ALLEN, Texas – The offensive and defensive linemen groups at the Dallas NIKE Camp both had quite a few familiar names. While some of the players lived up to the hype, there were also some surprises among the standouts in the two groups. 247Sports breaks down the top performers on each side of the ball.
Texas commit Demetrius Knox worked out at offensive guard on Sunday.
Jacob Bragg, Nacogdoches (Texas) High – The 6-foot-3, 290-pound center won that Offensive Line MVP award and deservedly so. Bragg has an incredible mean streak and he is able to hold his ground incredibly well. Centers usually struggle in one-on-ones as they have to snap and then stop a big noseguard shade just off of them but he was able to get his base set and kept his feet moving. He plays nasty in the interior and coaches love that. Look for him to add to his current Louisiana Tech offer.
Kealvin Davis, Garland (Texas) Lakeview Centennial – The Texas A&M commit almost looked like a defensive end out there as he is incredibly lean for a tackle. He has long arms and very good feet though and it’s easy to see why he had so many early offers before committing. His frame is a bit of a question mark as his shoulders aren’t incredibly wide so you have to wonder how much weight he can put on. He was one of the most polished blockers in attendance though.
Demetrius Knox, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints – The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Texas commit has done a 180 since last summer when he was a bit timid to go very often in one-on-ones. The Top247 prospect had no problem taking multiple reps against the best defensive linemen in camp. A high school tackle, Knox realizes he is likely a future guard and played there on Sunday. He still needs some work on technique but he has more tools than any other lineman in attendance.
Marcus Oliver, Spring (Texas) Westfield – Oliver plays offensive tackle for Westfield but is a bit undersized at 6-foot-4, 260 pounds. Even though a lot of the defensive linemen were bigger than him, he continually lined up at left tackle and took on all comers. He has excellent technique and is incredibly tenacious. Even if it seems like he has been beat, he does a great job of recovering. His high school program does a great job of putting out FBS linemen and he should be the next one.
Zach Rogers, Lewisville (Texas) Hebron (2015) – The 6-foot-3, 270-pound sophomore had a big week, picking up offers from Oklahoma and Baylor and then doing very well at the camp. Rogers is another high school tackle that will have to make the move inside and he showed he has the strength and power to go against the big defensive tackles.
Maea Teuhema, Keller (Texas) High (2015) – Teuhema is a huge lineman at 6-foot-5, 335 pounds. However, he actually carries that weight better than expect. The sophomore lined up at right tackle and, as long as he does not gain much more weight and have to move inside, that is likely his future position. He has outstanding technique and has a good drop step in pass pro.
247Composite five-star defensive end Solomon Thomas was the most impressive lineman in attendance.
Desmond Branch, Rio Rancho (N.M.) Cleveland – The 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end was a bit of a surprise as not a lot was known about him coming in. The New Mexico prospect was incredibly quick off the edge and gave the offensive tackles fits in the one-on-one drills. His upside may be a bit limited by a frame that doesn’t have a ton of room to grow but his first step should garner him some more offers besides his two current in-state ones before all is said and done.
Deondre Clark, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Douglass – The Top247 defensive end has shed a ton of weight since his sophomore season and actually looked more like a big linebacker playing the defensive end spot. His top list consists of all SEC schools and he will find somewhere to play in the conference, be it either end or linebacker. He is another player with a very quick first step off the ball but also is very strong for his size.
Devonte Lampkin, Houston (Texas) Cy Falls (2015) – The 6-foot-4, 280-pound sophomore did not play a ton this year on varsity as he was behind Cal signee Jacobi Hunter and had also just moved into the school. Because of that, there is not a ton of film on him. He showed why he has received so much hype though. Despite being young, he was the best all-around defensive tackle on the day. Lampkin knows how to use leverage as well as to use his hands to get separation from the offensive linemen. When schools see him in action this spring, he will pick up early offers.
Solomon Thomas, Coppell (Texas) High – The 247Composite five-star defensive end lived up to his ranking, earning Defensive Line MVP honors. There was some thought that Thomas could end up as a defensive tackle in college but he has been living in the weight room and has gotten rid of all of his bad weight. That has also helped him increase his quickness of the edge and that combined with his strength made him nearly impossible to stop.