IRVING, Texas -- Despite blustery conditions, many of the top prospects in the state of Texas showed up at the Dallas Cowboys' training facility to compete at the Dallas Under Armour Combine.
Linebacker Corey Nelson (Dallas/Skyline) was the top overall prospect in attendance. The 6-foot, 210-pounder had a great day of testing, including a 4.31 second shuttle time and 17 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press max.
"Things went great out here for me today," Nelson said. "I had fun. I met a lot of competitive people and I learned a lot. The drills were awesome. The coaches described it well to us and going full speed every time I was on the field was great."
Nelson, who has accepted a spot in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game, also looked good in the position drills and during one-on-one work. During the one-on-one portion of the event, Nelson had no trouble covering receivers and running backs that he faced.
"I felt like I did really well," Nelson said. "I am very confident in myself. But I always feel like I can do better. I am never satisfied."
Nelson had more than 75 tackles this past season for Skyline.
Multiple programs are in pursuit of Nelson, including Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas Tech and others. He plans to take unofficial visits to Lubbock and Baton Rouge this spring.
Maxie looks like an elite quarterback
Quarterback Brett Maxie Jr. recently transferred from one national high school football power -- Saint Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- to Southlake Carroll in Dallas. He will contend for the starting signal-caller's job this season in Southlake Carroll's high-octane system. Maxie was the best quarterback prospect in Dallas on Saturday; he looked the part of a Division I prospect.
"It went well today," Maxie said. "It took me a little bit of time to get used to the receivers, but after that the ball came out of my hands really well."
Despite the wind, Maxie displayed excellent touch on his passes, threw a tight spiral with great velocity and, for the most part, hit his receivers in stride. During the one-on-one and seven-on-seven portions of the event, Maxie was able to make good reads and find open receivers.
The coaches working the event were high on receiver Quintin Ross (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster). The 5-8, 160-pounder has quick feet, good hands and speed. He showed the ability to get open, especially on deep passes. He said that Texas Tech is thinking of offering him. He's the type of receiver who would be a good fit in the Red Raiders' system.
"I ran my routes pretty good," Ross said. "I worked on it during school to make sure that everything was right. I just did what my coaches told me to out there."
During the testing portion of the event, Ross put up solid numbers, including a 4.06 shuttle, a 9-foot, 8-inch broad jump and a 31.5 inch vertical leap.
The next Prime Time?
Class of 2012 prospect Deion Sanders Jr. (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) looked very mature for his age and extremely athletic. The son of the former NFL star of the same name, Sanders has quickness and explosiveness and will only develop and get better.
Sanders also posted an outstanding shuttle time of 4.31 seconds.
During the one-on-one and seven-on-seven portions of the event, Sanders worked out as a receiver and runs excellent routes and has very good hands.
Another big-time 2012 prospect
Running back Terrance Taylor (Diboll, Texas/Diboll) was at the event. Taylor was a second-team All-District selection as a freshman this past season. Taylor looked the part in drills and could end up being one of the more highly-recruited prospects in the Lone Star State when his cycle rolls around.
In the Class of 2008, Mesquite High's Adrian Richards was one of the top sleeper receivers to come out of the state of Texas. He signed with Oklahoma State where he redshirted this past season and now his younger brother, Aaron Richards, is a prospect for 2010.
Aaron Richards had some good moments during the position drills and one-on-one sessions at the combine on Saturday and is getting looks from multiple Division I programs.
• Offensive lineman Dalvin Glass (Dallas, Texas/Carter) will need to reshape a bit once he gets to college, but he competed hard on Saturday and was one of the better offensive linemen at the event. Glass weighed in at 6-3, 330 pounds and posted a solid shuttle time of 4.88 seconds. He projects as an inside player and once he gets in football shape, he has excellent potential. Glass claims Big 12 offers from Nebraska and Texas A&M.
• Guard Josh Allen (Cedar Hill, Texas) is athletic for an interior offensive lineman. He performed well in the one-on-ones and was able to match up with some of the more athletic defensive linemen that were there. Allen has the build of a defensive tackle, so he is somewhat unique for a guard prospect. Minnesota has already offered Allen a scholarship.
Here are some sleepers that emerged at the event.
Jarius Townsend, OL (Dallas, Texas/James Madison): Townsend had a dominant run during the one-on-one drills at the event. Townsend has good size and is athletic and tough. He plays tackle for his high school team, but projects as an interior offensive lineman. Depending on his film, he could play in the Big 12.
Marshawn Grays, DB (Mesquite, Texas/Mesquite): Grays was outstanding during the position drills and the one-on-one portion of the camp. An All-District selection as a junior, Grays could play cornerback or free safety in college. He is getting attention from several programs, including Texas A&M and Vanderbilt, and proved he is a legitimate college prospect on Saturday.
Donald Green, DE (Dallas, Texas/Lincoln): The 6-3, 210-pounder has a good frame and displayed quick hands and a good first step during the one-on-one portion of the event. Green also tested well, running a 4.83 second 40-yard dash and a 4.66-second shuttle. He's not the most polished at this point, but has some upside.
Drew Hamilton, LB (Corinth, Texas/Lake Dallas): The 5-11, 210-pounder displayed outstanding athleticism and has a great enthusiasm for the game of football. Several Big 12 and state of Texas programs have shown interest in Hamilton.
Kason Hostrup, OL (Garland, Texas/Sachse): Hostrup has a good frame and feet and held his own against the defensive linemen at the event. He's getting looks from several major programs and has enough upside to play Division I football on some level.
Running back Zavian Handy (Duncanville, Texas) ran the fastest 40 with a time of 4.47. Running back Greg Fason (Mesquite, Texas/Mesquite) had a combine-high shuttle time of 3.8. The 5-4, 160-pounder also looked quick in the one-on-one drills. Athlete Brad Smithey (Mesquite, Texas/Mesquite) had several great catch and runs during one-on-ones. Smithey had nearly 1,000 yards of total offense this past season and is getting looks from several Division I programs. Defensive lineman Eric Humphrey (Dallas, Texas/Parish Episcopal) is a good athlete and showed it during the one-on-ones, out-quicking several of the offensive linemen that he faced. He is among his high school's all-team leaders in the shot put and discus. Defensive back B.J. Christmas (Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie) showed nice potential at defensive back. He's most likely a safety at the next level.