TXHSFB Review: Week 1 DFW Underclassmen

DENTON, Texas -- Scout.com reviews performances of underclassmen who stood out during the first weekend of the Texas high school football season.

David Feliciano, 2016 RB, Allen -- Feciliano is a player I knew nothing about when I got to the stadium Friday, but I took notice once he dashed 56 yards up the middle, side-stepping a defender with a half-hurdle while at full sprint, then carrying another defender the final eight yards into the end zone for a touchdown on Allen's second possession during the Eagles' 55-41 win against Denton Guyer. That run accounted for the majority of his 90 yards on 11 carries, but he played well, showing a willingness to take the couple yards here and there necessary to get something out of nothing and keep drives alive. He's not gonna wow you with his straight-line speed, but he's physical and his listed 6-foot, 220-pound frame definitely stand out.


Artiss Henderson, 2016 RB, Irving MacArthur -- at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Henderson has good burst and is fairly physical. He fumbled twice in the first quarter of Thursday's 24-22 loss at Garland, but responded in a big way, an encouraging sign for an underclassman, to finish with 26 carries for 120 yards and three touchdowns. 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.


Michael Irvin, 2016 WR, Plano Prestonwood Christian -- the 6-foot-3, 216-pounder looked like he's in better shape than he was a month and a half ago at the Adidas Texas 7v7 Championships. Irvin uses his body well to shield away defenders when in traffic, which is where he's at his best. He's a physical receiver who is very good over the middle, which happened to be where three of his four receptions came. Irvin finished with four grabs for 69 yards in Prestonwood's 45-23 victory against Bellaire Episcopal at UNT's Apogee Stadium. Miami has offered Irvin.


Jaylon Jackson, 2017 WR/CB, Cedar Hill -- Jackson is an early four-star prospect per Scout, which projects him at cornerback, though he primarily plays receiver for Cedar Hill, which beat Dallas South Oak Cliff 56-34 in Saturday's season opener in Dallas. Jackson finished with four carries for 27 yards and one 11-yard reception. Jackson is small (5-10, 160), but has serious speed and athleticism. On a loaded, veteran Cedar Hill squad, he may not be a featured weapon every week, but he'll be a guy for whom opponents must account during the next couple of years. Baylor, Ohio State, Oregon, and TCU have shown early interest.


Jaylon Jones, 2016 CB, Allen -- Jones garnered Defensive MVP honors in a game that did not feature a heck of a lot of defense (Allen's 55-41 win vs. Denton Guyer). However, he made his presence felt. Jones, who plays more safety than corner for Allen, looks longer and plays larger than his listed size of 5-foot-10, 170. His length should help him add bulk. I also wouldn't be surprised if he got taller. Jones is a hitter, sometimes to the point of being a gambler, which got him in trouble a couple of times when he proved a bit over-aggressive and overran tackles. But when he connects, he connects. Jones also showed excellent special-teams skills as a return man, recording kickoff returns of 21, 72, and 41 yards. The 72-yarded was a would-be 96-yard touchdown in which he broke multiple tackles before jetting away for the score, but he stepped out of bounds at Guyer's 24-yard line as he tried to pull away from two final defenders. Jones has offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Miami, Ole Miss, SMU, TCU, and Tulsa.


Greg Little, 2016 OT, Allen -- the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Little was dominant, which is not that surprising considering he's a five-star prospect, Scout.com's No. 1 player in Texas, No. 1 offensive tackle nationally, and No. 3 overall recruit in the country's 2016 class. Little, who starts at right tackle and is committed to Texas A&M, caved in that side of Denton Guyer's defensive line with an seal block that helped spring Kyler Murray for a 78-yard read keeper touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage. Little displayed excellent knee bend and pass-protection skills, as well as good hand placement. He was matched up with Guyer 2015 speed-rushing defensive end Derek Watson, a very long edge rusher at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, and completely neutralized Watson.


Levi Onwuzurike, 2016 DE/OLB, Allen -- Onwuzurike emerged as the top 2016 sleeper, if it's not too early to call juniors sleepers, in Friday's Allen/Denton Guyer contest. Listed at 6-foot-2, 223 pounds, Onwuzurike (pronounced ON-wu-zu-REE-kay) is a long-armed and active pass-rusher. He got a first-quarter strip-sack of ultra-athletic Guyer 2017 four-star quarterback Shawn Robinson, then got a couple more pressures as the game progressed. He played multiple positions: odd-front 4-tech, odd-front 5-tech, and even-front 7-tech, which is his best fit for the next level. He could also play some odd-front outside linebacker in a scheme that relied on him mostly as a pass-rusher, which is definitely his strength at this point. The Allen coaching staff is high on Onwuzurike, which says a lot considering the program's pedigree. One staff member said he expects Onwuzurike to be a Power 5 conference-caliber recruit. Onwuzurike reported interest from TCU.


Shawn Robinson, 2017 QB, Denton Guyer -- Robinson completed 15 of 30 passes for 238 yards, while rushing 20 times for 187 yards and two touchdowns in a stellar performance during Guyer's loss to Allen at UNT's Apogee Stadium. He also scored on a 24-yard reverse-pass, which appeared to be a broken play that he turned into a highlight-reel play with a couple of broken tackles and general evading of pretty much all of Allen's defense as he sprinted into the end zone. He showed excellent velocity and a quick release. Even as a sophomore, he appears to already have a good handle on when to throw a fastball and when he needs to put touch on the ball. He was even better running the ball. Not only is Robinson very fast, he's physical and finishes runs. He's totally unafraid. At some point, that may be a detriment to his health and staying in the lineup, but it's great to see that level of competitiveness coming from a young quarterback. Nebraska an Texas have already offered the young quarterback.


Marvin Terry, 2016 OLB/DE, Dallas South Oak Cliff -- Terry will most likely play outside in college -- as a linebacker or even-front defensive end -- but he plays middle linebacker for SOC, which fell 56-34 Saturday to Cedar Hill. Terry had a slow start in the first two quarters, but played much better in the second half. As a player accustomed to playing on the edge, which he did as a sophomore, he should get better and better at his new position as the season progresses. Terry already has 10 FBS offers.


Marvin Wilson, 2017 DT, Bellaire Episcopal -- Episcopal traveled north to Denton for Saturday's game, so we got a look at Wilson as his squad faced private-school power Plano Prestonwood Christian. At 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, Wilson (pictured at top) is a monster of a sophomore. In its Saturday loss, Episcopal moved around Wilson a lot, playing him at the 4- and 5-techniques in odd fronts -- both sides -- the nose in odd fronts, and 3-technique spots in even fronts. For as big as he is, he avoided cut blocks well and showed a good inside rush move from the 4/5 spots and the even-front 3 spot. Wilson frequently got his hands up to obscure passing lanes. He battled frequent double-teams and also saw a couple of triple-teams. Perhaps his most impressive plays were a couple of run stops where he strafed down the line of scrimmage to make stops for no gain. Wilson is so large that he may be destined for an odd front in college, but if he improves his conditioning, he could potentially play an even 3 role. Wilson performed well at the July 18 "Under The Lights" camp in Austin, where he reported early interest from Ohio State, TCU, Texas, and Texas A&M.


Statistics courtesy the Dallas Morning News



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