Houston Nike Football Training Camp preview

Which prospects will earn invites to The Opening in Houston?

The Nike Football Training Camp series is rolling into Houston on Saturday at the Kinkaid School to allow prospects in the region the opportunity to earn a coveted invite to The Opening this summer.

Here's a look at the top prospects at each position.


This position might be best referred to as the Detmer family tree. There's 2018 LSU commit (yes, that's a real thing) Zadock Dinkelmann, whose uncle is Ty Detmer. The eighth grader plays for the patriarch of the family, Sonny Detmer, the father of Ty and Koy. And there's Koy Detmer, Jr., a 2015 prospect who also plays for Sonny at Somerset High School in Texas. Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, Detmer is hoping to overcome his height -- he's listed at 5'11.

There's also Fort Bend (Texas) Marshall's JW Ketchum, one of the top athletes in the state who will be taking advantage of the opportunity for high-level coaching to improve his passing skills and relieve questions about where he will play in college. And JT Granato, who will be playing on his home field as he looks to create some buzz to add to his offers from Houston and Rice.

Running backs

One of the hottest recruits in the entire country for the 2016 class will make his way to Houston on Sunday. Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial's Kameron Martin has over 20 offers already and will have a chance to earn even more recognition. Not many prospects earn an invite to The Opening before their junior season, but Martin could be one of the few.

HIs teammate, Corey Dauphine, a Texas Tech commit in the 2015 class, is another running back to watch.

There's also Texas A&M commit Jay Bradford, a Splendora (Texas) native who ran a 4.48 40 at the Houston SPARQ Combine and could have the speed to best that mark if he chooses to run again on Sunday. Last spring, Bradford ran a blazing 10.49 100m to earn the gold medal at the 2013 Texas state track meet.

Humble (Texas) Summer Creek running back Deunte Chatman posted one of the highest SPARQ ratings of the tour so far at the Houston event. A possible linebacker at the next level, it will be interesting to watch whether Chatman works at running back or linebacker once the one-on-one position drills begin.

Wide receivers/tight ends

The top tight end in the state will be in attendance and won't have to make the trip up to Dallas this year in his quest for The Opening -- Texas A&M commit and Clear Lakes product Jordan Davis, who was committed to Florida State at this time last year. With his experience working flexed out on fall Fridays, Davis should be a handful for the linebackers in one-on-one drills.

At wide receiver, Kemah Siverand is one of the top players at the position in the state and turned in a strong testing day at the recent Houston SPARQ Combine, while John Humphrey could post some impressive testing numbers himself as one of the most explosive 2015 players in the state.

Kinkaid's own Sam Mays will be one to watch in one-on-one drills, as he ability to high point the football is among the best in the state for his class.

Offensive line

At 6'7 and 255 pounds, Richmond (Texas) Bush offensive tackle Joshua Jones shouldn't be hard to miss in a group that isn't as strong as other positions.

The best prospect expected to attend, however, is Lousiana product Jerry Tillery, a top-10 tackle nationally who has been committed to Notre Dame since last summer.

Defensive line

This group isn't as strong as the defensive backs, but it's not far behind, featuring several high-level recruits.

Defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin was impressive last season at the Dallas NFTC as one of the younger prospects in attendance and could have a chance to earn an invite to The Opening. The Oklahoma commit is a consensus four-star prospect.

One of the rising players at the defensive tackle position is Richmond (Texas) George Ranch defensive tackle Kingsley Keke, who should have the athleticism to give the offensive linemen in attendance some serious problems. He has picked up offers from Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M in the last several days.

Then there's Ed Oliver, a 2016 prospect from Houston (Texas) Westfield who should end the cycle as one of the top two or three defensive tackles in the state. He already holds offers from Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas Tech.


Cameron Townsend is a four-star prospect with an impressive offer list looking to improve on his 4.86 40 registered at the 2013 Dallas NFTC. In position drills, Townsend should be able to hold his own because his high school film (and 4.03 shuttle from last year) suggests that he should be one of the most athletic linebackers in attendance, despite that disappointing 40 time from last year.

Out of pads, middle linebacker Nathan Fox won't be able to show off his trademark toughness and hitting ability, but the opportunity to move in space could help him prove that he is among the best prospects in the state at his position.

Defensive backs

The top group overall at the event will feature Deionte Thompson, Jaylon Lane, Brandon Jones, and Malik Antoine.

Thompson is an longtime Alabama commit from Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark who also excels at wide receiver in the fall, Lane is a former Ole Miss cornerback commit who has seen his stock explode in the last several weeks, Jones is a 2016 rising star who has seemingly added multiple offers every day over the last week, and Antoine is one of the top 2016 prospects in Louisiana.

The position could also get a boost in star power if Gilmer (Texas) defensive back Kris Boyd makes it down from his East Texas. An expected attendee at the Dallas event, Boyd spent his Saturday at a track meet instead.

For a group of wide receivers that is looking to stand out, the task is going to be difficult, but doing so against such a strong group of defensive backs could help jumpstart a few recruitments.

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