In a season-opener featuring 13 FBS-committed players and about two dozen FBS-caliber prospects, defending state champion and Scout.com No. 6 national team Cedar Hill pulled away in the second half for a 56-34 victory against Dallas South Oak Cliff in the Lone Star Sports Kickoff Classic at Dallas' Kincaide Stadium.
Here's a look back with observations on some of the top 2015 defensive prospects from both teams (for standout underclassmen from these teams, check out this link):
X'zavien Ausborne, 2015 CB, Dallas South Oak Cliff -- Ausborne, who's committed to Wisconsin, is small, but he runs well. Ausborne has track speed and it shows when he's asked to turn and run with receivers. He didn't stick out among a bevy of high-major prospects, but he played OK and competed. He didn't seem to get a lot of targets, so that potentially speaks well of his performance.
Trevis Gipson, 2015 OLB/DE, Cedar Hill -- Gipson (pictured above) is tall and very long. He's at least 6-foot-3 and around 200 pounds. Gipson is a natural pass-rusher. When he knows he's not going to the quarterback, he does a good job throwing up his arms to obscure passing lanes. He's relatively physical for a thin guy and does a good job avoiding cut blocks for such a high-cut prospect. Tulsa is his only offer so far, but he's gotten recent interest from TCU.
Jalen Goss, 2015 DT, Dallas South Oak Cliff -- the 6-foot, 295-pound Goss played as well as any defensive player in the game. He had at least two tackles for loss and disrupted several more running plays. He's a bit similar to DeSoto three-star defensive tackle and UCLA commit Bryce English in size, frame, and style. Goss has offers from Louisville, Louisiana Tech, and Arkansas State.
Jamile Johnson, 2015 S, Dallas South Oak Cliff -- the recent North Carolina commit blended in a bit with South Oak Cliff's FBS-heavy secondary, but he showed his versatility by playing both safety and cornerback. Johnson's frame suggests that he's probably better off winding up at a free safety position who plays more of a coverage role than an a box-crashing run-supporter.
Prentice McKinney, 2015 S, Dallas South Oak Cliff -- McKinney, who is committed to Notre Dame, was the most impressive of SOC's slew of college-caliber defensive back prospects. He's tall and has very long arms, which combine with good athleticism to make him a rangy safety prospect. McKinney is lean now, but his frame potential is high. There's a lot of room to add positive weight. He's also pretty physical, so he could potentially play either safety role at the next level.
Darrell Miller, 2015 CB, Cedar Hill -- the Tennessee commit had an up-and-down night with positives and negatives mixed. He started very well and showed his trademark physicality, which he's gained a reputation for in recruiting circles. He hand fights very well and pushes the limits of legality to frustrate receivers. He got a personal foul penalty for a late hit, showing his intense demeanor. But Miller -- as well as the entire Cedar Hill secondary -- had trouble with TCU-bound four-star receiver J.F Thomas, who averaged 27 yards per catch on four grabs, two of which were scores. Thomas has a five-inch height advantage on Miller, so that had a lot to do with it.
Richard Moore, 2015 OLB, Cedar Hill -- there wasn't a lot of defense in this one, but Moore, a Texas A&M commit, played well in a game full of offensive stars, finishing with a team-high 12 tackles to earn Defensive MVP honors. At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Moore isn't the biggest linebacker, but he packs a punch and showed his impressive tackling ability on a couple of jarring hits that stood out above most over the course of the evening. He's athletic and pursues downhill well when chasing backs to the perimeter.
Takadrae Williams, 2015 CB, Dallas South Oak Cliff -- Williams' 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame is his best trait. He's thin, but the frame is there to become an impressively large cornerback. That said, he's still very raw. He was matched up a couple times of with Cedar Hill five-star receiver and Texas A&M commit DaMarkus Lodge, which is not fun for any high school cornerback. He also seemed hesitant in run support and needs to work on his ability to disengage from blocking receivers, something for which Cedar Hill has a reputation in its run-first spread.