InsideRunnerSports was the only media outlet on hand and we got a first hand glimpse of future UTSA
prospects and targets. Let's get right into it as our staff handpicked 9 prospects who showed they belong and stood-out for one reason or another.
At QB, Shep Shepard
(Dripping Springs HS) was easy to spot. He was the tallest QB at camp, a legit 6'5". Yes, that caught are eye, but his mechanics and footwork stood-out. He showed nice accuracy and had a good zip on the ball. Quarterbacks Coach and OC Kevin Brown was talking it up with him and had a good long talk after camp broke.Antoine Cannady
(Dawson HS), Jeremiah Chambers
(Vista Ridge), and Olajuwon Taylor
(Belton HS). Cannady, arguably had the best day of all the wide-outs. He has very good size and a D1 build already. He caught everything in sight and ran routes that were in sync with the QB's targeting him.
Chambers and Taylor also showed good hands and a quickness in their routes and breaks. Both appeared to be a step quicker than Cannady. Like Antoine, Jeremiah is already rock solid and has a nice frame that's only going to get bigger. Taylor worked exclusively at wide-out and did not take any snaps at running back. His athleticism and shiftiness make him a natural for the slot position. Like Chambers and Cannady, Taylor also came in at a solid 190lbs.
Opposite of the receivers, was Darrick Dickerson
(Ft. Bend Elkins HS). As a corner he had the confidence and the skill to line up 1 on 1 with anybody. He had a quiet confidence and he would play press coverage all drill long. No five to ten yard cushion was needed. He's listed at 5'10" 165lbs, but played bigger and stronger. No wide-out out ran him and on multiple routes he logged pass break ups. He showed quick hips and opened them for a quick change of direction.
Two local studs who put themselves squarely on the UTSA recruiting radar were Xavier Morris (Judson HS)
and Braedon Williams
(Johnson HS). Morris was the first kid of the camp that grabbed our attention. He recently transferred from Sam Houston
to Judson and his 6'1" 235lb frame wasn't hard to miss with the other linebackers. As he continues to improve, scrape and attack, he will be a nightmare for ball carriers to see in the box.
Williams is a bigger type of back and should be near 195-200lbs when his senior season rolls around next year. Look for him to pile up the yards for the Jaguars this fall. For his size, he showed good agility and quickness. He had no problems in cutting back either.
Last but definitely not least. The beef in the trenches. Chandler Pavlik
(Chisholm Trail HS) could easily be seen across the field, and it wasn't because of his turquoise workout shirt. It had more to do with his 6'6" 305lb frame. The junior will be a national recruit and the staff getting him on campus shows you how much the brand of UTSA football is growing. There wasn't a d-lineman who could get past him. His long arms added to his massive frame make it very few that can get around or go through him. Another young O-lineman caught our eye and surprised us as he wasn't that much smaller than Pavlik, and only a sophomore.
, a 6'5" 294lb offensive tackle from nearby La Vernia, showed good skills, strength and footwork when working in the trenches during drills. We were astonished to find out he's only going to be a sophomore and is just starting to come into his own for the Bears. In size and quickness alone, Neal has the makings of a D1 tackle.
Talk about the standouts from Wednesday's Underclassmen camp in the UTSAInsiders Forum
Turnout for the underclassmen was right around 200 kids. Not quite the turnout of last year, but plenty of talent was on hand strutting their stuff.