June 6, 2010

Stars shine at Houston camp

Houston held it's first camp of the summer season Saturday and there were nearly 200 players that showed up to participate. Players from all grade levels showed up in hopes of learning and getting better. Some of the attendees showed up and made an impression.

There were many players from the Houston area on hand including the Golden Triangle area and most of the suburbs surrounding Houston as well. There were also a big contingent of players from Baton Rouge Capitol High School, former standout Terrance Broadway and current Cougar's old stomping grounds.

After the long process of getting everyone checked in and weighed an measured, the trek to the practice fields and the scorching Texas heat began. Once out on the fields the players all went through stretching drills and then broke into groups by position. The drill circuit consisted of six stations, two of which were watering stations as the participants were urged to keep hydrated throughout the day. Other stations were your everyday cone drills and footwork drills that you would see surrounding most football camps.

After drills the players got instruction from coaches according to what position they were working out in. The day's camp ended with some classic one on one scenarios that saw offense go against defense. The wide receivers went up against the defensive backs, the running backs went up against the linebackers and the offensive and defensive linemen clashed.

There were many participants of note and some players that really stood out as well. Notable camp participants included Anthony Webb the 2011 running back commit from La Porte. Webb was easily the best ball carrier on hand Saturday and impressed with his excellent footwork during drills and the overall power he generates from his lower body. Also on hand was Miketavious Jones the North Shore standout and current Oklahoma State commit. Doesn't always mean anything is up, but we will follow up with the talented cornerback to see if it was a recreational visit or if the Cowboys commit is re-considering his commitment.

Teammates from Clear Creek High School Tevin Jones and C.J. McElroy were both on hand and worked out with the wide receivers. Both looked good, but McElroy stood out. The lightning quick wideout showed great ability at creating separation from defenders and flashed his trademark 4.4 speed. He also showed the ability to finish as he made several good catches on difficult passes. McElroy's good showing seemed to impress the coaching staff as well as following the camp he was offered by the Cougars.

Another interesting attendee was Beaumont Westbrook defensive end Ben Goodman who currently holds offers from California, Miami (OH), and Tulsa and is being recruited heavily by several other schools including TCU and Houston. Good looked good in drills, but excelled in one on one drills.

Also standing out from the defensive line group was Richmond Foster tackle Joey Mbu who looked great for a player that checked in at 6-foot-3 and 308 pounds. Mbu showed real good feet for a big man and has expressed interest in Houston before in interviews. Although Mbu currently only holds an offer from Air Force, that could be changing fast as the big man starts making appearances at camps this summer. The big tackle would seem to be a great fit for Houston in the new 3-4 scheme that defensive coordinator Brian Stewart is implementing, but with short numbers in the 2011 class we will see if there is room for him.

The receiver group was easily the best looking of the day with previously mentioned Clear Creek teammates McElroy and Jones being joined by other standouts Devonte Davis from North Shore whose long lean body allowed him considerable advantage over most defenders he faced. Chance Nelson from Baytown Sterling also flashed his speed and ball skills Saturday and has seen his recruitment pick up as of late. The other standout at wideout was Houston Jones receiver Musa Mahmud who affectionately was referred to as "bumblebee" all afternoon by the coaching staff for his black and yellow attire. Mahmud looked good as another big bodied reciver with plenty of speed and the ability to get his body between the ball and the defender.

In the quarterback group there were a couple participants that stood out in 2011 North Shore signal caller Keenon Gibson and 2011 Montgomery standout Tyler Bolfing.

From the underclassmen in attendance, there were some names to note that worked out. 2012 La Marque teammates quarterback Emmanuel Williams and running back Timothy Wright were on hand. 2012 offensive tackle Mac Long from Edna was on hand. The 6-foot-4, 277 pound Long definitely looked the part as one to keep an eye on in the 2012 class.

Houston continues it's summer camp series next weekend with a quarterback and wide receiver camp that runs Friday through Sunday and defensive mini-camp that runs Saturday. CougarsDen again will be on hand next weekend and will bring you all the top performers.

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