World-Herald prep recruiting specialist Mike Sautter was at the second of two Friday Night Lights camps at Memorial Stadium.
Nebraska in-state commits Garrett Nelson (Scottsbluff), Garrett Snodgrass (York) and Ethan Piper (Norfolk Catholic) attended and participated in drills.
Here are the in-state players who performed the best at the camp:
2019 Norfolk Catholic defensive lineman Ethan Piper: The linemen were not visible to the public the entire night, but when they were, Piper was one of the most impressive players in one-on-one drills. At 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, he measured a 30-inch vertical. That is explosive for a kid that size.
2019 Lincoln Southwest linebacker Caden McCormack: McCormack had a good night Friday. He showed that he can turn and run with running backs, make plays on the ball and take coaching well. At 6-1 and 214 pounds, he ran a 4.53 40-yard dash.
2019 Omaha Burke WR Xavier Watts: Watts might not be the fastest player in a straight line, but he catches virtually everything thrown his way. He had multiple acrobatic catches in the initial receiver grouping with no defenders. He runs crisp routes and showed some elusiveness. In one-on-one drills with defensive backs, he left a couple of higher-profile recruits behind.
2020 Johnson-Brock wide receiver Ty Hahn: Hahn was back for the second straight week at Friday Night Lights and performed well again. He showed some burst and is built well at 6-2, 183 pounds. He has strong hands, is a crisp route runner and he once again won the majority of his one-on-one drills.
2019 Omaha North running back Zander Gray: Gray is a big back you don’t want to meet in the hole. But he is more than just a bruiser, showing some burst and quick feet. This was particularly clear in the bag drills where he was clean in every rep.
2019 Norfolk Catholic running back Dylan Kautz: Kautz was the fastest player at the camp. He ran a 4.44 40-yard dash twice, which is not his personal best according to Kautz. He measured 5-8 and 180 pounds and performed well in the initial running back bag drills. He has quick feet and is more than just a straight-line speed guy.
2019 Wahoo Neumann defensive lineman Caden Johnson: Johnson looks impressive. He is compact and showed a variety of pass-rushing moves, including a bull rush that won several battles. Listed at 6-2 and 242 pounds, he showed some explosiveness with a 5.08 40-yard dash.
2019 Lincoln Pius X quarterback Austin Jablonski: Measuring 6-2, 193 pounds with a 29.5-inch vertical jump isn’t bad at all for a quarterback. Jablonski also threw the ball well. He consistently connected with unfamiliar receivers on short to medium out routes and had some zip on the ball when he needed it.
2021 Millard South quarterback TJ Urban: Urban is a name fans of Nebraska high school football will get to know soon, if they don’t already. He has poise and is mature beyond his years. Not only that, he is a good athlete who moves well outside the pocket and throws the football accurately.
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