East Texas 2016 Refresher

Scout.com reviews East Texas prospects in the 2016 class who already have offers, plus some players who should expect to see offers by the fall.

With a recruiting dead period ongoing from June 30-July 13, Scout.com takes a look at the East Texans in the 2016 class who already have offers, as well as a few more who could see offers soon.

2016 EAST TEXANS WITH OFFERS


Travon Fuller, CB, Athens -- the 6-foot, 160-pound Fuller has only one offer so far, but it's a big one: Texas A&M. Fuller, who is a two-way standout for Athens but projects best as a long-limbed cornerback at the next level, should see plenty more offers as his recruitment progresses. Scout.com ranks Fuller No. 29 on the initial 2016 Midlands Top 50.


Brandon Jones (pictured above), S, Nacogdoches -- Scout ranks the 6-foot, 190-pound Jones as the No. 1 safety in the country's 2016 class and the No. 25 overall prospect. He has already picked up 25 offers, including Alabama, Baylor, Florida State, LSU, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M, among many more. Michigan is Jones' most recent offer. Texas A&M 2015 commits, such as five-star fellow East Texan Daylon Mack, are already recruiting Jones for the Aggies.


Braylon Jones, DT, Tyler John Tyler -- at 6-foot-2 1/2, 275 pounds, Jones has already received from me the label of "East Texas' next great defensive tackle." He's a force in the middle of John Tyler's defense, especially against the run as his pass-rush skills still need development beyond the bull rush. Jones will undoubtedly see his offer list grow beyond the two offers he has so far (Air Force, Navy). Scout ranks Jones No. 37 overall in the 2016 Midlands Top 50.


Corey Lane, CB, Nacogdoches -- Lane has already picked up an offer from Louisiana Tech, but should see more. The 5-foot-11, 166-pounder will have a lot of exposure from college recruiters, not only because he's a talented prospect, but because he shares a secondary with Brandon Jones and 2015 four-star cornerback Jaylon Lane, an Oklahoma State commit and Corey's older brother.


Kendrick Rogers, WR, Frankston -- Rogers has elite size at 6-foot-5, 178 pounds. He also has impressive athleticism for a big young guy still growing into his frame. Rogers ran a 4.72-second 40 at the ETSN/APEC East Texas Combine on June 1, a solid time considering his frame and the laser-time specifications. Rogers, who is No. 287 in the initial 2016 Scout 300, already holds offers from North Texas and SMU and will definitely see more as his name makes the rounds. TCU has already shown interest as well.


2016 EAST TEXANS TO WATCH


Demarco Boyd, OLB, Gilmer -- at 6-foot, 190 pounds, Boyd is one of the hardest prospects to evaluate in East Texas because he has primarily played an undersized nose guard role for Gilmer's odd-front defense. Despite that, he's put up very impressive numbers (12 tackles for loss, six sacks in 2013) for a visible program, plus he's the younger brother of 2015 four-star cornerback Kris Boyd, who's No. 10 in Scout's state rankings for his class.

Seth Brasher, WR, Bullard Brook Hill -- Brasher has a good frame at 6-foot-2, 165 pounds and is a very good route-runner, which is no surprise considering he's a head coach's son. Brasher will be only a junior, but already has two years of varsity experience, albeit at a smaller private school. Nevertheless, Brasher has already received a attention from schools such as Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas, and Purdue. He attended June camps at Texas and Purdue.

Marquise Guinn, TE, Carthage -- at 6-foor-4, 220 pounds and with a full season of varsity starting experience under his belt for a state championship-winning team, Guinn has a very high ceiling. His coaches have hand-timed faster than 4.7. His absence at any camps this spring has not helped him get his name out there, but programs such as Arkansas, Michigan, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M are already aware of him.


Bronson Massie, OLB/DE, Lufkin -- Massie caught my attention at the ETSN/APEC East Texas Combine on June 1, where he measured 6-foot-3, 202 pounds and displayed very impressive quickness during 1-on-1 pass-rush drills. Massie has already picked up attention from Houston, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech.


Jarrod McLin, DE, Carthage -- McLin, who comes from a basketball family, played at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds during Carthage's 2013 title season, but weighed 203 at the aforementioned East Texas combine because of the weight he lost during basketball season. Nevertheless, schools such as Arkansas, Michigan, and Texas A&M have already shown interest in McLin, who's a long, angular, and natural pass-rusher.



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