June 5, 2008

Skyline 2010 prospect learning through 7-on-7

Saturday's Plano 7-on-7 tournament was a learning experience for linebacker Corey Nelson and his Dallas Skyline teammates in more ways than one.

Skyline has a become a fixture in the Class 5A playoff scene in the Metroplex over the past few years, but typically has bowed out early in the playoffs. Head coach Reginald Samples was hired from Dallas Lincoln, where he led Lincoln to the state finals in 2004, with a goal of providing the city of Dallas with a state championship.

Samples looks to be on the right track after leading Skyline into the state quarterfinals last season with a talented sophomore class leading the way. Now, in order to take the next step, Skyline is participating in state qualifying 7-on-7 tournaments in order to boost its ability to both throw the ball and defend the passing game against some of the state's highest caliber programs.

Nelson himself earned All-State honors at defensive end last season, but due to his size and speed, 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds with a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, he has been moved to linebacker.

Nelson played all three linebacker positions in spring practice, and even though he got a few reps dropping into coverages and reading patterns Saturday's experiences against teams who were much more experienced in the 7-on-7 format was eye opening to the class of 2010 prospect.

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