Iowa State's Targets in Texas

Cyclone Nation's very own Clonecougar updates us on the Iowa State targets in Texas and their progress in the state playoffs.

With the Texas playoffs in full swing, it's time to take a look back to see how some of the Iowa State recruits are doing. Some of the players made it into the playoffs, but there were others who weren't as fortunate.


One of the unfortunate players is Jamaal Evans of Irving High School. The Tigers ended the season with a six-game losing streak, but Evans put up some impressive numbers in his eight-game season. He had 264 rushes for 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns for the season. In his final game, he rushed the ball 40 times for 272 yards and two touchdowns. He wrapped up a brilliant career with 6,349 yards and 65 touchdowns. The 5'8", 185-pound running back will be visiting the Iowa State campus on December 9.


Another area running back that made the playoffs is Kelvin Thompson of Mineral Wells. The 6'0, 188-pound running back finished the regular season with 183 rushes for 1,903 yards, which is an average of over 10 yards per carry.  Thompson's playoff experience was short because of a 42-34 loss to Denison in the first round. But he was able to put up some spectacular stats in the game with 12 rushes for 231 yards and three touchdowns. Thompson also caught two passes for 31 yards and another touchdown. He finished his Ram career with 4,140 yards rushing.


There was one player that didn't get to play much this season because of injuries, but it seems that he was able to make enough of an impression in the summer camps to get an offer. Austin Alburtis did accept the offer, but he was injured during the season. The Tyler Street Christian school where he played struggled through a 0-10 season with 10 of the 18 players on the roster either freshmen or sophomores. The 6'2", 220-pound recruit has played quarterback in the past, but he has been projected to play the linebacker position at the next level.


Another player that finished the season with an injury is Derron Montgomery of South Garland. He tore an ACL earlier in the season, but the Cyclones have maintained close contact with the speedy, 6'2", 200-pound receiver. It seems that he will have a full recovery after the surgery, and he was seen walking around on the sidelines last night during the South Garland 37-23 victory over Lake Highlands in the second round of the playoffs. The Colonels will take on the winner of the Lufkin/Hays Community next weekend.  Montgomery finished his shortened season with 10 receptions for 110 yards.


The Kimball Knights made the playoffs with an 8-2 record, and one of the instrumental players on the team was Robert Williams. A 6'3", 200-pound wide receiver/defensive end in high school has been projected as a defensive end prospect in college. During the season, he made 35 receptions for 483 yards and three touchdowns. The Knights lost a heart-breaking game to 4A powerhouse Ennis in the first round by the score of 18-14. Williams has also set up an official visit to Ames on December 9.


But probably the biggest surprise of the post-season so far has been the play of the Garland Owls. After winning their district with an 8-2 mark, Garland faced a very tough opponent with the John Tyler squad in the first round. The Owls trailed 20-7 going into the fourth quarter and had been thoroughly dominated throughout the game with John Tyler's bookend 315-pound offensive tackles. But Garland scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a fourth-and-six trap run for 39 yards and the winning touchdown. Devin McDowell, brother of Cyclone DeAndre Jackson, had only one rush in the game for 18 yards. But he did make a big play in the first half with an interception to stop a John Tyler drive.


The victory set up a showdown with the eighth-ranked Carter Cowboys last night at Texas Stadium in Irving. With a Carter defense that gave up an average 137 yards a game, the Owls jumped out to an early 10-0 lead. A second quarter touchdown by Carter cut the margin to 10-7, but Garland was able to extend the lead with a safety as the snap to the punter went way over his head at the back of the end zone.


The Owls maintained their 12-7 lead throughout the second half with a strong defensive effort to gain a bit of revenge after the Cowboys defeated them earlier in the season 21-14. However, McDowell was injured before the earlier game and did not play that night. Devin finished this game with eight carries for 44 yards, including a couple of quick sweeps around the lightning fast Carter defense to keep drives going. The second upset victory has created the opportunity for the Owls to meet the winner of the Copperas Cove-Leander game next Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Waco. A win in this game will get the Owls half way to their goal of a state championship.

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