TCU Plano Camp Review

Close to 100 prospects made their way to Plano on Thursday to participate in the Frogs' mini-camp.

Close to 100 prospects braved the hot Texas heat on Thursday as TCU held their satellite camp at Clark Stadium in Plano.

The camp was highlighted with several standouts at the skill positions such as Birdville runningback Xavier Turner, Southlake receiver Keaton Duhon, and Frisco Wakeland 2015 receiver Justice Williams to name but a few.

Defensively, players such as Lake Dallas cornerback Joshua Jackson, Bonham safety Dra Smith, Plano Prestonwood cornerback J.R. Reid, son of former Minnesota Vikings receiver Jake Reid, Rockwall 2015 defensive lineman Jaylen Veasley who passed the eyeball test and Birdville linebacker Sam Gooch.

THE BUZZ OF THE CAMP


All eyes were on 2017 prospect Gibbs
It didn't take long to figure out who the buzz of the camp would be, especially once it was learned how old this particular player was. Physically he was as impressive as any 2014 prospect, he tested well and performed well in drills. This player doesn't even know what high school he'll be attending. Key word; attending. That's because he's not a freshman yet.

DeAngelo Gibbs quickly caught the attention of every TCU coach on hand and didn't disappoint. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound 2017 prospect and nephew of Jake Reid, ran a respectable 4.73 forty and performed very well at receiver and defensive back. He performed so well at receiver that he was one of the few selected to run routes at the end of camp to get a further evaluation from the Frogs. Gibbs without a doubt had some of the best hands at the camp and for a kid who is just fourteen; his route running was mature beyond his years. Baylor has already offered Gibbs.

MAKING HIS MARK

Another impressive performer who is beginning to make a name for himself is Lake Dallas cornerback Joshua Jackson. At 6-foot, 165-pounds, Jackson ran in the low 4.5's and displayed good fluidity in his hips and was one of the top corners in one-on-one drills. Jackson currently holds offers from Iowa, Nevada and New Mexico State. He's received recent interest from Houston and TCU.

A FAMILIAR NAME

TCU doesn't have a pressing need at runningback for the 2014 class, but if they did, Birdville runningback Xavier Turner is on the radar. Turner's 4.55 forty wasn't among the fastest times on the day, but his 4.07 shuttle certainly was. Working out at safety and runningback, Turner obviously looked most comfortable at runningback on the day. Surprisingly, Turner doesn't hold any offers at the moment, but feels he is on the verge of receiving his first one.

FASTEST MAN

Only one participant at the camp broke the 4.4 barrier and that distinction went to Plano East's Shawn Franks. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder ran a 4.34 and a 4.13 shuttle. The next closest forty on the day went to Keaton Duhon, who ran a respectable 4.45. Duhon also turned in a 4.08 shuttle.

RECEIVERS GALORE

Speaking of Duhon, the Southlake receiver was one of the better route runners in attendance; if not the best. With silky smooth cuts, Duhon caught everything thrown in his vicinity and not surprisingly he was one of the four receivers hand-picked to catch passes at the end of camp. Duhon certainly had the attention of the TCU coaches and if the Horned Frogs don't come calling with an offer, someone will get an absolute steal with the 6-foot, 180-pounder.


Parker has the makings of a good receiver
Frisco Wakeland 2015 receiver Justice Williams didn't have the best showing in the forty or on defense, but when it came time to put in work at receiver, the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder displayed good hand and excellent route running on the day.

Two receivers are starting to cut their teeth on the football field after successful careers on the basketball court. One of the more physically impressive receivers in attendance was Fossil Ridge wideout Ryan Parker. Parker has been an all-district basketball selection since his freshman year for the Panthers and so far all indications point to a successful transition to the football field. Parker ran a 4.55 on the day and really turned it on during one-on-ones. A slight injury hampered him late in camp, but when it came time to be physical in catching the ball, few were better than Parker on the day.

TayShaun Beavers said after the camp that he wanted to put his school, Dallas Jefferson, back on the map. If he continues to progress from his performance on Thursday, he'll do just that. Like Parker, Beavers is a basketball player making the transition to football. Although he didn't test on the day, the 6-foot-3, 175-pounder ran routes and did a great job with body control and using his hand on every reception. Beavers will definitely be one to watch this season.

Other receivers who made strong impressions were J.R. Reid and Julius Frazier, a 2015 prospect out of McKinney Boyd.

ANOTHER SMALL TOWN GEM


Smith will be one to watch
In the tiny North Texas town of Bonham, everyone knows of the special playmaking ability of athlete Dra Smith. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder plays a little bit of everything for the Purple Warriors but on Thursday he worked at receiver and safety. Although he didn't test all that well in the forty, Smith proved to be one of the more impressive safeties in attendance, especially when it came time for one-on-one's. He definitely caught the attention of safeties coach Chad Glasgow.

LINEBACKERS IMPRESS

Two linebackers in particular had impressive days at the camp; Birdville 2014 linebacker Sam Gooch and Richardson 2014 linebacker Kendrick Igbinoba.

Gooch ran one of the faster forty times for the linebackers with a 4.65. He also turned in a 4.37 in the pro shuttle. When it came time for individual drills and one-on-one's, Gooch shined.

Igbinoba definitely passed the eyeball test at 6-foot-2, 220-pounds. It didn't take long for the big linebacker to catch linebacker coach DeMonite Cross' attention. Igbinoba also ran a very respectable 4.72.

BIGGEST MAN GOES TO…

Rowlett offensive lineman Garrett Thibodaux, who looked at least 6-foot-6, 310-pounds, was without a doubt the biggest prospect in attendance.

YOUNG QUARTERBACKS TO WATCH

While the quarterback position wasn't loaded at the camp, a few 2015 prospects had impressive performances; Denton Guyer's David Haynes and Dallas Jesuit's Bo Schneider.

Haynes was one of the faster quarterbacks in attendance with a 4.7 forty. While he didn't have the strongest arm, he displayed good accuracy and spin on the ball.

Schneider, a big 6-foot-4, 215-pounder had a strong arm and also displayed good accuracy on the day. He and Haynes were one of three quarterbacks the coaches worked closely with at the end of camp.


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