If you're a Texas fan, then Friday's Texas State 7-on-7 pool of Division I teams is unbelievably enticing. It's a field of Longhorn commits, Texas offers and generally some other players who could wind up targeted by the Longhorns in upcoming classes.
First, let's start with the commitments. Texas has three 2014 commitments whose schools are taking part Friday — Abilene Cooper's Lorenzo Joe, Longview's Dorian Leonard and Cypress Falls product Otaro Alaka. Joe will be difficult to scout, as he plays quarterback for Cooper, while he's slated to be a wide receiver in Austin. For Leonard and Alaka, however, it should be a nice look at their skill set. Leonard is a tall, long wideout with a high ceiling, and Alaka has often shown off his coverage skills as a linebacker for Cy Falls, which deploys him on slot receivers a decent portion of the time. Additionally, Texas has a 2015 commitment expected to take part in Lufkin athlete Keke Coutee. As either a dynamic slot receiver or a smooth cover corner, Coutee has the potential to really show out well this weekend.
Then, there are the 2014 offers. Texas has 21 commitments in the Class of 2014, meaning that the Longhorns only have a few spots remaining. And some of the 'Horns' top targets are headed down to Leander on Thursday, including Lewisville Hebron safety Jamal Adams, Houston Lamar safety John Bonney and safety/linebacker Edwin Freeman of Arlington Bowie. Even with so few spots remaining in the class, it's safe to say that Texas would take all three players if they wanted to commit.
But while those 2014 targets are important for closing out this class, perhaps the most impressive part of Friday's pool play is the sheer number of 2015 and over prospects in attendance. From 2015s like West Mesquite quarterback Chason Virgil, Plano West running back Soso Jamabo, Cedar Hill wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge, Mesquite Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson and Whitehouse safety Justin Dunning, a number of the state's top prospects will be in attendance.
Additionally, keep an eye on 2016 Manvel budding stars Reggie Hemphill and Deontay Anderson. Obviously, it's way early. But Hemphill flashed big-time at Texas's camp this summer, looking like one of the best receivers in attendance. And Anderson, a 6-foot-plus defensive back has big-time potential as well.
In all, it should be a great day for watching some of the state's top prospects — many of whom have Longhorn interest — go at it.