Lake Travis SQT Preview

Taking a look at the players and teams to watch in Saturday's Lake Travis 7-on-7 State Qualifying Tournament.

Pool A — Lake Travis, Belton, Round Rock Stony Point, Kyle Lehman

Projected Winner: Lake Travis

Player To Watch: 2015 WR Justin Gamble, Stony Point

Big paws on the puppy. There isn't a great way to tell if a player is going to grow several inches, although looking at a player who is pretty high-cut is one way, and another is to look at his hands and feet. This becomes important with the 5-foot-10 Gamble because at 5-10, he's pretty good. But at 6-2, he becomes a really big-time recruit, somebody with 4.47 speed in the 40-yard dash, soft hands and a knack for getting open. And people around Gamble, who is high cut and has size-16 feet, seem to think he's still got several inches of growth left. He's getting some early attention from several schools, and will camp at Texas.


Pool B — Copperas Cove, Austin Bowie, Marble Falls, Round Rock McNeil

Projected Winner: McNeil

Player To Watch: 2014 WR Garrett Gray

In one of the weaker pools of the tournament, Gray projects as one of the few legitimate BCS-type players. A big wide receiver who can stretch the field, Gray could help Marble Falls overcome last weekend's not-so-hot showing (when they lost to the Lake Travis JV), and come out of this group with a win. And with neither Lake Travis, nor Round Rock Westwood able to compete in the semifinals, that leaves Marble Falls just one win from state qualification.


Pool C — Austin High, Pflugerville Hendrickson, Dripping Springs, Bastrop Cedar Creek

Projected Winner: Pflugerville Hendrickson

Player To Watch: 2014 CB Trai Moseley, Hendrickson

Hendrickson is loaded with talent, in fact, the Hawks may have the most FBS talent of any team in the tournament. But they couldn't get through a pool that included Lake Travis last weekend. This weekend, a more manageable pool awaits, and with it, likely state qualification. Hendrickson has a great chance to win the whole thing, and if they do, a big part of the effort will be Moseley, who was tremendous in last weekend's Round Rock SQT, showing lock-down skills and excellent athleticism.


Pool D — Georgetown, Elgin, Austin McCallum, Round Rock Westwood

Projected Winner: Westwood

Player To Watch: 2014 QB/ATH Te'rel Simmons, Elgin

Simmons emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the area last year, accounting for more than 3,000 yards of total offense and around 40 touchdowns. Obviously, he won't be able to display his dual-threat ability in a 7-on-7 setting. But can he throw the ball well enough to play the position at the next level? Westwood will be the runaway favorite in this field, but since Westwood has already qualified, Simmons could lead Elgin to the semis and potentially beyond.


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