Dallas NFTC All-Camp Team
Over 330 top prospects from Texas and beyond gathered Sunday for the fifth stop of the Nike Football Training Camp tour in Dallas. Here is a look at the 25 standout performers that make up the Dallas All-NFTC team including WR Malachi Dupre (pictured above).
Note: Selections are based upon camp performance as evaluated by the NFTC staff as well as past and projected on-field performance. Athletes are in the Class of 2014 unless otherwise noted.
QB: David Blough, 6-0 ½, 185, Creekview (Carrollton, Texas)
Results: 5.00 40, 4.49 SH, 33’ PB, 28.4” VJ, 65.55 SPARQ
Breakdown: Blough won’t win any beauty contests with his stature, but his body of work on both Saturday at Elite 11 and Sunday at NFTC stacks up with any QB in attendance. Can deal! Very smooth with an efficient stroke. Makes the deep ball look easy and was the most consistent passer over the two days in Dallas. Passed for 1,777 yards and 17 TDs versus just three picks as a junior to earn all-district honors.
QB: David Cornwell, 6-5, 235, North (Norman, Okla.)
Results: Did not test
Breakdown: Big, strong prototypical pocket-passer with some sneaky feet took home the QB MVP honor on Sunday as well as the first invite to the national Elite 11 this summer. Displayed ability on Sunday to make all the throws, not just the ones that require his fastball, touching in corners and dropping balls over linebackers in half-skelly. Very coachable and asked a lot of questions. Offers from all over but seems to be leaning towards Alabama.
RB: Daniel Gresham, 5-9 ½, 236, All Saints (Fort Worth, Texas)
Results: 4.73 40, 4.56 SH, 41’ PB, 34.9” VJ, 112.30 SPARQ
Breakdown: Gresham, an early commitment to Texas, is regarded by most as a pure fullback in college, and showed some of those qualities Sunday at the NFTC. Was the first running back to assert himself physically in the pass-blocking drills that were otherwise dominated by the LBs. Also showed soft hands and solid route-running ability in space. Won’t run away from any DBs but ran very well for a back his size. Scored 18 times as a junior.
RB: Mardre London, 6-1, 201, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft Lauderdale, Fla.)
Results: 4.78 40, 4.22 SH, 38.5’ PB, 32.1” VJ, 99.54 SPARQ
Breakdown: London continues to improve at every event he attends and took home RB MVP honors in Dallas after finishing as runnerup in Miami. Very physical player who dominated in pass-pro versus the linebackers. Also showed good hands out of the backfield. Great competitor and a hard worker. Currently lists offers from BC, Rutgers, South Carolina, UNC, Cincinnati, Kansas and Illinois.
WR: K.D. Cannon, 5-11 ½, 161, Mount Pleasant (Texas)
Results: 4.56 40, 4.36 SH, 33’ PB, 34.0” VJ, 87.69 SPARQ
Breakdown: Cannon was the most talented WR in the camp, and flashed dominant ability when he turned it on in 1on1 drills. A fluid route-runner with speed and quickness, Cannon is a tough match up in space. He catches the ball cleanly with his hands and shows explosiveness in the open field. If Cannon decides he wants to be great, he could be a dominant playmaker in college. Caught 104 passes for 1,592 yards and 26 TDs as a junior.
WR: Malachi Dupre, 6-2 ½, 187, John Curtis (River Ridge, La.)
Results: 4.58 40, 4.29 SH, 33’ PB, 36.9” VJ, 98.76 SPARQ
Breakdown: As physically gifted as any wideout in camp, and possibly in the country, Dupre has size and can run and jump with the best of them. Isn’t a polished route-runner yet at this stage due to run-heavy offense at Curtis that limits his pass game reps, but flashed brilliance on Sunday against top-level competition. Caught 36 passes for 816 yards and 15 TDs as a junior and has 40+ offers. Invited to The Opening post-event.
WR: Lorenzo Joe, 6-2 ½, 196, Cooper (Abilene, Texas)
Results: 4.34 SH, 32.5’ PB, 29.9” VJ
Breakdown: For a guy with limited experience at the position, Joe was as impressive as any WR in the camp with his great combination of size, speed and athleticism. Was smooth and fluid in routes, and shows exceptional body control for a big receiver. Most impressively, he is a natural pass catcher with strong hands and superb ball skills. With more reps and experience at the position, Joe could be a special player at the next level. Earned WR MVP honors. Is committed to Texas.
OL: Jacob Bragg, 6–3, 314, Nacogdoches (Texas)
Results: 5.36 40, 4.78 SH, 39.5′ PB, 25.2″ VJ, 88.02 SPARQ
Breakdown: Bragg started off the weekend with a 97.71 SPARQ Rating at the Nike SPARQ Combine, and finished it with Dallas NFTC OL MVP Honors. The big center moves well and has the physicality and smarts you like to see at the center position. Bragg, who’s been offered by Louisiana Tech and Kansas, should see that list grow soon.
OL: Robert Castaneda, 6-4 ½, 315, Round Rock (Texas)
Results: 5.36 40, 4.86 SH, 44.0′ PB, 24.4″ VJ, 94.24 SPARQ
Breakdown: The Kansas State commit showed the type of quickness that might allow him to stay at tackle for the Wildcats. Castaneda put on 11 pounds of good weight since we first saw him at the Houston Nike Combine back in February, but it didn’t slow him down, as he improved both his 40 and power ball toss.
OL: Zach Rogers (‘15), 6–2, 297, Hebron (Lewisville, Texas)
Results: 4.78 SH, 37.0′ PB
Breakdown: Rogers sure didn’t look like a sophomore on Sunday. The guard prospect has grown-man strength and dominated all his reps in the one-on-one portion of the camp. Rogers impressed throughout the camp, showing technique beyond his years, and the type of work ethic that has garnered early offers from Texas, Oklahoma, UCLA, and Arkansas among others.
OL: Toby Weathersby (‘15), 6-4 ½, 277, Westfield (Houston)
Results: 5.09 40, 4.6 Shuttle, 41.0′ PB, 27.7″ VJ, 91.89 SPARQ
Breakdown: Weathersby was the talk of the camp, with media and coaches asking who big #454 was, but was no secret to the Student Sports staff after we got an early look at him in Houston at the Nike Combine. The rising junior improved his rating over 20 points since February, and was equally as impressive in position drills. Was a JV player in the elite Westfield program this past season, but expect coaches to flock to see a few games into his junior season as he is a marked man now.
DL: Desmond Branch, 6–2 ½, 230, Cleveland (Rio Rancho, N.M.)
Results: 4.87 40, 4.57 Shuttle, 39.5′ PB, 34.8″ VJ, 98.34 SPARQ
Breakdown: The younger brother of Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Alan Branch made his own name at the Dallas NFTC on Sunday. He tested off the charts, running a 4.87 40 and 4.57 shuttle on the way to an impressive 98.34 SPARQ Rating. He blew by the tackles in one-on-ones and showed the kind of ability that should have coaches making the trip to New Mexico this spring.
DL: Bryce English (‘15), 5-10 ½, 315, DeSoto (Texas)
Results: 4.62 SH, 22.5″ VJ
Breakdown: English might not be the big 6-4, 350 pound nose guard prospect fans dream of, but the Longhorns knew what they were doing locking down a commitment from English early in the process. The DeSoto product can play some football. He uses his lack of height to his advantage, playing with great leverage, and has one of the quickest first two steps we’ve seen so far on the Nike Tour. English gave the centers fits all day and proved any doubters he had coming into the day wrong.
DL: Trey Lealaimatafao, 6-0, 301, Warren (San Antonio, Texas)
Results: Did not test
Breakdown: The big noseguard had a bit of a rough start to one-on-ones, but it didn’t take long for him to settle in and show why he has offers from around the country. The recent Texas commit kept jumping up and taking reps, and once he found his groove, no one could stop him.
DL: T.J. Tauaalo, 6–1, 285, Keller Central (Fort Worth, Texas)
Results: 5.39 40, 4.78 SH, 35.5′ PB, 26.8″ VJ, 74.58 SPARQ
Breakdown: The sleeper defensive tackle was a handful for the offensive linemen all day. He showed the same skill set that made him stand out on film, great hands off the ball, and a mix of ability to penetrate into the backfield and anchor down to eat space. Tauaalo went a bit under the radar, but was a name that kept popping up in film review of the camp.
DL: Solomon Thomas, 6–3, 256, Coppell (Texas)
Results: 4.95 40, 4.5 SH, 40.0′ PB, 31.5″ VJ, 100.53 SPARQ
Breakdown: Thomas might have locked down the title of top recruit in Texas this past weekend. The chiseled defensive lineman looked every bit of a five-star from the testing session to the one-on-ones. He had one of the top SPARQ Ratings for a defensive linemen, 100.53, highlighted by a 4.5 shuttle and a 40 foot power ball toss. He then made it look easy in one-on-ones, winning every rep on his way to DL MVP Honors and a ticket to The Opening.
LB: Matthew Adams, 5-11 ½, 203, Hightower (Missouri City, Texas)
Results: 4.91 40, 4.32 SH, 38.0’ PB, 31.4” VJ, 90.18 SPARQ
Breakdown: Adams had a big outing Sunday, displaying fantastic closing speed and burst to the football on the way to taking LB MVP honors. Has a pretty good frame, looks like he could some more weight and still be able to move. Did a fine job in pass rush, showing an explosive first step and the ability to turn his pads while still heading up field. Was an all-district selection last fall and first three offers are in from Boise State, Tulsa and Western Kentucky.
LB: Edwin Freeman, 6-0 ½, 212, Bowie (Arlington, Texas)
Results: 4.73 40, 4.31 SH, 36.0’ PB, 33.0” VJ, 96.57 SPARQ
Breakdown: Freeman lived up to his advance billing Sunday with his long and rangy body combined with surprising closing speed. Has great knee bend for a taller ‘backer and sharp ability to change direction. Did himself proud in pass rush, but balance is his most noteworthy attribute and he blanketed the camps’ top TEs in coverage.
LB: Christian Sam, 6-1, 202, Allen (Texas)
Results: 4.74 40, 4.08 SH, 36.0’ PB, 33.3” VJ, 103.11 SPARQ
Breakdown: At times Sam looked like a safety playing with the rest of the linebackers; he’s just that smooth and athletic in space. Showed good aggressiveness and physicality however in pass rush drills and seems to have the frame to hold 225 lbs. in the future without losing his athleticism. Had 11 sacks off the edge last and is already nearing 20 scholarship offers.
LB: Turner Woolley, 6-1, 217, Trinity (Euless, Texas)
Results: 4.85 40, 4.16 SH, 38.0’ PB, 27.0” VJ, 94.14 SPARQ
Breakdown: Woolley isn’t a known-name in recruiting circles yet, but he’s just too big and his feet are too good to stay an unknown for much longer. Looked great in space at the NFTC, eating up the middle of the field in half-skelly drills. Very coachable kid that could grow into quite a middle ‘backer for someone. Was second team all-district last fall.
DB: Jamal Adams, 6-0, 199, Hebron (Carrollton, Texas)
Results: Did not test
Breakdown: Adams had a huge outing Sunday, so much so that the DB coaches lobbied to name him as a co-MVP along with Tony Brown. He has the look and fit to play defensive back, with outstanding energy, instincts and physique for a safety. Has good upper body strength and watching him in drills he made it seem so natural. Was invited to The Opening post-event.
DB: Tony Brown, 6-0, 188, Ozen (Beaumont, Texas)
Results: 4.37 40, 3.91 SH, 36.5’ PB, 34.0” VJ, 124.47 SPARQ
Breakdown: Brown showed why he’s one of the top corners in the country, flashing his world-class speed and playing with physicality and confidence. In press coverage he uses his upper body strength and knowledge to over power receivers at the line of scrimmage making it difficult for them to get off press coverage. When he played off-man coverage you could see how in his back pedal was so smooth and he made drills looks so easy. Took a ton of reps during 1on1s and stood out with several pass break ups. Earned DB MVP honors and a spot at The Opening this summer.
DB: Chris Hardeman, 5-7 ½, 190, Alief Taylor (Houston)
Results: Did not test
Breakdown: Hardeman is not your typically sized corner but he plays with a big heart. Has the tools to you could want in a top-level cover corner prospect and 10.7 speed in the 100 meter dash. Showed his top end speed during half-skelly and 1on1’s. battling the receivers all day. Plays with an incredibly high football IQ and made several plays on the ball using his technique to cover taller receivers. Committed to LSU.
DB: Edward Paris, 6-0, 201, Mansfield Timberview (Arlington, Texas)
Results: 39.5’ PB, 36.1” VJ
Breakdown: DB coaches couldn’t help but love the way Paris competed throughout the day and the energy and passion he plays with each time he took a rep. Showed great leaping ability in individual drills, very good cover skills and the ability to close on the ball off the hash. Also impressed with his physicality and quickness. If he puts on more muscle mass he could easily end up playing strong safety or even linebacker in college. Committed to LSU. Was invited to The Opening after the camp.
DB: Arrion Springs, 5-11 ½, 190, Roosevelt (San Antonio, Texas)
Results: 4.49 40, 4.04 SH, 37.0’ PB, 33.2” VJ, 113.76 SPARQ
Breakdown: Spring is a super-athletic prospect that has now posted a 100+ SPARQ Rating on four separate occasions. He showed great lateral movement and change of direction skills. Springs played mostly safety in the fall but showed the can he can be a lockdown-type corner in college, making a ton of plays through half skelly period. Has offers from the likes of Texas, Oklahoma, Clemson and more.