Scout on the Town - Midlands Recap

Oklahoma commitment Cody Thomas quarterbacked his team to some late game heroics against Hurst High School. Read about this and more from this weekends's action from the Midlands region.

Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst
Colleyville (Texas) Heritage vs Hurst (Texas) LD Bell

Heritage started off a bit sluggish after playing some of the district's weaker teams in recent weeks, but with under 2:00 minutes left to go in the game Scout300 quarterback Cody Thomas would lead the team 98 yards to a game winning touchdown. Heritage fought back to win 35-30 in dramatic fashion. SMU safety commit Myles Crosby played solid on defense and 2014 receiver Kaelin Deboskie made a lot of plays. For Bell both senior stars Jesse Robinson and Vili Levini both starred in the loss. Robinson is committed to Oklahoma State and Levini is committed to Utah.

Ahmard Vital, Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Katy (Texas) vs Houston (Texas) Memorial

It's of course the powerhouse Katy school still trucking and finishing the season with a perfect 10-0 with a 41-6 win over Memorial. In the win, four-star running back Adam Taylor was nothing short of remarkable running for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Taylor, who is fresh off his first official visit to Nebraska, was running tough between the tackles and has become the workhorse a team needs to keep the chains moving. He is about 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, but runs with more of a mobile fullback mentality. Also rotating in the backfield from the 2015 class, Rodney Anderson played good as well with 80 yards and a couple scores. Anderson is more so a shifty back who slips in and out of tacklers.

For Katy, defense is the strength and Oklahoma defensive end commit Matt Dimon has elevated his level of play. In this game, he was rarely blocked. He didn't have to use too many moves off the edge because he was bigger and stronger than the tackle. Unofficially, he finished with six tackles, three sacks and pass break up and a quarterback hurry. At linebacker from the 2014 class, linebacker Jake Blomstrom made his presence known logging close to ten tackles and playing the run well as he shows a great deal of strength and power when shedding blockers. Cornerback Isaiah Brown may see a bump in his recruitment going forward as he may be the best kept secret as it pertains to top secondary players. He leads the area with eight interceptions, but didn't get any on this night. He plays with great technique and works the boundary well when tested on the deep ball. He is committed to Tulsa.

Baylor commit Kyle Fulks played double duty playing cornerback and receiver. He looked good at both. Of course, Fulks is known for world-class track speed, but he is also a solid football player who he plenty of agility.

Houston (Texas) Jersey Village vs Houston (Texas) Cy Woods
In the post game talk, after Cy Woods beat Jersey Village 35-14, safety Alfred Pullom said that the defense, including him, played the best game all year. He was able to get his hands on a few passes and get some key stops. Unofficially, the number recorded was seven tackles and a pass break up. The Baylor faithful have asked if Pullom is ready to step on the field and play in the secondary now. Our assessment is no, but he does have the size to possibly bulk up to the safety position on the college level.

For the offense, Air Force running back Trent Holmes did not get a lot of touches, but did find the zone and had 29 yards rushing also. Holmes is a shifty runner who is a player who can get 12 touches on the Division I level, many which should be used with him as a slot receiver primarily. He is most effective there or catching passes out of the backfield.

Erin Hartigan, Midlands Field Reporter
DeSoto (Texas) vs Mansfield (Texas)

While DeSoto took this one 37-23 to complete a perfect 10-0 regular season heading into playoffs, it wasn't easy by any stretch. The resilient Mansfield defense certainly gave an explosive Eagle offense a run for its money, holding four-star Oregon running back commitment Dontre Wilson to less than his season-average 200 total yards, courtesy of guys like George Baltimore, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound safety verballed to TCU; linebacker Chad Whitener, committed to California; and a scrappy defensive line.

Still, Wilson brings 200 carries for 1,352 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns- and 462 yards and four scores on just 25 catches- into DeSoto's first-round matchup with Killeen Harker Heights Saturday.

Mansfield may actually have the next Wilson in sophomore running back Julius Lewis. Lewis, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound speedster, leads Mansfield scoring having tallied more than 1,000 yards and 12 scores on 116 handoffs this fall. This playmaking will be key in Friday's opening-round game with Killeen.

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