NUC 5-Star Showcase recap
NUC 5-Star Showcase recap
2014-04-21 00:00:00

Wilson dominates in trenches

When it came to the big boys up front, no offensive lineman had a better performance at the NUC 5-Star Showcase than Midland Christian guard Johnny Wilson. 

At 6-foot-4, 275-pounds, Wilson overpowered opposing defensive linemen and showcased a great blend of strength and quickness. Wilson won most of his reps and was named the offensive line MVP.

“I felt like I really got after it at today. I think I performed really well against the other linemen, and I really liked the competition,” Wilson said. “I was happy to win the MVP, but the main thing was having fun. I had a lot of fun today and really enjoyed it.”

Wilson rose up the charts this spring with a strong junior film and dominating performances at other camps and combines. Wilson earned offers from Oklahoma State, North Texas and SMU.

While more offers were likely on the way, Wilson decided to end the process early when he committed to Oklahoma State following an unofficial visit.

“I visited basically every school in Texas, but Oklahoma State felt like home. I liked everything about them. It just felt like its where I needed to be,” Wilson said. “I really like what they’re doing up there. Hopefully they can win the national championship, and I want to be there when they do.”

With his decision out of the way, Wilson is focused on his upcoming senior season and helping Midland Christian capture its third straight state title.

“I want help us go undefeated like we did this past year, and hopefully we can win another state championship,” Wilson said. “If we can win that, hopefully we’ll be remembered as the greatest Midland Christian team ever.”

New Prime Prep QB shines

After a solid junior campaign at Richardson, where he threw for 1,125 yards and ten touchdowns, Michael Curtis decided he needed a change of scenery.

Last month, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound quarterback transferred to Prime Prep, which is coming off of a TCAL state title. Curtis is excited about playing with highly touted wide receiver James Proche and is looking forward to participating in spring ball with his new team. 

“I’m loving it at Prime Prep. Everybody is all about winning. We start spring ball this Friday, and people are already talking about who is going to hit who,” Curtis said. “It’s a really live atmosphere out there. Everybody is also fired up about our spring game in Florida against a team from Alabama. We’re excited to show what we can do.”

At the NUC 5-Star Showcase,  Curtis gave spectators a little taste of what to expect in 2014. Curtis was extremely accurate and consistent throughout the day. He also made some excellent throws in tight windows and was named the camp’s quarterback MVP.

“I was really excited to win it. That’s what I was going for today. I came out here last year and didn’t win it, so it kind of hit me in the heart,” Curtis said. “I just let it fly today, and I feel like it was a big accomplishment.”

In terms of recruiting, Curtis is still one of the biggest sleepers in the state. In fact, Proche called him ‘the most underrated quarterback in Texas.’ Curtis currently holds no offers, but numerous schools are starting to show interest in him.

His list includes Texas State and a trio of Ivy League programs.

“Texas State reached out to my coaches, and they are excited to come see me this spring. They said they’re hearing great things about me,” Curtis said. ‘Harvard is coming down as well, and I’m excited about them because of their academics. Cornell and Yale will be coming out to. Recruiting is really getting where I want it to get, and I’m really grateful.”

Quick Hits

- Bishop Dunne safety Dailen Sutton was named the defensive back MVP. Sutton, who transferred from Red Oak this spring, was terrific in the one-on-one drills, coming away with three interceptions. He is getting an early look from Louisiana Tech.

- One of the most versatile players at the camp was Flower Mound Marcus offensive lineman Creighton Barr. He put in work at both center and defensive tackle and performed well at both positions. Army, Memphis and North Texas are all showing strong interest and could offer soon. Barr earned the camp’s Leadership Award.

- Definitely keep an eye out for Jack Anderson in the near future. The 2017 offensive lineman out of Frisco is already catching the attention of schools like Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech. Anderson was named the camp’s 9th Grade MVP.

- The wide receiver MVP went to Fort Worth Southwest product DeMarcus Wilson. He ran crisp routes and made some extremely acrobatic catches. Wilson has no offers but says SMU could be close. North Texas and TCU are also showing interest.

- If you’re looking for a big sleeper, Wichita Falls Hirschi running back Cedric Battle is your guy. He’s a little undersized but is lighting quick and a dangerous receiving threat out of the backfield. Battle rushed for over 2,000 yards and scored 28 touchdowns last season and was the camp’s running back MVP. 

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