All-Texas NFTC: The Best in Texas (Defense)

Cameron Townsend

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SCOUT All-Texas NFTC Roster (Defense)

Defensive Line:
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Lea took home DL MVP honors at the Dallas NFTC after dominating in the one-on-one portion of the event. Checking in at 6'1.5, 258 he was stout and quick. He did not blow the testing out of the after, but that did not stop him from going after highly rated recruits and beating them. Look for his recruitment to take off in the months ahead.


It was the underclassman Daniels who took home DL MVP honors in Houston and he had a dominating performance, showing his pure speed off the edge. A bit smaller than the typical DE, he came in at 6'0, 219 and could be that hybrid DE/OLB that just terrorizes college quarterbacks. He is a new name to many, just because he is only going to be a junior next season, but a name to remember.


Oliver was one of my favorite recruits at either event. He was strong in the one-on-ones and in the testing. This was Oliver's third major camp stop since early January, and he just seems to get better with each showing. The bar was raised at the NFTC competition wise and Oliver passed the test. He already has major offers.


The fourth pick here was a tough one as there were a number of players on the defensive line who were close in performance and talent. But I think Omenihu showed a good blend of what you are looking for. He is rangy and long, and could grow in to that dominant style edge defender and he flashed that potential at the NFTC. Omenihu is committed to Texas.

Linebackers:
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Jefferson was named the LB MVp at the Dallas stop and posted a top five Sparq, earning an invite to The Opening in July. Jefferson, who was all smiles the whole day of the rainy and dreary camp, was disappointed in his 4.56 40-yard dash, one of the camp's top times. He was possibly the top talent at either camp and is rated as the No. 1 prospect in Texas for the 2014 recruiting class per Scout. He has a coast-to-coast offer list, reporting more than 30.


He fell just short of the LB MVP honors, but for us he was the top LB prospect at the camp in Houston. Townsend is well put together and is now over 200 pounds, checking in at 6'1, 202. He is lightning quick off the ball as his 4.63 40-yard dash suggests. He had a great attitude and looked like a leader in the drill work. Townsend has double digit offers and is a Scout four-star prospect.

Defensive Backs:
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It was a loaded event at both stops at defensive back, but Thompson was probably the consensus top pick. He earned an invite to The Opening. Thompson has the coverage skills of a lock-down corner, but the frame to possibly play free safety, where he feels he fits in best. Committed to Alabama.


Dunning did not look like a kid who suffered an ACl injury 7-8 moths prior to this competition. He checked in at 6'3, 200 pounds and ran 4.59 40-yard dash. There were many speculating what position fits him best on the next level, but he looks like the the of safety you would create in an Xbox game. Committed to Texas A&M.


Rivaling Dunning, Sunderland took home DB MVP honors at Dallas, but both players punched their tickets to The Opening. He is an impressive and rangy safety prospect who can close on the ball quickly. He had some of the camps top plays on the ball, securing athletic interceptions. Has a solid influx of major offers.


It was the underclassman who took home DB MVP honors in Houston and deservedly so. He has a nice blend of coverage skills and a physical frame. He was also a solid tester. He compiled a 90.96 Sparq, running 4.57 40-yard dash and a 4.28 pro-shuttle. Since he took home MVP honors offers have been flowing in from schools like Mississippi State, Houston, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Virginia Tech.

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