Friday Night Lights, Week Four

Here's this week's roundup of how the top Texas prospects did.

2013 quarterback target on-point in loss

Everyone knows about Tyrone Swoopes, the Longhorns' top quarterback target for 2013. But Wichita Falls Rider quarterback J.T. Barrett isn't far behind. The signal caller hit on 60 percent of his passes (12-of-20) for 177 yards, while rushing for 118 yards on 21 carries. Rider did lose the game, in a shootout, 51-44.

The 6-foot-2 Barrett is one of the top quarterbacks in the state and a prospect worth keeping an eye on as Texas Junior Days get closer.

Skyline passing game goes wild

2013 quarterback Devante Kincade was 12-of-15 for 294 yards and four passing touchdowns, with the bulk of those yards (and all four touchdowns), going to his two best receiver prospects. The first, and the one that all Longhorn fans are familiar with, is Thomas Johnson, who caught six passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns. The second, and one to keep an eye on for 2013, is Rashaad Samples, who caught three passes for 131 yards and a score, including a 63-yarder.

With Johnson and Peter Jinkens in the fold, it isn't a stretch to think that Samples could be the next Skyline prospect to find a home in Austin, especially if the Longhorns (as expected) look for a slot receiver in that class.

Caleb Bluiett strong in win

The Beaumont West Brook defensive end is trying his hand at linebacker this year, and judging by Friday's stat line in West Brook's 37-7 win over Tyler Lee, the transition is going well. Bluiett had eight tackles, including one tackle for loss, one sack and four quarterback hurries. He also recovered an onside kick.

Bluiett is one of the more intriguing prospects in the 2012 class because of his raw athleticism. He has a chance to excel in the multiple roles asked of Texas defensive ends.

James White with another big night

White might be fighting for his life with regard to getting a Texas offer, and he's playing like it on the field. In Pearland Dawson's 54-3 win over Santa Fe, White rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries.

The Longhorns will probably take two backs in 2013, with one being a D.J. Monroe type. Dontre Wilson of DeSoto (four carries for 30 yards and a TD Friday) figures to fill that role, while Keith Ford of Cypress Ranch (54 yards on 16 carries on a down night Friday) likely getting an offer as a more traditional back. White could be just behind Ford, while Cedar Hill's Laquvionte Gonzalez (170 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries Friday) could be the backup plan to Wilson.

Orlando Thomas with a nice showing

Copperas Cove beat a feisty Belton squad 37-15, with the Texas commitment rushing 16 times for 73 yards and a touchdown, while completing five of his seven throws for 58 yards. Thomas also helped open things up for back Brandon Hamilton, who rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns.

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