Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst- Midlands
Thursday: Sherman (Texas) at Frisco (Texas) Lone Star at 7 p.m.
Lone Star is starting to crank out more Frisco D1 talent with each class and sophomore quarterback Jason Shelley is one of 16 players rated as a four-star prospect in the 2017 class from the Midlands region after a strong freshman campaign. Also will be keeping an eye on offensive lineman Charlie Grammel, a senior. Sherman is a team that is a traditional power on the TXHSFB scene and new coach Bill Patterson will be coaching his first game. Offensive lineman Aaron Garza is a three-star committed to Kansas. Gage Thomason was a Class of 2016 offensive lineman who caught our eye last year in a game against Sulphur Springs.
Friday: Lewisville (Texas) Hebron at Coppell (Texas) at 7:30 p.m.
This should be an intriguing game to kick the season off and like always Coppell is loaded with talent spread out all over the field. Running back and three-star Charles West has been one of the top offensive weapons for two seasons and enters the game with a lot of expectations. Three-star Connor Williams is one of the most heavily recruited uncommitted offensive lineman left on the board. Defensive back Jacob Murray is committed to Northwestern. For Hebron, offensive leader and Arkansas commit Zach Rogers will be back on the field after an ACL injury forced him to miss his junior year. One of the most powerful offensive linemen in the country, Rogers return could mean good things for Oregon State running back/linebacker commit Angelo Garbutt.
Saturday: Cedar Hill (Texas) vs. South Oak Cliff (Texas) at Kincaide Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
It is hard not to really get excited about a match-up between Cedar Hill and South Oak Cliff, which both myself and Scout co-analyst Gabe Brooks will be at on Saturday night. It’s a game that will feature, by a quick in my head estimate, about 20 D1 prospects on the same field. Cedar Hill is coming back with a large portion of its team in place from a remarkable state championship run in 2013 and SOC had its best season in years last year, advancing deep in to the playoffs. This should be a remarkably entertaining game and while ‘The Hill’ is the more established of the two teams with the superior depth, SOC should not be slept on because position by position it should be able to stand the test. It should be especially fun to see potential match up like CB Darrell Miller vs. WR J.F. Thomas or WR DaMarkus Lodge vs. Jamile Johnson. Texas commit Jordan Stevenson is the most explosive and exciting running back in the Dallas area and his play could be instrumental if SOC is to pull the upset.
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Derek Young, Regional Recruiting Analyst - Midlands
Thursday: Lee's Summit (Mo.) North at Kansas City (Mo.) Winnetonka at 7 p.m.
The major prospects of note in this showdown lie on the side of Winnetonka in athlete Marquise Doherty and safety Djimon Colbert. Doherty is a 2015 prospect that will play both football and baseball in college, recently narrowed his list of offers down to Kansas State, Iowa, Oregon, Missouri, and Louisville. He's being recruited as a defensive back by some, and running back by others. Colbert is a 2017 prospect that has already received significant interest from Missouri and Kansas, but has yet to rake in his first offer. He will be up for consideration as the top prospect in the state for his class. His time is coming.
Friday: Webb City (Mo.) at Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst at 7 p.m.
Athlete KiAnte Hardin and offensive tackle Dalton Ford are two major returning senior starters for Webb City and anchor their experienced roster. They both have several offers. Hardin's come at a variety of positions, including running back, wide receiver, safety, and cornerback. Ford picked up an offer this week from Arkansas State as well, adding it to a collection that also includes Syracuse and Illinois. Rockhurst boasts a very talented roster that includes 2015 prospects in quarterback T.J. Green (son of NFL quarterback Trent Green) and offensive tackle Charlie Heck (son of former Notre Dame all-american and current Kansas City Chiefs offensive line coach Andy Heck). Offensive guard Claudio Martin, offensive tackle Brendan McConnell, and running back A.J. Taylor are a trio of juniors that will also be holding scholarship offers this time next year..
Saturday: Jefferson City (Mo.) Helias at Hannibal (Mo.) at 6:30 p.m.
For Hannibal it is all about their junior prospects in defensive back Jerry McBride and offensive lineman Dylan Powell. Both have yet to rake in their first offer, but their time is coming. They're already hearing from an assortment of college programs. Helias' headliner is Alabama tight end commit Hale Hentges. He'll star on both sides of the ball, also contributing as a defensive end.
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Ahmard Vital, Regional Recruiting Analyst - Texas
Thursday: Alvin (Tex.) Manvel at Spring (Tex.) Westfield at 7 p.m.
In the Houston area, the first game out of the gate should be a great one. Here this is a matchup of two teams that know how to win, and win big as both have gone deep in the playoffs for the past couple of seasons. On top of that, the two teams will field more than a dozen Division I players. With Manvel, both sides of the ball are loaded. The wide open, fast-paced offense has a talented leader in four-star athlete Deriq King, who saw his recruitment sky rocket over this past off season. King is joined in the backfield with running back D'Vaughn Pennamon and has a solid target out wide in Reggie Hemphill, another highly-regarded 2016 target. Gary Haynes is another bonafide playmaker who can break the game open at any given moment. Up front, lineman McKenzie Nworah and Austin Myers will work to keep King clean. Defensively, linebackers Shane Jackson, Collin Scott and Jordan Carmouche are all players college coaches like a lot, while UCLA defensive back commitment Will Lockett usually handles the opponents top receiver. Four-star junior safety Deontay Anderson, who holds double-digit offers, holds down the back side of the Manvel defense. On the Westfield side, it more of a line up and pound it type of offense, but this team can also get up the field in a hurry as well. With quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole running the show, the offense has many more options, which includes newcomer receiver Tyrie Cleveland, a player who became a hot prospect during spring practices. As stated, it is the ground game that Westfield lives by and four-star Texas commitment Toby Weathersby leads this talented group along with TCU pledge Cordel Iwuagwu. Defensively, tackle Ed Oliver is a player to keep an eye on.
Friday: Houston (Tex.) Bellaire at Missouri City (Tex.) Elkins at 7 p.m.
As for the playmakers in this game, each team has a guy who can go the distance on any play. For Elkins, quarterback Jonathan Giles is the team¹s go-to guy. The Texas Tech commitment will play on the edge once on campus in Lubbock, Tex. For now, at quarterback, Giles has a receiver in Darren Woods who should have a breakout year and earn the offers that he has been working for. At running back, Darrick Dickerson will do the dirty work. Defensively, Houston linebacker commit Leroy Godfrey leads the way. On the Bellaire side, Trevon Smith runs the offense. But all eyes will be on junior receiver Courtney Lark, who pulled in a nice set of offers in the off season. Running back Xzaviar Campbell would love to show what he can do in his final season and defender Shellie Adams feels the same way.
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Gabe Brooks, Regional Recruiting Analyst - Texas
Thursday: Irving (Texas) MacArthur at Garland (Texas) at 7 p.m.
The appetizer for a healthy kickoff weekend in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex features two teams with some under-the-radar talent. Host Garland has an athletic 2015 safety in Luther Kirk, who could also see some time at quarterback. Kirk doesn't have any offers yet, but should see increasing interest with a strong season. He teams with 2015 defensive tackle Donovan Ransom, who committed in mid-June to Arkansas State. Irving MacArthur is home to 2015 defensive end T.J. King, a 6-foot-4, 225-pounder who committed in late July to Louisiana Tech, choosing the Bulldogs over an offer from UTSA.
Friday: Allen (Texas) vs. Denton (Texas) Guyer at 7:30 p.m., University of North Texas' Apogee Stadium in Denton
Allen is the two-time defending Class 5A Division I state champion, while Guyer is the two-time defending Class 4A Division I state champion. Thanks to February's realignment, both schools reside in the newly-formed Class 6A and feature loads of college talent. Allen's offense has Texas A&M 2015 four-star quarterback commit Kyler Murray, Oklahoma 2015 four-star tackle commit Bobby Evans, Texas A&M 2016 five-star tackle commit Greg Little, and Notre Dame 2015 receiver commit Jalen Guyton. Little is the No. 1 player in Scout's 2016 state rankings and No. 3 overall nationally. Defensively, Allen boasts 2016 four-star cornerback Jaylon Jones, who has offers from schools such as Arizona State, Baylor, Miami, Ole Miss, and TCU. Guyer features 2017 four-star quarterback Shawn Robinson, who already holds Nebraska and Texas offers, as well as Kansas 2015 defensive tackle Carl Thompson, Iowa State 2015 safety commit Jordan Wallace, and Texas State 2015 running back pledge Anthony Taylor, among a few other players with FBS offers. Nebraska 2015 quarterback commit Kevin Dillman was recently ruled ineligible by the state's governing body to play for Guyer this season after moving in the offseason from California. BigRedReport.com reported that Dillman will play for Guyer's JV.
Saturday: Dallas South Oak Cliff vs. Cedar Hill (Texas) at 7:30 p.m., Kincaide Stadium in Dallas
This game features about 20 players with FBS offers. South Oak Cliff has 13 players with at least one offer, thanks in part to Louisville offering 10 players on the same day during the spring. Four-star 2016 defensive end/outside linebacker Marvin Terry is probably SOC's top uncommitted player. Terry has 10 offers, including Arkansas, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, and UCLA, among others. SOC's committed seniors include running back Jordan Stevenson (Texas), safety Prentice McKinney (Notre Dame), safety Jamile Johnson (North Carolina), receiver J.F. Thomas (TCU), cornerback X'zavien Ausborne (Wisconsin), cornerback Takadrae Williams (Wisconsin), receiver Ladarryl Blair (Boise State), and receiver Lamont Johnson (SMU). But Cedar Hill, a defending state champion, is loaded, too. Committed seniors include five-star receiver DaMarkus Lodge (Texas A&M), running back Aca'cedric Ware (USC), quarterback Justin McMillan (LSU), linebacker Richard Moore (Texas A&M), and cornerback Darrell Miller (Tennessee). Receiver/cornerback Jaylon Jackson is a very athletic 2017 prospect who already has four stars from Scout. Receiver D'Aundrey Bradley is one of the state's best senior sleepers.
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Annabel Stephan, Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Manvel (Texas) at Houston (Texas) Westfield at 7 p.m.
Where to begin? The talent for this match up is so stacked that there are over ten players with Division-I offers who will be on the field on Thursday night. Westfield's offensive line is anchored by Texas four-star commit Toby Weathersby and TCU three-star commit Cordel Iwauagwu. The defense features Scout's 15th-overall prospect for the 2016 class: defensive lineman Ed Oliver, whose extensive offer list includes Oklahoma, Texas, TCU, LSU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and UCLA. Also on the roster are 2016 receiver Tyrie Cleveland, who holds Kentucky, Texas A&M, TCU, and Louisville offers, and 2016 quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole, who transferred to Westfield from West Orange-Stark. If that wasn't enough, let's take a look at Manvel's roster, which features two of the top prospects in the 2016 class: four-star receiver Reggie Hemphill, who holds offers including Texas, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, UCLA, and Texas A&M, just to name a few, and four-star safety Deontay Anderson, who, in addition to the above, has also been offered by Alabama, Florida State, and Stanford. UCLA will also have a commit on the field in cornerback William Locket, and other 2015 prospects of note include linebacker Collin Scott (Air Force, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State offers), linebacker Shane Jackson (Memphis, New Mexico State offers), and athlete Gary Haynes (Houston, Louisiana - Lafayette offers). In addition to Hemphill and Anderson, there are five other 2016 prospects with offers: receiver Deriq King (UCLA, Texas Tech, Michigan State, Louisville, Clemson, and Baylor), linebacker Jordan Carmouche (Arkansas, Houston), defensive lineman Hasaun Glasgow (Louisville), offensive lineman Austin Myers (Clemson), and running back D'Vaughn Pennamon (Louisville, Washington State).
Friday: Missouri (Texas) Marshall vs Houston (Texas) Madison at 7 p.m. at Butler Stadium
There won't be as many recruits in this game, but the level of talent is still there with Marshall five-star athlete Kendall Sheffield, ranked as Scout's top cornerback nationally. Sheffield has been offered by dozens of programs around the country, including UCLA, Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Florida State, Oregon, and more, though the 6-foot, 180-pounder has managed to keep things close to the vest. Marshall offensive lineman Sam Awolope is a 6-foot-6, 250-pound Rice commit, and running back Davon Crookshank is committed to Wisconsin. 2016 receiver Jeremy Smith currently holds SMU and Michigan State offers.
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