Midlands Recruiting Roundtable (4/3/14)

Kendall Sheffield

Scout.com Midlands analysts discuss a weekly hot topic. This week we each pick a prospect we are hopeful to see competing at one of the Nike Football Training Camps this weekend...

Greg Powers
National Recruiting Analyst, Midlands

I will be making stops at Dallas and Houston and the player I think I most look forward to seeing is Scout five-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder was the first player from Texas top earn an invite to The Opening with a standout performance at the Nike Football Sparq Combine a couple weeks ago, posting a 4.48 40-yard dash and 119.58 overall Sparq rating. The last time I had the chance to see Sheffield in person was at the Army Combine in January of 2013, and since that breakout performance he has developed in to one of the most highly recruited lockdown corners in the country, securing offers from a who's who of colleges. Sheffield has been in a battle with Texas A&M commitment Daylon Mack for the No. 2 overall spot in the Midlands rankings.

Ahmard Vital
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, Houston

At this weekend's Nike Football Training Camp in Houston, the player I am most looking forward to seeing is Cy Ridge wide receiver Kemah Siverand. This past season, I got the chance to see him in a couple of games. And though he didn't have many catches in either of the game, when the ball did get into his hands it was special. One play in particular was a post route, when Siverand took it in for a score. When he came out of his break there was no chance for the defensive back to ever have a chance. The one cut was made and then Siverand got the separation needed in order to score a 49-yard touchdown. As previously, he only ended the season with under 30 catches. Many of his counterparts have much better numbers as those program put the ball in the air much more. So this weekend, on a neutral field where stats do not matter, I want to see Siverand get the chance to catch passes from a group of guys who will get him the ball and match up against some of the area's top corners. I'm thinking that he will bode well in this competition, though I still want to see for myself.

Gabe Brooks
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, ETx/DFW

One prospect I have been extremely high on since finding out about him several weeks ago is Arlington (Texas) Bowie 2015 offensive tackle Madison Akamnonu, who is expected to compete at Saturday's NFTC event in DeSoto, according to Bowie head coach Danny DeArman. Akamnonu is a 6-foot-5, 270-pounder who DeArman raves about, especially as a weight-room monster. Akamnonu is long and athletic and should continue to add positive weight. He holds nine offers right now -- Arkansas State, Colorado State, Houston, Kansas State, Missouri, North Texas, Texas State, Texas Tech, and Wake Forest -- and has received interest from high-major programs such as Texas and Oklahoma. Scout.com ranks him 83rd overall in the state's 2015 class. Don't be surprised if his offer list grows into the teens during the next few months, especially if Akamnonu assembles an impressive performance at Saturday's event. This almost goes without saying, but I look forward to seeing the No. 1 player in Texas and No. 2 player in the nation -- Mesquite Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson -- on Saturday as well.

Annabel Stephan
Midlands Field Reporter, Cen-Tex

I'm really looking forward to the Houston NFTC on Sunday to get a chance to really check out the 2015 and 2016 commits in action. While there will be a good number of talent in attendance, I'm most intrigued by Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial 2016 running back Kameron Martin. Momentum is definitely on the side of the four-star prospect; he has had a whirlwind recruitment over the past few weeks and currently sits at 22 offers, the most recent from the likes of Clemson, Notre Dame, and Florida State. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Martin is also actively being recruited by Texas and Texas A&M. Some say that Martin could be the best back in the state for the 2016 class, so I'm eager to see if Martin will earn that title while competing side by side some of the other top talent in Texas this weekend.

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