A&M Day Camp Part 2: Defense

At A&M's day camp the focus was on a couple of positions, one of those being linebacker. Scout.com was there to watch the action and report back who did what on the day.


DEFENSIVE LINE
2009- Only a few big names here at the regular camp with Troy Lawson of El Campo and Quinn Anthony of Rusk showing up. Neither are likely to get offers but both should end up at some D1 camp. Note that Lawson tested extremely well at our Dallas Combine. The biggest name did not participate in St. Pius' Enrico Forbes. He is a big defensive end who has only played one year and will not play his senior season because he is too old. He is an intriguing prospect who has great upside but is as raw a recruit as there is. Rumors state he could commit soon so watch out for this.

2010- A very nice pair of defensive tackles showed up with Stephenville's T.R. VAnnardo and Pflugerville's Tyson Thompson showing up. Vannardo is a very active defensive tackle who moves very well on tape. When you see him he does not look physically impressive but he is still growing and filling out. There is no questioning his production, as soon as his body grows into itself he could be impressive. He is not very tall, about 6-0, but he has a thick chest and is stocky the way you want your interior DL's to be. 

Tyson Thompson is very physically impressive. He will play next to Alex Okafor to give Pflugerville a deadly side of the defensive line. He will be one of the top junior defensive tackles in the state and is getting looks from A&M and OU early on, just to mention two. Monitor him closely in his junior season to see how he gets to the ball with no double team on him.


LINEBACKERS

2009: With the Aggies looking for a pair of backers they had some campers try the position. Amonth those are Bryan Skow from El Campo, Michael Sam from Hitchcock, Roderick Goodlow from Dallas Adamson, Broderick Jackson from Kirbyville, Anthony Allen from St. Pius, and Tanner Estes from Cedar Park. 

Michael Sam has three offers so far including Houston, he is a defensive end who is trying linebacker in hopes of an A&M offer. He told me he was more comfortable at DE but would be more than willing to play linebacker for the right offer. I think he is a defensive end also, but watching him in the 7 on 7's he moves very well. If A&M does not offer I suspect he could commit to UH at their camp later this month.

Roderick Goodlow is a big-time safety from Adamson HS, he was asked to try linebacker by the A&M coaches and was being closely monitored by the staff. I did not get a chance to watch him but he looks the part and spinning safeties to linebackers is a common practice. 

Broderick Jackson from Kirbyville is a stocky safety who has gotten looks at cornerback (BAylor) and now linebacker (A&M) so far at the camps, plus his regular position of safety. He has a few offers and is a definite D1 player but he did not seem to be too comfortable at linebacker from what he told me. 

A player I observed and liked how he looked is Anthony Allen from St. Pius. He is a thick inside linebacker type who moves very well. He was physically abusive to the tight ends in the pass coverage drills. Definitely liked him on the day and in my opinion he had to improve his stock. 


2010- Michael Odiari- Hebron is the only junior linebacker I recognized. His 40 time is a bit slow so his future could be at defensive end if he does not pick up his speed.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

2009- the only two defensive backs I recognized was Chris Brown and Courtney Gaines both of Converse Judson. THe coaches took great interest in them, both are definite D1 players, file them under watch after the first few games of their senior season

2010- A&M was very lucky to have two of the best defensive backs in the 2010 class at their camp. Zachary Winbush of Schertz Clemens and Tony Hurd from Fort Bend Marshall are those two players

Winbush was tried at several spots but defensive back is his high school spot and most likely where he will be recruited as. He had an uneven camp while I watched, he made some good plays and made some mistakes but there is no qeustioning his talent.

I have seen Tony Hurd play a couple of times this summer, and until now I was not happy with how he had performed. He has speed, he has talent, but until the A&M Camp he had never shown what he could truly do. Well he showed his stuff and was a lock down corner that everyone envisions he could be. He has the speed and quickness to stick with anyone but the lack of size is a question mark.


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