Two-time defending state champion Allen has a plethora of FBS-caliber talent. In the 2015 class, the Eagles boast Kyler Murray, Bobby Evans, and Cody Wheeler. The 2016 group includes Greg Little and Jaylon Jones.
Another name to watch in the 2015 class is Lee Morris.
Morris caught two passes for 55 yards and a touchdown in Allen's season-opening 55-41 win Friday night against fellow in-state powerhouse Denton Guyer at Apogee Stadium on the North Texas campus.
Playing at a public high school with almost 6,000 students -- the largest school in the Lone Star State -- Morris has waited his turn to be a key cog in Allen's powerful offense, which produced 661 total yards in Friday's season opener. At 6-foot-2 and about 200 pounds, Morris is a big-framed pass-catcher who also has the requisite strength for Allen to play him predominantly as a hand-on-the-ground tight end.
That said, Morris also lines up in the slot, split wide, and as an H-back.
"I went to a camp in Oklahoma, and I got a little bit of interest there from the coaching staff," Morris said. "(Offensive coordinator) coach (Jay) Norvell, he liked me. He said he was gonna come out and watch me a few games."
Morris' father played receiver at Oklahoma. The Sooners have one player from Allen committed in Evans, who is a four-star offensive tackle. OU already has Evans' older brother, Tay Evans, on campus as a linebacker.
Morris was probably the top under-the-radar 2015 prospect in Friday's game. Morris' 12-yard touchdown catch saw him get wide open in the back of the end zone for an easy scoring grab from Murray. His 43-yard gain was more impressive as he adjusted to a Murray bullet in mid-air, broke two tackles, and muscled his way into Guyer's red zone to set up a score that came a couple of players later.
Morris said schools have looked at him as a receiver and an H-back.
"I really prefer receiver, but if they want me to play H-back, I'll play H-back," Morris said.
Morris' size and testing numbers suggest that he could be a seriously difficult matchup for defensive backs as a big, athletic receiver. At the May 3 Dallas Nike Football SPARQ Combine at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Morris measured 6-foot-2, 199 pounds and ran a laser-timed 4.59-second 40 with a 34.7-inch vertical leap.
Allen offensive coordinator Jeff Fleener reported the following recent numbers on Morris: 6-foot-2 1/2, 202 pounds, 4.53 40, 275-pound bench press, 465-pound squat, and a school-record 42-inch vertical.
Simply put, Morris is a guy you need to watch as a recruiting late bloomer, so to speak. He has the size and the physical tools to be a real asset for many FBS programs.
Scout will continue to track Morris as his senior season progresses. We expect him to be soon be on more college programs' radars.