Cowboys Stadium Weekend Standouts

After watching it live and going back to break down the tape, has the standout performers from the state championship games at Cowboys Stadium this past weekend. What future Longhorns made our list?

QB.) Michael Brewer – Lake Travis

The future Red Raider shined against a very solid Denton Ryan defense, which should feature three to four D-1 defenders. What impressed me about Brewer was he was able to make all the throws. When he had to, he could tuck it and run, carrying the ball 18 times. I would have figured that Oklahoma State commitment J.W. Walsh would have given Brewer a run for his money, but Walsh was inconsistent. He showed he is a threat to run, but didn't throw any touchdown passes and threw the key interception in a Steele win.

RB.) Johnathan Gray – Aledo

Going into the weekend, I would have said it would be a toss up between Gray and Malcolm Brown. I was so wrong. What Brown did in the second half with a bummed shoulder was admirable, but what the junior did the entire game was just not believable. How does someone have eight touchdowns in the state championship game? Brown might be the best running back in the 2010 class, but Gray might be the best running back in the nation.

WR.) Jalen Claiborne – Carthage

He doesn't have any big-time offers, but the senior wide receiver probably should. For the second straight year Claiborne went over a 1000 yards in the Carthage offense. He put his talents on display Friday night, catching six balls for 163 yards and three scores. It could have been 300 yards. No matter what route he ran, Coldspring-Oakhurst didn't have an answer.

TE.) Griffin Gilbert – Lake Travis

Gilbert might not be the traditional tight end, but that is what I'm calling him at 6-foot-5, 195 pounds. He was Brewer's most reliable target all day, catching four balls for 88 yards. He's not going to be a guy that catches one on the outside and runs past everyone, but he is a guy that cover over the middle and get that tough 10 to 15 yards. The brother of Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert, he's one to watch.

OL.) Taylor Doyle – Lake Travis

Are you counting the number of Lake Travis offensive players yet? It's three. They were that impressive against Denton Ryan. Ryan was considered to have the best defense in 4A by many, the Cavilers didn't get the memo. Doyle, a future Longhorn, pushed the Ryan defense around, allowing his teammates to pick up 168 yards rushing and 379 yards of total offense.

DL.)Samuel Ukwuachu – Pearland

The future Boise State Bronco was named Defensive MVP for his efforts against No. 1 Euless Trinity. Ukwauchu's motor never stops. Not only did he have nine tackles, but recorded a force fumble, and another instance that would have been a fumble in any league that supports instant replay. His long arms gave Trinity's offensive lineman fits all night.

LB.) Kendall Thompson – Carthage

I made a point to watch the linebackers very closely this weekend, opting to not just give the award to the Texas commitment. But, Thompson was deserving. The senior can go sideline to sideline and is easily recognized as the leader of the Carthage defense. The Bulldogs would have won this game without Thompson, but Coldspring-Oakhurst might have put a few more scores on the board. Thompson constantly took on double teams, opening things up for his fellow linebackers and secondary. He was named the defensive MVP.

DB.) Josh Stewart – Denton Guyer

The Oklahoma State commitment was on the losing end, but showed his ability at the corner position. He went 1-on-1 with Steele's wide receivers, but was even more impressive in run support on Malcolm Brown. He is aggressive on the line with receivers, but probably needs to add little strength to jam more effectively at the next level.

ATH.) Brandon Carter – Euless Trinity

Enough can't be said about the future Oklahoma Sooner. Whether he is playing wide receiver, quarterback, or is lined up in the backfield, Carter is a threat. He's been recruited to play corner in Norman, but I have a feeling whoever the Texas defensive coordinator is in a few years, they will be game planning for Carter.

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