Thomas Ashcraft dominating the competition

Cedar Hill won the Class 5A title in 2006, and have gone 24-4 in two seasons before coming into a season where they were expected by some to come back to the pack in District 7-5A. Instead, Cedar Hill has kept winning at an impressive rate going 8-1 and 5-0 in district play. Monday morning, Coach McGuire took the time to speak with Burnt Orange Beat about the dominant play of Thomas Ashcraft.

Thomas Ashcraft is Scout.com's #12 overall offensive tackle in the country and his play has lived up to the impressive national ranking leading a young team that is rolling up over 300 rushing yards per game. The talented prospects play has earned constant praise from head coach Joey McGuire.

"Thomas is having a really good season," said McGuire, "He is playing the way you would expect a Texas commit to play."

McGuire continued, "Dominant. He has not really been tested this season with the exception of the South Grand Prairie game."

Baron Flenory, Scout.com's Midland Regional Scouting Manager, has seen Ashcraft several times this season, and said, "Ashcraft is everything you look for in a dominant left tackle; he is massive with an athletic frame and good feet. Once he latches on, he can run with a defender, shadowing their every move. It is hard to beat him with strength because he is too big and just as hard to work a move on him because he has great feet and can stay in front of a defender. On top of all that, he has a huge upside."

Ashcraft played guard as a sophomore on the 5A state championship team before moving outside as a junior and senior. Coach McGuire looks to his versatility as a major strength at the next level.

"His versatility is great. I think he could play all five offensive line positions, but I think he will play tackle for Texas," McGuire concluded.

As far when Ashcraft will officially become a Texas Longhorn, McGuire confirmed that Ashcraft has submitted all of his paperwork to be a mid-term enrollee and will enroll for the spring semester.

Cedar Hill wraps up its regular season this Friday at 1-8 Irving Nimitz.

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