Midlands Notebook: CenTex (8/22)

A look at the biggest recruiting news to come out of Central Texas over the past seven days...

• PERHAPS THE BIGGEST NEWS to come out of CenTex this week is that Waco Midway quarterback Ben Hicks signed his financial agreement papers with Houston, taking advantage of the NCAA's relatively new rule. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Hicks, who finished second at the Elite 11 quarterback competition this July, will graduate in December and enroll in January.

Houston welcomed Hicks to the program via Twitter.

"I love the University of Houston. I'm excited to officially be apart of the family, and I can't wait to get down to Houston," he said after signing.

Two other Lone Star State quarterbacks have also signed their agreements: Jarrett Stidham signed his papers with Texas Tech and Chad President made it official with Baylor.

• RISING 2016 DEFENSIVE BACK KeShawn Somerville out of Pflugerville Hendrickson is continuing to receive attention from programs around the country, despite committing to Baylor earlier this summer.

Somerville committed to BU in June.

Programs including UCLA, Texas, Arkansas, and Nebraska are all showing interest, and TCU and Texas State have both extended an offer. Somerville did say that he's been staying in touch with the Bears' staff.

"I've stayed in contact with coach [Jeff] Lebby; he's our area recruiter. I talk to him every once in a while just to see what's going on. I've also continued to talk to Coach Norwood, who is the safeties coach," he said.

• LEANDER CEDAR PARK DEFENSIVE LINEMAN Myles Cheatum was close to making a commitment decision, but has decided to take more time to think through the process.

"I was actually going to commit this week, but I decided to take a little more time to decide. I want to make sure that I make the right decision, wherever I go to school and play football," he said.

Cheatum is deciding among five offers.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder holds offers from San Diego State, Fresno State, North Texas, Louisiana Tech, and Texas State. He's taken visits to all five programs over the past year and is looking at some specific criteria in choosing a school.

"I think the most important things are the way I fit into their system and my relationship with the coaches are the two main things I'm looking at in choosing a school," he said.

• IVY LEAGUE PROGRAMS ARE LOOKING at San Antonio Alamo Heights quarterback Dalton Banks.

Banks currently holds a UTSA offer.

"I'm still talking with Harvard a lot; they are still number one in terms of talking with me. I talk with their staff about twice a week, so that's looking pretty good. I'm still in touch with Rice and Yale, too," he said.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect was offered by UTSA earlier this year and took in a number of camps over the summer, including the East Coast Ivys and stops on the West Coast.

"I feel like I'm able to read and pick apart defenses well. I can get the ball to the receivers quickly so their defense isn't able to stop us from making plays," he said of what he can bring to a college offense.

• THE TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON is only a week away. Make sure to check Scout each Thursday for the "Scout on the Town" feature, which will highlight games around the country that Scout analysts and reporters will be covering.

There will also be a Midlands version, with notes on games that Greg Powers, Ahmard Vital, Gabe Brooks, and I will be attending, with a "Scout on the Town Recap" published each Monday.

Scout's director of recruiting Scott Kennedy will also compile a list of the Top 50 High School Football Teams in the country, with updates coming out each week. He's started with week zero, with eight Texas teams making the cut.

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