Texas Eyes Desoto Junior Foursome

The Desoto Eagles are breaking in a lot of new faces this season and the youth movement is evident all over the field. After starting the year a disappointing 1-4, the Eagles have won three of their last four contests, and remain alive for the playoffs. Head coach Claude Mathis took time out of his Tuesday to talk to Burnt Orange Beat about his top underclassmen.

Desoto looks to be a top destination for college coaches over the next couple of years. Coach Mathis claims seven juniors and at least three sophomores that are garnering interest from various colleges.

According to Mathis, Texas is showing interest in four of those juniors including wide receiver Darius Terrell, safety Adrian White, running back Marcus Murphy, and offensive tackle Evan Washington.

Darius Terrell, 6-3, 205, has 30 catches for 511 yards, and six touchdowns on the year. He did miss one game with a slight knee injury, but returned the following week. His 17 yards per catch has helped the Eagle offense.

"Terrell has stretched the field for us and that has helped the running game," said Mathis. "He has a bunch of offers from everywhere and will likely announce his choice in February,"

Safety Adrian White is also getting offers from most of the Big 12 and SEC schools with Oklahoma and Texas jumping out to the early pole position. White has battled a nagging ankle injury that caused him to almost two full games, and he moved to free safety from corner this season.

"He is one of the fastest kids on my team," said Mathis, "He will be a shut down corner on the next level."

Running back Marcus Murphy (5-10, 175) has been a tremendous weapon for Desoto's offense as he has 742 yards rushing and 393 yards receiving, and 15 total touchdowns. Coach Mathis sees a special back in his quick junior.

"Marcus is a special back. He touches the ball almost twenty times a game for us," said Mathis.

The fourth Eagle drawing interest from Texas is 6-5, 290 pound offensive tackle Evan Washington. Mathis thinks that Washington might be the best lineman in the country in the junior class.

"He is a beast; wrecking shop," said Mathis. "This is his first year playing football. He did not even practice with the team in the spring," Mathis added.

Washington's father played in the NFL for the Jets for many years. "Evan has great footwork for a guy so new to football. He has long arms and powerful initial punch. Everybody in the country should offer him," said Mathis.

Texas Tech has offered Washington and a Miami assistant visited Desoto yesterday and offered on the spot.

Two other junior Desoto Eagle prospects will likely receive big time offers in linebacker Zachary Orr (6-0, 220) and defensive lineman Brandon Forge (6-4, 245). Coach Mathis mentioned Orr as a player that has played as well as anyone on the DeSoto team during district play.

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