Big Numbers Turn Out For Houston Camp At Tyler Junior College
TYLER -- If numbers are any indication, the University of Houston's satellite football camp held on the campus of Tyler Junior College on Friday was a smashing success.
Cougars head coach Tony Levine said over 190 campers attended the afternoon event where area athletes took part in the 40-yard dash, agility drills and one-on-one competitions at the end of the day.
Houston Associate Athletic Director/Football Operations Chris Pezman talked about the camp and the impact it would after making the four-hour journey north to Tyler.
"East Texas has always been a place that we have strong interest in recruiting," he said. "The turnout today was phenomenal; we couldn't ask for a better showing of area athletes. The facilities here at TJC are incredible and we feel fortunate to be here. As usual, the talent level is high in this neck of the woods."
Longview 2015 running back JaMycal Hasty put on a quite a show. At the end of the day, he left with an official offer from the Houston staff, per his Twitter account. That's offer No. 5 for Hasty, who said he'll be heading to Austin overnight for a visit to the University of Texas' Stampede recruiting event.
A couple of former John Tyler Lions and current UH football players came by to show their support in freshman defensive end Tyus Bowser and quarterback Greg Ward. The tandem helped lead the Lions to the Class 4A Division I state semifinals in 2012.
Another one of the camp's standouts Friday was wide receiver Terry Mark of Lufkin. Mark's older brother Tomme is a defensive tackle on Houston's squad.
Kids from all over East Texas showed as well players from Garland, Rockwall-Heath and Shreveport's Byrd and Woodlawn High Schools.