NCF On The Trail: North Texas Mean Green

About this time of year coaches scour junior college ranks for offensive line talent, and thathas helped Tyler Howell become one of hottest targets around. Plus, is Clemson in danger of losing ESPN 300 commitment Juwuan Briscoe?
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has put together a top 15 recruiting class that should only get better as we head toward signing day, and Rutgers has a real chance to slow down Penn State’s recruiting momentum in New Jersey this weekend.

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Notre Dame losing ESPN 300 running back Elijah Hood stings but things will be just fine, could Cameron Sims pull the recruiting shocker of the year and turn down Ole Miss and Alabama, and how are some non-BCS programs that are in talent-rich areas doing on the trail.

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West Virginia adds juco LB Averette

August, 7, 2013
Six-foot, 230-pound linebacker Devante Averette (Iowa Falls, Ia./Ellsworth Community College) is on board with the Mountaineers, according to multiple reports.

His other scholarship offers include Appalachian State, Florida Atlantic, North Texas and Oklahoma State. Arkansas, Iowa, Iowa State and Minnesota also expressed interest.

West Virginia now has three pledges from the junior-college ranks, and 13 overall, for the 2014 class.
Class of 2015 quarterback Koy Detmer Jr. (Somerset, Texas/Somerset) has the name. He also has the game.

What he doesn’t have -- at least right now -- is the size, and it’s Detmer’s mission to show that size at quarterback is irrelevant.

Listed at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, Detmer is on the short side when it comes to being recruited as a college quarterback. However, he has the skill set -- and the genes -- to get the job done. His father, Koy Sr., played 10 years in the NFL, 10 of those with the Philadelphia Eagles. His uncle is Ty Detmer, a 1990 Heisman Trophy winner who played 12 seasons in the NFL.

Additionally, Detmer’s grandfather is Sonny Detmer, one of the most respected prep football coaches in Texas. Sonny, who has been coaching for more than four decades, is the head coach at Somerset, and Koy Sr. is the offensive coordinator there.

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Each week this spring, GigEmNation reporter Sam Khan Jr. will bring you notes/nuggets from watching and visiting with high school football prospects in the Greater Houston area that week. He will include observations of Texas A&M commitments and targets and other players who catch his attention. Here's this week's installment:

MANVEL, Texas -- For some, camps are a chance for players to show college coaches that they're worthy of an offer. For those who have more offers than they can fathom, it's a chance to watch, interact and visit with the coaches to get a feel for the program's staff.

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Lessons Learned: Camp of Conquerors 

June, 15, 2013
HornDamon Sayles/ESPNMesquite 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.

Bishop Dunne DB targets going both ways

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Texas State camp: WR Zamora competes 

June, 11, 2013
KATY, Texas -- As one of the 18 commits -- and counting -- in Baylor's 2014 recruiting class, Houston Elsik receiver Ishmael Zamora has little, if anything, left to prove.

With nearly a dozen offers and five from power-conference schools, the 6-foot-4, 201-pound prospect secured his college football future when he committed to the Bears on May 21.

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LB Matthew Adams says yes to Houston

June, 6, 2013
The Cougars have secured a commitment from 2014 linebacker Matthew Adams (Missouri City, Texas/Hightower), multiple sources report.

Air Force, Boise State, New Mexico, North Texas, Rice, Southern Methodist, Texas Southern, Texas State and Tulsa also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot, 203-pound defender.

Adams does not have any BCS offers at this time, but several programs including Iowa State, LSU, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas and Utah expressed interest.

He posted an electronically timed 4.91 40-yard dash, 4.32 20-yard shuttle, 33.4-inch vertical, 38-foot, power throw and 90.18 SPARQ this spring at a Nike combine.

The Cougars have picked up six of their eight verbals in June.
HOUSTON — Trey Roberts hasn't had too many opportunities to play cornerback, his future position at Oklahoma State.

That's because the 2014 athlete from Houston Eisenhower plays quarterback for the Eagles. But on Saturday, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect, who committed to the Cowboys on Wednesday, got a chance to perform defensive back drills with his future position coach, cornerbacks coach Van Malone, during the Mary Hardin-Baylor/Oklahoma State satellite camp at Cypress Ridge High School.

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Juco LB Chris Weatherd picks the Vols

June, 1, 2013
Six-foot-4, 225-pound outside linebacker Chris Weatherd (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley CC) has elected to continue his career at Tennessee, multiple sources report.

Weatherd selected the Volunteers over scholarship offers from Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas, Oklahoma, South Florida and Texas State.

He is the cousin of former Oklahoma Sooner and current Denver Broncos defensive end Jeremy Beal.

With the addition of Weatherd, Tennessee now has 15 pledges for 2014. The Vols currently hold the nation's sixth-best class according to the ESPN RecruitingNation rankings.
The legend of Dalton Santos was the talk of Van, Texas, a couple of years ago. Santos, a former Under Armour All-American, now is making his name even bigger as a Texas Longhorns linebacker. The Santos name continues to make waves around Van, as Dalton’s younger brother makes a case for being one of the state’s top offensive linemen.

Class of 2015 offensive guard Wyatt Santos has watched his stock rise in recent weeks after an outstanding performance at the East Texas Sports Network Combine on May 19 in Tyler, Texas.

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Lessons learned: ETSN Combine 

May, 19, 2013
TYLER, Texas -- East Texas often is considered one of the nation’s most underrated areas in finding elite talent when it comes to college football recruiting. Sunday featured the inaugural East Texas Sports Network combine, which showcased more than 100 players from East Texas.

The event took place at the Accelerate Performance Enhancement Center (APEC) training facility, which has trained professionals such as quarterback Graham Harrell, running back Kendall Hunter and pro baseball pitchers Phillip Humber and Josh Tomlin.

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WR Raelon Singleton picks the Utes

May, 15, 2013
Utah added a pledge Tuesday night from 2014 wide receiver Raelon Singleton (Crosby, Texas/Crosby). He was recruited by Utes safeties coach Morgan Scalley.

Colorado State, Houston, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, San Diego State and Tulsa were the 6-foot-4, 185-pound prospect's other scholarship offers. TCU and Texas Tech showed interest.

Singleton, who also plays basketball, caught 39 passes for 622 yards (16 average) and 6 touchdowns as a junior.

The Utes have secured five verbals during this recruiting cycle. Singleton is their first pledge from outside state lines.
If you were to search the Houston area's receiving leaders for 2012, Ishmael Zamora's name isn't easy to find.

That hasn't stopped college coaches from finding the Houston Elsik 2014 receiver, though.

While he doesn't have eye-popping stats, in part because of the run-heavy offense he plays in, Zamora is discovering that schools are noticing his talent anyway.

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