We bring all that up because the turnout for the Crusader Elite Camp on Saturday morning was a camp tour low of 42 players. But it was quality over quantity as seven of the attendees caught our attention and may have caught the attention of Oklahoma State coaches, who were there as guest coaches with the camp hosts from Mary Hardin-Baylor.
We'll start on defense where defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer is still looking for linebackers in the 2016 class. He may have found a candidate in Eric Kendzoir of La Porte HIgh School. The 6-3 1/2, 238-pound Kendzoir tested well running a 4.6 in the forty, with a 9'3" broad jump, and a strong 4.23 in the 5-10-5 agility drill.
Last season at LaPorte, he made 88 tackles, 42 unassisted, with four sacks, a fumble forced and three fumbles recovered. He is a heads up linebacker that plays smart and has speed to pursue.
Lorenzo Neal of St. Thomas private school in Houston is a 6-2 1/2, 335-pound defensive tackle that ran a 5.5. He has offers from Boise State, Fresno State, ULL, Nevada, Purdue, and Texas State.
A sleeper or a surprise may be Nate Mikulski out of Cy Falls High School. A senior this season, he has not had a lot of recruiting attention and stands 6-5, 280. He is athletic and showed pretty good feet. He plays a little high, a lot high, but most young linemen do. He does have a strong presence with his hands in blocking.
It won't be hard for Oklahoma State receivers coach Kasey Dunn to remember this receiver candidate from the Westfield camp as Donell Dunn has a memorable last name for Kasey. Dunn is 5-11, 193 pounds, so he is strong and still very athletic. He ran a 4.5 flat and a 4.25 in the 5-10-5 agility drill.
The Cy Springs talent has offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Fresno State, Illinoiis, Kansas, North Texas, Texas State, Texas Tech, and UNLV. The way he looked and played in camp, Oklahoma State could join that list.
Running backs were sparse through a lot of the Crusader Camp tour but not at Westfield on Saturday morning as Alontae Harris of El Campo, Trelon Smith of Cy-Ridge, and R.J. Harmon of Cy-Woods all were impressive.
Harmon is a Kendall Hunter-kind of look-alike at 5-8, 180 pounds. Last season he rushed for 1,114 yards and eight touchdowns. He is surprisingly getting few recruiting looks.
Smith is a 5-8, 183-pound junior who has more time to mature. He is bigger than he looks and ran a 4.5 in the camp. He also had an explosive broad jump of 9'5". Last season as a sophomore he rushed for 358 yards and caught 14 passes for 104 yards.
Harris is another senior that does have offers with Georgia State, McNeese State, SMU, and Texas State. He ran well with a 4.6 and was good throughout the drills. He ran for 1,075 yards and 10 touchdowns last season on just 112 carries.
Finally, Braden Letney is a big quarterback at 6-1, 216 pounds and he runs well, as evidenced by his sophomore season where he never threw but rushed for 694 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Last season he posted more quarterback-like numbers as he completed 86-of-161 throws for 1,374 yards with 145 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. he only ran 32 times for 198 yards. Stephen F. Austin has offered.