NCF On The Trail: T.V. Williams

T.V. WilliamsDamon Sayles/ESPNThree-star wide receiver T.V. Williams picked Kentucky over Nebraska, Iowa, Oregon State and Houston.

McKINNEY, Texas -- With 18 Class of 2014 commits entering the week, Kentucky has one of the best recruiting classes the program has seen. Some argue that this 2014 Kentucky class is its best ever.

No. 19 became official for the Wildcats Tuesday evening, as three-star wide receiver and The Opening participant T.V. Williams (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) announced in front of friends and family that he’d be joining the Big Blue Nation.

The Opening, presented by Nike, will feature 162 of the best high school football players in the country. The event, which will include linemen, 7-on-7 and SPARQ testing competitions, is set to run from June 30 to July 3 at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

The following events from The Opening will be televised on ESPNU:

July 1: SPARQ Rating National Championship, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET

July 2: 7-on-7 Pool Play, 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET

July 3: Linemen Challenge Finals and 7-on-7 semifinal and championship games, 9 p.m.-midnight ET

The players will be divided in to six teams -- Alpha Pro, Apocalypse, Field Generals, Land Sharks, Super Bad and Vapor Carbon. Here is a closer look at how the teams match up.

Team: Alpha Pro
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Jordan Palmer, defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson

The Alpha Pro team will have plenty of targets to spread the ball around. Ermon Lane and Tyler Luatua, the No. 1-ranked receiver and tight end in the country respectively, bring size and playmaking ability to the passing game. ESPN 300 athletes Corey Holmes, Jalen Hurd, John "JuJu" Smith, Ja'Von Harrison, and Derrell Scott are all explosive offensive weapons.

Defensively Alpha Pro is led by Andrew Brown, the No. 1-ranked defensive tackle in the country, ESPN 150 cornerback Damon Webb, defensive end Andrew Williams, Ohio State linebacker commit Dante Booker and LSU cornerback commit Chris Hardeman.

Complete Alpha Pro roster.

Team: Apocalypse
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Adam Tafralis, defensive coordinator Donovin Darius

The first thing that jumps out about team Apocalypse is the talent in the defensive front seven. Team Apocalypse will be led by five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand and inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan. Hand, from Woodbridge, Va., is the No. 4-ranked player in the country, while McMillan was recently bumped up to a five-star linebacker. Joining Hand and McMillan along the front seven are ESPN 300 defensive linemen Anthony Moten and Ainuu Taua, and linebackers D.J. Calhoun and Rashaan Evans.

Offensively, team Apocalypse has no shortage of playmakers. ESPN 300 wide receivers Artavis Scott, K.D. Cannon and Michiah Quick will provide explosiveness in the passing game, while athletic running backs Joe Mixon and Royce Freeman will provide athletic and reliable targets out of the backfield.

Complete Apocalypse roster.

Team: Field Generals
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Charlie Frye, defensive coordinator Michael Fletcher

Seven-on-seven events are always geared towards the offense, but with five-star defensive back Adoree' Jackson, No. 3-ranked safety Jamal Adams, and ESPN 300 cornerback Adarius Pickett in the secondary, the Field Generals should more than hold their own. New Ohio State defensive end commit Jalyn Holmes and the No. 6-ranked defensive end in the country, Solomon Thomas, will be two to watch along the defensive line.

Offensively, the Field Generals are led by ESPN 300 offensive guard Damien Mama, ESPN 300 wide receivers Austin Roberts and Thaddeus Snodgrass and explosive Notre Dame running back commit Elijah Hood.

Complete Field Generals roster.

Team: Landsharks
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Craig Nall, defensive coordinator Keith Bulluck

The Landsharks have some big-time talent along each line of scrimmage. Led by five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, the Landsharks also feature ESPN 300 offensive guard Corey Martinez. ESPN 300 defensive linemen Gerald Willis III and Thomas Holley, as well as ESPN 300 defensive end Chad Thomas, will form a very physical and athletic defensive line.

In the secondary, the Landsharks will have three defensive backs -- Arrion Springs, Chris Lammons and Tony Brown -- that are ranked among the top 85 players in the country. The defense also features ESPN 150 linebacker Nyles Morgan.

Offensively, explosive running backs Dalvin Cook, a Florida commit, and Racean Thomas form a dangerous tandem out of the backfield, and wide receivers Travis Rudolph and Jalen Harvey are solid receiving threats.

Complete Landsharks roster.

Team: Superbad
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Dennis Gile, defensive coordinator Harold Nash Jr.

The Superbad defense line is led by five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter and ESPN 150 defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson. The linebacking corp is stacked with three ESPN 300 members, including Clifton Garrett, Christian Miller and Edwin Freeman. Cornerback Jalen Tabor is the No. 19-ranked player in the country.

Offensively, Superbad has a huge advantage with the No. 1-ranked prospect in the country, running back Leonard Fournette. This team is loaded on offense, with wide receivers Drake Harris, Josh Malone and Speedy Noil all in the mix.

Complete Superbad roster.

Team: Vapor Carbon
Coaches: Offensive coordinator George Whitfield, defensive coordinator Chris Gizzi.

Vapor Carbon will be tough to throw against with defensive backs Quin Blanding, Naijiel Hale and Ed Paris roaming the field. The linebacker group is just as impressive, with Ohio State commit Kyle Berger, Kain Daub and Dillon Bates all leading the way.

The offense for Vapor Carbon could be lethal with running back Joseph Yearby and Nick Chubb in the backfield. Spreading out wide receivers T.V. Williams, Justin Brent and tight end Ian Bunting on the outside could prove to be an awesome combination for this squad.

Team Vapor Carbon has a lot of pieces to make a long run in the 7-on-7 tournament, but then again, every team is stacked in this competition.

Complete Vapor Carbon roster.

Lessons Learned: Chicago NFTC 

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ADDISON, Ill. -- The most recent stop on the 2013 Nike Football Training Camp schedule was just outside of Chicago, and The Windy City swept out plenty of talent on Sunday. The competition in the trenches and the depth at wide receiver was the best the 2013 cycle, making the day especially interesting all around.

RecruitingNation writer Chantel Jennings attended the camp. Here’s what she learned:


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Slot receiver T.V. Williams (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) isn’t used to running the 40-yard dash in anything higher than 4.5 seconds. So when he got word of his time of 4.6 seconds at the U.S. Army National Combine in July, he looked at it as a measuring stick and gave himself a personal message.

Get better. Quickly. And be consistently dominant.

Since January, the lightning-quick receiver has been working to show he’s one of the top players at his position. After sending highlight tapes out to programs nationwide, California co-signed with his playmaking abilities. The Golden Bears, led by head coach Sonny Dykes, extended a scholarship offer to the 5-foot-9, 155-pound sparkplug.

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T.V. Williams more than a speedy WR 

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Class of 2014 wide receiver T.V. Williams (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) doesn’t shy away from a challenge. If someone says he can’t do something, it’s his mission to prove that person wrong.

It’s because of his critics that he’s one of the fastest, most explosive players in Texas in his class. Rarely does he run the 40-yard dash in anything over 4.45 seconds. On multiple occasions over the summer, Williams clocked sub-4.4-second times in the 40, including a 4.31 at a Houston satellite camp, and he’s hoping to break the 4.3-second barrier by the spring.

Speed, however, is only one of a few things Williams wants college scouts to pay attention to.

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Speed fuels 2014 ATH T.V. Williams 

July, 11, 2012
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Few athletes in any sport have shown the speed T.V. Williams (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) showed in previous weeks.

Small in stature at 5-foot-8 and 147 pounds, Williams showed that he is one of the fastest football players in Texas at three consecutive camps. At camps hosted by SMU, Houston and Texas A&M, Williams ran the 40-yard dash in less than 4.4 seconds. His best time occurred at a Houston satellite camp, when he finished the 40 in 4.31 seconds.

Williams, an athlete who could play slot receiver, is hoping that the blazing speed is used to his advantage this weekend, as he makes the trip to Baton Rouge, La., for the LSU camp. He will be there for the four-day camp, which takes place Sunday through Wednesday.

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TAMU camp recap: DeSoto (Texas) 

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DESOTO, Texas – With rain in the forecast, many wondered if the Texas A&M camp at DeSoto’s Eagle Stadium would take place on Thursday. Not only did the rain hold off and the camp proceed as scheduled, but the multiple athletes in attendance put on a show – particularly during 1-on-1 drills.

As Texas A&M prepares for its first season competing in the SEC, Kevin Sumlin and his coaching staff are looking for players that will build on the program’s tradition. He’s also searching for athletes who can be just as potent as the players from the Alabamas, LSUs, Georgias and Arkansas of the conference.

Some of Thursday’s athletes showed signs of what the Aggies are looking for throughout the camp. Here are eight athletes – listed in alphabetical order – who consistently made plays at the camp.

  • 2013 CB Dakota Austin (Lancaster,Texas/Lancaster): Austin is one of those athletes who takes pride in lining up against the elite receivers. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound cornerback didn’t disappoint coaches on Thursday, playing tight defense and making life difficult for receivers in pass-catching situations. Austin has offers from Texas Tech and Utah State, and he recently picked up an offer from Indiana.
  • 2014 RB Corey Avery (Dallas/Carter): The 1-on-1 drills were a perfect opportunity for Avery to show that he can be a playmaker. Avery seemed to make every big catch, whether a pass was thrown too high or too low. He also was able to get separation from defenders. At 5-foot-10 and a solid 190 pounds, he’s got good size for a running back.

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