Midlands: Fall Eval DBs (Part II)

FOX Sports NEXT is in the streets this spring to bring you all the coverage from across the Midlands region. Today, we feature a number of athletes who will try to raise their stock during the first couple of games of their senior season. Our focus today is on the defensive backs. This is Part II of the series…

Many times, coaches will see a player whom they are interested in. But even with the junior game film and even in some cases a day-camp visit, they aren't quite sold. From that point, the player is usually told that we are still recruiting you, but want to evaluate you again during the first half of your senior season.

After that, the player is either in contention for a soon-to-be offer or both the player and coach move on. There are a number of players each year who fall in this category. Here are some of the Midlands cornerbacks and safeties who will need to come out firing for their opening week of their senior season.

Jeremy Land – Houston (TX) Langham Creek (5-10, 165)
For the most part, Land has been solid at most of the camps and combines he has attended. Why he has no offers is quite surprising. This past summer at the Oklahoma camp he was solid and New Mexico State and Indiana was a couple of the programs showing heavy interest. Looks like he will have to go out and make a few more plays. He'll be a huge pick up for whatever program lands him. 

Ray Crockett – Southlake (TX) Carroll (6-0, 165)
Talk about making the most of the opportunities. That best describes the game play of Crockett with the state champion Carroll team. Of course he has a Division I and NFL lineage, so what's next? Most of the schools that have recruited him, which includes Arizona State, Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU and Tulsa, want more as they want to continue to evaluate. Look for Crockett to continue making plays, but in much more volume this upcoming season.

Matt Coleman – San Antonio (TX) East Central (5-9, 160)
Most of the players on these lists do not have offers, but Coleman does hold one from Idaho State. He has made a couple of camps stops to Baylor and SMU, but has been keeping a close connection to Rice. Of course Idaho State would love to land him, but Coleman will likely continue to keep his options open. 

Tristan Gilford – Houston (TX) Eisenhower (6-0, 170)
Gilford has been a solid contributor to the Eagles' squad, yet he still awaits that first offer. He's a corner who is confident in his game and is not afraid of the contact. On top of that, he gets it done in the classroom. He will need to give more of that, and then some so that it will ensure that coaches will see enough to extend an offer.

Ahmard Vital is responsible for Midlands Recruiting, mainly covering prospects in the state of Texas. He joined Scout.com in 2005 and is the author of the newly released book, Awaken the Baller Within.
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