Texas A&M held their second, very well attended prospect camp on Sunday. With nearly 500 prospects in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 classes on hand, the talent pool was both impressive in terms of the top tier talent and depth, especially at the skill positions.
Baltimore impressed on Sunday
Here is a look at some of the top prospects on hand in College Station Sunday afternoon.
George Baltimore, S, Mansfield (Texas), 2013
Baltimore made the most of his opportunity to impress the Texas A&M staff on Sunday. The 5-foot-10, 189-pound safety moved with quickness and fluidity in change of direction drills and showed soft hands to end footwork drills when the ball was fired his way. His ability to powerfully stick his foot in the ground and power through the ground breaking out of a T-step caught the eye of the camp coaching staff. The hard hitter with 4.6-forty yard dash speed has a verbal offer from Texas Tech.
Tyus Bowser, LB/DE, Tyler (Texas) John Tyler, 2013
Bowser continues to be one of the most impressive 2013 East Texas prospects at first glance. At 6-foot-3, 203-pounds with a muscular and athletic frame, Bowser always catches the eye. He received some special attention from Aggies' outside linebackers coach Nick Toth at one point. In drills, his movement was somewhat ridged and not as fluid as others, but he plays on the defensive line for John Tyler. He didn’t look comfortable in a backpedal and changing direction, but did show very good hands snatching the ball out of the air to end drills.
Antwaun Davis, CB, Bastrop (Texas), 2013
Davis backed up his 4.36 forty yard dash time at Texas camp June 5 with a 4.40 Sunday in College Station. The 5-foot-11, 178-pound blazer has a perfectly proportioned frame with the body type to carry 190 plus pounds of solid muscle. His steps are powerful and his reactions quick. He did a good job in press of redirecting the receiver off the line of scrimmage. He appears faster than quick at first glance with the ability to make gains in terms of lateral quickness, but that is not to say he doesn’t possess quickness already.
Eric Davis, DE, Tyler (Texas) John Tyler , 2012
The first thing that caught the eye with the Texas A&M commitment Sunday was his changing body type. He weighed in at 241-pounds, up from the 225 (roughly) he played at as a junior. The 6-foot-3 Davis posted a 4.6 pro agility shuttle time and moved his feet quickly in drills. He stayed low on change of direction drills and moved with the desired balance. His developing body type will allow for 30 or more addition pounds.
Jimmy Gilbert, OLB/DE, College Station (Texas) A&M Consolidated, 2013
The 6-foot-4, 204-pound high school defensive end that projects to outside linebacker and end at the next level impressed right out of the gates with forty yard dash times of 4.58 and 4.59. The long strider receiver special attention and instruction from defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter and Nick Toth at one point. While Gilbert didn’t look at fluid in change of direction as some others in linebacker drills, he did show his ability to close ground quickly and his wingspan is truly impressive.
Deon Hollins, OLB, Missouri City (Texas) Marshall, 2013
Of all of the 2013 outside linebackers, Hollins moved with the most fluidity and quickness in drills. He received both special attention and praise from Nick Toth in drill work. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Hollins has been a hit on the summer camp circuit at several schools and continued that theme on Sunday. He has a verbal offer from Texas Tech.
Chris Johnson, ATH, Bryan (Texas), 2013
Johnson worked at wide receiver on Sunday, which was of note considering he had previously worked out at quarterback at prior camps, including Texas June 5. The 6-foot-4.5, 198-pound safety turned high school signal caller posted a 4.40 pro agility shuttle and 4.9-forty yard dash. In 7-on-7 in the last part of the camp, he struggled at times getting off the line of scrimmage, but showed quality hands and the understanding of catching the ball with the arms extended from the body. He will camp at Baylor on Friday and the Bears have verbally offered.
Mark is in line for an offer from the Aggies
Justin Manning, DT, Dallas (Texas) Kimball, 2013
Manning continues to be slowed by a red cast on his right hand after breaking the hand in the Dallas Kimball spring game in late May. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound quick lineman with active hands showed the impressive footwork in drills in the first sessions of the camp. He quickly and fluidly moved his feet through drills with perfect balance, which drew praise from the Aggie coaching staff. Manning has verbal offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tennessee and UCLA. He lists Oklahoma, Alabama and Texas A&M as his top three. Manning is the younger brother of former Oklahoma defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger.
Tomme Mark, DT, Lufkin (Texas), 2012
Mark is one of those prospects that impresses the more one sees him. At 6-foot-2 and 264-pounds (weight taken Sunday), the latest in a long line of talented Lufkin Panther defensive prospects showed very impressive initial burst out of his stance, lateral quickness and the ability to accelerate at a quicker rate than many of the defensive end prospects in footwork drills. Mark posted a forty-yard dash time of 4.84 and a pro agility time of 4.6 on Sunday. He has verbal offers from Missouri, Utah, Houston, SMU, Tulsa and others along with serious interest from Texas A&M and TCU. The Aggies are likely to extend an offer in the next couple of weeks.
Trent Momon, WR, Hempstead (Texas), 2012
The Texas A&M commit impressed quickly with a very quick 4.15-pro agility shuttle considering he is a shade over 6-foot-4 and 200-pounds. The high school receiver and safety worked out at receiver only Sunday and projects to the offensive side of the ball at the next level. In one-on-ones he caught all four passes thrown his way and impressed with his ability to quickly get off the line of scrimmage for his size. He was also sinking his hips in and out of breaks and getting his head around to snatch the ball out of the air. He made an impressive grab on the sidelines in which he reached high for the pass thrown in front of him and followed with the concentration to get the feet down in-bounds.
Alonzo Moore, WR, Winnfield (La.), 2012
Moore more than impressed on Sunday. The 6-foot, 175-pound long-armed pass catcher immediately impressed in drill work with the ability to sink his hips and quickly accelerate out of cuts. He showed initial quickness off the line of scrimmage and the ability to adjust to a couple of passes thrown low in which he worked the hands under the ball and turned up the field without breaking stride or losing balance. Moore reports verbal offers from Nebraska, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Minnesota, Memphis, Louisiana Tech and others. He lists Nebraska, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M as his top four and will be visiting Mississippi State and Ole Miss next weekend.
Jake Raulerson, DE/OL, Celina (Texas), 2013
If there is one thing that remains clear about the 6-foot-5, 252-pound Raulerson, he attacks the game with a different mentality than most. His motor never stops, his effort is relentless and he never fails to give a drill 110 percent. Make no mistake, there are faster athletes on the defensive line and better body types on the offensive line, but his competitive fire puts him over the top in nearly every situation whether a Friday night game, camp or combine. Texas A&M verbally offered Friday following offers from SMU, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Illinois, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Stanford and Baylor. Visits to LSU, Florida State and Florida at the end of July will likely add to the verbal offer list.
Jaevon Richardson, WR, Baytown (Texas) Lee, 2012
Richardson backed up his reputation as a sure handed, playmaker on Sunday. Like on Friday nights, the Texas A&M commitment's timing and ability to adjust to the ball in the air is very impressive. Richardson, who ran a 4.49-pro agility shuttle, will never run the fastest forty yard dash, but his quickness is better than most. His initial movement is quick, his ability to stick his foot in the ground the same and his timed leap to snatch a high-point ball fluidly and with explosive movement.
Fred Ross, WR, Tyler (Texas) John Tyler, 2013
Ross impressed at the Texas 7-on-7 state tournament on Friday and Saturday and followed with another strong performance Sunday. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder with 4.49 speed (recorded at SMU camp in June) made a very impressive over the shoulder catch for a touchdown on a fade route. As he has previously shown, he has the natural strength to play through contact and still make a play on the ball in the air and he possesses the speed to run by corners. He is a raw receiver prospect with a high ceiling.
Ty Slanina, ATH, East Bernard (Texas), 2013
Slanina impressed at the Texas 7-on-7 state championships on Thursday and more than backed up that showing on Sunday. He started the day by clocking an uber-impressive 4.30 forty-yard dash after recording a 4.31 at a TCU camp earlier in the summer. The jack-of-all-trades worked out at safety and showed excellent overall athleticism. He closed fast on a deep ball and leaped high for an interception on one rep and blanketed a slot receiver on the rep following causing an incompletion. Not only is his pure speed impressive, but he possesses elite level quickness and change of direction. He also has very good feet and showed impressive ball skills. Texas A&M has verbally offered and Georgia Tech is likely to offer as a quarterback in the next couple of weeks.
Slanina was excellent in coverage at safety
Odds and ends
*Class of 2013 tight end DeSean Smith Lake Charles, La./Barbe) picked up a verbal offer today from Texas A&M following camp. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder will be at LSU camp the next two days.
*Class of 2013 running back Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas) ripped off a 4.40-forty yard dash today. The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder with 10.55 100-meter speed continues to impress with his pass catching ability as well as his elite level speed and quickness.
*Alex Mayes (Van Alstyne, Texas) was one of several 2013 offensive line prospects on hand Sunday. The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder had previously attended camps at TCU and Kansas. The Jayhawks have indicated they will offer in the future. Mayes’ brother, class of 2014 center Connor Mayes, has attended the same camps.
*Class of 2013 safety Austin Jupe (San Antonio, Texas/East Central) posted a 4.49 pro agility shuttle today. He also clocked in the 4.7 range in the forty-yard dash.
*Athlete Ladell Marshall (Fort Worth, Texas/OD Wyatt) entered Sunday as one of the least talked about 2013 prospects in Texas. After measuring 5-foot-11, 196-pounds and ripping off a 4.58-forty yard dash and 4.3 pro agility shuttle, expect his stock to begin to rise.
*Class of 2013 defensive lineman Vincent Taylor (San Antonio, Texas/Madison) played his sophomore season at 6-foot-1 and about 245-pounds. He has since grown two inches and now stands 6-foot-3 and over 250-pounds. While he likes playing defensive end, three-technique is likely in his future at the next level as is an additional 30-40-pounds on his frame.
*Athlete Greg ward (Tyler, Texas/John Tyler) clocked an impressive 4.15 pro agility shuttle. The 5-foot11, 160-pound high school quarterback has worked out at receiver at numerous camps this summer.
*Class of 2013 cornerback and safety Maurice Smith (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles) put together an impressive testing day on Sunday. The 5-foot-11, 167-pounder recorded a 4.43-forty yard dash and a 4.4 pro agility shuttle and backed up the times showing impressive quickness and closing speed in live bullets at corner.
*A pair of Dallas Jesuit 2013 prospects put impressive testing numbers on the board. Offensive tackle J.J. Gustafson, 6-foot-5, 252-pounds, recorded a 5.1 forty-yard dash, a 4.4 pro agility shuttle and a 29.5-inch vertical. Gustafson’s father is a Texas A&M graduate. Inside linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni ripped off a very impressive 4.25 pro agility drill. The 6-foot-2, 218-pounder with the frame to carry around 240-pounds showed excellent change of direction throughout the camp.