For Longview, 7-on-7 can be a bit of a frustrating exercise. The Lobos are a smashmouth football team in pads, often running the ball behind talented 2015 back JaMycal Hasty. But in 7-on-7, Hasty's running ability is moot, and he's shifted to a raw, but athletic cornerback.
The result is what happened at Texas State 7-on-7, with Longview boasting a talented offense capable of putting up points, but lacking the defense to contend.
I felt like our offense, we were clicking for a little bit," said Texas commitment Dorian Leonard. "But we just need to give our defense a little more confidence in themselves. We need to keep on encouraging them."
Leonard caught two long touchdown passes in the game that I saw, though the Lobos faltered down the stretch. His impressive potential was on display in the game, with Leonard a thick 6-foot-4, 200-pounder who can get down the field a bit with deceptive speed.
"I'm very physical," Leonard said. "Most receivers like to catch a lot, but I won't mind blocking. I love being physical with the corners and stuff like that, making big catches in games."
His physical ability caught the eye of the Longhorns and Sooners, among others, with Leonard picking Texas earlier this summer.
"They stood out to me because I like their program," Leonard said. "I like the tempo of the offense that they're bringing in. The school is ranked … in the top colleges academically."
Leonard said he also liked what he's seen out of Texas quarterback David Ash.
"I like him a lot," Leonard said. "I like the way he plays. I've been watching him … and he's a very good quarterback."
Leonard said he continues to talk to Texas coach Mack Brown, lead recruiter Stacy Searels and future position coach Darrell Wyatt on the phone, and added that he's scheduled to be in Austin for Texas Stampede on July 27.
At that event, the Longhorns will likely push for more commitments in a class that already features a number of talented wide receiver prospects, including Leonard.
"I feel like we're going to be an elite group of receivers coming in together," Leonard said. "We can make things happen together down there in Austin.
"It surprised me a lot," said Leonard, of the fact that Texas was able to land such a big, and talented receiving class. "But I know once we get together, we'll be unstoppable."