Selders Takes in Texas Camp

One of the many 2011 running back prospects at the Texas Longhorns June 14 mini-camp was Jermichael Selders. The 5-11, 178-pounder from CyCreek is one of the more versatile backs in the state in the junior class. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Selders to get his perspective on the camp and his plans for the future.

The running back position is loaded in the 2011 class in Texas. On June 14, many of the top names were in attendance at the Texas Longhorns second mini-camp. One of the talented runners on hand was CyCreek's Jermichael Selders.

Selders caught the eye of college coaches in the spring with his versatility as a runner and advanced receiver out of the backfield. Those skills were on full display June 14.

"The only camp I've been to is the UT camp June 14," Selders said. "The camp was pretty cool. We did some cool drills, ran the forty and all that. I think my time in the forty was 4.4 or 4.5. I think I did well in the one on one's against the linebackers. I knew Aaron Green - he has been at other camps I've been at, and Daniel Lasco. I also went with a couple of teammates."

A highlight of the camp was the chance to talk to running backs coach Major Applewhite.

"I talked to Major Applewhite at the camp. He just told me to keep up the good work and that they were going to be watching me," Selders said.

The darting back isn't sure about future camp plans because of a big time track meet coming up in two weeks. Selders will be a key member of a junior Olympic team.

"I think I may go to other camps, but I don't have plans because of track. I have the Junior Olympics in North Carolina is two weeks. I'll be running in the 200, 4x100 and 100," Selders said.

On the recruiting front, Selders is receiving interest from at least five programs in addition to Texas.

"I'm not sure who is really recruiting me as far as how many. I'm getting mail from Florida, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas A&M and Oregon," Selders said.

Selders burst onto the scene in 2008 earning 15-5A unanimous all-district honors after rushing for 1,114 yards and 13 touchdowns on 163 carries in 10 games. Throw in 19 catches for 165 yards and a score and the 5-11, 178-pound darting back proved to be a tough tackle for Houston area defenders.

Jermichael Selders Scouting Report

Selders is a make-you-miss back with impressive vision. At 5-11, and 172 pounds with a wiry frame that will need time to fully develop, the talented sophomore depends on his great feet, terrific balance and natural ability to jump cut and skip cut in the hole and accelerate to the second level.

Once in the second level, Selders has a quick-footed spin move with impressive body control and the vision and change of speed ability to set up blockers and maximize runs. Because he is not going to run away from defenders or race pass defender angles with legit 4.4 speed, his skill set and instincts to maximize runs is key and he has it in spades.

Out of the backfield, Selders is also a threat with soft hands coupled with the feet and body control to make the tough catch and to not lose his balance. One on one in space after the catch, he can throw a quick spin move or stick his foot in the ground and make a darting cut up the field.

Selders runs tough, but does need to continue to work on running high to low/low to high when contact is inevitable.

Selders attended the Texas spring game as well as the June 14 mini-camp.

The Selders File

Klein Oak 23-192, two TD's (15, 9) 2-45 receiving
Tomball cancelled
Oak Ridge cancelled
Langham Creek DNP
CyRidge 26-161, one TD (45) 1-17
CyWoods 20-102, two TD's (19, 10) 4-9
CyFair 15-211, two TD's (42, 79) 2-29
CyFalls 15-60, two TD's (1, 16) 3-32
Jersey Village 15-100 4-35, one TD (21)
CySprings 12-62 1-2
Cedar Park (playoffs) 17-89, two TD's (2, 35)
Klein Oak 20-137, two TD's (2, 2) 2-(-4)

Season totals 163-1,114 13 TD's 19-165 1 TD


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