Up and Comers Rule NLA
Zach Allen
Zach Allen
Midlands Recruiting
Posted Apr 2, 2012

Lancaster, Texas – Over 150 prospects made their way to Lancaster High School Sunday afternoon to take part in the Next Level Athlete Showcase. Prospects from the class of 2013, 2014 and even 2015 were accounted for at all positions at the camp.

Among the top names in attendance was Temple quarterback Zach Allen and Mesquite cornerback Anthony Canady, both of whom were coming off impressive performances last week at the Elite 11 and Nike Training Camp, respectively.

Allen, who holds offers from Syracuse, Texas State, Eastern Illinois and most recently UTSA, won the quarterback MVP. Allen displayed excellent footwork and incredible accuracy throughout the day despite the windy conditions.

Allen wasn’t alone on the list of impressive quarterbacks in attendance. Plano’s Richard Lagow was another impressive signal caller displaying a very strong arm. Others such as Stephenville’s Tyler Jones and Glen Rose Colton Bretton had good moments during the three-hour camp.

Canady meanwhile picked up right where he left off last week. It was obvious early on that the 5-foot-8, 160-pounder was hands down the best cover corner at the camp. He was an easy choice for the defensive back MVP.

"Canady could really be a player to watch in the evaluation period," Scout.com National Analyst Greg Powers. "He has the skills to lock down division one receivers. Camps are definitely not the tell all when it comes to football recruiting, but you do not win MVP at three of the most elite camps by accident."

While Canady locked down pretty much any receiver he faced, one receiver did get the better of him during one-on-one, McKinney receiver T.V. Williams, who won the MVP award. While not the biggest in stature, Williams displayed excellent route running skills and created separation no matter whom he was up against; including Canady. All the more special is Williams is just a 2014 prospect.

Others standing out at receiver were 2014 prospect Jamal Brown, who recently moved to Arlington Bowie from South Grand Prairie in the last week. Frisco Wakeland’s Turner Smiley also drew praise from the coaches in attendance. Anthony Jenkins out of Mesquite Poteet was another receiver who excelled during one-on-one’s. Jenkins is the younger brother of former TCU defensive end Braylon Broughton.

The offensive and defensive line workouts were dominated by underclassmen. Standing out above the rest of the offensive linemen in attendance was 2014 prospect Brad Lundblade out of Liberty Christian. At 6-foot-2, 285-pounds, Lundblade dominated the competition and excelled during one-on-one workouts. With the group consisting mostly of guard prospects, Lundblade stood out above the rest. Others who impressed were 2015 prospect Zach Rogers out of Lewisville Hebron. Rogers, at 6-foot-4, 250-pounds has a very bright future ahead of him if he continues to display the type of work ethic he showed on Sunday.

At defensive line Devonta Leary out of Desoto took home MVP honors. Leary wasn’t the biggest in attendance but when it came to quickness, Leary was nearly unmatched, especially for a defensive tackle.

Another player who could’ve won MVP honors was Denton Ryan defensive end Sekou Clark. The 2014 prospect was physically the most impressive defensive end in attendance and definitely the fastest off the edge.

John Tyler’s Travaughn Moore was another good looking prospect from the 2014 class that will certainly draw the attention of college recruiters the next two years.

Rounding out the list of impressive defenders was linebacker Richard Franklin out of Dallas South Oak Cliff. Franklin took home linebacker MVP honors above an impressive list of players including Kennedale’s Fred Scott and Mesquite Horn’s Kalan Elia.


Zach Allen | 2013 | Temple

Trae Swift | 2013 | Mansfield Summit

Wide Receiver
T.V. Williams | 2014 | McKinney

Offensive Line
Brad Lundblade | 2014 | Argyle Liberty Christian

Defensive Line
Devonta Leary | 2013 | Desoto

Richard Franklin | 2013 | Dallas South Oak Cliff

Defensive back
Anthony Canady | 2013 | Mesquite

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