DB Niko Small (Arlington Bowie) - In an event that is not made for defensive back success the Arlington Bowie standout showed exactly how impressive he can be, at times dominating play and forcing the action away from his side of the field. He had an interception and multiple pass break ups in the game that we watched and was always pressing the action. TCU is getting a defensive back who has grown and become a true leader. He could play safety or corner on the next level.
DB Jaylon Jones (Allen) - Jaylon Jones, DB from Allen, showed on the day that he has the ability to match up with the opponent's top receiver. With his quickness, he was able to play closer on receivers because he has the quickness and speed to cover lots of ground, which is a trait that separates him. That aggressive style of play, though you can't get physical in 7-on-7, shows up when making plays on the ball, which Jones did lots of that on Friday. He is playing in the same role that Chad Adams (Arizona State signee) did in 2013.
S Trey Ramos (Azle) - While other big name prospects like Holton Hill and Deontay Anderson had solid days, it was Ramos' pick in overtime versus a very strong Houston (Texas) Lamar team that helped the Hornets start the day off with a win and eventually advance to tomorrow's Championship bracket. He is not the biggest prospect on the field, but does not get beat deep and also shows an exceptional break on the ball.
LB Deonte Williams (Prestonwood Christian Academy) - Williams already looks the part at 6-foot-1, 218 pounds and has the early Big 12 offers (Baylor, TCU) to back up his reputation. Williams moves pretty well for a young kid who has a big base. He performed well during Prestonwood's two days in the Division II competition in College Station. Williams' upper body suggests that he still has plenty of room for development, which college programs will love to see in a linebacker prospect of his type.
DB Josh Butler (West Mesquite) - Spending time at both safety and corner Butler gets the honor that is most prestigious at these events. The guy that no one wants to pick on. Putting him at safety helps to neutralize that in a 7v7 setting because he is in the middle of the field, but his skill set is more suited for corner. He has great hips, and moxy to be an on the island DB in college.