Mitchell continues to impress-- Plano West had already qualified for the 7-on-7 state tournament in College Station from July 10-12, but the Wolves participated in Friday's event anway and went 2-1. Their obvious defensive standout was McKinley Mitchell, who has a four-star rating from Scout.com and is No. 11 in the initial Midlands Top 50. Mitchell was very agile and light on his feet and looked as if he has increased his upper-body mass in less than two months since we saw him at the Nike Football SPARQ Combine in early May, when he recorded one of the top scores of more than 1,700 athletes who participated. Mitchell even got a little time at safety Friday. The highly athletic outside linebacker prospect already has offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Navy, SMU, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.
Murray leads Allen to state berth-- Last week was the first time two-time defending state champion Allen had competed in a 7-on-7 event in years. A week later, the Eagles qualified for the state tournament in three weeks. Texas A&M commit and Scout four-star prospect Kyler Murray was a big reason. Here are a few of the things I wrote down while watching him: great feet, great great presence, ultra-quick release, elite velocity, elite spin. When Murray rips it, the ball looks like it's on a zip line.
Guyton steps up-- Three-star Notre Dame commit Jalen Guyton was one of Murray's top targets, as expected. He really played well against McKinney Boyd, grabbing three touchdowns: one on a devastating okie-doke move along the sideline to juke a defender and trot to the end zone; one on another highlight-reel play where he sold out to dive for a touchdown; and another on a jump-ball score that saw him win the ball above a defender.
Allen O-line shows support-- The well-known big fellas from Allen came out to support their skill-position teammates for Friday's event. Among the linemen who showed up were 2015 four-star offensive tackle Bobby Evans (Oklahoma commit), 2016 five-star offensive tackle Greg Little (Texas A&M commit), and 2015 prospect Cody Wheeler. Little committed to the Aggies last weekend during a 7-on-7 event in Rowlett.
Wheeler visits North Texas-- Speaking of the Allen offensive lineman, he said he recently visited North Texas, which is 1 of 2 schools that have offered him along with New Mexico. Wheeler said he enjoyed the visit, adding that the Mean Green wants him at guard, while New Mexico likes him at tackle. Wheeler said there's a possibility he'll play center for Allen this fall.
Garbutt plays RB-- Lewisville Hebron advanced to Friday's semifinals, but fell to Allen to barely miss out on a state tournament berth. Hebron boasts recent Eastern Michigan 2015 linebacker commit Clay Holford and 2015 prospect Angelo Garbutt, who played exclusively at running back Friday, but has gotten offers and interest as a linebacker and a running back. Garbutt got a Navy offer a couple of weeks ago to join offers from Arkansas State, North Texas, and Oregon State, which he said he plans to officially visit this fall. Garbutt said Oregon State wants him as a linebacker.
Carter holds one offer-- Arlington High boasted a few impressive players, including 2015 safety Kameron Carter. The 6-foot, 180-pounder said he holds a UTEP offer and has gotten interest from a few other schools. He's a lanky, long-limbed prospect who may see his stock rise.