Hemphill An Emerging Talent

2016 Manvel receiver Reggie Hemphill is emerging as one of the state's top wide receivers.

2016 Manvel wideout Reggie Hemphill is serious about football. And whenever it comes time to lace up the cleats and hit the field, he said it's important to try and get better.

So while many at the Texas State 7-on-7 Championships seemed happy to be there, Hemphill seemed miffed at what he perceived to be a lackluster performance.

"In the second half, as you can see, we came out with a faster pace," Hemphill said. "We need to come out like that more often. We can't play like we did before."

Serious words, but Hemphill said part of the reason for Manvel's success in recent years is the way the team pushes itself in 7-on-7.

"It helps our defense, it helps our chemistry, it helps the quarterback and his timing and it helps us on our precise route-running," Hemphill said.

For his part, Hemphill hasn't had any issues with his improvement. Working with the father of former Manvel standout and current Texas A&M corner Tavares Garner, Hemphill has emerged as one of the top receivers to watch in the state, despite his young age.

"I've gotten faster and maybe even put on some weight," Hemphill said. "I've definitely gotten more physical. A lot of people have coached me up to help me get there."

Where he's gotten was immediately apparent at the Texas camp he attended. Despite multiple years' difference, Hemphill won most of his battles against 2014 Texas commitment Jermaine Roberts, a talented cover man who did well in all his other matchups.

"It's nice going against the best of the best because that makes you better," Hemphill said. "I wish the best of luck to him and his season in Louisiana at St. Augustine. He was pretty good."

So was Hemphill. In fact, he had standout performances at both Texas and Texas A&M camps this summer.

"They were both fun," Hemphill said. "They were real traditional schools. I like both of them a lot. They were similar. The campuses were two different styles."

Hemphill said he grew up "a big Vince Young fan," but added that outside factors like that wouldn't help him make his college decision.

"I talked to my family, and it will be a family decision," Hemphill said. "I want to look at which school is better for my position. I want to know who I can go to that next level with."

As a 2016 recruit, Hemphill's decision is a ways off. But keep an eye on what should be a big-time sophomore season from the Manvel receiver this year.

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