ARLINGTON, Texas -- Scout.com caught up with DeSoto (Texas) running back Jatory Sparks-Brown to…
Arlington Bowie SQT: On The Hoof
Raymond Sheard (pictured above), 2015 RB, Arlington (Texas): there were a few big backs on hand and Sheard was among the most impressive. He's 6-foot-1 and at least 200 pounds. In fact, he could probably play linebacker and safety as well. He didn't get a lot of targets, naturally, as running backs don't get too much downfield action in 7-on-7, understandably. Sheard recently picked up his first offer from Texas State, something that's pretty surprising considering his frame, ability, and production as a junior: 951 yards and eight touchdowns in only nine games playing in Texas' largest classification. I expect the offer list to grow. Tristen Wallace, 2016 QB, DeSoto (Texas) -- Wallace was probably the single most physically impressive prospect at the entire tournament, which featured 24 teams. He's easily 6-foot-2 and almost 6-foot-3, according to himself and DeSoto head coach Claude Mathis, who added that Wallace has gained weight, weighing 225 pounds at a recent North Carolina camp. Wallace really does look like a defensive end prospect lining up in the shotgun. Jatory Sparks-Brown, 2015 RB, DeSoto (Texas) -- Coach Mathis had plenty of specimens on the field Saturday and Brown was right up there with Wallace among the most impressive. The San Diego State commit looked like a linebacker, standing 5-foot-10 and 220 pounds. He and Tyler (Texas) John Tyler 2015 linebacker Jaylon Reese (6-0, 224) are pretty similar in appearance. Kishawn Kelley, 2017 WR/S, Corsicana (Texas) -- perhaps the most physically impressive 2017 prospect at Saturday's tournament was Kelly, a 6-foot-2, 202-pounder who already has starting experience at the varsity level thanks to a hand full of games at cornerback in 2013. He's so big and his frame is so long that Kelly probably projects as a receiver or safety, but it's obviously very early. Corsicana head coach Steve Hoffman said Kelly plays some quarterback for the Tigers as well. Dylan Thomas, 2016 WR/S, Fort Worth Paschal -- yet another non-senior to make the list, Thomas measured 6-foot-0 1/2, 185 pounds at the May 3 Nike Football SPARQ Combine at AT&T Stadium. He looked at least that big Saturday. His upper body is already developing well. Thomas holds TCU and SMU offers, but he looked really good Saturday in the secondary and his bulk and quick-twitch athleticism suggest that he may get plenty of looks -- and, ultimately, offers -- as a safety. Rodney Bendy, 2015 WR, Tyler (Texas) John Tyler -- Bendy had a great day catching the ball, using his 6-foot-4 1/2, 190-pound frame to shield defenders or simply go up and over them. There's no doubt that Bendy is still thin and will need to gain more weight before college (he's committed to North Texas), but he's noticeably heavier than last season, when he played in the 170's. His body control is also vastly improved as he appears to be growing into his long, lean frame well.
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