April 27, 2007

NIKE Camp heads to Texas

Over the past several years, the NIKE Training Camp in the state of Texas has been loaded with future college and NFL stars.

Names such as quarterback Vince Young and defensive lineman Marcus Spears are just a few high school players that had big performances at the Lone Star State event. This weekend, the class of 2008 will be on display as the NIKE Camp heads back to Fort Worth, Texas, and the campus of Texas Christian University.

Last year, several names emerged from the camp in College Station.

One of the nation's top receivers, LSU-bound Terrance Toliver, and fellow Tiger commitment quarterback Jarrett Lee showed they were two of the top players in Texas during one-on-one drills. Other prospects that rose up the charts after their performance last year included speedy Texas-bound receiver James Kirkendoll and versatile athlete Billy Chavis.

Even top 2008 prospects like Tommy Dorman, Tre Newton, Victor Johnson, and David Snow participated - giving everyone a preview of what was ahead.

Several top quarterbacks are expected to make their way to Fort Worth to show their stuff.

Houston Stratford quarterback Andrew Luck, a Rivals250 to watch member, already has scholarship offers from schools such as Alabama, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Nebraska, LSU, Texas A&M and Purdue.

A sleeper on the rise is athlete DaWaylon Cook, who recently received an offer from West Virginia to play quarterback. Look for him to show his stuff with the quarterbacks Saturday.

Other QBs with offers that are expected to attend include dual-threat prospect Darron Thomas and UTEP commit Tim Curry.

There are expected to be some top 2009 quarterbacks on hand as well. Austin Lake Travis' Garrett Gilbert is already receiving attention from recruiters. Gilbert threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns as a sophomore.

At running back, one to watch will be 2009 prospect Chris Whaley. The Madisonville, Texas, native is 6-foot-2 and weighs more than 200 pounds. He's expected to be one of the more heavily recruited backs in next year's class.

With all of the quarterbacks, there should be plenty of top tight end and receiver prospects on hand as well.

Texas commit Dan Buckner headlines the receivers, but other top pass catchers expected at the event include McKinney (Texas) Boyd receiver Jeff Fuller, Little Rock (Ark.) Central Arkansas Christian receiver Joe Adams, Arlington Seguin's DeAundre Brown, and Monroe (La.) Sterlington's Matt Branch.

Athlete Gahn McGaffie could play on either side of the ball, but he is expected to work out with the receivers. McGaffie has already picked up offers from Baylor, Houston, and Nebraska.

With a surplus of top offensive line prospects expected to attend, that will be a position to watch.

Aldine, Texas, offensive tackle Daniel Campbell has picked up scholarship offers from Southern Cal, Texas A&M, Florida, Oklahoma, LSU, and several other programs early in the process. Campbell is expected to be joined by Texas A&M commit Jeffrey Hyde and Michael Keck of Keller, Texas.

As is the case with other positions, a top 2009 prospect is expected as well. Rhontae Scales of Killeen, Texas, is expected to attend with 2008 teammate David Grant.

On the other side of the ball, the defensive prospects expected are impressive as well.

Garland, Texas, defensive end Chancey Aghayere is one of the nation's most sought-after defensive ends. Aghayere could be joined by fellow pre-evaluation Rivals100 member Templeton Hardy - who may make the trip from Sardis (Miss.) North Panola.

At linebacker, the group is also a strong one. Dravannti Johnson, who recently committed to Texas, may make the trip. Other top linebackers also expected include Texas A&M commit Kyle Mangan, Kyle Prater, Alfred Dupree, and Blake Slaughter.

Like last year's event at Texas A&M, it should be a strong year in the defensive backfield.

Dallas Skyline's Keanon Cooper is expected to show his stuff. Others expected to participate are Stephen Hicks, Bryce Beall, Dominick Maddiox, and Mike Littleon.


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