Fall Preview: Pflugerville Hendrickson

Scout spoke with Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson head coach Chip Killian to get an early preview of the Hawks' team. Here are a few quick facts to know...

Hendrickson puts out top prospects every year, and this class is no different. Four-star cornerback P.J. Mbanasor, an Oklahoma commit, will command the secondary: "P.J. has continued his development as a defensive back. The big thing with him is his development as a leader. Last year, Chance Waz was the vocal leader of the defense. P.J. did a great job of taking over that role. It needs to be a player driven team; those are always your best teams," said Killian.

There are two under-the-radar receivers to watch: Reggie Daniels, who holds BYU and Toledo offers, and Tazh Maloy, who has an offer from Mary Hardin Baylor: "Reggie is flying a little under the radar right now, but coaches are looking at him. He does a good job of using his size; he's a tall guy and he has speed. He does a nice job of running routes; he's kind of a route technician. He did a good job over the spring in bulking up a bit and getting stronger, which is important in any game, especially as you move onto college.

"Tazh is electric. He had a 99 yard run and a 96 yard run last year. People think that's just him using his flat-out speed, but both of those runs were interior runs. He used his strength to break two or three tackles and then used his feet to get to the side and outrun basically everyone else on the field. He's only 5-foot-7, but when people see his film, they see how dynamic he is on the field and how he can do different things. That's going to get him some opportunities," said Killian.

The offensive line is anchored by a recent Tulsa commit in Blake Browning and the defensive line by Niyi Akeredolu: "I think in college Blake is a center because of his intelligence and his ability to snap the ball and pull and run and do a lot of things that a lot of people at his size aren't really capable of doing. Blake is 285-pounds. You see other big linemen and they can't move, but Blake can get out and move. He's a strong guy; the only thing that holds him back is his height. But what a lot of people will see with Blake in his senior year is that the size doesn't matter.

"Niyi is another guy who could have a big season. He's a defensive end with a Butler offer," he said.

Mbanasor isn't the only talent in the secondary, as Josh Wydermyer is another athlete flying under the radar: "Josh is also flying under the radar, because Chance and Trai Mosley were so dominant in our defense last year and it was Josh's first year as a full-time starter. We've also seen him increase his weight and strength over the past few months, as well as his speed and explosiveness. People watch him run a route and get excited," said Killian.

There are a number of underclassmen to keep an eye on, including Baylor commit KeShawn Somerville: "I'd say there are about five or six 2016 guys who are going to be big-time players. KeShawn played corner for us last year but will move to safety this year and take over Chance's role on the defense. Jordan Williams is an outside linebacker who did a lot as a sophomore; he started every game. On the offensive side, we have 2016 Travis Arroyo, who is a big lineman like Blake. We expect big things out of him. Isaiah Townes, a 2016 receiver, is someone we expect good things from opposite Reggie," said Killian.


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