A cold and cloudy day did not stop more than 300 competitors from several states from showing why they got invited to Saturday's Nike Football Training Camp at DeSoto High School.
Standouts from the 2015 through 2017 classes gave media plenty to talk about all afternoon and in the coming days.
Secondary talent shines
Seven invitations to Nike's The Opening were issued following Saturday's camp, and three of them went to defensive backs.
Midwest City (Okla.) safety Will Sunderland snagged defensive back MVP honors and an invitation to The Opening, while fellow 2015 safety and Texas A&M commit Justin Dunning joined Sunderland on the list for The Opening. Another big defensive back -- Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson cornerback P.J. Mbanasor -- got the third The Opening nod. Mbanasor measured 6-fooot-1 1/2, 179 pounds.
But it wasn't strictly those guys from the secondary who impressed everyone in attendance. Cedar Hill (Texas) 2015 cornerback Darrell Miller and West Mesquite (Texas) 2015 cornerback Josh Butler looked great in 1-on-1 competition against the camp's receivers, which included a pretty loaded group themselves.
One of the most impressive plays of the 1-on-1 receiver vs. DB portion came from Arlington (Texas) Bowie 2015 prospect Niko Small, who made a leaping interception on a deep route outside the numbers. Small, who has Louisiana Tech and Texas State offers, has cornerback size but plays with safety power and mentality. That's also the position he plays for Bowie.
Tight ends impressive
Several tight ends stood out during Saturday's action led by a pair from the state of Arkansas.
Heavily-recruited Pine Bluff 2015 tight end Will Gragg showed exactly why his offer list is in the teens. Fellow Arkansas product Jamario Bell, a 6-foot-6, 225-pounder from Junction City, displayed good ball skills and fluidity, especially for such a tall, long prospect.
South Grand Prairie (Texas) 2015 prospect Reagan Heddins and Dallas Woodrow Wilson 2016 recruit Camron Williams were also impressive. Williams could wind up at receiver, but performed with the tight ends Saturday afternoon and did a good job during the competition portion of the event.
Jefferson leads solid linebacker group
Perhaps the most impressive prospect at any position at Saturday's Dallas NFTC was Mesquite (Texas) Poteet outside linebacker Malik Jefferson, who entered the day ranked by Scout.com as the state's No.1 overall prospect and the nation's No. 2 overall recruit.
Jefferson's pass-rushing skills are well-known and his 4.56-second 40-yard dash simply reinforced the belief that he could be an elite edge rusher at the next level.
But Jefferson was also impressive in coverage drills during linebacker-specific work. He displayed fluidity and a general smoothness that is rare for a 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect who is expected to man the 3-4 outside 'backer spot.
Another good linebacker was 2017 standout Dylan Moses of Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab. Moses spent time competing at linebacker and tailback and impressed at both, no surprise considering his numerous offers and LSU commitment despite being in only the spring semester of his freshman year of high school. Like Jefferson, Moses was one of the most physically imposing prospects of the 300-plus players attending.
Among other noticeable linebackers were Plano (Texas) East 2015 recruit Austin Corbett and Abilene (Texas) 2016 prospect Ronnell Wilson, a bulky, physical player who could develop into a very good middle linebacker.
Plenty of skill-position star power
Allen (Texas) 2015 quarterback Kyler Murry and Cedar Hill (Texas) 2015 receiver DaMarkus Lodge were among the top competitors at Saturday's event. Each won his position MVP and also received invitations to The Opening.
Texas Tech-bound 2015 quarterback Jarrett Stidham and heavily-recruited 2015 signal caller Chason Virgil also attended, along with Dallas South Oak Cliff standout and Texas commit Jordan Stevenson, one the state's top 2015 running backs.
Deep offensive line group featured
Euless (Texas) Trinity guard and Texas pledge Patrick Vahe earned the offensive lineman MVP, but he was one of several very impressive trench players at Saturday's camp.
Arlington (Texas) Bowie 2015 offensive tackle Madison Akamnonu was up there with the aforementioned Malik Jefferson and Dylan Moses for the top "on the hoof" prospects in attendance. Oklahoma-committed 2015 guard Josh Wariboko was strong during lineman drills and showed a frame that makes him a perfect candidate for a high-major interior lineman.
Another committed offensive lineman who performed well was Texas A&M-bound tackle Trevor Elbert of Rockwall-Heath (Texas). Among the camp's largest players was Jefferson (Texas) 2015 prospect Ryan Cox, who was 6-foot-6, 312 pounds. Cox is still looking for his first offer, but has heard from several high-major programs, such as Texas, Oklahoma State, and Georgia, among others.
For all the latest news and notes from the Nike Football Training Camp, check out Scout's complete 2014 NFTC coverage