Scout's Take: Lake Travis-Austin Westlake

In highly anticipated matchup on Thursday night, Lake Travis got the best of Austin Westlake, 38-17. TexasPrepInsider.com's Jeff Howe takes a look at some of the top college prospects from the game.

In last Thursday's televised contest between Central Texas powers Austin Westlake and Lake Travis, there were several Division I caliber players on the field.

The Cavaliers did snap a two game losing streak to the Chaparrals with a 38-17 victory and several of the elite prospects in the game had standout efforts.

Mike Walker, WR, Westlake
He is a big bodied receiver with very long extremities at around 6-foot-4. He finished the game with four catches for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Early in the game he did an excellent of stretching the field and getting open on a post rout and did and showed the ability to extend his body and lay out for the catch. He reports a 4.5 40 time and showed it so the big play down the field is something the Chaparrals will certainly go back to as the season progresses.

His touchdown grab came on a corner route right in front of the pylon. It was not a well thrown ball and Walker did a great job of adjusting his body to the football and reeling it in and getting the score. He showed to have great body control.

He still needs to polish some things, namely coming out of his breaks, but he has a lot of raw tools to work with. He has offers from Army and Air Force and if he can continue to have success for the rest of the season, then he should see his offer list grow.

Cade McCrary, WR, Lake Travis
He has an offer from Sam Houston State and has received attention from Texas Tech and Tulsa among others, but he should see his stock soar as he is clearly Garrett Gilbert's top receiving target.

He had a huge game against Round Rock Westwood in the season opener with over 150 yards on seven catches and three touchdowns. He did not have quite that out put against Westlake, but he still averaged 20 yards per reception (80 yards on four catches).

He might be the best route runner in Central Texas and he is a bigger receiver at 6-foot-3 and around 185 pounds.

One thing that really impressed me is that once the play dissolves, he does a great job of keeping the play alive. This was evident on one particular play as Gilbert was rolling to his right and found McCrary open down the field after McCrary perfectly positioned himself in front of a safety near the sideline. He also does a great job of keeping his feet in bounds on catches near the sideline.

He will need to work on his speed and get a little bit bigger at the next level. Nonetheless he should finish the season as one of the top receivers in the state statistically.

David Durham, LB, Westlake
Durham's name is already starting to surface on several state top 100 lists for the Class of 2010.

After watching him against Lake Travis, the question might become where does he play at the next level?

He often times lined up as a defensive end and was very impressive and won some one-on-one battles with Lake Travis offensive tackle Paden Kelley, a four star lineman who has committed to Texas. When he fired off of the ball he did a great job getting not letting blockers get their hands on him. Several times he was able to put pressure on Garrett Gilbert using a variety of moves.

One of his more impressive plays in the game was when he bull rushed Kelley and used his strength to knock the 270-pounder to the ground.

He is a natural linebacker, but at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds he is likely to get bigger which combined with his physical style could allow him to spin down to end if necessary.

His reported 40 time right now is between 4.8 and 4.7 but he has clocked a 4.28 short shuttle, which shows his lateral quickness is very good.

He will play big time Division I football and his short list of favorites includes Alabama, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M.

Other Prospects of Note:

Tanner Price, QB, Westlake
The junior was only in second start but showed to have very good mobility and was a solid 10-for-16 passing for 167 yards and touchdown while he also added 28 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He has good size (6-foot-2) and the lefty looks to have a good skill set.

Michael Brewer, QB/WR/DB, Lake Travis
Brewer threw a pass in the game on a trick play in which Gilbert was lined up as a receiver. He is just a sophomore but already looks to be one of the top players on one of the top teams in the state.

Connor Floyd, WR, Lake Travis
Like Brewer he is just a sophomore but he looks like he has all of the tools to develop into a top notch receiver. He is around 6-foot-2 and looked good in the summer during 7 on 7 competition. He is still green and dropped a few balls in the game, but he should continue to develop into a legit threat by the end of the season.


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