SMU Commitment Update, Part II

It's the most exciting time of the year in the world of prep football, as schools around the country gear up for runs at their respective state championships. Find out what's going on with some of the prospects that are committed to SMU.

Last week, K.C. Nlemchi and Cinco Ranch were bounced from the ranks of the unbeaten in their final regular-season game vs. Katy, and the Cougars (9-1) get a chance to right the ship this week in the first round of the Texas Class 5A Division 1 playoffs.

It might not be easy, however, as Cinco Ranch will be tested by another 9-1 team, the Houston Lamar Redskins.

Lamar's only loss came back in Week Three to Brenham and SMU commit Rodney Hubert. The Redskins are scoring 38.3 points per game and rely on a balanced attack that features the passing of Bram Kohlhausen and the running of Darren Ervin.

Nlemchi, despite sharing carries with Jamel James (1,056 yards), has accumulated 1,205 yards on the season to go along with 18 touchdowns. The senior RB has added two more scores on receptions.

The Cinco Ranch/Lamar winner advances to meet either Cypress Creek (7-3) or Alief Hastings (6-4) in the second round. Looking way ahead, 10-0 Pearland looms as a potential third round matchup.

Brenham and Hubert maintained their perfect 10-0 mark last week, edging Stratford by three points (20-17). The Cubs have been tremendous on defense, allowing a paltry 8.5 points per game.

Hubert leads the team in interceptions (with three) and has 26 tackles (21 solo).

The Cubs, who lost to Aledo in the state title game last year, entertain 7-3 Kingwood Park this week in the first round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs.

The visiting Panthers have scored more than 30 points in six games, including a 51-0 whitewash of New Caney last week. QB Zach Vorenkamp and RB Chris Smith are two players to watch for Kingwood Park.

Unfortunately, wide receiver Nyle Johnson's season came to a conclusion last week when Dunham dropped a 30-22 decision to highly-regarded Donaldsonville.

The Tigers won their first two games in convincing fashion, but lost four straight to close out the year.

Nevertheless, Johnson had an outstanding senior campaign. Two weeks ago, he ran for 100 yards and added 94 receiving with a touchdown against Capitol. He also rushed for 164 yards and caught a TD pass vs. St. John-Plaquemine.

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