Scout on the Town - Midlands Recap

FOXSportsNext/ recruiting analyst Greg Powers and Ahmard Vital break down some Texas High School recruits that they saw over the weekend in the Long Star State.

Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst
Tyler (Texas) John Tyler vs. Mesquite (Texas) Horn

It was the play of three-star Greg Ward that played an instrumental role in JTJ's 35-30 win over Horn at E.H. Hanby Stadium in Mesquite, Texas. Ward is known for his running game, but with a bum ankle he completed 16-of-20 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns.

Fred Ross was also money, especially when his team needed a big play to pick up a first down. In the contest he racked up 90 receiving yards and scored a touchdown.

Defensive end Tyus Bowser showed his versatility. He made a huge sack on the defense in the 4th quarter, caught a touchdown pass and came in to play quarterback when Ward was nursing the ankle on the sideline.

On the Horn side of the ball, receiver tandem of Brian O'Bannon and De'l'Michael High made some nice plays. High, a junior, had somewhat of a breakout game with two touchdowns.

Quarterback Destri White racked up 255 total yards and scored three times in the loss.

Ahmard Vital, Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Houston (Texas) Eisenhower vs League City (Texas) Clear Springs

In a game where both teams were looking to make a statement, it was Clear Springs that came away with a 49-32 win. If the question is to how Springs racked up that amount of points, it is because junior prospect Zach Cripps threw for 326 yards and four touchdowns. On a night where he completed 70 percent of his passes, Cripps was able to find the creases in the defense and went long on a number of occasions. Cripps is one who came into the program with plenty of hype last season as a sophomore. Plenty of criticism has come his was due to not getting a win until last weekend, but now he has shown that he has the skills to play major ball. Texas A&M and LSU have made early contact.

On the other side, running backs Jericho Worrell and Donald Catalon showed well in the loss. Worrell, who has a couple of FCS schools (mainly Southland Conference), was a big factor in the game as he showed his versatility out of the backfield and in the slot. Catalon, a 2014 player committed to Texas, was the best player on the field as each time he touched the ball he was a threat to score. He ended with 155 yards a couple touchdowns. He was hitting the holes hard between the tackles and one he breaks past the linebackers, it's off the races. His style does not include a lot of dancing when the ball is in his hands. It's one cut, and quickly downhill for positive yardage.

League City (Texas) Clear Falls vs Pearland (Texas) Dawson
This match up was all about Dawson which is evident with a 55-24 final score. Easily the best player on the field was future Texas Top 100 2014 athlete Tony Upchurch. A big, physical player, Upchurch played out of the backfield, at receiver and even punted. If the ball is anywhere near him, it will be caught and he proved that plenty in this big non-district win. Upchurch has a lone offer from LSU, but look for that to change within the next couple of months after his game tapes go viral.

Texas A&M commit James White, who had 123 yards and a couple touchdowns, was running tough all night. Was not a lot of flash to his game. He's a 200-pound back who plays like a full back, he invites the contact.

Houston (Texas) Cy Falls vs Houston (Texas) Cy Creek
Though Creek tried to keep Cy Falls wide receiver and Texas commitment Jacorey Warrick bottled up, but it was only a matter of time before he broke out. Was quiet early on due to the defense, but Falls used him as a Wildcat quarterback and sent him in motion some to get him the ball. He ended up with a rushing touchdown of 45 yards and caught a 6-yard touchdown.

Though running Bryce Peters only had 47 yards, it was the good, chain-moving tough yards. He's holding about 200 pounds and really played a role in controlling the clock.

Defensively, Otaro Alaka was in full beats mode. A 2014 top linebacker prospect with four Division I offers. He has a lot of versatility, as a run stopper and has the skills to cover slot receivers also.

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