Texas 7v7 Preview: Top D-I Teams

Scout.com takes a look at some of the teams expected to bring the most talent to the Division I bracket at this weekend's Adidas Texas 7v7 Championships in College Station.

The Division I bracket at the Adidas Texas 7v7 Championships starts Friday and concludes Saturday in College Station. Here's a look at what should be the most talent-laden teams competing at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex.


The depth of the varying skill-position talent at Cedar Hill borders on absurdity. Scratch that; it's fair to call it downright absurd.

Cedar Hill, which brought a state crown home to just southwest of Dallas this past December, will have LSU three-star commit Justin McMillan at quarterback, as well as Texas A&M five-star commit DaMarkus Lodge at wideout.

Then there's running back Aca'cedric Ware, who holds more than a dozen P5-conference offers. Denvre Daniels and D'Aundrey Bradley, who each have FBS offers, join Lodge in the receiving corps. Defensively, Cedar Hill boasts Texas A&M three-star linebacker commit Richard Moore and three-star cornerback Darrell Miller, who has almost 20 offers.

Bottom line: Cedar Hill should have four players in the state top 100 and a list of college-caliber players growing toward double digits on the field this weekend in College Station.


If the 2016 class if you're cup of tea, Manvel is the team to follow.

The Mavericks, who are from just south of Houston, boast one of only two 2016 prospects competing at Nike's The Opening in Oregon during the first half of the week: four-star safety Deontay Anderson, who already has more than 20 offers.

Anderson joins four-star receiver Reggie Hemphill, four-star athlete/receiver Deriq King, three-star running back D'Vaughn Pennamon, and linebacker Jordan Carmouche as Manvel 2016 prospects who already have FBS offers. (And since this is 7-on-7, that doesn't count offensive lineman Austin Myers or defensive end Hasaun Glasgow, who have a Clemson offer and Louisville offer, respectively.)

But that's not to say Manvel lacks 2015 talent.

Three-star cornerback William Lockett and linebacker Collin Scott have combined for almost a dozen offers. They join Anderson and Carmouche on what should be a stout Manvel defense, both this weekend and this fall. Plus, receiver Gary Haynes gives the Mavs another offensive weapon with FBS offers.


West Mesquite, which borders Dallas to the east, will have plenty of firepower on display during the Division I competition.

Mississippi State three-star commit Chason Virgil leads the Wranglers from the quarterback position. He has a fleet of talented pass-catchers playing with him, including a pair of 2016 prospects in four-star receiver Dee Anderson and the versatile Donte Coleman, who plays some receiver, some tight end, and some H-back. Anderson already holds seven offers.

But don't forget about Boise State 2015 three-star commit Akilian Butler, who is West Mesquite's leading returning receiver.

Defensively, West Mesquite has a couple of wanted FBS players in the secondary in 2015 four-star cornerback Josh Butler, who primarily plays safety for the Wranglers, and 2016 three-star cornerback Bailey Phillips. Butler has almost 30 offers, while Phillips already has 10 offers.


Lamar High School is another squad with a high concentration of FBS-caliber talent, especially on offense, where three college-bound players give Lamar serious firepower.

First off, there's 2015 three-star safety prospect J.W. Ketchum, who plays quarterback as well. Ketchum has an impressive offer list that includes schools such as Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M. Lamar also has two talented running back options in Tyreik Gray and Ronnie Wesley. Gray, a recent move-in to Lamar, is a Scout four-star, while Wesley is a three-star.

Defensively, Lamar has one of the state's top cornerbacks in four-star cover man Holton Hill, one of the most sought-after defensive backs in the Midlands Region. Scout ranks Hill No. 113 overall nationally and No. 15 at his position.


While the well-known big fellas such as Oklahoma 2015 commit Bobby Evans and Texas A&M 2016 commit Greg Little won't be playing for Allen this weekend, there will still be a lot of talent out there for the Eagles.

Any discussion about Allen, a two-time defending state champion in regular fall football, begins with Texas A&M four-star quarterback commit Kyler Murray, who is in the Elite 11 finals at The Opening. Murray should be back in time to compete in pool play Friday in College Station, his future college home.

Murray has Notre Dame three-star commit Jalen Guyton running routes for him, as well as fellow 2015 member Lee Morris, one of the more impressive under-the-radar players we've seen this summer during 7-on-7 season.

Allen, which is a northern Dallas suburb, also boasts one of the top 2016 defensive backs in Texas in Jaylon Jones, a long-limbed prospect who can play cornerback or safety, which is where he sees the majority of his time for Allen.

Honorable Mention

Arlington Bowie -- 2015 S/CB Niko Small, 2015 WR Tony James, 2015 CB Greg Peace, 2016 RB DeAndre Cook

Mesquite Horn -- 2015 WR Jarrison Stewart, 2015 WR Emmanuel Ogwo, 2015 CB J.R. Hall, 2017 QB Chris Robison

Fort Bend Ridge Point -- 2015 OLB Cameron Townsend, 2015 RB Remus Bulmer, 2015 S Jameel Cook (injured: 2015 CB Jordan Tolbert)

Katy -- 2015 RB Rodney Anderson, 2016 S Collin Wilder, 2016 RB Kyle Porter

Plano West -- 2015 RB Sotonye Jamabo, 2016 OLB McKinley Mitchell, 2015 S Mark Cooks

Southlake Carroll -- 2015 QB Ryan Agnew, 2015 S Andy Chelf, 2016 CB Obi Eboh

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