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Dallas Nike Football Training Camp Preview

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DALLAS, Texas -- Many of the top football players in the region will make their way to DeSoto High School on Saturday to compete in the Dallas Nike Football Training camp as prospects try to earn their invitations to The Opening, the prestigious summer Nike event that features 150 of the top recruits in the country.


Many of the top quarterbacks in the state will be in attendance, including five-star prospects Jarrett Stidham and Kyler Murray. After making the move to his future collegiate position last fall, Stidham has already proven on the field that the transition wasn't a problem, while Murray has overcome questions about his size with prodigious production.

Both are strong candidates to earn invites to The Opening.

One prospect with more to prove is Baylor commit Chad President, who like Stidham moved from wide receiver. President, however, had his junior season cut short with an ACL injury and will have to answer questions about his own ability to remain at the position.

Boerne's Quentin Dormady is seeking to prove to colleges that he's recovered from the labrum tear that kept him off the field as a junior, while DeSoto's own Tristen Wallace will try to take advantage of the learning opportunity as he moves from wide receiver to quarterback, replacing the diminutive but dynamic Desmon White.

Running back

Just as the quarterback position will feature some of the top prospects in the state, so too will the running back position in a loaded in-state class.

Four-star running back Soso Jamabo will provide some valuable insight into his athleticism if he participates in testing this year. Meanwhile, recent Baylor commit JaMycal Hasty will try to match the 4.39 40 he ran at a combine last spring.

Wide receiver

Last year, five-star Cedar Hill wide receiver Damarkus Lodge was seeking to prove that he was worthy of all the attention coming his way after playing sparingly as a sophomore. Now, he's got little to prove, but a spot at The Opening is on the line now and the competitive deep threat won't want to let that opportunity slide past.

Aledo's Ryan Newsome could turn in some of the best testing numbers with his explosive speed making him a dangerous threat on special teams and at wide receiver during the high school season.

A prospect who could help his stock with a strong performance, especially in the testing, is underrated Prime Prep recruit James Proche, whose film should have him sitting with more offers than he does currently.

Tight end

Making the trip in from Arkansas is one of the nation's best tight ends in Pine Bluff product Will Gragg, who will try to solidify his ranking with a strong day.

A prospect with more to prove is North Forney's Hunter Herndon, a high school quarterback who should benefit from the high-level instruction from the Nike coaching staff as he tries to learn the position at which he has the most collegiate upside.

Offensive line

Excellent in space, Texas offensive guard commit Patrick Vahe will try to prove that he can dominate in smaller spaces in pass protection.

Oklahoma prospect Josh Wariboko has already proven that he can do the same on the camp and combine circuit and will look to continue that success.

And since high school tackle prospects don't have much film in pass protection, Texas A&M commit Trevor Elbert will have a chance to show his expertise in that regard in a a setting that can be tough on tackles.

A rising young prospect to watch is 2016 offensive tackle JP Urquidez, who could add to the building buzz around his name with a strong day.

Defensive line

Louisiana's Bo Wallace has made the trip all the way from the Boot to go against tackles like Elbert and should have a strong day with his edge-rushing acumen.

More of a run-stopper in high school, Texas commit Charles Omenihu will try to show onlookers that he has some pass-rushing moves on his own, as will TCU commits Breylin Mitchell and Joseph Broadnax.


One of the top prospects in the entire nation will have to chance to put up some big-time testing numbers -- five-star Malik Jefferson, who should draw a crowd of reporters after the event concludes. The Mesquite Poteet star is perhaps the top candidate at the event to earn an invite to The Opening.

Skyline's Anthony Wheeler will try to improve on a 4.88 40 time from last year that didn't seem to represent the type of athleticism that he consistently shows on film.

Defensive back

A big defensive back group includes a couple of prospects who would like to test well -- rising Pflugerville Hendrickson cornerback PJ Mbanasor and Corpus Christi Flour Bluff cornerback Jalen Campbell, who is coming off an ACL tear, as is Texas A&M commit Justin Dunning, who wowed at a combine last spring when he was healthy.