Midlands Recruiting Roundtable (3/13/14)

Scout.com Midlands analysts discuss a weekly hot topic. This week each regional expert picks a 'sleeper' prospect and provides some analysis as to why he will not be a sleeper for long...

Greg Powers
National Recruiting Analyst, Midlands

I guess there are a number or prospects at this point in the year who could be eligible for this answer. I feel like there are double digits totals if you add sleepers in Missouri and Oklahoma. But for my pick I am heading to Houston and quarterback Jaylon Henderson. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder from Kingwood (Texas) Park is a true athlete who passed for over 1,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000 yards. Most importantly I feel like he has solid mechanics throwing the ball and has proven that he does have that skill set in his repertoire. He performed solidly at the Elite 11 in Los Angeles, Cali., and then again at the Next Level Athlete Showcase. Once coaches see his improved accuracy to go with his athleticism and running ability offers should drop in him during the eval period. He is a smart player with a well-rounded skill set. Major schools like Texas, Houston, Iowa State are just some who have taken an early interest. A DFW quarterback to keep an eye on the same way is Justin McMillan at Cedar Hill. A lefty with a state champion pedigree. He is better at this stage than Damion Hobbs, who signed with Oregon.

Ahmard Vital
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, Houston

Sometimes when a player is surrounded by so much talent, his own can be overlooked. With players headed to USC (John Plattenburg), Texas (John Bonney) and a Top 20 position player (CB – Holton Hill) in the secondary, lots of attention went to this trio. And while plenty of coaches will be by to see Hill, defensive back Trevion Duncan is solid in his own right and will catch more than a few looks. A versatile player who can switch out as a safety or cornerback, Duncan showed that he is indeed a Division I player. To date, the 5-foot-10, 177-pound defender has some interest coming from UTSA, but once college coaches get on campus (and yes they are coming) they will get a firsthand look at a player with great hips and ball skills. Going forward, he probably is better suited at safety as Duncan does well playing centerfield, surveying all of the offensive weapons coming his direction. It allows for him to be in the best position to make plays when the ball is in the air, which is the strength of his game.

Gabe Brooks
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, ETx/DFW

Several 2015 prospects in the DFW Metroplex and East Texas come to mind, but one intriguing player is Burleson defensive lineman Kenneth Mann. At 6-foot-4 and about 240 pounds, Mann's frame and length are the first aspects you notice when watching his film, which also reveals that he possesses strength at the point of attack and is solid in pursuit. He plays end in Burleson's odd front and could probably fit as an end in three- or four-man fronts in college. Additionally, with his size and wingspan, he could potentially move inside at the next level if he goes to a program that runs an even front that asks him to play a one-gap tackle position. Mann's frame is large enough that he should be able to add positive weight while maintaining his athleticism. He has one offer so far -- North Texas -- and has also received interest from Baylor and Kansas, according to Burleson head coach Gary McElroy, who knows Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery and said that the Bears want Mann at their March 22 junior day event. Lufkin offensive lineman Erik McCoy, Henderson quarterback Zane Boles, Denton defensive lineman Dailon Holmes, and Longview athlete Antonio Carter are other possible under-the-radar prospects in DFW and East Texas.

Annabel Stephan
Midlands Field Reporter, Cen-Tex

There are a lot of 'on the cusp' prospects in Central Texas who are poised to have big springs, but perhaps none more than Boerne quarterback Quinten Dormady. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect missed his junior season due to injury (a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder suffered during baseball season), but is still hearing from big programs including Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, and Mississippi State. The athlete doesn't hold any offers just yet, but that will likely change as coaches come out to see him throw over the spring. He recently attended Texas junior day and is on the Longhorns' radar, and quarterback coach Shawn Watson will be making a trip to Boerne in the upcoming weeks. With so much time away from the field, Dormady, now completely healthy, says he is eager to to impress at the Dallas Elite 11 Quarterback Competition in May, as well as in regional and state 7on7 tournaments over the next few months.

Derek Young
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, Upper Midlands

The prospect that could emerge this Spring is someone that has already begun to emerge in the last month. Oklahoma City (OK) Westmoore wide receiver Dahu Green wasn't a well known recruit about a month ago but has since gained a ton of momentum on the trail. He's added offers from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Washington State, San Diego State, Wake Forest, and Southern Mississippi in just the past month. I think more will arrive for him as we advance through the Spring months. Green is a taller wideout at 6-foot-3 and had a strong junior campaign. When more schools make the trek to Oklahoma City in the Spring they could jump in the fold too after they see his size in person. The Westmoore standout shows the ability to attack the ball and has underrated speed. Being a tall long-strider it doesn't appear that Green possesses the top-end speed schools desire but it is definitely in his arsenal. Two new schools that have expressed strong interest in the past few weeks have been Texas and Arkansas. Green has already visited both campuses.

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