Today we'll look at the top offensive Texas targets from the Nike Football Training Camp at DeSoto High School on Saturday.
OG Patrick Vahe (Euless, Texas/Trinity)
He wasn't the biggest offensive lineman in attendance (though he may have had the best hair) but there was little doubt in anyone's mind that he was one of the very best linemen there.
In seven reps during 1-on-1 competition against the camp's defensive linemen, Vahe went undefeated and later won the OL MVP.
WR DaMarkus Lodge (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill)
The five-star recruit was as loose as could be in between reps but all business when he stepped up to the line of scrimmage.
As expected, Lodge was simply unstoppable. Technically sound, the only passes he missed were the ones poorly thrown. If it was in his vicinity Lodge found a way to position his frame to make the catch.
Here's some video of a few of his 1-on-1s:
QB Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas/Allen)
Popular opinion has Murray penciled in as a Texas A&M commitment, and that could end up being the case. But that's not stopping Charlie Strong and his staff from at least putting feelers out on that talented dual-threat QB.
He made it clear why it's at least worth Texas' time do so on Saturday with a very impressive outing in 1-v-1s and half skeleton (DB and LBs vs. WR, TE and RBs).
He earned QB MVP honors over the likes of Jarrett Stidham and Quentin Dormady by showing off an extremely quick release and strong arm that often left the ball right on the money for his receiver.And, in case you were wondering, Texas' staff has recently reached out to his camp.
TE Will Gragg (Pine Bluff, Ark./Pine Bluff)
The four-star tight end, who took an unofficial visit to Texas the weekend of March 28, was far and away the best tight end on Saturday.
What really impresses you about Gragg is how well he moves and how crisp his route running is for someone 6-foot-4 and 247 pounds. He also displayed soft hands on a number of tough over-the-shoulder catches in 1-on-1s.
Something else that stood out was Gragg's willingness to get in the mix. He was routinely one of the tight ends involved in half skeletion, and took more reps at TE than anyone.
WR James Proche (Dallas/Prime Prep)
Had it not been for Lodge, WR MVP honors would have likely gone to Proche. The three-star WR was excellent in 1-on-1s, using his strong hands and compact frame to bully defensive backs out of the way for jump balls.
Here's some film of those 1-on-1s:
OT Madison Akamnonu (Arlington, Texas/Bowie)
When talking of the most physically impressive offensive linemen at the camp, Akamnonu's name should be at the top of the list. He's not the biggest guy in terms of weight, but he feels out incredibly well for someone 6-foot-5 and 269 pounds.
Akamnonu, he of size 17 shoes, said he won all of his 1-on-1s.