Midlands Recruiting Mailbag (7/2/14)

Scout.com National Analyst Greg Powers tackles questions in the weekly Midlands Recruiting Mailbag feature...

Q: Who is the next prospect to commit to Texas?

A: I am dipping in to the Class of 2016 for my pick and rolling the dice on Katy (Texas) Tompkins athlete Christian Wallace, who recently added an offer from the Longhorns. Wallace seems very high on UT and I am also weighing in the fact that the Horns were his very first offer. He could play safety or running back on the next level and is already rated as a Scout four-star prospect.

Q: Who do you think has a surprise performance at next week's The Opening?

A: I am sticking to the Midlands theme here. All but one prospect from the region is rated as 4-stars or higher, so they are supposed to look good. That being said I do think prospects outside the Scout Top100 like Holton Hill from Houston (Texas) Lamar and Will Sunderland from Midwest City (Okla.) High will both be guys who analysts from outside the region will be impressed with. They both have long and lean frames and can cover a lot of ground quickly despite that fact.

Q: OU released some new uniform designs this week. Does that help at all with recruiting?

A: I'm a pretty staunch believer that not one thing is the determining factor in the recruiting process, it is always a combination of things that ultimately lead to a school landing top prospects (in most cases). That being said OU has done a great job over the past week of announcing intriguing things that recruits get in to. They are renovating the stadium and have some fresh jersey combos, something that has helped schools like Oregon and Baylor on the trail. OU is deep in tradition, so a jersey is not going to trump that, but every advantage helps.

Q: Who is your pick to win the State 7v7?

A: For those who did not know. The Texas State 7v7 is broken up in to two divisions, DI and DII. In DII (Small Schools) I have a tradition of picking Celina and it works out well. So give me Celina again this year in the small schools behind the arm of North Carolina commit Nathan Elliott, who will be playing in his fourth tournament. In the Big School it can be a lot about the draw. That being said I am going with Cedar Hill to take it down this year, continuing the theme of powerful on the field programs also being great in 7v7. Schools like Mesquite Horn, Arlington Lamar and Frisco Heritage have looked pretty solid in SQT qualifiers, but Cedar Hill is just stacked at all positions.

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