LANCASTER, Texas — Sweat fell to the turf at Tiger Stadium as athletes worked to make their recruiting stocks rise in the first of three Texas A&M satellite camps held in conjunction with the University of Houston.
Athletes in grades 9 to 12 as well as current junior college players were eligible to attend the three-hour camp held at Lancaster High School on Thursday afternoon with a chance to display their abilities in front of coaches from both the Cougars and Aggies.
One player in attendance to receive an offer from Texas A&M was 2017 defensive lineman Dayo Odeyingbo. The Ranchview strong-side defensive end had a great camp, resulting in the 3-star lineman (247Sports Composite) receiving his 17th college offer.
Although the University of Houston officially hosted the camp, Texas A&M had plenty of representatives on hand. Head coach Kevin Sumlin was in attendance, but left early to attend the Brazos County Coaches Night back in College Station. Special teams coordinator Jeff Banks, secondary coach Terry Joseph, running back coach Clarence McKinney and defensive line coach Terry Price were among other Aggies staff members in Lancaster.
Players from around the state scattered across the field to stretch out before showing off their speed with the 40-yard dash. After breaking down into individual position groups, coaches focused on improving technique in various drills. Lineman worked on their swim moves around defenders and getting quick jumps off the snap. Quarterbacks received instruction while working to hit tightly-covered receivers in stride.
Before wrapping up the day, Cougars Coach Tom Herman was on hand to give players a parting message.
“Scholarships aren’t earned in basketball shorts and a T-shirt,” Herman said to the group of athletes knelt down around him on the field. “They are earned on Friday nights playing tackle football with your teammates.” While addressing the team, he told attendees that their high school coaches from around the state are “the best in the country, I really believe that.”
Lancaster was the first of three camps held by both the Cougars and Aggies. Things kick off once again tomorrow morning for a three-hour camp set to take place at Coppell High School. Traveling from the Dallas area over to Houston, the trilogy of camps wrap up at Kilgore High School during the evening of June 10.