Belton SQT Preview

Looking at the teams and players to watch at Saturday's Belton 7-on-7 State Qualifying Tournament.

Teams marked with a * have already qualified for state, meaning that if they win their group, the No. 2 team will enter into the semifinals.


Pool A: Belton*, Waco, Austin Bowie, Bastrop Cedar Creek

Projected Champion: Belton/Waco

Player To Watch: 2014 WR Andre Ewing, Belton

Belton actually qualified for state at the Lake Travis SQT, and a big part of their success was being able to tap into the size/speed combination that Ewing brings to the table. Where he'll play at the next level is a bit up in the air. At 6-5 205, he has the frame to outgrow the wide receiver position, though he certainly has the straight-line speed to be a success there. With his long arms and reach, he's able to pull in passes that most other wideouts can't get to.


Pool B: Lake Travis*, Copperas Cove, Elgin, Killeen Shoemaker

Projected Champion: Lake Travis/Elgin

Player To Watch: Malik Clemons, LB, Killeen Shoemaker

There's only so much you can tell about a linebacker in a one-hand touch type setting, but with Texas linebackers playing in the heart of Big 12 country, 7-on-7 can certainly be valuable to tell how fluid those players are, and how well they'll be able to play in space at the next level. At 6-foot and 220 pounds, Clemons probably projects best to middle linebacker at the next level, and that's the role he plays, and plays well, at Shoemaker. Clemons didn't time well at the Houston NFTC, but how is his play speed? Can he be a three-down linebacker at the next level? Shoemaker also has some other intriguing athletes, like Derrick Thomas-Nelson, a 2015 cornerback. Elgin QB/ATH Te'rel Simmons — who led Elgin to the semifinals of the Lake Travis SQT — is another one to watch.


Pool C: Corsicana, Pflugerville Connally, Pflugerville Hendrickson, Temple

Projected Champion: Hendrickson/Temple

Player To Watch: 2015 QB/WR Chad President, Temple (Baylor)

The last time we saw President, who plays quarterback for Temple, was at the Round Rock SQT, where a driving rain made it difficult for him to show any development as a thrower. Hopefully, the weather will behave a bit more in Belton. President has nice size and can make several of the touch throws, though the Baylor commitment struggled at times to drive up the RPMs when he needed to put the ball between two defenders. Also keep an eye on DeVontay Bell, the 2014 athlete out of Corsicana. Bell was a dynamite athlete as a sophomore, but suffered a knee injury as a junior.


Pool D: Abilene Cooper, Georgetown, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Killeen

Projected Champion: Abilene Cooper

Player To Watch: 2014 DB Cordell Dorsey, Abilene Cooper (Baylor)

When most people think about Abilene Cooper, they mention Longhorn commitment Lorenzo Joe, who stars at quarterback. But Dorsey might be just as much of a physical specimen. At 6-2 205, he's a great-looking safety who might spin down to linebacker at the next level. For now, he does a really nice job handling center field in Cooper's defense. He's an outstanding get for Baylor, and should continue the Bears' development on that side of the ball.


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