TCU held their first skills-only camp of the summer on Saturday in what was the first-ever camp by Gary Patterson and staff that was held at night.
More than 170 prospects made the drive to Ft. Worth to impress TCU coaches under the bright lights of Amon G. Carter stadium; many of them did just that.
The camp was loaded with playmakers that already hold offers from some programs across the nation. Prospects from the 2015, 2016, 2017 and even 2018 class made impressions on the night and without a doubt many from the impressive group will end up receiving offers after their performances.
HornedFrogBlitz.com was in attendance to catch all of the action and brings you our opinion of the top performers from the day.
1. Jared Mayden – DB Sachse (2016)
Although Mayden didn't test on the day, he still had a great camp in individual drills and 1-on-1's. The 6-foot-1 cornerback locked down pretty much any receiver that crossed his path on the night and recorded several pass break ups. Mayden showed a great ability to change direction with great hips and he has excellent speed to boot. He proved on Saturday why he's considered one of the top players in the state for the 2016 class.
2. Ke Shawn Somerville – DB Pflugerville Hendrickson (2016)
It didn't take long for Somerville to make his presence known on the night, running a 4.42 forty and 4.1 shuttle. Somerville worked at both receiver and safety on the night but looked much more comfortable playing defense. He did well in 1-on-1's, limiting the receivers to just a few catches. He has excellent change of direction. It didn't take long for Somerville's recruitment to take off after the camp, he received an offer from Baylor on Sunday and promptly committed.
3. Julius Lewis – DB Mansfield
Lewis actually worked out in the morning session with the linemen, but ran a 4.4 forty and a 4.1 shuttle. Lewis showed great ability to change directions during the camp and following the camp the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder received an offer from the Frogs' as a cornerback.
4. Niko Small – DB Arlington Bowie
Small was another impressive player on the long list of defensive backs in attendance. Small ran one of the fastest forties with a 4.47 and ran a 4.09 shuttle which also ranked near the top. Small was a force during 1-on-1's, locking up every receiver he went against. His change of direction was perhaps the best of any defensive back in attendance. Small is up to nine offers and more should be coming his way.
5. Christian Gibson – DB Dallas Prime Prep
Another player who took the camp by storm, Gibson will be a name to watch moving forward. The 6-foot, 190-pounder ran a 4.42 forty and looked explosive in every drill he went through. He played quarterback for Brewer last season but is being recruited as a defensive back at his new school. He looked comfortable playing safety on Saturday night.
6. Brennen Wooten – QB Marble Falls (2016)
Wooten was the most impressive quarterback in a group loaded with talented signal callers. Wooten tested well with a 4.6 forty and also threw the ball extremely well on the night. He showed great mechanics and a very good release; he has a lot of velocity in his throws. He completed several passes in 1-on-1's. TCU offered Wooten a few weeks ago.
7. Jon Randall Belton – QB West Monroe (2016)
Like he's done at TCU camps in the past, Belton excelled again on Saturday night. At an impressive 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, Belton was the most impressive looking quarterback in attendance. With the added muscle, Belton's arm has gotten much stronger. He made several impressive throws on the night, including several post routes. Belton did not do any testing on the night.
8. Terry Wilson – QB Dell City, OK (2016)
Another surprise of the camp, Wilson came in as a little known prospect but impressed many in attendance. The 6-foot-2 signal caller from Oklahoma tested well, running a 4.62 forty but Wilson proved he can throw the ball as well as he went toe to toe with guys like Wooten, Belton and 2015 prospect Matthew Merrick. Wilson threw very well on the run and looked particularly impressive throwing post routes. He's definitely going to be a name to watch in the near future.
9. Obi Eboh – DB Southlake Carroll (2016)
Eboh was another impressive defensive back in attendance. At 6-foot-1, Eboh was one of the bigger cornerback prospects but he also displayed excellent speed running a 4.4 forty. Eboh has a long frame and turns his hips well. This was very noticeable against smaller, quicker receivers. Eboh doesn't have an offer at the moment, but that's likely to change once more teams see him up close.10. Juwan Washington – HB Kennedale
Washington was the top running back in attendance and he did his part in trying to impress the TCU coaches. The speedster recorded one of the fastest forties on the day, running a blistering 4.34. He also recorded one of the fastest shuttle times with a 4.10. There's not much Washington can do to prove he's a very good running back prospect; he shows up to camps and performs well at every one. Washington is up to seven offers.11. Josh Newman – CB Cedar Hill (2017)
Cedar Hill is one of the hottest recruiting destinations for college programs with the Longhorns producing top level players year after year. Newman is already one to watch from the 2017 class with an impressive performance at the TCU camp. Newman ran a very respectable 4.44 forty and also did well in 1-on-1 action. Without a doubt, he's squarely on TCU's radar now and will soon be on others in the near future.12. Ralph Lauren – WR Grapevine (2016)
In a camp that featured several talented defensive backs, Lauren might've been the most consistent receiver in attendance. The 6-foot, 180-pounder displayed good route running ability and caught the ball very well; using his hands instead of his body each time. Lauren doesn't have game breaking speed, but he simply gets open every time. He beat a few defensive backs who recorded faster forty times on different occasions.
13. Kendrick Rogers – WR Frankston (2016)
The nephew of former TCU receiver Quentily Harmon, Rogers definitely passed the eyeball test at 6-foot-5, 185-pounds and ran pretty well turning in a 4.64 forty and 4.25 pro shuttle. Rogers was a tough match for any defensive back considering his height and jumping ability. There were a few occasions where he had some tremendous catches despite pretty good coverage. Rogers already has two offers from SMU and North Texas.
Aaron Fuller – The 2016 prospect from Lucas Lovejoy ran a 4.36 forty and worked at WR/CB. Fuller was certainly one of the most athletic players in attendance.
Courtney Miles – The 2015 defensive back from Byron Nelson ran a 4.32 forty and 4.16 shuttle.
Isaiah Townes – The 2016 receiver from Pflugerville Hendrickson was one of the top receivers in attendance.
Preston Jefferis – The 2017 prospect from Aledo might've been the youngest linebacker among the group, but he performed like an upperclassmen. Jefferis is already 6-foot-3 and has plenty of room to add weight. He tested with a 4.66 forty and 4.4 shuttle.
Aaron Denson – The 2015 receiver out of Richland was another top receiver from the camp.
Matthew Merrick – The 2015 signal caller out of Irving Cistercian had a good night throwing the football.
Cameron Matthews – Another 2016 quarterback who continues to impress. Matthews, out of FW Trinity Valley, had a good night throwing the football.
Malik Perez – The 2015 prospect from Cibolo Steele worked at WR/DB on the night and made several plays.
Johnny Durham – The Aledo athlete turned in an impressive performance; running a 4.4 forty and 4.10 shuttle. Durham worked at both WR and CB.
Chris Orr – The Desoto linebacker drew plenty of praise from the TCU coaches on Saturday. Orr also turned in a very respectable 4.22 pro shuttle.
Kofi Boateng – The 2016 WR from Arlington Lamar drew a lot of attention from the TCU coaching staff. Boateng is long at 6-foot-2 and ran good routes on the night.
Omar Hicks Onu – The defensive back out of Hebron was one of the best testers of the night, running a 4.38 forty and 4.10 pro shuttle. Not back for the 6-foot-1 safety.
A.J. Daniels – The hometown product from Western Hills worked with the top group of quarterbacks and held his own competing with some of the bigger names.
Drew Wylie – The 2018 prospect held his own with the older quarterbacks in attendance. He'll be fun to watch in the future. Wylie ran a 5.2 forty.
Jalen Mayden – Another 2018 prospect at quarterback, Mayden is the younger brother of Jared. Jalen is already 6-foot-2 and ran a 4.60 forty on Saturday. He also worked among the top group of quarterbacks.