Texas 7v7: DI – Live Up to the Hype

ROUND ROCK, Texas – FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com Midlands team of analysts and reporters talk about a few Big school division prospects who have been labeled as top players and proved, once again, that they are.

By Greg Powers:
S John Bonney (6'1, 190) - Houston Lamar - 2014

John Bonney, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back from Houston (Texas) Lamar High is a Scout.com 4-star prospect for a reason. Fresh off of a strong performance at The Opening playing safety, Bonney had the chance to play some cornerback today and showed great man-to-man coverage skills and recognition of his defense. He called all the defensive plays from ‘the island'. He has great composure and plays with discipline, making his coast-to-coast offer list no surprise.

By Kevin Flaherty:
S Jamal Adams (6'0, 190) - Hebron - 2014

There's so much hype around 2014 Lewisville Hebron safety Jamal Adams that it's pretty much impossible for him to live up to it. And yet, with every performance, he manages to find a way. Adams wasn't just an elite safety on Friday … he also made some huge plays as a wide receiver, using his sub-4.5-second speed to get down the field against an awfully talented pool. At this point, I believe Adams to be the top pure football player in the state.

By Ahmard Vital:
LB Malik Jefferson (6'3, 220) - Whitehouse - 2015

There are preliminary talks about who will be the top player in the state for the class of 2015. Already, the name Jefferson does come up. And for good reason. He's a big-time physical player who even in a non-contact tournament showed that he is more than worthy of being mentioned as an elite player from his class.

By Annabel Stephan:
John Plattenburg (5'11, 187) – Houston Lamar - 2014

Houston (Tex.) Lamar defensive back John Plattenburg, who just moved back to Texas, recently earned rave reviews from the West Coast and at this month's The Opening. On the first day of Division-1 pool play, Plattenburg did not disappoint, displaying his ability to stop the offense while making big plays throughout the day.
By Erin Hartigan:
S Justin Dunning (6'3, 190) - Whitehouse - 2015

At a muscular 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and with freakish athleticism- on both sides of the ball Friday- Whitehouse's Justin Dunning proved why names like Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma are in hot pursuit. Projected at safety at the next level, Dunning proved a guy his size can cover in space and keep up with the fastest of receivers. He is a unique specimen in the secondary and one with a promising future ahead of him.

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