All-Camp Team: Defense

Texas hosted a bevy of talented defenders over its June football camps. Which players stood out?

* Because there were more worthy linebackers than defensive linemen, I've used a 3-4 here, rather than a 4-3.


DL — 2014 Derick Roberson, San Antonio Brennan; 2014 Victor Evans, Dallas Skyline; 2014 Trey Lealaimatafao, San Antonio Warren

Roberson has always been one of the more interesting ends in the in-state class because his pass-rushing ability came largely from his fluidity in changing direction, rather than any first-step explosion. But seeing him at camp, Roberson appeared more filled out, and much more explosive, than he was a year ago. Evans certainly looks the part on the hoof and is tough to deal with off the edge. And in a series of camps that was short on stud defensive tackles, Lealaimatafao stood out for his power, his mobility and his motor.


LB — 2014 Andrew Beck, Tampa (Fla.) Plant; 2014 Edwin Freeman, Arlington Bowie; 2015 Cameron Townsend, 2015 Anthony Wheeler, Dallas Skyline

The freakiest of the bunch was undoubtedly Wheeler, who weighed 230 pounds and ran in the 4.5s. But this was more than just a size-speed guy … Wheeler made plays shadowing running backs 30 yards downfield in coverage, then went and worked out some at defensive end and made big plays in pass-rush drills. Freeman actually worked out at safety, but at 210 pounds, he projects to linebacker. He ran 4.6 at the camp and looked fluid for a linebacker, if a bit out of his element as a safety in coverage. Beck ran 4.7-flat and showed the ability to transition in-control when turning and running. It was an impressive performance for somebody that you know is more football player than athlete. And Townsend runs and cuts like a defensive back. He hasn't always timed well in the 40 — witness the 4.86 laser time he turned in at NFTC — but when that 4.8 is paired with a crazy shuttle time — Townsend ran 4.03 in the short shuttle at the same event — that leads to outstanding playing speed. Townsend has plenty of room to add good bulk, but his strength should always be his all-around athleticism. It should also be noted here that both other Texas commitments, Cameron Hampton and Otaro Alaka, had nice camps as well.


DB — 2014 Garrett Davis, Red Oak; 2014 Jason Hall, South Grand Prairie; 2014 Jermaine Roberts, St. Augustine (La.); 2015 Kris Boyd, Gilmer

Two of the prospects on this list — Hall and Boyd — earned offers with their performances, while Davis earned a ton of attention from the coaching staff. We'll start with Davis. The Red Oak product first wowed by showing up at more than 6-feet tall and running a 4.52 40-yard dash, then did really well in one-on-ones, often jumping to the front of the line to take extra reps. Hall did the same thing at the June 9 camp, where he earned an offer after covering well despite his 6-2 height. And Boyd might have been the best overall corner working out. He's tall, fluid and projects to be a lockdown guy at the next level. He's fantastic, and figures to battle with Kendall Sheffield for the state's top cornerback spot in 2015. Roberts is probably the most interesting inclusion on this list, as he struggled to stay with top 2016 receiver Reggie Hemphill. But Roberts was nails the rest of the day, showing outstanding transitional quickness and even the hands of a playmaking cornerback. He's small, but with his speed and hips, he has the base for Akina to build an outstanding cornerback with. Arrion Springs looked good in the reps he took, although he also seemed to avoid taking repetitions in the afternoon session, which is why he wasn't included. And while he isn't a Texas prospect, you have to like the competitive nature of Dallas Bishop Dunne's Ronnie LaRue. He sought out the best prospects and went head-to-head with them.


P — Corbin Daly, Ardrey Kell (N.C.)

Daly came, saw, kicked, earned an offer and committed. In all, it was a busy day for the punter from North Carolina, who impressed the Texas coaches not just with his booming leg, but also by showing the ability to directional punt. Daly has an ideal frame, and is still just scratching the surface on his potential. Kicking guru Chris Sailer has Daly tapped as a five-star prospect and the No. 2 punter in the country, stating that he "has as much potential as anyone in the nation."


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