NCF On The Trail: 2013 Dallas NFTC

Lengthy trip worth it for California QB 

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The Elite 11 regional competition is scheduled to make a stop May 17 in San Francisco. Quarterback Manny Wilkins (Novato, Calif./San Marin) couldn’t wait that long.

Height no issue for SMU QB pledge 

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ALLEN, Texas -- If it's left up to him, Houston Lamar 2014 quarterback Darrell Colbert Jr. isn't going to be defined by his height.

If he has any say, it will be his play that people will talk about. Some have already noticed. SMU noticed enough to offer Colbert a scholarship and he rewarded the Mustangs for being the first to do so by committing when attending the Mustangs' junior day earlier this year.

Over the weekend at the Elite 11 Dallas regionals and the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp, Colbert set out to showcase his skills and why head coach June Jones and his staff felt it appropriate to target the accomplished signal-caller, who led his Redskins to the Texas Class 5A Division I championship game in 2012.


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Tony Brown talks NFTC, track success 

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Watching ESPN Watch List cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) compete is almost like watching a one-man show. No matter what he does, there’s the understood notion that he’s going to excel.

On the football field, he’s one of the nation’s best cornerbacks, an athlete with more than 20 scholarship offers. Over the weekend, Brown not only won the defensive back MVP award at the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp but also earned an invitation to The Opening this summer in Oregon.


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Several schools eyeing 2014 RB Enwere 

April, 10, 2013
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ALLEN, Texas -- Before his breakout performance at the Houston Nike Football SPARQ Combine, Sugar Land (Texas) Fort Bend Austin 2014 running back Vic Enwere was the definition of an "under-the-radar" prospect.

Having spent only one varsity season as a running back, a handful of colleges had become aware of Enwere and even offered, but more became fully aware of the 6-foot-1, 213-pound prospect after he posted the top SPARQ score (120.51) of the Houston combine on Feb. 23.


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Tales from the road: Dallas NFTC 

April, 10, 2013
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Tales From the Road spotlights players who stand out to RecruitingNation writers at camps, combines and various events. Here is a look at a few Midlands prospects who recently performed at a high level:

OT Maea Teuhema

Vital stats: 2015 | Keller (Texas) HS | 6-foot-5, 335 pounds

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Want to know where Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) will end up? Good luck with that.

Truth is, the ESPN Watch List defensive end is wide open with his recruiting process -- and by “wide open,” that doesn’t mean, in this case, that he has a favorite but is keeping it under wraps.


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2015 LB Cameron Townsend on the rise 

April, 8, 2013
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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.


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RN Top 10: Dallas NFTC 

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The RN Top 10 will appear throughout the camp and combine season and rank prospects based strictly on their on-field performance at that particular event. It does not reflect what their overall prospect ranking will be when the 2014 rankings are unveiled this spring.

ALLEN, Texas -- There were more than 300 players present at the Dallas NFTC on Sunday, and the roster was stacked with big-time players. At the end of the camp, seven players earned invitations to The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., and several others took home positional MVP awards.

10. K.D. Cannon
Mount Pleasant (Texas) High School | WR | 5-10, 163

Cannon's an explosive receiver, one who some consider to be the best in the state. He showed off his skills, including his ability to separate from defensive backs, during 1-on-1 drills on Sunday.

The East Texas product has plenty of offers to choose from, with schools like Florida State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M on his impressive offer list. But if his choice of attire on Sunday was any indication, Baylor has the inside track. He showed up to registration in a green Baylor warmup jacket. He attended the Bears' spring game on Saturday.

Tom Luginbill's take: "I think it’s just the versatility. I think he can play inside, outside. I think he can play wildcat quarterback. He can be that dynamic utility weapon. He can stretch the field and make plays in space. He could be an all-three-level guy. He can make the short grab and turn it 80 yards. He’s got the savvy to run routes in the intermediate levels and then he can stretch it."


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ALLEN, Texas -- In case anyone was wondering, Texas commit Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/ All Saints Episcopal) is, indeed, human.


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Finding the Future: Dallas NFTC 

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Editor's note: Finding the Future is a RecruitingNation feature that will appear throughout camps and combine season, ranking prospects strictly on their on-field performance at the particular event. It does not reflect where each will land when the class is ranked by ESPN.

ALLEN, Texas -- Some of the nation’s top upperclassmen flocked to Allen High School’s $60 million football stadium on Sunday to take part in the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp.

It also featured many of the top underclassmen around who proved they could not only hang with the older competition, but also outshine them in some instances.

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Sam Khan Jr./ESPNAlabama commit Deionte Thompson stepped up at the Dallas NFTC, showing why Nick Saban thinks so highly of him.
Here is a look at five of those prospects who really excelled:

1. 2015 DT Bryce English
5-foot-11, 312 pounds
DeSoto (Texas) High


Considering: Committed to Texas

What we learned: Anyone thinking the Longhorns offered English solely because he's the godson of Texas’ tight ends coach, Bruce Chambers, is sorely mistaken. English, who committed to Texas on March 29, is built low to the ground, which makes him extremely tough for offensive linemen to gain an advantage in the all-important pad level battle. English put in work on Sunday and, not that he needed to, justified his offer.

Tom Luginbill's take: "Explosive, great leverage, lacks height but can anchor. Really active and plays with a motor. Size is a question."


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With sophomore quarterback sensation Marcus Mariota back for at least two more seasons of running the Ducks' offense, Oregon can afford to be picky at the most important position on the field.

However, quarterback Manny Wilkins (Novato, Calif./San Marin) has never been shy about sharing his affection for the Ducks, and his performance over the weekend will command attention.


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Texas schools chase Bama 2015 pledge 

April, 8, 2013
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ALLEN, Texas -- The last couple of month have been memorable for Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark 2015 safety Deionte Thompson.

In February, Thompson attended an Alabama junior day, received an offer from head coach Nick Saban and promptly committed.

In recent weeks, the 6-foot-3, 172-pound prospect visited two other schools -- Texas and Texas A&M -- and picked up offers from both. On Sunday, he made the trek to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp.

Needless to say, things have been busy.


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NFTC OL MVP Bragg draws attention 

April, 7, 2013
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ALLEN, Texas -- Consider Sunday as the national coming-out party for Jacob Bragg (Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches).

Bragg was impressive from the start to the conclusion of the Nike Football Training Camp at Allen (Texas) High School. In fact, he was so impressive that the 6-foot-4, 308-pound offensive guard was named the MVP of the offensive linemen.

It was a welcomed change from the last NFTC Bragg participated in. He said he used last year’s camp experience as motivation for this year.

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ALLEN, Texas -- It was a pretty good Sunday overall for ESPN Watch List safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron). By 2:15 p.m., he earned an invitation to The Opening after a solid performance at the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp. By 3 p.m., he had an offer he was hoping to get.


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Lessons Learned: Dallas NFTC 

April, 7, 2013
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ALLEN, Texas -- The 2013 Nike Football Training Camp tour continued in the Dallas area on Sunday as several top prospects from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana showcased their skills at the brand new Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas. The defensive back group was as loaded as expected, and several players earned invitations to The Opening.

Recruiting Nation’s Max Olson attended the camp. Here’s what he learned:


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