Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire could almost consider himself a member of the Texas player personnel department. No, the Longhorn (Cedar Hill also claims the team name) boss isn't in charge of recruiting, but in Cedar Hill's six games this year, five have come against major guys on the Texas recruiting board.
Three are Texas commitments — 2014s Jerrod Heard and Jason Hall and 2015 Bryce English — while two others (2014 Beaumont Ozen CB Tony Brown and 2015 Allen QB Kyler Murray) have offers. A third could be added to the latter pile from his own team, as McGuire coaches 2015 wideout DaMarkus Lodge.
But here's we'll focus on the three commitments that McGuire's Cedar Hill squad has faced. We'll tackle them in the order than the Longhorns played them.
Jerrod Heard, QB, Denton Guyer
McGuire's Take: This is our third year to play Heard, and every single year, he's gotten better. That's the thing that I've been really impressed with him: the kid has really worked to become a quarterback, and a special quarterback. A lot of times, you get kids like him when they're young, and they're more athletes who can play the quarterback position. But he's really progressed in terms of how he reads defenses, he has really good arm strength and he's accurate. If you go back and look at the three years we've played him, this was probably his best year against us from the standpoint of throwing the football.
Bryce English, DT, DeSoto
McGuire's Take: He's one of my favorite players. The one thing we had in 2006, when we won it [the state title], we had some kids who were space eaters — Jarvis Humphries for one, who was going to Texas, but got sick — who weren't just space eaters, but who were big athletes that could make plays. [English] is one of the best kids that we've faced over the last few years. They have him playing both nose guard and defensive end, which tells you how athletic he is. He's really hard to move whenever he anchors down in a gap. He's athletic enough to make a play if he's single-blocked, but if you try to double him, he digs in and eats those double teams up and keeps people off their linebackers. Man, I wish I could coach that kid. He's really good.
Jason Hall, DB, South Grand Prairie
McGuire's Take: The thing about Jason that really impressed me … what impressed me this week was his ability to play both corner and safety and move around. There were times where they lined him up on DaMarkus in a one-on-one situation. When you have a safety type kid who's that long, and good enough to be that versatile, he's a huge pickup. We have a kid like that in (OU commitment) Marcus Green, who can play corner, nickel or a true safety spot. And that's what Hall gives Texas.