Scout on the Town - Midlands Review

Here is a Scout on the Town - Midlands Review from this past weekend. This was week one of the season in the Lone Star State.

Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst
Cedar Hill (Texas) vs Denton (Texas) Guyer

Laquvionte Gonzalez (Cedar Hill, Texas), a 5-foot-10, 160-pound wide receiver/running back was the fastest player on the field and he can get to top speed in a hurry. He wastes no time dancing. He picks his hole and gets it down the field. He scored a rushing touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and returned a kick 91-yards for score in Cedar Hill's 54-28 win. Gonzalez is committed to Texas A&M.

Quincy Adeboyejo (Cedar Hill, Texas) simply dominated with a breaking out game. He worked deep, middle and short routes and turned them all in to big-time plays. He is an excellent route runner with nice size. He will remind Cedar Hill fans of Dezmon Briscoe and is a good blocker. He racked up 184 receiving yards and scored three touchdowns in the contest. Adeboyejo is committed to Texas A&M.

Brandon Harris, a 6-foot-1 and 180-pound wide receiver caught all the balls that were thrown to him. He runs with power after the catch and is a dedicated blocker. He came right out of the gate manhandling the corner opposite of him. He was open on a few routes deep down the field, but it just did not work out for him to have that huge shining moment in this one. The potential is there. Harris is committed to Iowa State.

Patrick Morris (Denton, Texas), a 6-foot-2 and 280-pound offensive lineman is currently rated as the No. 8 center in the country. He played mostly left tackle but would bounce around the line on particular plays. He is slightly undersized, but is strong and aggressive. He plays with good balance. Morris is very good in pass pro and can create lanes in the running game. He's a perfect center candidate in college. Morris is committed to TCU.

Abilene (Texas) vs Lewisville (Texas) Hebron
Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas), a 6-foot-0 and 195-pound safety, is one of the top prospects in the Lone Star State in the Class of 2014. He is a ball-hawking type of defender. He has great feet and can change direction quickly. He is a fast-twitch kid. He also spent some time on offense and returned kicks and punts. He plays aggressively in all phases. He returned an interception 57-yards to score Hebron's lone touchdown. Schools like Baylor, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and West Virginia have already offered.

Dez Wortham (Lewisville, Texas), a 5-foot-11, 200-pound three-star running back was the team's major weapon on offense. He racked up 158 yards on 17 attempts (9.29 YPC). He is the type of runner who slashes in and out of lanes quickly for bursts of yardage. He keeps his feet pumping and gains yardage. He broke a long run, but fell on tackle short of the end-zone. May not possess the special top end speed but gets the job done. Holds offers from Colorado State, Connecticut, Houston, Kentucky, Navy, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, Utah State, Wake Forest.

Keevan Lucas (Abilene, Texas), a 5-foot-10, 180-pound two-star wide receiver, was the go to guy for the Eagles all night. When they were looking for a big play they were calling his number. He racked up 174 yards of total offense and scored a touchdown in the defensive struggle. He also had the hit of the night when he dropped a Hebron defender securing the edge for running back Marcell Porter, on what would turn out to be the game winning drive. Lucas is committed to Tulsa.

The Woodlands (Texas) vs Dallas Skyline
Ra'Shaad Samples (Dallas Skyline), a 5-foot-10, 170-pound four-star wide receiver had his way in this game. He hauled in 11 passes for 169 yards and four scores. He came out and set the tone early for Skyline with four receptions and a 15-yard score on the initial drive and a 20-yard touchdown reception on the second offensive possession. He is a savvy-slick route runner who gets good separation. He is also competitive for the ball and finds a way to make things happen. Samples is committed to Oklahoma State.

Devante Kincade (Dallas Skyline), a 6-foot-1, 185-pound four-star signal caller, is committed to Ole Miss. The Rebels are getting a kid who can beat you throwing the ball or running it. This is his third year under center as the starting quarterback and he plays like a veteran is supposed to. He has the luxury of throwing to a top wide receiver target in Ra'Shadd Samples, but was very accurate all the way around, completing 21-of 33 passes. Late in the game he took over and secured the win on the ground. Kincade is committed to Ole Miss.

Colorado has two offensive line commitments from The Woodlands in guard Jonathan Huckins and tackle Sam Kronshage. They make a good side-by-side combo in high school and may form another one in college. Huckins has a huge frame and Kronshage has that desirable wingspan. The Woodlands struggled at times on offense, but the blocking of the duo helped open up some lanes for a rushing attack that racked up over 143 yards. Considering that The Woodlands was trailing for a large majority of the first half that is not a bad statistic at all.

Jayme Taylor (Woodlands, Texas), a 6-foot-3, 215-pound three-star tight end is used more as a flex-wide receiver in the offense and he was looked too often. He caught five passes in the game for 31-yards and scored a touchdown on a fake field goal. He will need to add some size to bulk up to the true college tight end position, but you have to like the fact that he is a big kid with some play making ability. Taylor is committed to Northwestern.

Ahmard Vital, Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Houston Bellaire at Houston Alief Taylor

In the Greater Houston area the Taylor football team is one of the most talent-heavy programs. That talent was on display as Taylor defeated Bellaire 30-9 in week one action. USC defensive end Torrodney Prevot and Oklahoma State defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronwu were both highly active off the edges. Prevot came more off the edge and disrupting the rhythm, while Okoronwu seemed to get a lot of his quarterback hurries from stunts through the interior of the line. Interesting that when the stat line came out, no sacks were recorded, but know that the Bellaire quarterback felt plenty of heat and was on the turf constantly.

In the secondary, Texas A&M commit, safety Jonathan Wiggins, had a good showing with about five tackles and a pass break-up. He plays hard and fast and has a full head of steam when coming downhill for a tackle. From the cornerback position, junior LSU commit Chris Hardeman was solid in every way that does not show up in the statistical column. He was matched up against a top receiver in Devin Lauderdale, who is committed to Texas Tech. Hardeman played Lauderdale hard off the line in press man and not a single time was Lauderdale able to get a clean release while Taylor was in this defensive package. Hardeman showed great body awareness and uses the sideline as a defender well when test on the go routes.

On offense, running back Trevorris Johnson was in full beast mode running for 263 yards and three touchdowns on only 18 carries. The TCU commit was going between the tackles and was able to turn the corner on the sweeps to pick up plenty of yards. Two of his three touchdown runs were from 48 and 66 yards respectively.

Spring (Texas) Klein Collins vs Houston Cy Woods
West Virginia commit Tyler Tezano and Kansas State commit Chance Allen started creating holes and protection for their offense in the second half to get some movement. These two future Big 12 Conference lineman help the team run for 280 yards and pass for another 163 yards.

On the other side with Cy Woods, Texas linebacker commit Deoundrei Davis was solid, though it was not one of his better showings. Unofficially, he had seven tackles and a sack. Collins was able to find a few creases on the edge and had success. Baylor bound safety Alfred Pullom stayed busy the entire night due to Collins' diverse offense. Playing somewhat centerfield, Pullom got involved several times, logging close to 10 tackles on the night. On the pass, Pullom played a good game, though there was a deep ball or two that he missed judged and floated over his hand.

Running back Sam Stewart, a future Texas Top 100 player who has offers from Texas Tech and Mississippi State, showed a lot of versatility with 97 total yards, 40 of which was in the receiving game on six catches. On the ground, he averaged 5.2 yards a carry and was tough to bring down. He has agility in the open field and many times picked up a few more yards after first contact.

Erin Hartigan, Midlands Field Reporter
Dallas Bishop Dunne v. Fort Worth Eastern Hills

Bishop Dunne's Nick Watkins proved Thursday night why he holds an offer from nearly every major college football power in the country, starring on both sides of the ball in a 30-6 routing at Eastern Hills. With a 9-0 lead entering the second half, it was two immediate turnovers that shook the Falcons a bit. That's when Watkins lit the fire that would fuel three touchdowns in six minutes, taking an interception 47-yards to the house, followed by a 22-yard catch to set up the 30-6 lead.

Senior safety Deyleon Williams (Dallas Bishop Dunne) proved to be his partner-in-crime in the secondary with a pair of pass breakups and a pair of tackles at nickel. Another key player was Dunne's 6-foot-6, 285-pound junior Jovan Pruitt in the trenches. With Texas A&M lineman commitment Ishmael Wilson suspended game one, Pruitt was able to showcase his leadership- and stamina- on the line holding down both sides, doing a great job of containing Hills' 6-foot-6, 270-pounder Cody Hayes, a 2013 prospect holding the likes of Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Kansas. Pruitt proved why big dogs Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma look to jump on board this fall.

DeSoto (Texas) vs Arlington (Texas) Martin
It was a great matchup of running backs with Oregon commitment Dontre Wilson (DeSoto) and Texas pledge Kyle Hicks (Martin). Among the two, Dontre would find his way in the endzone in first, giving DeSoto a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Hicks would answer with two meticulously-woven touchdown runs, the second coming with 17 seconds to half to make it a tight 21-14 heading into the locker room. They would be Hicks' only scores of the night as DeSoto's defense proved to be too much in the second half. That's when the 'Dontre-Des' show really took off. Wilson and his dual-threat quarterback Desmond White proved to be a deadly combo, literally running away with the 37-14 win-- White, a 2014 prospect, accounting for three touchdowns, rushing for 175 yards and passing for 188; Wilson getting two scores, including a 94-yard punt return to break open the second half.

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