Open Post | Tuesday, April 6th

Name to Know | 2022 Dallas Jesuit DB Robert Fitzgerald
– CJ Vogel

When DT and I were out at the Under Armour camp in Arlington earlier this month, a defensive back by the name of Robert Fitzgerald caught our attention after stringing together multiple wins in the one on one segment.

I was able to see Fitzgerald again in action this weekend at the True Buzz Invitational this weekend.

Fitzgerald is a very intriguing prospect for a number of reasons. At 5’11”, his play feels significantly bigger than his listed height. Meaning he was very impactful in the games I was able to watch. Fitzgerald would line-up against the opposing team’s best player in each game I was able to watch. Man-to-man, every game, in 7v7. Impressive.

The testing numbers for Fitzgerald are also super impressive. At the Under Armour camp he claimed a 4.54 40-yard dash, 4.04 pro agility and a 10’2″ broad jump. Good stuff right there.

His recruitment is starting to pop as well. Fitz has offers from basically all of the Ivy’s, Baylor, Duke, Vanderbilt, SMU and Colorado to just name a couple.

He told me he has been in contact with the Texas staff briefly, who is recruiting him at strong safety and the linebacker position. Fitzgerald said a couple of Texas’ recruiting directors have been in communication with him, though mentioned the relationship is still very young.

The secondary recruiting has not been an issue for the Longhorns under the new staff so it’s likely the talks with Fitzgerald don’t expand past the early stages they are in now. But again, any information about a recruit in contact with Texas is something I want to pass along to y’all. For now, store this name away.

Prospect Takeaways | DFW King of the Trenches Camp
– CJ Vogel

I was able to swing by Carrollton this weekend to catch some big bodies in the trenches with the inaugural DFW King of the Trenches camp hosted by Donald Hawkins and Eric Potis.

The camp featured a number of the most talented offensive and defensive linemen in the DFW area. Below, I’ll toss together some notes of some of my biggest takeaways from the camp and how each prospect performed.

*** By far the most impressive offensive lineman was Duncanville’s Cam Williams. The most impressive part of Williams’ game is his patience. It’s easy for a 6’7″, 340 pound guy to want to be the aggressor but Williams has such a good feel for the position. Once he gets his hands on you, it’s over. Williams was dominant in every sense of the word.

*** Flower Mound Coram Deo Acadamy 2022 defensive lineman Jadon Scarlett was very, very impressive. It was my first time seieng him in person and he did not disappoint at all. Scarlett probably had the highest win rate on the defensive side of the ball and was named the camp’s DL MVP.

*** Jaylen Early was impressive once again. Early’s one of my favorite OL in the state this cycle and was on the winning side of a good majority of his reps this weekend.

*** Texas A&M commit Hunter Erb is someone I was very excited to see again after watching him dominate at the Under Armour camp. Erb had an up and down day, though was often paired against Jadon Scarlett. Erb also moved inside for a number of reps and in the end I bet that’s where he ends up.

*** Perhaps no one at the camp improved their stock more than 2023 Euless Trinity OL Misiolo Maluia. Though he is undersized, he’s only around 6’1″, he was phenomenal in his one on one reps. He was one of, if not the only, offensive lineman to stop Scarlett all day.

*** I had heard a lot of good things about 2022 Highland Park DL Jack Curtis coming into the afternoon and he showed up. He has great bend and can really get off the ball well. I expect his recruitment to see a lot more interest in the near future.

*** Along with Curtis, another big winner of the afternoon was Prosper’s Aeden Combest. I had not heard of Combest prior to the event but he quickly made me remember his name with his performance on Saturday. He’ll be a guy to follow moving forward.

*** 2022 Denison OL Dameon Smallwood is going to have a very fun spring and summer. He currently holds offers from just New Mexico and North Texas and after a brief stint of being committed to UNT, he opened things back up. Smallwood has a violent punch. Once his feet catch up with him, then he’s going to be a problem.

*** Speaking of UNT commits, Denton Guyer LB Vincent Paige is going to be a star in Denton. UNT is getting a steal with him. Paige can move like a wide receiver and is very intriguing prospect. I do think, however, that Paige will be moved to outside backer, he’s simply not big enough to rush the passer every snap, but man he’s a good athlete.

Devon Campbell Recruitment Still Wide Open
– CJ Vogel

Was rather fortunate to run into 5-star Arlington Bowie OL Devon Campbell this weekend at the True Buzz Invitational. Campbell was actually suiting up and playing this weekend, making him one of the few trench guys to be in attendance on the weekend.

Campbell’s a quiet dude and keeps a lot of his recruitment close to the vest. However, he was open to sharing his hopes to visit in the summer.

*** Right now, Campbell only has one visit locked in so far and it’s with Oklahoma. Campbell will make the trip north on June 16 to see Norman.

*** As for getting down to Austin, Campbell is sifting through possible weekends to make the trip down south, though has had some troubles finding a good weekend that works for he and his parents. He added he does hope to make the trip soon.

*** OL coach Kyle Flood has been the main source of communication since taking over the job. Campbell is a fan of what he did at Alabama and hopes to see it translate over in Austin.

“Coming from Alabama and having that winning tradition and bringing it over to Texas’ culture is going to be great.”

*** Campbell did say that Texas will get an official visit when he is able to sit down and plan things out.

*** USC is the only other school Campbell mentioned that would likely get an OV. A source mentioned that there’s a tentative date set for June 4 to be the weekend for the Trojans to host him.

*** As for a timeline, there is nothing in place for Campbell who said it could stretch out to NSD or wrap up after the visits closer to the season.

I feel like there is a stigma surrounding Campbell from Texas fans who have him penciled into the class. I would tap the brakes there pretty hard. Campbell is not close to a decision and is very open with his recruitment. I would not be comfortable saying Texas is the leader, though they will be in the mix.