March 24, 2012

Dallas NIKE Camp: Five to watch

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The Nike Football Training Camp schedule kicks off this weekend at the Dallas Cowboy Training Facility in Irving, Texas. Around 350 of the top prospects from Texas and surrounding states will be in attendance Sunday to have a chance to compete against the best of the best.

Here are five intriguing prospects to watch heading into Sunday's camp:

RB Altee Tenpenny, North Little Rock (Ark.): The nation's No. 3 running back and No. 20 overall prospect missed his junior year due to injury, so this weekend will give him a chance to prove he is back to 100 percent. The Alabama commit was flat-out dominant on the camp circuit a year ago so there are a lot of high expectations on him coming into the weekend.

ATH John Diarse, Monroe (La.) Neville: The LSU commit plays quarterback and defensive back for his high school team and led them to a state championship this past season. However, the Rivals100 prospect will likely play wide receiver in Baton Rouge. Though he is listed on the Nike Camp roster as a defensive back, it would not be surprising to see him switch to receiver when he gets there on Sunday. It will be a great chance to show his skills at his future position.

LB Mike Mitchell, Plano (Texas) Prestonwood: The four-star prospect certainly has impressive film and has picked up quite a few offers as of late, so it will be interesting to see him against some top running backs on Sunday. After recently transferring to the private school from Plano West, he will not see anywhere close to the same level of competition next year as he will this weekend. Can he make a name for himself coming out of the camp?

DT Hardreck Walker, Spring (Texas) Westfield: It is a very strong year in the state of Texas for defensive tackles so not many people have been talking about the 6-foot-2, 280-pound Walker. However, there are some that believe that he not only belongs in the discussion with the Rivals100 guys but maybe even should go ahead of them. He has received offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech and West Virginia so far and this will be his shot to perform side-by-side some of those other top-flight tackles.

S Laurence Jones, Monroe (La.) Neville (2014): The 6-foot-1, 210-pound sophomore is huge for a defensive back but he actually plays corner for Neville and, along with Diarse, helped the team to a state title and was the most impressive player at the Louisiana state championships. He followed that up with a first-team all-Army Combine performance in January. Jones has the chance to make his case for being the No. 1 player in his state next year.

Brian Perroni can be reached at perroni@yahoo-inc.com. You can follow him on Twitter @bperrroni.




 

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