It’s camp season, a time of the year when shoe companies test elite prospects across the nation in regional camps with combine tests and some 1-on-1 competition between position groups. The first one on the circuit takes place Saturday at Spring Westfield High School and is expected to play host to some of the top targets on Texas’ recruiting board, including Galena Park North Shore running back Zachary Evans, the No. 1-ranked player on the 2020 Fabulous 55.
Texas signed No. 3-ranked classes in the past two cycles for the first time since 247Sports starting tracking recruiting rankings. The Longhorns hold three 2020 commitments with quarterback Hudson Card and offensive linemen Logan Parr and Jake Majors. Tom Herman’s program is also hosting dozens of recruits this weekend for the first of a pair of planned junior days. The other is set for March.
We know what guys like Evans and Parr bring to the table, but here are five players I’m ready to see compete in person against other top prospects and prove they’re among the state’s best prospects:
Vernon Broughton, defensive end, Houston Cypress Ridge
FYI: 6-5, 280; 4 stars; No. 6 on the Fab 55
Top offers: Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama
Broughton is the Demarvin Leal of the 2020 cycle. He’s a big, aggressive defensive lineman with freakish athleticism for a player who could easily reach 300 pounds in college. Broughton is the ideal defensive lineman for the odd-man front deployed by Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and the four-star knows he’s a top priority for the Longhorns. The ideal defensive line class for Texas involves Broughton, Prince Dorbah, Princely Umanmielen and Alfred Collins. It’ll be interesting to see what Broughton says about his recruitment on Sunday.
Chad Lindberg, offensive tackle, Houston Clear Creek
FYI: 6-5/306; 4 stars; No. 7 on the Fab 55
Top offers: Texas, Alabama, Clemson
Lindberg appears to be a target that is Texas’ to lose as the spring approaches. He’s the highest-rated offensive lineman on the Fab 55 and has a chance to secure his place as the state’s top big man with a strong performance on Sunday. It’ll also give us a chance to see where his recruitment is at with Texas clearly pushing for a strong start at offensive line with the commitments of his buddies Parr and Majors. He’ll be tested with defensive ends like Broughton and Collins in attendance.
Xavion Alford, safety, Alvin Shadow Creek
FYI: 6-0/174; 3 stars; No. 36 on the Fab 55
Top offers: Texas A&M, Texas, Florida
Alford is rising up the recruiting charts after notching big offers from nearly every major program in the country. He helped Shadow Creek reach the Class 5A Division I state championship game in the program’s first varsity season. Alford is a versatile athlete who plays bigger than his frame. He gets a chance to test his coverage skills against some big-name wide receivers on Sunday. He’s also expected to visit Texas with his Fast 7v7 teammates. Alford is considered an early lean toward Texas A&M and Sunday will provide a chance to get more clarity on his recruitment.
Joshua Eaton, cornerback, Aldine MacArthur
FYI: 6-2/175; 13 offers
Eaton is picking up steam and the Under Armour camp provides him with a chance to prove he belongs among the state’s top cornerback prospects. He checks all the physical boxes but he doesn’t face the best competition on a weekly basis in high school. Eaton’s stock would soar with a strong performance against elite competition. He’s also expected to visit Texas over the weekend and could pick up an offer before the camp.
Josh White, outside linebacker, Houston Cypress Creek
FYI: 6-1/200; 3 stars; No. 42 on the Fab 55
Top offers: Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma State
Linebacker is becoming a tough position to recruit inside the state. The Longhorns have only offered one linebacker from Texas in the 2020 class and that is Dallas Bishop Dunne outside linebacker Brennon Scott. White is the second-best outside linebacker in the state and could garner more attention with a strong showing on Sunday, especially if he puts up good times in the 40-yard dash and the shuttle. He de-committed from Oklahoma State.