Texas State 7-on-7: Day 2 Recruiting brief

The TexasPrepInsider/Scout.com crew was in full force for the state 7-on-7 tournament in College Station July 10-12. With coverage like no other, we take a quick look at a few of the athletes from schools like Klein Oak, Mesquite, Houston Second Baptist, Klein, and Cy Fair who were on hand. Recruiting Analyst Ahmard Vital has the rundown

As the Day 2 state 7-on-7 tournament action came to a close Friday night, the pools are evenly split with 32 teams in the championship and consolation brackets. TexasPrepInsider was on hand for pool play and witnessed stellar play throughout the day.

With that said, there were quite a few athletes on hand who are state and nationally ranked respectively. We had the chance to chat with a few for updates.

Two for the show
There are many teams that have multiple legitimate college prospects. But after looking through the notes we came across a few pairs. Here is the breakdown.

TE Jordan Najvar, DB Luke Muncie – Klein Oak
Even though the Panther team did not earn enough wins to qualify for the championship bracket, the play from Najvar and Muncie was pretty solid all day. As far as recruiting, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Muncie is only a sophomore, but his name is one you will want to remember.

With the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Najvar holding more than 20 offers, the list has already begun to get smaller.

"Basically all of the offers are in and the count was somewhere around 23, but I have kind of narrowed things down to groups (medium and low)," Najvar said. "The Top schools are Arizona, California, Arizona State, and Texas A&M. The others are Nebraska, Miami, and Missouri."

He said that he looks to commit within the month, but did add one final statement.

"I'm looking to commit within three weeks or so, but you never know with teenagers today. Who knows what I may do, I may take all my visits, and I may commit before then."

DB Darnell Taylor, LB Darius Taylor – Mesquite 
The Taylor brothers are looking for quite a bit more movement in their recruitment. While Darnell (5-10.5, 175) holds an offer from Wisconsin, brother Darius (5-11.5, 215) is seeking his first. 

No offers right now, but I am hearing from SMU, Tulsa, Rice, Iowa Connecticut, and UTEP," Darius said. 

They have both traveled to a few camps, but they both look to make appearances at North Texas and Tulsa.

DB Jamaal White, Denzel Davis – South Garland
Playing on a team known for producing top college football talent, players White and Davis are two to keep a close eye on. 

With the 6-foot, 185-pound White, he has two favorites. An offer from Kansas has the Jayhawks on the top of the list, but there is an in-state school that has caught his immediate attention.

"In the offer bracket it's Kansas, but I really want to go to SMU," White said when asked about his favorites. 

White is looking to go into law enforcement and heard that the school would be a good fit for him. He also has offers from Iowa State and Montana State

Davis (5-9, 170) offers list is almost similar with Iowa State, Montana State, and recently Portland State. He favors the Cyclone program. 

A look ahead
As the recruiting process gains momentum, it seems as though it starts earlier every year. Members of the TPI staff – and confirmed by his coach Mike Sneed – quarterback Conner Wood was clearly the best in show Thursday and Friday. According to Sneed, Wood is getting early interest from all of the powerhouse programs in the SEC and Big 12.

Staying with the quarterback position, Klein's Jamie Peebles was on hand for the state tournament as well. It seems as though he has had a busy summer making the rounds to several camps and working the basics.

"I have gone to a few camps. I went to UTEP and I am about to go to Rice and possibly Houston and (Texas) A&M," Peebles said. "I have mainly been working with my receivers and working on speed."

Because he is an incoming junior, he has not received a boatload of mail, but was invited to spring games at Texas and LSU.

Another young athlete busy trying to make a name for himself is Cy Fair athlete Tevin Champagne. He is currently involved heavily in a strength and conditioning program at the school gearing up for his junior season. Of course he looks to get better, but there is also a chance that he may play on both sides of the ball. Champagne has attended camps at Texas and Houston and plans to go to Rice next week.

Note: Some of the athletes mentioned in this brief may be featured in a more exclusive article at a later date.


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