Houston Prospect Camp: Top Offensive Players

Michael Goodson, the No. 1-ranked running back prospect in Texas, was one of many players who impressed the Oklahoma State coaching staff recently at the Houston Prospect Camp.

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora worked the quarterbacks, passing along insightful instruction to make these kids better and the rep-by-rep adjustments/improvements made were more than evident.

So who stood out per Scout.com?

Tyler Lee QB Preston Hill and left-handed underclassman Christian Sterling from Fort Bend Elkins weere impressive.

Hill is an even 6-foot and that's going to hurt him with some, but if you need a QB who can put the ball on the money time and again, and someone who can march an offense down the field, I think Hill can be that guy. His arm strength was better than expected and he has enough to stretch a D. Kid reminds me of a Major Applewhite-type prospect, only this Lee QB can flat out get it, clocking a 4.62 (40).

Tailbacks were put through drills by RB coach Curtis Luper and you can see why the kids bond with Coach Loop who is very personable and took a lot of time out to give one-on-one attention to several running back prospects, coaching them up, adding to their respective game.

Who were the Scout.com Standouts?

A couple of big-name cats at the tailback position made the O-State camp, blowing it up. Klein Collins RB Michael Goodson, Scout.com's No. 1 RB in the state, and Texas Top 100 pick Angleton RB Keith Toston set the tone and the camp on fire. Another kid we noticed, but might project more to a safety, is Aldine MacArthur's Alex Johnson. We'd be remiss, of course, if we didn't mention Pearland underclassman Foswhitt Whitaker who is one to watch for next year.

Goodson, proving he isn't one to rest on his laurels, went to work, clocking his fastest camp/combine time of the spring with a 4.53. Given the fact that both the Dallas and Houston surfaces were of the slow, field turf variety (with a lot of give), OSU camp attendees clocking in the 4.5s were flat out gettin' it. The Collins RB also tore it up in one-on-ones as expected, catching nearly everything.

Toston is a 6-0, 194-pound RB prospect that we have had in our Texas Top 100 from the beginning and he did not let us down, clocking one the fastest forties (low 4.5-range), standing out in the drills, not to mention wowing Scout.com and the O-State coaches. The Cowboys and several other teams have offered and are chasing hard. Will he be the next Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas, Tatum Bell or Vernand Morency to don Cowboy Orange before moving onto the NFL? Stay tuned to Toston's recruitment – Scout.com/GoPokes has ya covered.

Wideouts received instruction from WR coach Gunter Brewer, who can really rally the troops (so to speak). Coach can fire you up and motivate you, while also showing the ability to keep the kids loose too. TE coach Doug Meacham is witty, makes you laugh and is also good at keeping the kids loose.

So who caught Scout.com's attention?

Demarcus Connor of Spring Westfield probably stood out the most. Connor has collected a handful of offers already and his performance showed why. He's very solid, has very good speed, runs good routes and has a nice pair of hands. He's a Texas Top 200 prospect and a Top 100 candidate.

O-line coach Joe Wickline is a coach you just gravitate to and is a fun guy to be around no doubt. All of the OL prospects in attendance enjoyed performing for and learning from Coach Wick.

Noteworthy performances coming from the OL ranks included Pflugerville Connally G prospect Nick Searles and Houston Madison G prospect Pat Turner.

Searles who has yet to land his first offer showed excellent movement and held ground fairly well considering he needs to add another 20 pounds, or so, to his frame. Keep an eye on this kid because he should eventually land a D-I ship.

Turner, who has already collected a few offers, showed some good things and definitely has the size that coaches are seekinig. If he'd reduce his excess weight a good 20-25 pounds, he'd be even quicker while increasing his stamina. He's not in the best of shape, but a summer of hard work would have this kid primed to do things he would never have imagined. And without doing the latter, he might not receive a scholarship opportunity with the Cowboys. That said, he is one to watch and if he improves his work ethic, this kid could be a good one.

Keep the dial on GoPokes.com because Dallas and Houston Camp Defensive Breakdowns will follow, not to mention Hot News updates with some of the standout campers mixed in as our coverage bumps along.

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