Abilene Is Where It's At

With a bevy of Division 1-A talent playing in Abilene this weekend, Scout.com decided to be there with all the action. With Tech commits Taylor Potts and Lyle Leong of Abilene High playing in the night game versus Lubbock Monterrey, Tech had a few prospects playing in the afternoon game of Southlake Carroll (defending State and USA Today National Champions) and Midland Lee (former State champions 1998-200 and 1999 USA National Champions).

Midland Lee v. Southlake Carroll

Greg McElroy is probably one of the biggest names in Texas High School football recruiting right now. Having never started a High School game in his career, the senior signal-caller out of Southlake Carroll has already garnered interest from the likes of Ole Miss, Texas Tech, UTEP, and Kansas. While that is impressive in itself, McElroy knows how to get it done on the field as well. McElroy has a more orthodox release than current Tech commit Taylor Potts, but while his arm is not as strong, he can still get it down field. After heaving several long bombs that were either dropped or just out of reach, McElroy found comfort in the screens and short to medium routes, eventually opening it up deep. McElroy is a very accurate passer as well. McElroy had 3 total TDs on the day, 1 rushing and 2 passing. The biggest glaring problem was McElroy's decision making. He seemed a little delayed in reading the defense and that lead to a few sacks and the need to scramble on a few occasions.

Another Tech target was Clint Renfro. Renfro was not on the field that much, but it was obvious what his roll was…get open deep. Renfro was the widest split WR and was often used to spread the D deep. It is also obvious when watching him play in person that his speed is very real. At 6'0", 160, he's a little skinny, but he has good jumping ability as well as hands. Renfro will definitely need to gain some more weight before he would be a huge contributor. He is very reminiscent of Todd Walker.

*Note of interest –
The best receiver on the field was current BYU commitment McKay Jacobson. He was on the receiving end of both of McElroy's TD passes and has quite a set of hands.

Abilene High v. Lubbock Monterrey

Tech had two commits playing in the night cap. Both Taylor Potts and Lyle Leong were on all night long. After an hour and ten minute delay due to inclimate weather, the game kicked off and it was all Eagles after that. Taylor Potts and Lyle Leong hooked up a lot all night. Leong finished the night with 6 receptions for 88 yards a TD while Potts ended the night with 164 yards and one TD. Casey Bell, the replacement for Kobey Lewis was the big star of the night rushing for 105 yards on two carries and 3 TDs.

It's obvious that both Pots and Leong will be studs in the Texas Tech offense. Despite having a sputtering out the gate for Potts, the Eagles rushing game picked up the slack. Whether it was rust or the field conditions, Potts didn't have as big a night as expected, but still lead his offense to a win. Leong, much like Renfro will be a good receiver for the Red raiders, once he puts on some weight. Leong who stands 6'2" and 180 pounds, has a wonderful ability to leap (winning the State High Jump with a 6'10" mark) catches the ball well, with his hands and doesn't drop it much.

All-in-all, it was a good day for Texas Tech recruits and commits. Tech's class looks much stronger than most of the classes in the past and will continue to get stronger as the season wears on.


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