Friday, July 13, 2012
TCU Horned Frogs camp recap
By Damon Sayles
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU held its second summer camp, and on a hot Friday afternoon, the Horned Frogs coaching staff had a chance to see a large number of solid athletes.
With more than 300 skill-position players at Friday’s camp, it was difficult for anyone to shine above the rest. However, there were players who caught the attention of coaches and recruiting analysts. Here are 10 players, listed in alphabetical order, to keep an eye on throughout the rest of the summer, as well as the fall.
2014 CB Cedric Collins (Dallas/Skyline): Collins has been one of the most talked-about players since his play last season, and he is considered one of the heavyweights in a very talented 2014 class of defensive backs. Collins didn’t disappoint Friday, and he’s continuing to watch his stock rise. Collins has offers from Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Kansas State and several other programs.
2013 RB Bryan Driskell (McKinney, Texas/Boyd): Driskell, the running back MVP of the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp in March, looked like a new player. He’s put on about 10 pounds of muscle since the start of the 2011 season but is still a consistent 4.4 threat in the 40-yard dash. Navy has offered Driskell, who has fully overcome a nagging hamstring injury.
2014 RB Antonio Franklin (Euless, Texas/Trinity): The Trinity coaches are probably licking their chops about Franklin, who took the phrase “blazing speed” to another level Friday. The rising junior ran the 40 in 4.27 seconds – twice. Trinity, a team that traditionally runs the ball well, had a 2,000-yard back last season in Joel Kimpela. Franklin can be the next big thing in the backfield.
2014 ATH Nick Harvey (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster): Harvey’s one of those players who can excel at any position he plays. He’s shined as a cornerback, receiver and quarterback. Harvey has offers from LSU, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas A&M and several other schools. Look for the 5-foot-11, 180-pound standout to line up at multiple spots when the regular season starts.
2014 QB Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer): Heard has offers from LSU, Baylor, Nebraska, Arizona and Arizona State, and his list is expected to spike. Heard had his moments in throwing drills, which says a lot, considering he’s listed as a dual-threat option. Heard’s play Friday will assist in silencing critics who feel he can’t evolve into a pocket-passing quarterback.
2013 RB Tevin Horton (River Ridge, La./John Curtis): Physically, Horton is an absolute specimen. When he runs, he runs not only with speed and elusiveness but also power and vigor. At 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, it’s easy to tell why Horton averaged nearly 10 yards per carry last season. Horton’s interest list includes Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Florida State, Kansas State, Texas A&M and TCU.
2013 WR Hunter Kliafas (Cypress, Texas/Cy Ranch): Kliafas shouldn’t be judged by his 2011 season stats. Kliafas only caught 11 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns last season, but part of that was because of a running game led by Oklahoma commit Keith Ford. A 6-foot-5, 205-pound receiver/tight end hybrid, Kliafas came to Fort Worth and turned in a respectable showing.
2013 OLB Duke Riley (River Ridge, La./John Curtis): It’s no secret that TCU really wants Riley, a four-star outside linebacker who has a good relationship with Horned Frogs linebacker Kenny Cain. Riley, at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, can fit the system of several programs, and he has offers from TCU, Arizona, Ole Miss and several other schools.
2014 WR T.V. Williams (McKinney, Texas/McKinney): You’ve got to love Williams, a perfectionist when it comes to running the 40-yard dash. If he doesn’t finish in less than 4.4 seconds, it was a bad time. Williams continued to show his blazing speed by running a 4.36 at the camp. Houston has offered Williams, but he also has interest from TCU, SMU and Texas A&M.
2013 RB Dez Wortham (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron): Wortham has double-digit offers, and he also has attracted interest from TCU and West Virginia. Wortham further impressed the TCU staff with his performance at the camp. Wortham has great running back size at 6 foot and 205 pounds, but he’s able to balance power running with agility very well.