Midlands Notebook: CenTex (5/2)

Scout is on it's spring practice tour, bringing you a look at news and notes out of Central Texas schools Waco Midway and Round Rock, as well as DFW area school Euless Trinity...

Since the beginning of the evaluation period, college programs have been busy making their way around the Lone Star State, checking out some of the state's top prospects and under the radar emerging athletes. Scout has also been on the road visiting a few programs in Central Texas (and this week, also Euless Trinity up in the DFW area). Here's a look at some of recruiting news and notes to come out this week:


The most well known prospect in this 2015 class is offensive lineman Patrick Vahe, who is committed to Texas. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect remains solid to the Longhorns' program. In fact, after his friend Myles Turner announced he would be playing basketball at UT, Vahe tweeted congratulations to Turner and welcomed him to the Longhorn family. Vahe also said afterwards that the playing of Texas Fight at the ceremony gave him "goosebumps." Coaches Joe Wickline and Brian Jean-Mary were both by the school this week.

Defensive lineman Tipa Galea'i has also been hearing from schools, including Oklahoma State, where his older brother, Lemaefe Galae'i signed in February. The younger Galae'i says he's been getting interest from Texas Tech, Texas, Utah, Utah State, and Tulsa.

A few 2016 prospects are also getting looks, including running back Ja'Ron Wilson, a four-star athlete, and quarterback Tyler Natee. An early favorite for both? Alabama.


Many coaches have been out to watch the Panthers' spring practice, as one of the state's top uncommitted prospects, safety Kahlil Haughton, is a target on many big boards. Haughton most recently picked up Ohio State and Penn State offers, joining an impressive list that includes Baylor, Arizona State, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Duke, among others. Haughton, however, will have surgery on his wrist on Monday and is out for spring ball, though he has enjoyed meeting with the coaches who have come by. Texas again was at practice on Thursday.

Two other athletes for the Panthers are already committed: receiver Devontre Stricklin, who is headed to Baylor, and inside linebacker Lenoy Jones Jr., who committed to Houston earlier this year. Stricklin says that though he has no plans to head to campus soon, he is still strong with the Bears; Jones is also excited about his commitment to the Cougars and enjoyed his visit to campus, but says that UTSA and a few other programs are still showing him some love.


Defensive lineman Breylin Mitchell leads a talented D-Line for the Dragons, and though the 6-foot-4, 255-pound athlete has been a long time TCU commit, there are other programs still after the four-star prospect. Mitchell holds an offer from Oklahoma and has had the Sooners come down to practice, as well as Texas Tech, TCU, and Texas. As for the next school to offer, Mitchell feels like it could be Texas Tech or Texas. by. Texas again was at practice on Thursday.

There are a few other players to keep an eye on, including quarterback Collin Henson (6-1, 190), defensive lineman Jacob Mury, who is hearing from schools including Maryland and Princeton, and Bryant Buzzard, who is making the switch from nose guard to center.


THIS WEEKEND: The Elite 11 quarterback camp comes to Texas on Sunday, kicking off at 11am at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Scout's Annabel Stephan, Greg Powers, and Gabe Brooks will all be covering the camp. For more information, check out elite11.com.

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