Thursday's pool-play competition at the Adidas Texas 7v7 Championships at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex trended toward the offensive side of the ball, but there were a few defensive prospects who made their presence felt.
Here's a look at a few of those players:
Deonte Williams, 2016 LB, Plano Prestonwood Christian-- Williams may have been the most impressive linebacker of Thursday's action. He's already 6-foot-1, 218 pounds and has offers from Baylor and TCU. Williams has a big, strong base, but his upper body is still developing, a very good sign since he'll be able to add bulk in his trunk to make him an even more impressive prospect.
Demarco Boyd, 2016 RB/LB, Gilmer -- Boyd is another underclassman linebacker, but he has yet to receiver his first offer. That may not take long. Boyd moves very well for a bulky, muscular player whose sophomore playing experience came -- get this -- manning the nose guard spot in Gilmer's odd-front scheme. Boyd, who is almost 6-foot and said he now weighs 215 pounds, looks like a running back at first glance, but for now, his instincts fit the defensive side of the ball. Boyd is the younger brother of Gilmer 2015 four-star cornerback and The Opening participant Kris Boyd. Kris has more than a dozen offers, so don't be surprised if a school that's already offered Kris pursues Demarco in hopes of a Gilmer 2-for-1.
Jerbrell Lipscomb, 2015 CB, Navasota -- Lipscomb played well on both sides of the ball. He saw more action on offense than defense, but when he played cornerback, he was a deft back-pedaler who turn and ran fairly well. Lipscomb's bulk is impressive for a shorter player. He's 5-foot-9, 186 pounds and is the type of guy who's definitely more at home playing in pads than in 7v7, but that didn't keep him from catching our eye on both sides of the ball Thursday. North Texas has offered Lipscomb as a cornerback.
Blake Lynch, 2015 WR/S, Gilmer -- Lynch made our top offensive performers because of his exploits at receiver, but he also had a good day roaming the back end of Gilmer's defense. He has good instincts and the ball skills are obviously there given his experience playing quarterback and receiver.