Stock Up 2015

With the next edition of the 2015 Texas Top 50 on the way, here are three players who were underrated in the original version.

QB Kyler Murray, Allen (21)

OK, so being ranked No. 21 isn't exactly a bad thing. But I'll admit that I seriously underestimated Murray's ability. First of all, he measured a full 5-foot-11 at the Dallas NFTC, something that doesn't seem like a huge deal, but it is — there were some people who said he was 5-8 or 5-9. But even if he were shorter, Murray would still be an absolute playmaker. He has astounding speed and moves for a quarterback in the open field, and he pairs that with tremendous accuracy and leadership ability. At this point, I'm inclined to move Murray up to the top quarterback spot in the state, and potentially even a top-five position overall in Texas.

WR James Proche, Prime Prep (43)

About the only thing missing from Proche's bag of tricks is elite speed. At 6-0, he has good size, and he's outstanding at using his body and his soft hands to maximize his catch radius, winning a number of 50-50 balls. But he also has the Mike Davis-like quality of sneaky deep speed — he probably isn't a 4.4 guy, and maybe isn't even a 4.5 guy, but Proche can set up defenders with his savvy and route-running, along with his excellent burst in and out of cuts. Proche is also a menace after the catch, and he's physical and tough.

WR Ryan Newsome, Aledo (NR)

In a class that's hurting for defensive tackles, I thought long and hard about putting a guy like Mansfield Legacy's Taaj Bakari here. But it's unclear where Bakari fits in at the next level. Is he a guard? Is he a defensive tackle? We'll see, but he's been pretty impressive, with good burst for a player of his size. Newsome gets the nod here because he's an outstanding football player who is already running a 10.8-second 100-meter dash as a sophomore. It's not a huge stretch to think Newsome could improve upon his already impressive speed, which he pairs with one-cut ability and strong ball skills. Also, keep an eye on Mesquite Poteet athlete DeAndre McNeal, a big-bodied athlete who could play a number of spots in college. McNeal is a teammate of 2015 star linebacker Malik Jefferson, the top overall player in the state.

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