Texas City 7-on-7 feature versatile prospects

Texas City held a 7-on-7 state qualifier on Saturday with Pearland and Pearland Dawson qualifying for the state tournament in July. Some of the top 2011 prospects in the Houston area were on hand with Clear Creek's C.J. McElroy having the best day in a setting that is right up his alley. Burnt Orange Beat was on hand to see some of the state's top prospects.

The Texas City 7-on-7 state qualifier brought out the top teams from south of downtown Houston on Saturday featuring some of the top 2011 playmakers in the area. Clear Creek receiver/punt returner C.J. McElroy was very impressive, while the Clear Springs duo of Trevon Randle and Donnie Baggs showed a lot of athletic ability for prospects that are 6-2, 200+ pounds. Throw in Houston Chavez's Jafus Gaines and Port Arthur Memorial's K'Sean Wesley and the 2011 class of receivers was well represented.

Donnie Baggs

Baggs stands 6-2 or a shade over and said on Saturday he weighs 201 pounds. Baggs played safety as a sophomore and had his moments, but moved to linebacker this spring and has taken off. Baggs has very impressive linebacker body type with the speed, lateral movement and vastly improved physicality to be highly recruited at the position. Baggs began the spring as a talented prospect for the first year 5A program, but ended the spring having taken his game to another level with his ability to diagnose, fill and make a physical strike.

In speaking with Clear Springs head coach Clint Hartman Saturday morning, he mentioned that Baggs might have had his best day when Texas assistants Will Muschamp and Major Applewhite were in attendance.

On Saturday, Baggs showed his ability to move the feet, fluidly drop in coverage and react to the ball in the air with the ability to turn and run. In the opening game against Friendswood, he didn't get a lot of action in the middle of the field, but was active and chased the ball.

Baggs will camp at Texas June 14.

Trevon Randle

Randle, like his teammate Donnie Baggs, also weighs 201 pounds and is shade under 6-2. Randle was a first team all-district linebacker as a sophomore, but made the move to running back this spring.

Randle played offense only on Saturday in Texas City. The running back position isn't going to get a lot of action in 7-on-7, but what Randle did show was his ability to plant and accelerate, make decisive, hard cuts and change direction with fluidity.

When he did receive a short pass, he quickly turned and got up the field. He didn't break defenders down with quick darting cuts, but found his path to maximize yardage with a turn and straight-line path.

Randle will camp at Texas on June 14. It was mentioned that Texas A&M could be close to offering Randle and/or Baggs.

C.J. McElroy

McElroy is in the mold of the spread slot receiver possessing elite quickness, explosive darting cuts, the ability to quickly accelerate and legit 4.5 speed. The 7-on-7 setting is right up the playmaker's alley.

McElroy is quick off the line of scrimmage, gets in and out of his breaks quickly and has the ability to run away or make the first defender miss even in 7-on-7. McElroy made the clean catch every time in Clear Creek's game against Morton Ranch and always maximized the yards after the catch.

The 2011 prospect has the feet, quick darting ability and acceleration to excel as a punt returner in addition to slot receiver. McElroy will likely line up at running back, receiver, kick and punt returner in 2009 for the Clear Creek Wildcats.

McElroy said on Saturday he plans to attend a three-day camp at Texas in June.

K'Sean Wesley

Wesley hasn't received the attention as some of his peers in the 2011 class have, but is talented in his own right. What Wesley has that many others don't possess at his age is a defined body type with the strength to run through defenders on the high school level. At 5-11.5, and 190 pounds, the 2011 prospect has the build of a running back, but with long arms.

On Saturday, Wesley played outside receiver and had the appearance of a run and catch receiver. Because strength is his game after the catch, he didn't make the flashy moves as some others, but did a good job of catching the ball and turning up field.

Against Pearland Dawson, the junior to be showed the ability to make the tough catch on an out route thrown well in front of him along the sideline as well as catch and put the ball away quickly.

Wesley said he plans to camp at LSU this summer.

Chris Hawkins

Simply put, Hawkins is one of the top athletes in Texas in the 2010 class. The 2010 prospect with 15 offers stands 6-2 and weighs 175 pounds and can run and jump with the best of his class. Hawkins is a high ceiling prospect that has yet to scratch the surface of his ability.

Both on the field on Friday nights (10 receptions for 400 yards in 2008) or in 7-on-7, Hawkins faces constant double teams and that along with not having a consistent quarterback limits his chances.

On Saturday, Hawkins was given eight-yard cushions and still ran right past every defender on deep routes. He also separated out of his breaks running free only to have a ball throw that was uncatchable.

Hawkins also rotated at safety and his skill set showed up on occasion. He showed the ability to run and close on an offensive player with the ball or chase the ball in the air.

Jafus Gaines

The 2011 Houston Chavez receiver was limited to two series due to a quad pull. With Chavez having qualified for state last weekend, he spent the day watching his teammates and lending a helping hand to his fellow receivers.

Gaines did say he plans to attend Texas camp on the 14th.


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