Scout takes a quick look at prospects who caught our eye at Friday's Texas Longhorns Showtyme Elite satellite camp at Greenhill School in the Dallas suburb of Addison ...
Arlington Lamar 2018 defensive lineman Bobby "Tre" Brown very well may have been the best prospect at the entire camp, regardless of position. He was a terror for offensive linemen in 1-on-1 drills with great burst and a strong rip move. Scout national analyst Greg Powers and I discussed Friday evening about where he plays at the next level: end or tackle. The result of the discussion was that we think Brown may wind up being the type of D-line prospect who is not only position-versatile, but scheme-versatile. He possesses exceptional length and is a lean, fit player who wears his impressive size well. Brown already has offers from Baylor, Houston, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M.
We've seen Frisco Centennal 2017 receiver Kenny Nelson at several camps and events now and he continues to be one of the very best sleepers in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Nelson was excellent at Tuesday's Michigan/Iowa State satellite camp in Dallas and was even better at Friday's Texas camp. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder, who's been clocked in the shuttle at an impressive 4.25, dominated 1-on-1 matchups. He's surehanded and deceptively athletic. Nelson has shown tremendous ball skills at every event we've attended and he caught the eye of the coaches at Friday's camp. Surprisingly, Nelson's only offers so far are FCS-level Lamar and Jackson State. That should change.
In a strong crop of 2018 talent, Greenhill School receiver Kassidy Woods stood out. He's a smooth glider with an enormous catch radius and a frame that will make him a P5-caliber recruit. He's every bit of the 6-foot-2 he reported and his 191-pound frame could hold 20-30 more pounds, easily. Woods had one of the best catches in 1-on-1 work Friday as he showed his ability to adjust to the ball in flight and make the grab coming back to the ball despite what was probably pass interference. Woods hasn't gotten offered yet, but he's looked great at two camps this week and his name is starting to get out.
What really impressed me about Jarell Cherry was his ability to work out with the linebackers. Every camp I've seen him compete he's worked at defensive end, which is his natural position and what he plays for Dallas Carter, but the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder showed his ability to play in space at Friday's camp when matched up against running backs in coverage situations. Cherry may be the perfect candidate for a standing edge rusher who occasionally drops into coverage when asked. He's a natural pass-rusher with a lot of upside. Texas Tech offered the 2018 standout Friday and SMU offered earlier in the spring.
Drue Jackson looked really smooth running routes Friday, both on air and in 1-on-1 situations. He plays faster than he tests and that showed at the camp. Jackson will be a heavily-pursued receiver prospect for the 2018 class. He already has offers from Iowa, Texas Tech, and Utah. He's one of several underclassmen standouts for Sachse High School just north of Dallas, along with quarterback Jalen Mayden and safety Isaiah Humphries, who both performed well at Friday's camp, too.
For the second time in four days, we really liked what we saw from Grapevine's Alan Bowman. He's quickly emerging as a name to know for the 2018 quarterback class in Texas. He has not gotten an offer yet, but he's probably close to several. Schools such as Arkansas, Missouri, Northwestern, Houston, and SMU are showing a lot of interest. He's camped with all of those and several more, plus he plans to camp next week with UCLA. Bowman has good size, plenty of confidence and poise, great short-to-intermediate accuracy, and excellent touch on downfield routes. Bowman is the son of Kirk Bowman, who played tight end at Penn State, including on the 1982 national championship team.
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Another big-time 2018 quarteback is Sachse's Jalen Mayden, who already has nine FBS offers, including Houston, Illinois, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oregon State, Syracuse, Utah, and ULM. Mayden has good size and is a threat to hurt you with his arm and his legs. He's a lefty, which sometimes hurts quarterback prospects, but he's already shown he's so good that plenty of schools don't care about him being a southpaw. Mayden has an effortless throwing motion and a smooth delivery. He's accurate in the intermediate range and possesses the arm strength to push the ball vertically. Mayden is the younger brother of Rice receiver James Mayden and Alabama incoming freshman cornerback Jared Mayden.
Clips of Mayden from last week's Sound Mind Sound Body Camp in Houston ...
2017 edge defender Deondre Carter won all four reps that we saw him take in 1-on-1 matchups with offensive linemen. He plays with a hand on the ground for powerhouse Cedar Hill, but projects best to college as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Carter has a good frame (6-2, 216) and solid laser-timed speed at 4.79 in the 40. He's also a great student with a good ACT score and high GPA. Carter's offers include Air Force, Army, Columbia, and Cornell.
Willie Hobdy performed very well in 1-on-1 situations against receivers. Hobdy is a JUCO prospect at Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College who signed out of high school with Texas Southern before landing at CCC. A very big cornerback, the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder showed excellent physicality jamming his younger competitors at the line of scrimmage. He's gotten interest from schools such as Texas A&M, Houston, Iowa State, UCF, Tulsa, and ULL. He's a "four to play four" JUCO prospect.
Inside linebacker Alston Orji is always impressive every time we see him. He has the look of a grown man, but will only be a junior this fall. He'll be one of the top 2018 prospects in Texas on the defensive side of the ball. Orji flashes great downhill speed and leadership qualities, even in the satellite camp setting. Orji already has an impressive offer list that includes Arkansas, Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Utah, and SMU. Also, be on the lookout for his younger brother, 2019 safety/linebacker Anfernee Orji, who also passes the eyeball test with flying colors.