One of the standouts of the camp was Class of 2021 prospect Majik Caruth-Rector, out of Ronald Reagan Middle School in Grand Prairie. The soon-to-be eighth-grader had perhaps the play of the camp when he made a double move on a route and made the DB fall down before catching a touchdown pass. He definitely made the most of his only one-on-one rep.
"I train a lot and I go to coach Margin Hooks. I don't play that much defense, but I go to Clay Mack to work on my footwork. It helps me understand what the corners do. I also go to coach Travis Wilson, my wide receivers coach."
The 5-foot-8, 140-pound prospect had some great things to say about the Texas Tech coaching staff.
"I was with coach Kingsbury after the camp, I took a picture with him. And then coach Emmett Jones, he was great. He was a really good instructor. He was easy to understand, he made the drills easier for us to understand, and he made me feel comfortable with where I was at against all the high schoolers. I love how he can be a college coach and be so humble and down-to-earth."
Caruth-Rector is also a fan of Texas Tech's explosive Air Raid offense.
"That means that they could probably line me up at a lot of positions and get me the ball in a lot of different ways."
Another receiver who had a big day is 2017 receiver Kenny Nelson, who transferred to Trinity Christian Academy this summer from Frisco Centennial. Nelson had one of the other eye-popping plays of the camp when he caught a TD pass in the end zone with a defensive back draped all over him:
Nelson had a great time at the camp.
"It was a great camp, a lot of competition out there, a lot of reps and kids going at it. I loved it."
Nelson is hearing from a lot of schools. Memphis has offered.
Offensive line coach Lee Hays was not able to attend the camp, but graduate assistant Jared Kaster did an admirable job filling in for Hays. One prospect who caught Kaster's eye was Jack York, a 2018 tackle out of Waxahachie High School.
"It was great to just meet the coaching staff and feel that energy. It was a lot of fun. I've been to eight camps this summer and a few visits, but that was by far my favorite coaching staff that I've ever been around."
The 6-foot-5, 287-pound prospect did very well in the one-on-ones at the camp.
"I got five reps. I got kind of beat inside on one of them, but then I got two pancakes and shoved my guy out on the last one."
York, who projects at offensive tackle at the next level, loves Texas Tech and hopes to receive an offer soon. It wouldn't take very long for him to make a decision if an offer did come through for him.
"I mean, Texas Tech is definitely where I'd want to be. If I could have my dream offer right now, it would be Tech. Growing up I used to watch them. If they offered me, that would be where I'm at. Period."
Another offensive standout was 2018 Giddings wide receiver Tre'Veon Johnson.
"I really liked it. It was a really good experience for me, getting out there and working on stuff during the summer before football season starts. In the one-on-ones, I really wish I could have got more reps. I wasn't in the best shape, it was pretty hot out there. I got a catch in, and then the other one I wanted to impress coach Jones on and I ran a good route, but the ball came up short. I think the performance I had today, how I ran, I think I performed pretty well overall."
Coach Jones made an impression on Johnson.
"I really like coach Jones. It feels like, without me going up there to Lubbock, it feels like he's already my coach. He wants discipline, he wants high motors from all his players. He makes sure all of his players have a really good base of knowledge of what they need to know. I like how hyped he is."
If an offer were to come, Texas Tech would be highly under consideration for Johnson.
"I love that they throw the ball. It's always good to know that you'll have the ball in your hands 10+ times if necessary. If they feel comfortable with you getting the ball, they're gonna get it to you, period. I feel like if I were to play for them I would have a good chance to go pro."
One prospect who already holds an offer but visited the camp was 2018 standout Dallas Carter defensive end Jarell Cherry, a member of the Scout300. Despite performing at Under the Lights in Austin on Saturday, Cherry, who has a great relationship with defensive line coach Kevin Patrick, was able to make it to Duncanville the next day to witness the Texas Tech coaches in action again.
"I thought it was a very Texas Tech environment. A lot of intensity from the coaching staff. They take their players very seriously and spent a lot of time working with them."
Cherry was offered by the University of Texas on Monday after his performance at the Under the Lights camp.null