Dallas NIKE Camp Preview: The Defense
Solomon Thomas
Solomon Thomas
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Apr 5, 2013

A look at the some of the top defensive prospects expected at the Dallas NFTC on Sunday...

Over 350 of the most highly lauded recruits in the Southwest will be on hand at the Nike Football Training Camp at Allen (Texas) HS.

Scout.com will be on hand to check out the top prospects from Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Here is a look at some of the defensive players to watch on Sunday, which includes a number of 2014 Scout 300 prospects.

Defensive Line:

Coppell (Texas) defensive end Solomon Thomas is one of the most highly rated and recruited players at the cap. He was one of the top performers at the same camp one year ago as an underclassman. He is rated as the No. 5 DE nationally.

Trey Lealaimatafao from San Antonio (Texas) Warren is fresh off of making a commitment to play for the Texas in college, choosing the Horns over the Sooners. He will be one of the most elite defensive tackles at the camp, checking in as the No. 27 prospect at the position nationally.

Defensive end L.J. Collier from Munday (Texas) will shed the small town 1A feel to compete against the best of the best. The Texas Tech commit is one of state's best and helped lead his team to a State Championship in 2012. He is rated as the No. 51 DE.

Some other prospects to watch: DT Mychealon Thomas (Dallas Skyline, Texas), DE Daniel Wise (Lewisville Hebron, Texas), DE Sekou Clark (Denton Ryan, Texas), DE Silvester Hayes (South Oak Cliff, Texas), DE Anthony Villalobos (Fossil Ridge, Texas) and DE Desmond Branch (Rio Rancho, N.M.),


Christian Sam from Allen (Texas) will be representing his hometown and his school during the camp held on his own prep campus. He is very highly recruited with offers coming in from the regions best and should have the speed to hang with running backs in one-on-one drills.

Broken Arrow (Okla.) prospect Gyasi Akem will be one of the more highly rated prospects at the event from the 'Sooner State. Akem is really put together and can run. He will pass the eye ball test and do well in the footwork drills.

Edwin Freeman has been on the recruiting radar of schools for awhile. After a bit of a growth spurt the Arlington (Texas) Bowie defender made the move in to the box as a junior in 2012 and became the 5A power's premiere tackler.

Some other prospects to watch: Cordell Dorsey (Abilene Cooper, Texas), Noah Westerfield (Frisco Wakeland, Texas), Brad Ivey (Bishop Miege, Kan.) and Victor Evans (Dallas Skyline, Texas)

Defensive Back:

It is the year of the defensive back in the Midlands this year and at the top of that list is Beaumont (Texas) Ozen's Tony Brown, a true speedster who busted off the nations best 110-meterhurdle time last week, a 13.38. He is rated as the No. 1 CB in the country.

Laurence Jones, the nations No. 4 safety, is one of the most highly recruited players in the country and one of the best in Louisiana. He is a strong cornerback on the high school level, but he projects as a safety on the next level. He is a very physical player with great ball skills.

Jamal Adams is one of the most talented coverage safeties in the country. The Lewisville (Texas) Hebron star hits like a linebacker and covers like a corner. He is a prospect who is vying for the overall top spot in the region.

Mansfield (Texas) Timberview cornerback Edward Paris pulled down offers from coast-to-coast before making a commitment to play at LSU. He is a physical defender with a nose for the football.

Texas A&M safety commit Dylan Sumner-Gardner from West Mesquite (Texas) has great range and anticipation. His instincts are outstanding and he has great feel for the position. He is rated as the No. 7 safety nationally.

Some other prospects to watch: CB Darrion Johnson (Brenham, Texas), S Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla.), CB Chris Hardeman (Alief Taylor, Texas), S John Bonney (Houston Lamar, Texas), CB/S Arrion Springs (SA Roosevelt, Texas), CB/S Armani Watts (North Forney, Texas), S J.R. Reed (Prestonwood Christian Academy, Texas), CB Cedric Dale (Lewisville Hebron, Texas), S Derrick Dixon (Dallas Skyline, Texas), CB Marcus Green (Cedar Hill, Texas)

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