Midlands: The Weekend's Best

Scout's Midlands Analysts break down the top prospect they each scouted this past weekend in live action under the 'Friday Night Lights'...

TE Hale Hentges
Scouted By: Derek Young

This week is actually a struggle for me to name the top prospect because I am torn on 2017 Kansas City (MO) Winnetonka safety Djimon Colbert and Jefferson City Helias tight end, Alabama commit Hale Hentges. Both have the utmost potential to be future stars in the path of football, but I'll side with Hentges who was more impactful on the game. The size and speed combination blows you away. He's a legitimate 6-foot-4, and put on 10 more pounds to get up to 240. The fun part about that is Hentges is noticeably faster. He's a long-strider and should be perfect for the pro-style offense Lane Kiffin is installing in Tuscaloosa. Also of note, Hentges broke the school record on Saturday night for most career receptions, a record that was held by his uncle Mike.

OT Toby Weathersby
Scouted By: Ahmard Vital

For this past week, the top prospect scouted was Westfield offensive lineman Toby Weathersby. He brings a solid foundation to the line and was one of the glaring bright spots on his team this past week. In pass pro, the Texas commitment who is a four star and No. 5 at his position respectively, shows great feet and has the long arms you want in a tackle prospect. On top of that, his overall athleticism shows each time he takes the field as his man is the one least likely in on the tackle on any given series.

WR Reggie Hemphill
Scouted By: Annabel Stephan

Thursday night's match up between Manvel (Texas) and Houston (Texas) Westfield was loaded with talent, but my vote for the best overall prospect goes to Manvel 2016 receiver Reggie Hemphill. Surprisingly, it wasn't that high of a scoring game, but the 6-foot, 165-pound athlete contributed on offense with a receiving touchdown and some beautiful catches throughout the game. It's no surprise that Hemphill has offers from virtually everywhere; his speed, elusiveness, and hands will make him a key target for quarterbacks at the next level. An early four-star, Hemphill indeed proved he was worthy of that billing in this season opener.

WR DaMarkus Lodge
Scouted By: Greg Powers

He did not have the most productive game of his Cedar Hill career, but still in a game that was chock full of talent Lodge stood up to his five-star ranking, and that is saying something because he had the most expectations as a prospect as well. He only had two receptions, but he got his money's worth as they were both touchdown grabs, the first one in double coverage to open the night's scoring, setting the tone for his team. His presence on the field opened up the offense for other players to make an abundance of plays. He is also an excellent blocker, on one play later on in the game he blocked a South Oak Cliff defender in to the media standing on the sideline, an impressive display.

OT Greg Little
Scouted By: Gabe Brooks

I saw three and a half games this past weekend and they were littered with high-caliber skill-position players, such as Kyler Murray, Shawn Robinson, DaMarkus Lodge, J.F. Thomas, Jordan Stevenson, and many more. But the most impressive prospect I saw in the last few days was 2016 five-star offensive tackle Greg Little, who completely dominated his FBS-caliber matchup for the duration of Allen's 55-41 season-opening victory against Denton Guyer. Little, who plays right tackle for an Allen team boasts four-star Oklahoma pledge Bobby Evans at left tackle, started the contest with a devastating seal block that blew open the right side of the defense for a 78-yard Murray touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Little, who committed in June to Texas A&M, was excellent in pass protection as Murray threw for 393 yards, helping Allen rack up 661 total yards of offense in the win.

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