Atascocita-Dawson Scouting Reports

High school scrimmages are going on all around the state today as teams continue to get prepared for the 2009 season. On Saturday in Pearland, Humble Atascocita and Pearland Dawson went at it with the regular season six days away. Burnt Orange Beat was there looking at several prospects that the Longhorns have are watching.

On Saturday morning at 9am with the sun already bashing down on "The Rig" stadium in Pearland, the Atascocita Eagles and Pearland Dawson Eagles locked horns for two hours in a scrimmage that featured some of the top juniors in the Houston area.

For Atascocita, Everett Pleasant lined up at safety and receiver. At 6-5, and 215 pounds, he has the look of an intimidating presence on the field. On the next level, the junior will play defensive end or tight end.

Pleasant is joined in the Eagles 2011 class by left guard Nathan Gutekunst and defensive back Jordan Holt-Washington. Earnest Carrington took all of the quarterback snaps for Atascocita. Carrington, 6-2, and 220 pounds, quarterbacked Cleveland High in 2008 as a sophomore before transferring in the spring. The expected starter at quarterback, talented 2011 point guard Jamaal Branch, moved to the Arlington area and will attend Grace Prep in 2009-10.

Dawson High features one of the top junior receivers in the state in Marcus Vaughn. The 6-0, 195-pounder, who camped at Texas in June and lists Florida, Texas and Oklahoma as his top three, was the best player on the field on Saturday.

Dawson has two or three other junior prospects that have a chance to play D-I led by right guard Max Brown (6-3, 240, 4.95).

The Eagles also feature a talented sophomore defensive back in safety Jarell Crenshaw (5-10, 175). Crenshaw played on the varsity as a freshman.

As far as winners and losers in the scrimmage setting, Pearland Dawson can walk away feeling victorious scoring a pair of touchdowns in the controlled setting, while Atascocita struggled to move the ball the entire two hours.

Everett Pleasant Atascocita

Pleasant wasn't 100% as he is nursing a deep bruise on his right thigh. He didn't show any of the explosive ability that showed up on the basketball court and on the football field as a sophomore. At 6-5, and 215 pounds with long arms and an athletic build, Pleasant was the best looking player on the hoof on Saturday.

Pleasant dropped one deep ball, but didn't have the ability to work through the contact and run through the football. On three deep balls thrown in his direction, he could kick it into another gear to run through the ball due to the injury.

On defense, it was a similar situation. With that being said, Pleasant's motor doesn't always run at the speed one would ideally desire, but he is one ultra talented prospect.

Texas is strong with Pleasant at this point.

Nathan Gutekunst Atascocita

Gutekunst played left guard this morning. At 6-4.5, and 295 pounds, he looks the part taking the field. He had the look of a guard on the next level all the way. His lateral movement, reactionary quickness and ability to play backwards were that of a guard prospect.

As he matures physically, as far as making strength gains, he could develop into a solid guard prospect.

Jordan Holt-Washington Atascocita

Holt-Washington is one of the top athletes in the Eagles program. At 6-0, 180-pounds with legit 4.5 speed, the junior has the body and speed to excel at defensive back. He played more of hybrid safety/outside backer on Saturday, but showed some ability to drop and react in coverage. He also showed his speed on a couple of occasions closing on throws to the boundary.

With a productive season, he could become a prospect that receives many looks from BCS level programs.

Marcus Vaughn Pearland Dawson

The junior receiver was easily the best player on the field today. At 6-0, and 195 pounds with very good hands, timing and the understanding of how to use blockers, make the first man miss and maximize yards after the catch, Vaughn has emerged as one of the top receivers in Texas in the 2011 class.

Vaughn showed a willingness to block as well the quick thinking reactions to bat a pair of would be interceptions away from Atascocita defenders (including Houston commit Kent Brooks).

Vaughn scored the first touchdown for Dawson on a 12-yard catch and run on a quick pitch and catch out of a bunch, trips set. He added three more impressive catch and runs in which he looked like a running back after the catch.

Vaughn attended Texas camp in June and list Florida as his favorite followed by Texas and Oklahoma. Vaughn moved to Pearland in the 8th grade. He lived in Kansas City prior to the move.

Jarell Crenshaw Pearland Dawson

It is never too early to talk about the 2012 class and the Dawson safety is one of few sophomores that played significant snaps on a 4A or 5A varsity team as a freshman. At 5-10, and 175 pounds with instinctive coverage and closing abilities, he has the look of a prospect that will be heavily recruited in two years if he continues to progress.

Crenshaw made three plays on balls in the air in which his ability to play the ball in the air by taking terrific angles and showing the ability to read the quarterback early. He covered a lot of ground throughout the scrimmage.

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