
Quarterback was good at Bell with three strong prospects, one with solid Oklahoma State ties in sophomore M.J. Rivers of Prestonwood Christian. The 6-3, 209-pound Rivers is the son of former OSU standout tight end Marcellus Rivers, who went on to play seven seasons in the NFL for the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders. Marcellus is now coaching at Prestonwood Christian.
"He gets the video out every once in awhile," the younger Rivers said as he has an older brother that is a defensive end and a prospect. "He was a really good player. You can tell that in the video."
Rivers was impressive throwing the football, and he is athletic for sure. Very explosive as he had a broad jump of over nine feet.
"This season I'm going to do everything I can to help my team playing wide receiver, but I'm looking forward to playing quarterback in the future," he said.
Spencer Sanders of Denton Ryan is another sophomore quarterback prospect who was there on Sunday. The 6-0, 175-pound Sanders ran well and threw well too.
A 2016 prospect is Cameron Matthews (pictured above) of Trinity Valley. The 6-4, 200-pound Matthews is a big powerful young man that performed well in drills but did not seem to participate in any of the testing and that often happens when a player has tests on record and wants those numbers to stand. It is similar to the NFL Combine.
We saw an offensive lineman that we liked a lot in Dylan Galloway and we will profile him separately soon. We interviewed him afterward and I think the 6-5, 279-pound Galloway is going to rocket up the recruiting ranks soon and if not during his senior season at Coppell.
Galloway gets good competition from defensive end Solomon Wise. Another Coppell Cowboy, at 6-4, 220 pounds, he ran well and was very explosive with a 9'7" broad jump. He also ran a 4.19 in the 5-10-5 agility drill. His brothers play at Arkansas and Kansas. We'll have more on him coming up as well.
Finally, the other Rivers is Tyreece and the 6-3, 270-pounder looks more like his father and if he plays with the same intensity then that is something. He told us that he would love to play at Oklahoma State and the plan is for Marcellus, Tyreece and M.J. to make several games this season. I'm guessing the OSU staff my also make several of the Prestonwood Christian games this season.