Simply put, of the players in attendance, I thought Anderson had the best day. Despite the fact that Anderson is a centerfield safety who plays a ton of high zone, he looked like a savvy cover corner at times in Houston, showing the ability to jam, to run with receivers on their hips and to make plays on the ball. At a long 6-1 with his skill set, he's shaping up to be a special player in the state for 2016. Anderson has yet to receive an offer from the new Texas staff, but it could just be a matter of time.
Antoine is more of a pure corner, and he showed that on Sunday, shadowing receivers well and using his quick feet to seemingly never be out of a play. Texas hasn't offered Antoine yet, but he's certainly on the Longhorn radar after attending a Junior Day.
On the hoof, with his size and length, Boyd looks like a safety. And then you watch him cover somebody and you wonder whether anyone will be able to move him away from cornerback. He has rare cover skills for a guy his size and really presents issues for receivers with his physical play. Boyd has a Texas offer, and is generally considered the No. 2 corner in the state to Kendall Sheffield (who was in attendance, but just to watch). He didn't do anything to hurt that Sunday.
Campbell doesn't typically show well in a camp setting because he's one of those guys who's a better football player than tester. He was an early take for Duane Akina because of his instincts and ball skills, though it's worth noting that he doesn't seem to fit the mold of what Charlie Strong and Co. are looking for at corner with his lack of size and athletic measurables.
Hill *is* a player who fits that mold with his length and raw athletic ability putting him in a similar spot with Boyd, P.J. Mbanasor and Jaylon Lane. All of those players are 6-1-plus with long arms and rangy builds. After seeing all those players, I think I would probably rank him just after Boyd and Mbanasor, but ahead of Lane. He's a heck of a talent, and has a Texas offer.
Jones isn't an ideal safety in terms of size, but the 2016 free safety from Nacogdoches has speed and agility to burn, turning in a 4.5-second 40 time that he was disappointed with (he's run hand times in the 4.35 range in the past). Jones brings everything but size, displaying great speed, quickness and ball skills in coverage.
Keke is an intriguing player because of his size, and the way he moves at that size. He has some rawness to his game still, but the scheme versatility that he offers — he could legitimately play as a 3-4 end or a three-technique — makes him valuable and a player that Texas will continue to track.
The Longhorns finally moved forward with an offer to Lampkin, an Oklahoma commitment who will be difficult to sway from his Sooner allegiances. At 6-3 291, Lampkin has excellent size and projects best as a two-gap defensive tackle at the next level. His movement skills aren't quite optimal, but he has some potential as a stand-your-ground type in the middle of the line.
Lane might have made the catch of the day Sunday when he bodied a receiver off the ball on a corner route, then laid out and made a diving snag. He doesn't have a Texas offer yet, but has Texas interest, and could get an offer if the Longhorns decide they don't like their chances with guys like Boyd, Mbanasor or Hill. Lane moves better than you'd think for a player with his length, and he showed the ability to turn and run.
One of the few to have collected a 2016 offer from the Longhorns, Mayden looked the part on Sunday, showing off his size, athleticism and competitiveness. He's only going to continue to get better, which is saying something in that I probably would have tossed him in the top 2015 cornerback group based on his performance. He did get beaten once or twice, but for the most part, showed lock-down type skills.
Oliver played some defensive end in pass-rush drills, a fitting spot for his current size in the 6-2 260 range. And he won a number of battles there, even making it to the final defensive line group, where he won a couple repetitions with his outstanding quickness. With his lack of ideal height for the end spot, and how good he's been at tackle, Oliver projects in the middle of a defense at the next level, with the 2016 Houston Westfield product ranking up there with guys like Killeen Shoemaker's Kendell Jones among the state's top tackle prospects in that class.
Of the players I saw, I thought Thompson was a close second to Anderson for player of the day. He was significantly better than I thought he'd be, with the Alabama commitment's loose hips and smooth athleticism impressing me. He looks so high-cut on film that you question whether he'll be able to turn and run a bit at the next level, but after seeing him in person, I no longer have that question. Thompson was dominant on Sunday, showing that he deserves to keep his spot among the top safeties in the 2015 class.
One of my favorite prospects in the Class of 2015, Townsend freaked people out a year ago when he ran a 40-yard dash in the 4.8s as a sub-200-pound linebacker. But it had more to do with the fact that Townsend didn't know how to run a 40-yard dash, as evidenced by the fact that the now 200-plus pounder ran a reported 4.63, more in-line with his lightning-quick field speed. Townsend is (and always has been) an outstanding athlete at the linebacker position and the Texas offer has everything necessary to be one of the top couple linebackers in the state.
Somebody will look at Washington's 40-yard dash time and question his athletic ability on the next level (Washington told me he ran 5.2). But I think, like Townsend above, this was more an example of a guy not knowing how to run a 40. Washington's athleticism is apparent when you see him dip, bend and move in drills. The one question I have is that with his frame, could he potentially end up at defensive tackle? I wouldn't be shocked, as he looks like he could hit a college training table and blow up. But the Texas offer from Louisiana was impressive.