Stock Up 2014

With the next edition of the 2014 Texas Top 50 coming, here are three players who will jump up the rankings.

WR Emanuel Porter, Dallas Lincoln — Texas (NR)

Porter was a tough person to evaluate prior to seeing him at Texas's camp this summer because Dallas Lincoln seriously struggles to throw the ball. But in June, with an FBS quarterback throwing to him and FBS cornerbacks trying to cover him, Porter showed out in a huge way. At taller than 6-foot-3 and with timed speed in the low 4.4s, Porter has all the physical talent in the world. He's an explosive presence on the deep ball with great initial acceleration, and he's still filling out into a frame that should make him a nightmare on jump balls, especially with his length and mid-30-inch vertical. He's a top-15 to top-20 prospect in the state, somebody with significant upside at either outside receiver position.

WR Frank Iheanacho, Houston Westside

Nobody in the state's stock right now is higher than Iheanacho's. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound wideout will draw inevitable comparisons to Texas A&M's Mike Evans because of the basketball angle — the reason he flew under the radar is because he stayed away from the gridiron in favor of the hardwood as a junior. But that changed this year, with Iheanacho using his size/speed combination to dominate defenses and work himself into (at least) a top-20 ranking in the state. Colleges took immediate notice, with Texas A&M, Florida State and LSU, among others, extending immediate offers, and Iheanacho was even named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. If he continues at this pace, and picks Texas A&M as many expect, he'll continue to hear those Evans comparisons for quite awhile longer.

DL Trey Carter, Dallas Pinkston (NR)

In a class that has several impact defensive ends, and few impact defensive tackles, Carter has the potential to be either one. At 6-4 255, he already has nice size for an end at the next level, and while his burst isn't elite enough to bend the edge consistently at the next level, he has enough to set up blockers for inside moves. Carter is also fluid enough to stick at end, but the above-mentioned dearth of tackles makes his potential there intriguing. Carter would be an elite athlete for the position, and he has the frame to add quality weight to get there. Carter has offers from Oklahoma and TCU, and one from Texas could be coming soon. Two of the above picks are wide receivers, and I was tempted to pick a third in Baylor commitment Ishmael Zamora, who will also be making a sizable jump. He has the size and athleticism to cause serious matchup problems in college. Defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson, who is undecided, is another player I overlooked a bit. After seeing the top defensive tackles in the state, I'm not sure Henderson isn't the best of the bunch.

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