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In our final installment of the monster one-day camp event, I would have to say next to the DL group, the most talent-laded position had to be the defensive backs who made the trek to College Station to compete and become better football players.
We start out first with '05 A&M DB commitment Jordan Peterson. He took in the event with his father and seemed to really enjoy himself. Peterson is expected to challenge for a corner position but we project him as a free safety first, corner second. Peterson (5-10, 190, 4.38 forty, 4.07 20-yard shuttle, 36.5-inch vertical) can absolutely get it and his commitment to the Ags will bring the Melvin Smith and Chris Thrumond-led secondary plenty in the speed department
Continuing with the ‘05 class, my man Brandon Tatum (Texas Hot 100 No. 18), showed off impressive size/speed in the one-on-one drills. He's so strong that once he digs his arm into your mid-section, you're either going to be forced off your intended route or reduced to fighting like heck to get back into the play. He certainly has the wheels needed to provide coverage and should make a very solid D-I safety.
Garrison DB/WR Gerren Blount continues to work out at wide receiver instead of where we project him at, which is at defensive back. However, after watching him work out as a wideout at the Dallas TI-MSL Combine and again in College Station, have to admit he looks decent there also. Still, it was a bit disconcerting to not see him choosing to grab work at the DB position. Blount is currently trying to get qualified and if he gets the test score needed, his stock could rise.
One prospect worth paying attention to over the next few months is Midland Lee cornerback Chevar Bryson. His performance in one-on-one drills showcased not only his ability to play man but also the kind of ball skills secondary coaches covet. The West Texas stud will definitely find a spot in our next Texas Hot 100 and it’ll be interesting to see if the Ags ratchet up their efforts in the recruitment of Bryson following his camp performance.
Arlington Bowie DB Aaron Carr has seen his value climb after making the Dallas TI-MSL Combine, receiving several scholarship offers since, but hopes to land one from Texas A&M after his Sunday camp performance as well.
One of the more familiar faces in College Station is '04 A&M commitment D.J. Davis and he also made his presence known. Kid's an Aggie through and through. He was there rooting on the campers, plugging his friend and former teammate Brandon Tatum and talking up the Maroon and White, of course.
Regarding his collegiate career, Davis is ready to go, participating in A&M's voluntary 7-on-7 drills. The DB commit said he's already been baptized by Terrence Murphy in some of those summer workouts, that he full well knows what it will take to play on the Big 12 South level, and is looking forward to battling for a spot in the two-deep and/or early playing time on special teams.
Moving along thought we might mention some other prospects standing out...
Hammond (LA) wide receiver Antonio Perry stands about 6-2/6-3, 185 pounds and can fly. He showed off a great pair of mitts, good routes and great speed.
Elon Mitchell (Round Rock Stony Point HS), who has moved from linebacker/defensive end to fullback, also made an impression and is certainly one to watch. He worked out with the running backs. "I think I did real good today. I clocked a 4.7 forty." We originally listed Mitchell with a 4.75 (40). At any rate, he is currently rated No. 38 in our July Texas Hot 100 and has yet to land his first offer. However, he's looking to change that with a solid fall at his new fullback position.
Katy linebacker Paul Thornton also made the Sunday camp and he's been on-and-off our Texas Hot 100 list. Continuing to fly just above the radar, he's still someone to keep an eye on.
A couple of out-of-state seniors-to-be definitely worth noting are Louisiana Bastrop LB Rogers Loche and California Santa Barbara QB Kevin Dunn. Loche is an under-sized linebacker just shy of 6-feet. He may be closer to 5-11, but can play sideline to sideline and is very high on A&M. Dunn has good size for the position, an above average arm and very good mobility.
Others deserving mention: Austin Westlake QB Turner Wimberly, South Oak Cliff TE/DE Daniel Moore, Cy-Fair RB Omar Conteh, Rockdale LB Germaine Dawson.
A few standout junior-to-be prospects in attendance you might want to follow this season are Arlington Bowie QB Sherrod Harris, Carl Alberts (Midwest City, OK) TE/DE Emillio Richardson and Grapevine WR/TE Taylor Wardlow.
Harris, (6-2, 200, 4.9), attended the Dallas TI-MSL Combine and was recognized as one of the top prospects on hand, regardless of position. He also looked very good at A&M. While the hype suggests he is a dual threat-type he's not that accomplished as a runner yet. Instead, Harris fits the drop-back, pro style QB label like a glove. Kid has a nice over-hand delivery and a very live arm. He put several passes on the money this past Sunday and will be coveted by several programs nationwide.
At this stage of his development, Harris needs to improve his mobility, footwork and he needs to be more fluid and quicker in his drops. Having said that, most college coaches expect him to do just that. Simply put, the Arlington prep has a solid work ethic, a desire to be the best and a winning smile to boot (as seen in the picture directly above).
Richardson, 6-2.5/6-3, 195, will star in Midwest City, Oklahoma for his high school Carl Alberts this year as a tight end/defensive end. He has good size and decent speed. With a junior and senior campaign still to go, he'll need to get faster, stronger and bulk up a bit. But look for the kid to continue developing. It'll be very interesting to see how much he progresses in his junior season.
Wardlow, 6-5.5, 205 pounds, is a big possession-type receiver from Grapevine, Texas who projects as a match-up headache in the red zone as well as on fade routes. He should be one of the top pass-catchers in next year's class. Kid also plays center for his high school basketball team.
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