Quick Game Recap
Friday night's season-opener at Apogee Stadium featured a pair of two-time defending state champions in Allen and Denton Guyer. Allen was No. 2 nationally in Scout.com's preseason high school rankings, while Guyer was No. 10.
Texas A&M 2015 four-star quarterback commit Kyler Murray threw for 393 yards, ran for 106 yards, and accounted for six total touchdowns to lead the state's top-ranked 6A team to a 55-41 win against Guyer, which entered the game ranked No. 7 in 6A by the Associated Press.
Guyer 2017 four-star quarterback Shawn Robinson threw for 238 yards, ran for 187 yards and two touchdowns, and scored on a highlight reel-worthy 24-yard catch-and-run on a reverse pass.
Murray earned Offensive MVP honors, while Allen 2016 four-star defensive back Jaylon Jones was named Defensive MVP.
Notre Dame three-star receiver commit Jalen Guyton caught seven passes for 183 yards, including a 64-yard fourth-quarter touchdown strike from Murray, while adding a 24-yard touchdown run later in the fourth to cap Allen's scoring.
Friday's contest featured a slew of college-caliber talent, but many of the prospects are already committed. Here's a list:
Allen 2015 4-star QB Kyler Murray: Texas A&M
Allen 2015 3-star WR Jalen Guyton: Notre Dame
Allen 2016 5-star OT Greg Little: Texas A&M
One player who jumped out during Friday's contest was Allen 2016 defensive end Levi Onwuzurike (pictured at top).
Listed at 6-foot-2, 223 pounds, Onwuzurike made an early impact on the game with a strip-sack of Shawn Robinson inside the Allen 25 that helped halt a long Guyer drive. The strip-sack was 1 of 2 first-quarter takeaways by Allen's defense that helped Allen build a 27-0 second-quarter lead.
Onwuzurike played some 5-technique and 4-technique when Allen played its base odd-man front, but slid outside to 7-technique occasionally when the Eagles went to a four-man front. He played well in all three roles, but projects best as that even-front wide edge guy at the next level. He could possibly play some outside linebacker in an odd front as well. Onwuzurike doesn't have any offers yet, but he said he's gotten some interest and mentioned TCU by name.
Oklahoma offensive tackle commit Bobby Evans is as solid as solid can be to Oklahoma, which isn't too surprising considering his older brother (Tay Evans) is a freshman linebacker for the Sooners. Evans said he actively recruited California four-star tackle Dru Samia and Louisiana three-star guard Cody Ford to Oklahoma, which got commitments from both players during the past three weeks.
Anyone else Evans is recruiting on OU's behalf?
"I'm trying to get Greg to come up there, but I don't know," said Evans with a laugh, referring to five-star teammate Greg Little, who is committed to Texas A&M and Scout's No. 1 player in Texas in the 2016 cycle.
Allen 2015 receiver/tight end Lee Morris was a player who caught our eye during June 7v7 season. He did exactly that once again Friday night.
Morris caught a 12-yard touchdown strike from Murray and also gained 43 yards on another catch-and-run that set up a touchdown, breaking a couple of tackles with his physical style after hauling in the pass.
At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Morris has a great frame for a receiver, but is used by Allen mostly as a tight end/H-back hybrid, though he does play some slot and wideout, too. In other words, he's a versatile weapon who should be a big part of Allen's 2014 offensive attack, which rolled up 661 total yards Friday night.
Morris does not have any offers yet, but that shouldn't last too long. He has interest from TCU, Boise State, and Arizona State. Morris also mentioned that he caught the attention of Oklahoma offensive coordinator Jay Norvell during a summer camp at OU.
Allen offensive coordinator Jeff Fleener is very high on Morris, who he believes is a late bloomer in the recruiting game who could really see his recruitment take off this fall as he finally gets some exposure.
Denton Guyer had three senior receivers who performed well in the loss: Alex Honey, David Haynes, and Adam Scott. Honey (3 rec., 50 yards) is the biggest at 6-foot-3, 175 pounds. Honey has Air Force and Texas State offers. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Haynes (3 rec., 66 yards) has gotten interest from a couple of Sun Belt schools. The smallest, but quickest of the three -- 5-foot-8, 165-pound Adam Scott -- holds an SMU offer. Scott led Guyer on Friday with six catches for 106 yards.
Don't be surprised if interest/offers increase for that trio as the season progresses. The same can be said for the aforementioned Texas State running back commit, Anthony Taylor, who ran for 96 yards and three scores.
Statistics courtesy the Dallas Morning News