Quick Game Recap
Thursday night's season-opener went down to the wire. Garland kicker Hunter Merriman provided the game-winning 25-yard field goal with 4 1/2 minutes remaining to lift the Owls to a 24-22 home win against Irving MacArthur, which missed a long field goal in the final half-minute to preserve the Garland victory.
Garland got a career night from 2015 running back Markeith Miller, who ran 23 times for 213 yards and one touchdowns. Miller came only 40 yards shy of equaling his rushing total from 2013.
Garland 2015 athlete Luther Kirk (pictured above) threw for 58 yards and ran for 54 yards from the quarterback position, but projects best as a safety. He told Scout that he has picked up offers from Louisiana-Monroe and, at the FCS level, Northwestern State. He also has interest from Arkansas State and FCS-level Illinois State. The 6-foot, 180-pound Kirk said schools are recruiting him as a defensive back and/or athlete.
Irving MacArthur 2015 defensive end T.J. King committed July 20 to Louisiana Tech, but was very hesitant about that commitment Thursday night. He said he's now a soft verbal to the Bulldogs. He's picked up a recent offer from New Mexico and would like to visit. King added that he's also getting interest from Utah and Kansas State and may visit those programs as well.
Garland 2015 defensive tackle Donovan Ransom said he remains solid to Arkansas State, to which he committed in June. However, he reported new interest from Kansas State and Illinois. All programs like the 6-foot, 270-pound Ransom as a defensive tackle.
The aforementioned Henderson is a player to watch in the 2016 class. At 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Henderson has good burst and is fairly physical. He fumbled twice in the first quarter, but responded in a big way, an encouraging sign for an underclassman. Henderson ran for 712 yards as a sophomore in 2013. He said he's gotten interest from schools such as Baylor, TCU, and Texas A&M, adding that he camped with Baylor.
Kirk and Henderson are definitely sleepers to watch in their respective classes. Kirk didn't get a ton of chances to run the ball -- 10 carries, 54 yards, as well as 7-for-13 passing for 58 yards -- but in his limited opportunities, he showed a striding, galloping gait that appeared smooth and effortless. At 6-foot, 180 pounds, he has the type of build and athleticism that may translate well to the free safety position at the next level. It will be interesting to see if playing predominantly on offense stunts his recruiting progress during his senior season since his more natural position(s) are on defense.
Henderson said he has yet to take the SAT, so once his score gets in, he could see more interest and possibly some offers come his way. Garland did a good job making him earn all of his yards, so he didn't get any chances to show what he can do in the open field. However, he displayed good one-cut ability and a knack to finish runs well. He seemed like he was always falling forward.
Garland had a couple of long, lanky 2016 receivers in Coree Compton and Melvin Loveless. Compton caught five passes for 36 yards and Loveless was catch-less, but both look the part. Compton is 6-foot-2, 160 pounds, while Loveless, who may be better suited for defense, is 6-foot-2, 185 pounds.
The aforementioned Miller, who has his size working against him a bit at 5-foot-9, 195 pounds, said after his career rushing effort that he has gotten a little D-I and a lot of D-II interest but has not gotten any offers. If he keeps putting up 200-yard games, that should change. Miller is a weight-room beast and looks the part, which explains his downhill style and ability to punish defenders. Miller said he can bench press 335 pounds and squat 455 pounds.
Statistics courtesy the Dallas Morning News