Anahuac 7-on-7 draws small school talent

Anahuac hosted a state qualifier 7-on-7 tournament Saturday drawing some of the top skill talent from 3A, 2A and private schools in the Houston and Golden Triangle area including future Longhorn Connor Wood. Burnt Orange Beat was on hand to see the top prospects and files this report and photo gallery.

The Anahuac 7-on-7 tournament on Saturday brought out the state's top quarterback in the 2010 class as well as some of the more talented skill players in the 2011 class.

Some of the top featured talent on hand aside from Second Baptist and future Texas quarterback Connor Wood as was Silsbee 2010 Jeremy Johnson, West Orange-Stark 2011 receiver Mark Roberts, Kirbyville 2011 athlete Lefrederick Ford, Newton 2011 receiver Kendrae Arnold, Anahuac athlete Cody Johnson and West Orange-Stark 2012 athlete Justin Thomas.

Connor Wood (Second Baptist 2010)

Wood did what he always seemingly does on Saturday -- throw darts in the intermediate game and striking with the occasional deep ball. Even in the 7-on-7 setting, the 6-4, 205-pounder has the appearance of an athlete playing quarterback as he drops with fluidity as well as having fast twitch reactions. Wood possesses a very strong arm maximizing his velocity with a strong core and ideal hip rotation, stands tall in the pocket and delivers the ball with an improving compact throwing motion.

Jeremy Johnson (Silsbee 2010)

Johnson is reportedly leaning to West Virginia over Michigan with a trip to West Virginia on the calendar shortly. The 6-2.5, 180-pounder with legit 4.45 speed has steadily improved his mechanics and on Saturday was no longer dropping the ball below the water. Already possessing the arm strength to play the position in the correct system, improvement in making the motion more compact is enabling Johnson to hit more passes in the intermediate game with better accuracy and timing.

Mark Roberts (West Orange-Stark 2011)

A legit 6-3 with a quickly developing body and the ability to high point the ball in the air and speed in the high 4.5's and the 2011 prospect is showing the ability to be nationally recruited. Roberts has long arms, keeps them extended and shows the ability to snatch the ball out of the air in traffic on crossing routes. The junior to be needs to keep working on getting off the line of scrimmage quicker, but has improved since his sophomore season.

Roberts will camp at Texas with teammates Trey Franks, James Haynes and Justin Thomas. Texas was in Orange last week to evaluate the Mustang players.

Lefrederick Ford (Kirbyville 2011)

Saturday was the first to watch Ford in person and he showed some ability and size (6-0.5, 185). Ford was the 22-2A newcomer of the year at safety and showed fluidity in his pedal, T-step and turning to help over the top with the speed to cover from sideline to sideline. Ford also has long arms and wiry strong frame.

On offense, Ford played running back and wasn't really involved in the intermediate and downfield passing game. He did make a long catch over an extended defender on a wheel route.

Texas has been by Kirbyville to evaluate Ford in May. The sophomore will likely attend area mini-camps.

Cody Johnson (Anahuac 2011)

Johnson is an intriguing prospect in the 2011 class. The 6-1, 195-pound sophomore is a jack-of-all-trades of sorts for Anahuac as he could see time at safety, linebacker, receiver or quarterback in 2009. Johnson has very long arms and impressive leaping ability. On Saturday, his ability to play the ball and run and catch the ball wasn't on display as he played quarterback on offense and left safety on defense.

Texas was in Anahuac in May to evaluate Johnson.

Justin Thomas (West Orange-Stark 2012)

Thomas is one of the top freshmen in the state. He currently stands 5-8 and weighs 160 pounds. Thomas is blesses with quickness, terrific hips and explosive cutting and darting ability. At corner on Saturday, Thomas proved to be able to speed turn to recover when beaten and make plays on slants and crosses with reactionary quickness and quick hands to bat the ball away.

On offense, he catches short routes and has the ability to make people miss even in the 7-on-7 setting.


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