Saturday, June 15, 2013
Lessons Learned: Camp of Conquerors
By Damon Sayles
Mesquite Horn won the Camp of Conquerors 7-on-7 Tournament.
CEDAR HILL, Texas -- The second annual Mike Adams Camp of Conquerors 7-on-7 tournament featured 13 of the top 7-on-7 teams in the Dallas area on Saturday. The tournament, put on by the NFL defensive back, gives the opportunity to win $5,000 for the winning 7-on-7 program.
Early Saturday evening, Mesquite (Texas) Horn defeated Cedar Hill to walk away with the championship.
Here is what we learned after the event:
Horn WR the talk of the tournament
Horn all spring has shown that it’s more than quarterback Destri White, Rice cornerback commit Jorian Clark and a talented group of linemen that features Baylor commit Andrew Morris and 2015 standout offensive tackle Conner Dyer. On Saturday, Del’Michael High reminded everyone of just how good he is.
High, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver, was borderline unstoppable throughout the tournament, and he was a big reason why Horn went undefeated. In the championship game against Cedar Hill, High was able to score wins in several one-on-one battles, some featuring talented Oklahoma cornerback commit Marcus Green.
High hasn’t been on the recruiting radar, but he showed tools of being one of the top receivers in the state on Saturday. He admittedly said that part of his lack of recruiting exposure might be because of academics, but he added that he’s been focused more than ever to make sure his work off the field is as solid as his work on it.
Watkins and Larue played offense and defense during the tournament. With Bishop Dunne playing three consecutive games in temperatures creeping in the 90s -- scarily, a cool day in June in the Dallas area – it would have been understandable if the 2014 prospects had been gassed. However, Watkins and Larue both held their own.
Watkins has nearly 30 offers, and many believed the tight-lipped, four-star cornerback has Notre Dame, Alabama, Texas, Stanford and Florida State high on his list. Larue has an offer from Houston Baptist but is being targeted by schools such as Iowa, Kansas and Arkansas State.
Lodge gets style points for catches, outfit
Damarkus Lodge (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) has been on a tear this spring. The 2015 wide receiver has offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Ohio State and several other powerhouses, and it looks as though the offers will continue throughout the summer and fall.
The lucky winner of Lodge not only will get a great playmaker but also someone with his own sense of style. While his team wears red, black and white, the 6-2, 185-pound receiver incorporated neon green socks and a matching ball cap to the wardrobe.
On-the-cusp WRs have breakout days
While Dallas Carter, West Mesquite and Prime Prep didn’t win the tournament, wide receivers from each team put on shows that potentially aided in their stocks rising down the road.
Carter’s Jordan Ingram won a few go-route patterns, and he showed blazing speed that will attract multiple schools. Ingram ran the 40-yard dash in 4.29 seconds earlier this week at a Texas Tech satellite camp in Lancaster, Texas. He has North Texas and SMU offers, among others.
West Mesquite’s Will Stanley has offers from Toledo, Louisiana-Monroe and Air Force, but after Saturday’s effort, he could have more schools calling. Stanley was a clutch performer throughout the tournament and he made key plays to help West Mesquite finish third overall.
The race to be second-year Prime Prep’s first FBS commitment most likely will come down to linebacker Josh Ehambe and 2015 receiver James Proche II. Holding Tulsa and SMU offers, Proche showed his ability to make tough catches and proved that he will be one of the players to watch in his class.
Tournament founder enjoys giving back
As the tournament went on -- with music blaring, players fired up and a crowd into what it was seeing -- tournament founder Mike Adams watched with approval. He was satisfied with everything.
Adams started the tournament last year as a means to give back to his community and to help a game he loves. Tyler (Texas) John Tyler won the $5,000 prize last season, and he was honored to give $5,000 to this year’s champion, Mesquite Horn.
“I feel like if I were to have something like this when I was growing up, it would have been something real good,” said Adams, who played his high school ball at Dallas Kimball before going on to play in college at Louisiana-Lafayette. “I try to come back and just give back to what my passion is.”