Texas: Best in the West

Following my roadtrip to West Texas last week, I can confirm that there is an abundance of talent flying under the radar in both Abilene and Midland. I bring you some names to know, inside.

Lorenzo Joe
Receiver/Quarterback, Abilene Cooper
One of the top prospects in the 2014 Class. As a starting sophomore wideout on Varsity last season, Joe earned Honorable Mention All-State.

This year, the long and lean 6-foot-2, 180-pounder will be making the transition to quarterback, replacing Texas Tech signee Clayton Nicholas. And while they will be some big shoes to fill, the two are very different players in the pocket. While Nicholas was the prototypical passer with a cannon of an arm, Joe brings that extra weapon to the table. He can sling it and run. (4.48 speed)

Recently picked up his first offer from Texas Tech. Sits highly on the radars of Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and TCU.

Jake McMillon
Defensive End/Tight End, Abilene High
Standing at a muscled 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, he noted most schools are expressing interest in him as a defensive end-- schools like Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, and TCU. This caliber of attention comes at no surprise as McMillon has been showing out on the big stage since stepping foot at Abilene, being the first freshman to ever play or start on varsity under legendary head coach Steve Warren.

When he's not competing on the gridiron, he's busy stroking on the diamond as the starting DH for the Eagles.

Anthony Pierson
Receiver, Abilene Cooper
6-foot-1, 195-pounds, Pierson is extremely explosive, hang cleans 285 lbs. with 4.58 speed. He's also very physical. Will play outside receiver and some tight end this fall. Looks to hit TCU, SMU and Oklahoma State camps this summer.

Brent Stewart
Safety, Midland High
Stewart is accruing strong interest from major programs across the map. And while this is just the start of a big road for Stewart, he admits it's surreal to think there was a point where he almost walked away from ever beginning it. Both a football and baseball star, the 6'3, 190-pounder out of Midland looks to dual-sport at the next level. Getting both football and baseball love from TCU and Texas Tech.

Michigan, Cal, Air Force, Navy and San Diego State liking him on the gridiron. If Stewart keeps growing like he has been (has gone from 6'2/185 to 6'3/190 in the last six months), could be moved up to linebacker. Very physical. With linebacker experience, not afraid to come up and lay wood.

Fred Lawrence
Cornerback, Abilene Cooper
Crowned the "kick-off-return king" at Cooper. Had two KORs for TDs last season (one for 78 yds, the other 100 to the house). Possesses 4.5 speed and can flat out cover secondary.

He and Pierson split in 1-on-1s today. Lawrence admitted, laughing, "AP's the only one who can beat me. But I had him on lock a few times today."

Pierson smiled. "That's what we do though. We make eachother better." The two look forward to competing in front of TCU and SMU coaches this summer at camps (SMU June 3, TCU June 8).

Keevan Lucas
Receiver, Abilene High
Watched Lucas work out for track this afternoon, and I can tell you the 6'0, 180-pound wideout is an absolute speedster. (4.4 forty speed) He actually recently qualified for the regional track meet in the 4x4m relay with a split time of 49.5. Lucas plans to attend TCU's camp June 8.

Cordell Dorsey
Linebacker/Safety, Abilene Cooper
Dorsey, a Chicago native, moved to Abilene at the age of ten. Admits Texas high school football has been "the best thing" for him, noting the caliber of play in Texas has made him the strong, mentally-tough athlete he is today.

It's also gotten him plenty of exposure. After a strong sophomore campaign at both outside linebacker and safety, Dorsey has turned the heads of Texas, Baylor and Texas Tech. Dorsey was in attendance at Texas' spring game with 2014 teammate Lorenzo Joe, and plans to attend Texas' June 10 camp. But will not be competing.

Dorsey hasn't competed in the last two months, as he's been rehabbing a torn ligament and cracked rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

"My PT said I'm actually two months ahead of myself in rehab. So I'm making good progress. But we're going to slow down a bit. Take our time. Not rush it," said Dorsey. "I'm supposed to be back sometime at the end of 7-on-7 (July/August)."

Mazelle Justice
Receiver, Midland High
This 6'1, 175-pound receiver is catching early attention from Texas, Ohio State, Michigan, California, Baylor, and Texas Tech. Was invited to Texas' spring game, but unable to attend. Looks to attend Texas camp June 10, as well as camps of Baylor and Texas Tech.

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