TTU Duncanville Camp Report Part II

Texas Tech's Duncanville satellite camp was the best camp of the summer in terms of the volume and caliber of the players both in attendance and visiting and was on hand to witness it all. The following are notes, quotes and observations on some standout at the camp.

Texas Tech's satellite camp at Duncanville High School took place last weekend (Aug. 24). Shortly after, produced an initial report of the camp which you can read below. This is a mega follow-up to that report stuffed full of Texas Tech recruiting information.

One of the younger standout receivers from the Duncanville camp was 2018 Allen wideout Carson Schleker, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound slot receiver. Schleker had a great time at the camp.

"I thought it was well-organized, honestly. A lot of good kids there. The competition was really good. I didn't think there was going to be a lot of people there, but I was really surprised."

The Eagle prospect talked about his camp experience.

"The coaches were fun, they taught me a lot of things. I learned how to create more separation with my route-running from coach Jones, just different things. This was honestly the best camp I've been to."

Schleker produced an impressive one-handed reception at the camp.

The pass was thrown by Grant Tisdale, who was offered by Texas Tech a couple days after the camp.

"He's something different. He's a talented kid, he really is. We planned it before, we wanted to go out there and compete, every one of us. We planned it two or three weeks before the camp."

Schleker actually received an offer from UNT at the camp.

"I was really surprised because I got the offer right afterwards. It was just really surprising but I'm excited. Basically when I ran my forty, [the coach] said I busted a 4.44. When we went to one-on-ones, [the offer] just happened."

"Coach Emmett said he's going to be in touch soon, that's what I hope. My whole family has gone there. I really want to go there, honestly. It's a good school. It would be fun to play for them - I looked at Jakeem Grant, and the way they used him, it was cool how they used him. I like the offense, the routes they run. I think it would be a good fit for me."

Schleker also reports interest from SMU and TCU.

Another Allen Eagle who was a camp standout was 2019 DE Jayden Jernigan, cousin of former NFL wideout Jerrel Jernigan of Troy University. Jernigan transferred to Allen after starting at tight end and defensive end on varsity last season at Dallas Parish Episcopal, and appears to be a future blue-chip defensive lineman.

"The camp was great. It had great competition and was very organized from the start to the finish. I got to talk to some of the coaches at the end. It was just well-rounded, it was a good camp."

Jernigan discussed what feedback he got from the coaches as the camp ended.

"They were just saying I had good hands, good feet movement, good hip movement. I was looking good in one-on-ones, I just have to fix some issues with keeping my hands up and staying with the block, and being more patient."

The Red Raiders are in a great spot with the defender due to a family connection.

"Texas Tech is really nice. I have a cousin I really don't talk to at Texas Tech, Derrick Willies, he plays right now, but I talked to him about a week ago and he said the school is nice. The locker rooms are nice, and they just got new jerseys."

Jernigan further discussed his interest in Texas Tech.

"With Texas Tech, I like their spread offense. Their defense just gets to play crazy, they get to play free on the defensive line. The coaches actually believe in their players, more than other schools' coaches do. They're great coaches. I know coach Kingsbury is the best offensive coach in college football right now, but the defensive coach is just as good."

The big lineman talked about some of the other schools that are showing interest.

"Right now it's UCLA, USC, Oregon, SMU, and Texas A&M. Baylor's showing medium interest, too."

With a national recruitment in the works, Jernigan already has some thoughts on a timeline for making a commitment.

"I'm thinking about maybe right after my senior season, just so I can get it out of the way. I'd consider committing right before my senior year too so I can focus on the last season."

Location will factor into his decision.

"Yes, because even though I moved to Texas, I have a lot of family in California and Ohio, so that would be a big factor, staying close to any kind of family."

Jernigan discussed his role in Allen's defense this season.

"We run a 4-3 and our outside linebackers are really like walk-down safeties, so they're moving me down to D-tackle because they needed more size in the middle. The outside D-ends are fast, quick D-ends that can cover outside, but the tackles are really just regular 4-3 D-ends."

The linebacker group was strong at the camp as 2017 outside linebacker/strong safety Kam Peterson had a good day. Peterson talked about his experience at the camp. 

"I really liked the camp. This is my second camp, I went my sophomore year to kind of get a feel for the camps. I really liked Texas Tech growing up, I was a Michael Crabtree fan. The camp today, I liked the coaching, it gave me some tools to go and do better during the season."

Coach Spavital was working with the linebackers there at Duncanville.

"I really liked him, I really did. He's real one-on-one, I liked how he was talking to me and telling me how I could do better. He taught me a lot of stuff, he's a really good coach."

Peterson talked about the level of competition there on the field last weekend.

"I went against a lot of good people. I went against Kirby Bennett from Allen, he was real good competition. There was a lot of talent there today. It really pushed me to do my best on top of what I already came with."

The incoming senior talked about stepping up and being a leader for the team this year. 

"Really, the mindset that we all have is 16-0. Trying to make it. I'm trying to push all the younger guys to compete just as hard as the seniors. It's not just the seniors' team, it's everybody's team, really trying to push those younger guys to do their best."

The camp being held at his home field upped the ante for the talented defender.

"I definitely felt a little bit of pressure because the camp was at my school. I had to put on my best show for the coaches."

While Duncanville didn't finish with the record they wanted last year, coach Reginald Samples has the pedigree to turn it around out there. Peterson discussed what the Panthers bring to the table this fall.

"We had two people who didn't play last year, Tre' Siggers and Jaylin Nelson. They will be a real asset to our team this year. We've got a lot of other talented people, Cameron Holloway, Alfredo Porter, Isaiah Upshaw, Odell Smith on the offense, and we've got me, Keyshawn Johnson, Miquon Mayes, Elijah Jones, Chance Newman, Javion Adams, I can go on all day. There are a lot of people that are really, really hungry. We want to show people that we're not punks, we're not going to let people push us over like last year and years before. We want you to have some fear in your heart when people say Duncanville."

Another 2017 linebacker who stood out was two-time all-district first teamer James Tupou out of Allen. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound middle linebacker had a great time at the camp and felt he had a strong showing in front of the Texas Tech coaches.

"It was really organized, you know, I really liked it a lot. Coach Spav, he's a really good coach and I liked how he teaches the linebackers. I learned how to change direction a lot faster, how to sink my hips. I felt like one-on-ones helped me out a lot today."

Tupou bonded with Texas Tech's graduate assistant Sam Fehoko there at the camp

"I really like Texas Tech a lot, to be honest. There was this one Poly coach, we were just talking all day, I felt like we had a good bond going. I like him a lot, he's cool."

The defender discussed how expectations of him have changed as he enters his senior year for the Eagles.

"This year, I feel like I have to play a big leader role on defense. That's what this team lacks right now, is a bunch of leadership. I feel like I have to lead this team."

Tupou currently holds an offer from UTEP.

The successor to Jett Duffey was there in Duncanville at the Texas Tech camp in Mansfield Lake Ridge quarterback Chandler Rogers. The 2019 quarterback will be taking over on varsity this fall. He discussed his experience at the camp. 

"It was great, I loved it. Every single drill I did, it was just competition. We were all competing."

Rogers saw similarities to his own offense when being coached up at the camp.

"The offense that we run is high-tempo, just like Texas Tech's. It's basically the same things they run, very similar. At camp, when coach was running through the route trees, it just took to my head like clockwork. It was exactly the same thing that we run at my school."

The similarities perhaps contributed to Rogers's performance, as he made two of the most impressive throws at the camp. 

"I know I made a ten-yard out, it was on the sideline right before he went out of bounds. He got jammed, the corner was all over his back so I had to throw it right to where either the receiver would get it or it would go out of bounds, and the receiver made the great catch and was able to stay in bounds."

"The deep ball, I think the receiver went to Trinity Christian [Kenny Nelson], he just made an amazing end zone catch."

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound dual-threat quarterback ran a 4.6-second 40-yard dash at the camp, and his interest list is a who's who of Power Five programs. 

"I'm hearing from Washington, TCU, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, LSU, Nebraska, and Texas A&M."

Despite the nationwide interest, Texas Tech seems to be standing out to Rogers.

"That school is amazing. I still talk to Jett and he's really loving it in Lubbock. All the coaches, they really relate to their players. Every player that comes back from Texas Tech, it's just amazing, the things that they say the coaches do for them, it's amazing."

Rogers thinks highly of Tech's head coach, as well.

"Coach Kingsbury is really a great dude. He's a leader, he explains instructions very well."

Fellow 2019 quarterback Grant Tisdale out of Allen was offered shortly after the camp after a great performance. Rogers paid attention to his competitor's performance. 

"Me and him, we are very similar. He's got a little more weight on him than me, but everything else we did very similarly. He's a good quarterback."

A senior wide receiver out of Dallas Carter who the coaches have been in contact with for a while is L.D. Cox. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the camp and had a good time there at the Duncanville satellite camp.

"I liked the camp. I feel really good about my performance there. I liked how the coaches interact with the players and all that. I think I only got two or three one-on-ones, I dropped a comeback but the rest of them were good."

Cox talked about working with outside receivers coach Emmett Jones at the camp, and interacting with the coaches overall.

"I was with coach Jones. I can vibe with him because he knows where we come from and stuff. Talking to him was like talking to my high school coach, it wasn't like I was under pressure or anything. I can relate to him, and he can relate to me. The coaches, they really vibe with the players. I don't know if it was the music, I don't know what it was, it was just turnt up with us. It was a good feeling. I liked how they coached."

What was Cox's favorite part of the camp?

"One-on-ones, competing. I liked the competition. I knew there were going to be good DBs there because it's Texas Tech, and I enjoyed competing with them. It was fun. Even though I knew they weren't going to offer any receivers, I still wanted to go because Tech is a good school. It's actually my dream school. I like how they coach and learned a lot."

Fellow Carter Cowboy Jarell Cherry made it out to the camp to spend some time watching coach Patrick in action. Cox spoke about Cherry's role on the team. 

"Even though he's young, he's one of the leaders on our team. Most people look up to him. I looked up to him when he first got there because he took control. He's just a good dude, I like playing with him. I thought he was shy, but once he gets on the field, it's like he's a whole new person. He just takes over. A lot of aggression."

Texas Tech's Duncanville satellite camp turned out to be a star-studded affair as 2018 Scout300 receiver Maureese Wren out of Mesquite Horn made it out to compete.

"Today was a good day. I was glad to be back, healthy, and run routes and stuff. I didn't run my forty, I came late because I went to church earlier in the morning, so I came a little bit late."

Wren discussed his performance and the level of competition at the camp. 

"I think I did real good in the drills, I didn't get that many reps. There was a lot of competition, the state of Texas has a lot of good athletes so when everybody comes out, it's like, 'it's going to be a long day.' I know Brodrick Calhoun was up there, and the safety from Allen. The experience really prepares me for the season, it gets me better, and I know that we're out there to have fun and compete at a high level and make each other better."

The four-star receiver shared his thoughts on Texas Tech.

"I know they've got a quarterback who's not afraid to let it go and I know that the offensive coordinator has a plan for his wide receivers when it comes to getting them the ball. That's why I really like it over there."

The Red Raider coaching staff has also made a good impression on the standout Metroplex receiver.

"I honestly think Texas Tech has one of the best coaching staffs in the Big 12. They're all ecstatic, they're just happy to coach kids."

One of Wren's lowlights of the camp was dropping a ball thrown directly at him - very hard - by outside receivers coach Emmett Jones. Wren appreciates that the coach kept it lighthearted at times at the camp.

"I think he threw that hard on purpose, I was like, 'aw, man.' He threw it hard, he was like, 'you've got to catch one of those.' I was like, 'aw, here we go.' [Laughs]"

Texas Tech isn't as close to home as some of the other schools recruiting the 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect, but geography won't play a part in his recruitment. 

"Location's not a big deal. I talked to my dad about it, it's not a big deal for me."

Wren has a timeline for making a decision.

"I've been discussing it and I was thinking that I want be committed going into my senior year - making a decision the spring of my junior year."

Coach Kliff Kingsbury mentioned a "skill-type" spot available on offense in 2017 at Big 12 Media Days earlier this month, which believes is for an inside receiver. Duncanville Panther Isaiah Upshaw is one candidate for that spot, as the 5-foot-9, 165-pound slot receiver ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash and has a relationship with the coaching staff.

"Me and coach Emmett have talked a couple times, he's told me he really likes me and stuff. At the camp, he just really wanted to see what I can do, and after the camp he told me he was very impressed with what he saw."

Texas Tech stands out to the inside receiver. 

"I really love Texas Tech, it's a place I could see myself at, making big plays for them. They throw the ball a lot, and I could see myself fitting in there pretty well. I really like the offensive coordinator, he looks like he knows what he's talking about, he knows how to win. They had a pretty good season last year, and I just really love them."

Upshaw spoke about the satellite camp held at his high school.

"There was a lot of great competition out there. I really enjoyed myself. I wish I could have got more reps, but they didn't do one-on-ones for that long. I got like five or six, something like that. I won all of them, I caught the ball every time. I didn't think there was going to be that much good competition, but there really was and they ended up giving me a run for my money, more than I expected. But I ended up doing what I usually do and made some plays. Overall the camp was really good. I wish it would have been longer."

Coach Jones and coach Morris both got the chance to evaluate Upshaw in-person.

"Both, really. They were both switching, running us through different drills. I love their coaching staff. They're kind of like my current receivers coach, coach Mims, they coach just alike and I just felt right at home while they were teaching me different stuff. I felt like I already knew it."

Coach Kingsbury addressed all the players after the camp was over, and his message stuck with Upshaw.

"After the camp, he was saying just to come out and compete, don't worry about offers. You can earn yourself a scholarship, but don't worry about it, just come out and compete and ball, show them what you can do. If you worry about offers, you're going to be out there for the wrong reason and not be able to show them what you can do. He was just saying that if you compete and play hard, then they'll find you, no matter who it is."

Overall, Tech is a school that really stands out to the talented Metroplex receiver.

"Texas Tech overall has a great program, great coaching staff, great environment. They know how to pick playmakers, people to help them improve their program. They definitely have a winning attitude. All they ever talk about is that they need to best to be at their program to help them excel and take them to different levels."

Aside from Texas Tech, Upshaw is receiving interest from Texas State, Illinois, Southwest Oklahoma State, Northwestern State, Grambling State, New Mexico, and Illinois State.

Most of Texas Tech's remaining spots in the class of 2017 are on defense, as the coaches are looking to add a couple of linebackers and some defensive linemen to shore up the front seven. Midland High School prospect Dillon Springer is one defender who could receive an offer. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound prospect ran a 4.8-second 40-yard dash at the camp.

"We run a 4-2-5 at my school. I line up at defensive end/outside linebacker. Texas Tech is recruiting me for defensive end, the rush linebacker. Coach Kevin Patrick and coach Joe Robinson are in contact with me. I talked to them before I went, and at the camp too. They were asking me how my summer was going, about the season. Afterwards, Coach Joe told me over the phone that coach Patrick was impressed with me and that he hoped I could be part of the team."

There was tons of Metroplex competition at the camp, and Springer wanted as many reps as he could get against some of the best the DFW had to offer.

"It was deep, man, probably one of the biggest camps they had all year. I was well pleased with the level of competition. Before we started one-on-ones I told the O-line coach, 'hey, coach, I want your best. Line me up against your best and I want to go against the best every time.' And that's what happened. There was a lot of great competition out there, a lot of good guys and a lot of good players. I probably got about ten or twelve reps. It was a fun camp, man, I loved it."

Springer shared his thoughts on the Texas Tech coaching staff.

"I loved the coaching staff, they were so greeting and full of energy. Those guys get after it. They wanted us to come out to compete. Overall I felt like I had a pretty good camp day. Got a lot of reps in one-on-ones at both left and right end, did good in drills, impressed coach Patrick, and got to talk to coach Gibbs, the defensive coordinator. I love those guys and everything about them. I like the way coach Patrick coaches and the type of man he is, he's a very blunt and honest man. As a player, you want that. You don't want someone that's going to tell you this and tell you that to make you happy. You want a coach that's going to tell you what's right and what's wrong, and what's best for you, and that's what I like about him."

Springer's recruitment is starting to pick up, with FBS and FCS schools keeping tabs on him so far.

"Right now I'm sitting with four D2 offers, but I'm hearing from schools such as Central Arkansas, SFA, Tech of course, Arkansas State, Abilene Christian, and so on."

The West Texas defender talked about Texas Tech's connection to Midland. 

"Down here, Texas Tech is big. They have their spring scrimmage down here at Grande Stadium where we play our football games at. It's big. I really do love that school. I've visited them like four times. Texas Tech was actually the first camp I've ever been to, freshman year. I've got a little bit of history with them. I love everything about Texas Tech and their fanbase and all that. I know that if I end up playing for Texas Tech, I'm set up well. That's what I want to be a part of."

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