Monday, April 8, 2013
2015 LB Cameron Townsend on the rise
By Sam Khan Jr.
ALLEN, Texas -- Like many high school football players who aspire to play at the next level, Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point linebacker Cameron Townsend dreamed of getting his first scholarship offer.
He didn't have to wait long into his career for it, as the 2015 outside linebacker picked one up a little more than two weeks ago while attending Texas' inaugural sophomore day.
On Saturday, a day before he was to participate in the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp at Allen High School's Eagle Stadium, Townsend attended Baylor's spring football game and picked up another offer from the Bears. The day before that, Townsend took in the atmosphere at Texas A&M's "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage, though he didn't get offered there.
Still, it's all coming together nicely for the rising sophomore prospect.
"I'm enjoying it right now," Townsend said Sunday after competing in the NFTC. "Getting your first offer, that's a lifelong dream. And then getting that second one, it's like 'OK, I'm good, I'm good.' Now I just keep working hard. I use this as motivation."
The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Townsend's hard work likely will pay plenty of dividends, as more offers are almost assuredly on the way. The Aggies showed a lot of interest in him during his trip to College Station, Texas, on Friday, Townsend said.
"I went and introduced myself to the coaches, and they knew who I was," Townsend said. "They told me they liked my highlight tape and that they'd come check me out in the spring for spring ball. So I'm really looking forward to that, hopefully getting offered by a big-time SEC school. That would be cool."
The atmosphere at the Friday Night Lights scrimmage, which included a live disc jockey spinning tunes over the public address speakers, dozens of recruits on the sidelines and a healthy crowd, definitely caught Townsend's eye. So did the intensity and tempo of the Aggies' practice.
"I thought the atmosphere was really intense," Townsend said. "It was just a good vibe there. I feel like everyone was excited to be out there. Even though they go against each other every day, it seemed like it was the first time, because they seemed excited. It was like they had never gone against each other and it was like the Super Bowl on every play. So I really liked that."
Townsend explains that high-intensity workouts are something he likes.
"Intense practices are, I think, the most fun part of being a part of an organization, because the games are always going to be intense," Townsend said. "If you can make the practice intense, I think that makes being around everyone more fun and more enjoyable."
The Aggies invited him back to College Station for the Maroon-and-White spring game, which is Saturday. Whether he makes a return trip, Townsend said, "We'll see."
His fruitful trip to Waco, Texas, to see Baylor was also an enjoyable experience, he said.
"That went really well," Townsend said. "I liked being out there too. We got to look inside their locker rooms, their weight rooms, all their facilities are really nice. I enjoyed it there."
And because they were his first offer, the Longhorns certainly made an impression on Townsend.
"I went to Texas sophomore day, and they offered me there, so I was really excited about that," he said. "I actually grew up a Texas fan, having family in Austin. So getting the offer from Texas was like a lifelong dream of mine."