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April 11, 2010

TCU Nike Training Camp Recap

The Nike Training Camp on the campus of TCU is always one of the more anticipated events of the off-season circuit and Sunday's event didn't disappoint as over 200 of the top players from several states came together to put on quite a show.

Several players from the state of Texas stood out with solid performances on the day, obviously with the large amount of talent that was there it'd be impossible to get everyone who deserves mention.

Let's start with the in state quarterbacks and the top player in the bunch was Oklahoma State commit J.W. Walsh from Denton Guyer. Walsh who is extremely athletic looks the part and he's made huge strides since his sophomore year throwing the ball. Walsh is in my view the top signal caller in the state.

Lake Travis' Michael Brewer who is a Texas Tech commit is a bit undersized but he throws the ball well and may be a perfect fit in a wide open offense. A bit of an unknown prospect Cooper Jones from Class 2A Lone Oak showed promise not only at quarterback but showed outstanding skills catching the ball including a sensational one handed grab.

DeSoto's Ryan Polite and Arlington Martin's Russell Bellomy also had some good moments.

As always the group of backs was outstanding and the depth in talent was impressive. Kenny Williams from Pflugerville Hendrickson definitely passed the eyeball test and the Texas Tech commit performed well.

The biggest name at the camp may have been Herschel Sims from Abilene and Sims produced a solid day of work, especially showing his ability to catch the ball. A relative unkown Gilmer's Gus Johnson earned MVP honors for the running backs showing great burst, good size and quick feet.

Hurst Bell's Kenneth Farrow after battling injuries in 2009 looked back to 100% as he showed great quickness in drills. One of the most interesting prospects at the combine was Henderson's Tommie Robbins.

Robbins a transfer from Louisiana powerhouse John Curtis spent most of his time at running back also has potential to play linebacker and defensive back.

Richardson Pearce 2012 back Corey Coleman continued his sensational off-season with a strong performance, Coleman who has a lean frame will need to put on some more weight to be an every down back at the next level. He displayed elite straight line speed and above average quickness along with above average hands out of the backfield.

Chris Barnett was easily the most impressive tight end at the camp and Barnett was one of the top receivers at the camp regardless of position. Barnett displayed great hands and very precise route running.

DeSoto's Cameron White who is a TCU commit had the homefield advantage to a certain extent and displayed all the tools of an elite receiver earning MVP honors for the receivers.

2012 wide receiver from Austin High Cayleb Jones displayed flashes of why many think he's the top player in the 2012 class with incredible route running and outstanding hands. Several of Jones' routes produced jaw dropping looks from some of the high school coaches in attendance.

Trinity's Brandon Carter capitalized on some of the momentum he had after a strong showing in the Trojans State Title run as he showed great quickness and the ability to separate in his routes.

Other players who showed well were Klein Collins' Jacob Bennett, El Paso Chapin's Caleb Moore, Lancaster's Cedric Gilbert and DeSoto's Samuel Ajala.

Camp settings are a tough place to evaluate lineman on either side of the ball but a few players who looked impressive in one on one's were Sam Houston's Alfredo Morales and Tony Morales, Alfredo earned top offensive lineman honors. Desmine Hilliard from Dallas Lincoln showed well also for the offensive lineman.

The group of linebackers was outstanding and several performed quite well, standing out in that group was Dallas Skyline's Anthony Wallace.

One of the top recruits at the camp, Wallace was outstanding during 7 on 7 drills showing elite ability for a linebacker in pass coverage. Texas Tech commit Devon Hocutt was easily the biggest linebacker of the group, but he was one of the most impressive making a leaping interception and displaying very nimble feet in pass coverage.

Carrollton Smith's Jeremy Stallworth also had a strong day.

The secondary had some outstanding talent as well and their battles with the receivers made for some fun viewing. The MVP of the defensive backs was Fort Bend Elkins' Jaylon Finner who displayed elite level cover skills all day.

Kolby Griffin from Houston St. Pius X who is another TCU commit played well showing his excellent combination of physical play and underrated cover skills. Arlington Bowie's Quentin Sargent also had a strong day. One young player who continues to impress on the camp circuit was A. Maceo Smith's LaDarrell McNeil.




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