The young men in the trenches are finally able to attend an offseason event that is catered towards showcasing their specific skill sets. The Texas Trench War series has kick-started its first installment of drills and one-on-one competition for offensive linemen and defensive linemen. Houston and Dallas were the first cities to partake in this growing event hosted by Texas-based recruiting guru “Coach O” and Mike West of “Gameplan U,” an organization focused on getting high school student-athletes prepared for the next level on and off the field.
Burnt Orange Nation was able to attend these two events and check out some potential Texas targets and rising prospects truly go at it.
2020 — Braedon Nutter — 3-star OL/DT — Tomball Memorial: Being a versatile player in the trenches can easily make you an intriguing prospect to coaches at the next level. Nutter is that flexible big guy that’s highly capable of being dominant on both offense and defense. He worked both sides of the ball during the Texas Trench War event and held his own. Nutter holds five offers, with Colorado being his only P5 opportunity. He’s made multiple visits to Austin and has been in talks with Herb Hand.
2022 — Kam Dewberry — Unranked OT — Atascocita: Dewberry emerged as one of the best offensive linemen at Houston’s Trench War event, and he’s just beginning his high school career. Starting on varsity at left tackle and learning from one of the nation’s top players last season (Kenyon Green) has already given Dewberry an early edge in his recruiting class. Baylor has already offered the 6’4, 285-pounder and Texas has been in contact with him, as well. We’ll see another elite offensive tackle come from Atascocita with Dewberry’s unbelievable potential.
2020 — Tim Hardiman — Unranked DL — Spring Westfield: Hardiman walked away as the camp’s MVP as he provided speed and power to the defensive line group. Hardiman might not be the biggest defensive linemen as far as stature goes, but he has a tenacious skill-set that is evident. He’s still awaiting his first offer.
2020 — Jett Duncan — Unranked OG — The Woodlands: Duncan brought some nastiness to the offensive line group and displayed good upper-body strength. He was recognized as one of the top linemen that competed and garnered an offer from North Texas just days after the camp. Duncan recently earned an offer from Air Force.
2020 — Cody Johnson — Unranked OG — The Woodlands: Although Johnson wasn’t awarded as a top offensive lineman at the camp, he was just as imposing as any other prospect that competed. If you turn on Johnson’s film, you’ll see his will being enforced on numerous defensive linemen. Johnson holds an offer from North Texas.
2020 — Caleb Fox — Unranked DL — The Woodlands: Fox was probably one of the more impressive prospects on the defensive side as far as overall talent and size are concerned. He’s disruptive and a load to block in the middle at 6’2, 310 pounds. Fox doesn’t hold an offer yet, but he clearly has P5 potential.
2021 — Bryce Ganious — Unranked C/OG — Westbury: Ganious has the potential to jump on college recruiting boards after a noteworthy sophomore campaign and a strong offseason. He definitely passes the eye test as a next level interior offensive lineman and has the makings to develop nicely. Holds early interest from multiple programs.
2020 — Ayden Visage — Unranked OG — Lubbock Cooper: Visage was active and won the majority of his reps during the Dallas and Houston Texas Trench War series. The Lubbock Cooper product plays with a great firm base which puts him in position to win reps when pass blocking. Visage is still looking to pick up his first offer.
2021 — Byron Murphy — Unranked DT — Desoto: Murphy withholds the speed and fundamentals that offensive linemen on the high school level hate to deal with. He’s skilled enough to clog running lanes and rush the quarterback. As one of the top performers at the Texas Trench War in Dallas, Murphy possessed great explosion off the ball and good leverage. He holds an early offer from Colorado and has interest from Baylor and Oklahoma State.
2022 — Kelvin Banks Jr. — Unranked OT —Summer Creek: For a freshman in high school, Banks already embodies the characteristics you can’t teach to be a good quality offensive lineman. Banks has great size, good feet, along with athleticism. The sky is the limit for Banks as a football player. Things will start to get hot for Banks on the recruiting trail before he and his family knows it.
2022 — Sheridan Wilson —Unranked OT —Argyle: Wilson walked away with the camp MVP in Dallas and it was well-deserved. Wilson displaying great technique while being able to hold off pass rushers throughout the entire camp. Wilson is a slender 6’4 prospect that you’ll see continue to grow into his frame and begin to attract interest on the recruiting trail.
2021 — Mckenzie Agnello — Unranked OT — Copperas Cove: If there was an offensive lineman at this camp that came to win every rep, it was Agnello. The 6’4, 317-pound offensive tackle did not play around with the defensive linemen, as he was patient and used his massive hands quite well. He appreciates being physical and will dare edge rushers to try to bull rush him. Agnello is definitely a name to know.
2020 — Daimonte Williams — Unranked C/OG — Mesquite Horn: Williams was one of the more physically gifted prospects that came to compete in Dallas. He’s light on his feet but looks to punish defenders every chance he gets. Has interest from Abilene Christian, Baylor, Illinois State, and North Texas.
2021 — Jacoby Jackson — Unranked OT — Mansfield Summit: Jackson has had a nice start to the offseason, appearing at multiple camp settings and performing well during drills and one-on-ones. He has a nice ceiling as a 6’5 offensive tackle. Holds an offer from Illinois State and will be attending Texas’ junior day.
2021 — Tommy Dunn — Unranked DL/TE — Naaman Forest: Another dynamic prospect that camped in Dallas was Dunn. He played a ton of tight end as a sophomore but competed as a defensive lineman at the Texas Trench War and did not disappoint. He could be a star in the making at either position. He’s picked up some interest from programs.
2021 Naaman Forest DL/TE Tommy Dunn (@TDunnJ85) turned heads today at the Texas Trench War. Played a ton of TE last season, but looked very comfortable as a pass rusher (6’3-245). pic.twitter.com/XOoUaCNeGO— J.Hamilton (@JoeHamilton__) February 11, 2019
2020 — Javan Bouton — Unranked OG — Prestonwood Christian Academy: Bouton has been a solid offensive guard for the majority of his high school career and has carried that top-level play into this offseason. He’s another prospect that prides his play on great technique. Bouton has received interest from schools, but he’s still awaiting his first offer.
2020 — Caleb Rogers — Unranked OT — Mansfield Lake Ridge: Rogers was a high-level competitor at both the Dallas and Houston events and has good upside at 6’4, 270 pounds. Rogers plays with good quick feet and utilizes his long arms well when attacking defensive linemen. He has received interest from Vanderbilt.
Other’s to watch:
2020 — Al Amir Ward — Unranked WDE/OLB — Hutto: 6’0, 210 pounds, has a distinct presence off the edge. He’s on the verge of picking up his first offer.
2020 — Ugonna Nnanna — Unranked OT/DE — Arlington Seguin: 6’5, 265 pounds, raw prospect with great athleticism.
2023 — Lajuan Owens — Unranked OT — Keller Fossil Ridge: 6’3, 300 pounds, Owens will be a highly coveted prospect in the future.
2022 — Davion Carter — Unranked DT — North Mesquite: 6’0, 280 pounds, will be force in the trenches.