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IRVING, Texas -- Surely this must have been a mistake.
There's no way a wide receiver was just named the most valuable player of the defensive line at the Nike Football Training Camp in Dallas on Sunday, right?
Well, sort of.
|Depsite his slight frame, Torrodney Prevot has proved his abilities as one of nation's top defensive end targets.|
When seven-year NFL defensive line veteran Chuck Wiley first saw Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Alief Taylor) on Sunday, he gave the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder the nickname "wide receiver" because of his not so defensive end-type frame.
But once he saw the uncommitted ESPNU Watch List member absolutely destroy the offensive line competition, he knew Prevot hadn't wondered over to his position group by accident. Prevot was indeed the best defensive linemen at the camp.
"We told him he definitely has to bulk up and get some more mass," Wiley said. "As far as playing with pad level and picking up things quick and working angles, he really did a good job of that. I saw him using his hands, which is sometimes difficult for high school kids."
One instance when Prevot used his hands to his advantage came in the showdown of all showdowns at the end of camp. Up until that point, Prevot had hardly broken a sweat trying to get by offensive tackles and to a blue tackling dummy that replicated the quarterback.
"We put different tackles and he still excelled," Wiley said. "One time he even slipped off the ball and still beat the guy. He really stood out to me."
All the while, though, there was one tackle that Prevot was begging to go up against -- Longhorns commitment Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina), Texas' first commitment in 2013.
"I want Jake. Oh, boy, I want Jake," said Prevot, smiling from ear to ear.
The two standouts finally gave the ever-increasing crowd the showdown they'd all been chirping for at the end, and Prevot used a swim move to get to the inside on Raulerson, who is two weeks removed from deviated septum surgery.
Raulerson held his ground inches away from the blue dummy but eventually was pushed into it. Both players hooted like they'd won and Raulerson even yelled for another go-around. But the camp had to come to a close.
"Who won?" Raulerson yelled out loud.
A few people from the crowd yelled that he had won, but Prevot wasn't buying it.
"Offensive linemen always say that they won," he said. "I won. I definitely won."
Whoever won is up for debate, but there is no debating Prevot's place at the top of the defensive linemen's performance chart.
"A lot of people look at me as a nobody, I guess because I am so small," Prevot said. "I wanted to come out here and prove that I'm no joke."
He's definitely not that and proved as much after making a joke of some of his competition.
"The thing I liked about him, and at first I thought he was a little cocky, he played with a lot of conviction as far as getting off the ball," Wiley said. "He has good speed."
Prevot minced few words when talking to the offensive linemen. Mind you, this was all in competitive fun. It's all a part of who he is: a fun-loving, pass rushing defensive end.
"When I am lining up I like to get in their heads and stuff so they can think about what I am doing," Prevot said. "Then that is when I can blow them up."
The scariest thing about his performance on Sunday is that he's still a novice at the position.
"I used to play tight end up until last year," he said. "The coaches never looked at me as a defensive end. When I first got there I started working harder, learning technique and that's when it started to build."
Now, there's not a college program in the country that doesn't know who he is. That includes Texas, which extended an offer after its second junior day.
Longhorns defensive line commitments Daeshon Hall and A'Shawn Robinson worked alongside Prevot all day and came away impressed.
"I'm just telling him if he knows what we could do if I were on the right side and he was on the left," Hall said. "It would be a good duo."
Raulerson even tried to work his magic after the camp, reminding Prevot to look at the class that Texas has already put together. Nine of the 13 commitments are ESPNU Watch List members.
"Everybody was like, 'Texas, Texas, Texas. We got a shirt for you that says 'Texas,'" Prevot said. "I told them that I didn't know. I am going to think about it."
Prevot said he's still debating on whether or not he'd attend Texas' spring game on April 1. It will be tough because he's going to attend LSU's the day before.
Prevot also has offers from Arizona State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Baylor, Texas A&M, Utah, West Virginia, Illinois, Kansas, SMU and Texas Tech.
Wherever he goes, Prevot knows he's going to have to put on some weight. He's confident that won't be a problem with hard work.
"I see myself putting on a lot of weight, maybe 40 to 50 pounds," he said. "[Texas strength coach] Bennie Wylie told me I can gain like 40 pounds because of my frame. He said we are really going to work on the parachute drills so I can keep my speed up. That's the main thing I have against everybody."
Speed he'll be using as a defensive end in college and not as a wide receiver.