Texas A&M's post 7-on-7 State Tourney camp has turned into a major attraction for some of the best talent in the country. Over 300 prospects came out to put their skills on display for a shot to impress <b>Dennis Franchione</b> and his staff. The highlight of the day was easily the plethora of talent on hand.
To go a bit further on the subject of talent, the D-line convention being held on the A&M grass practice fields boasted a ridiculous collection of standouts (more on that below). Point being, College Station is not only where it's at Friday and Saturday of the annual 7-on-7 State Tourney, but also the following Sunday for the TAMU late-July camp.
Speaking of the defensive line convention let's start with A&M commitments DT Vincent Williams
(TX Hot 100 No. 14) and DE Paul Freeney
(Hot 100 No. 31).
Williams, eye-balling at or very close to his listed 6-3, 285, can flat out move. He's very athletic for a big man and when told exactly that, his response was a simple, "You have to be if you want to play DT here."
Williams, never lacking in confidence committed to A&M April 17th, 2004.
Freeney, from inner city Houston, brought a little country along with him when he arrived decked out with a Resistol ten-gallon cowboy hat atop his mug. Make no mistake about it, the Aldine Ike DE shows more and more personality each and every time we run into him. But Freeney wasn't frontin', kid's got a little kicker in him...
More D-line talent?
Yes, we're not yet finished...
How 'bout Vince Oghobaase
(Texas Hot 100 No. 2), DeMarcus Granger
(Hot 100 No. 4) and Jonathan Lewis
(Hot 100 No. 97)? Or Hot 100 candidates Eric Childs
(Irving MacArthur DE), Chris Moore
(Jersey Village DE), Jameon Hardeman
(Dallas Kimball DE), not to mention Midlands Hot 50 candidate Russell Brorsen
(Stillwater, Oklahoma DL). List really goes on and on...
Heavily wooed, Oghobaase grabbed quite a bit of face-time with the Aggie head man and said seeing the Maroon and White up close again keeps them at the top with his other faves. Plenty of love was also being shown to Granger (eye-balls at 6-2.5/6-3, 325), Lewis ( Carrollton Newman Smith DL is one to watch), Childs (a very quick pass rusher; said he clocked a 4.2 20-yard shuttle time), etc.
While nearly every DL went through camp drills, Granger and Oghobaase did not, providing them more time to mingle with A&M incoming freshmen DT William Morrisey and DE Cyril Obiozor, both Big 12 Hot 100 picks in our '04 Signing Day rankings...
Morrisey, now up to 6-1.5/6-2, 308 pounds, is as wide as door. He looks like an immovable object. Don't be surprised to see the standout from Silsbee ready to vie for a spot in the DT rotation as a true freshman. Physically, he's there.
Obiozor, clearly on a Wheaties diet, is now standing 6-5/6-5.5. It's just insane how much bigger he is in just a single year. Obiozor's development will be fun to watch when you couple that size along with his recently reported forty time (low/mid-4.6 range).
While on the subject of the big men, Houston Stratford (and A&M commit) Robbie Frost
was just as impressive in person. He eye-balls at or near 6-5.5/6-6, 300 pounds and appears to be in excellent shape. He certainly grabs your attention, especially when you combine his size and (5.4) forty speed.
We'll have more information on several other standouts in attendance in a future report.