Round Rock, TXMcNeil
Williams possesses the best combination of size/frame/athleticism of any defensive back in the state. Has outstanding speed, is fluid in his back-peddle, is very comfortable in coverage and has great ball skills. Plays well near the line of scrimmage and has the potential to be a big hitter at the next level. Can play anywhere in the secondary. One of the top special teams players in the nation. Seemed to turned the corner mentally as a player during his senior season and he emerged as a truly great player.
Keller, TXFossil Ridge
Prototype three-down pass-rushing defensive end. Great burst off the edge as a pass rusher and plays with great closing speed and suddenness. Needs to play with better pad level and get stronger at the point of attack, but you wonâ€™t find many prospects with his upside on the defensive end front. An elite prospect that hasnâ€™t even come close to realizing his physical upside. Might have the quickest first step off the edge of any player thatâ€™s come out of this state in the last ten years.
Awesome player. One of the most dominating offensive linemen Iâ€™ve seen in the Texas high school football ranks. Explosive power in his lower body allows him to just destroy other players at the point of attack. Once he gets his mitts on you, youâ€™re done. Much better athlete in space than you would expect a big brawler to be. Plays with a mean streak that you either have or you donâ€™t, and this kid has it and then some. A solid pass blocker that does a good job of keeping his balance when using a slide step, but he doesnâ€™t have great knee bend and I canâ€™t help but wonder if heâ€™s going to be limited to playing guard or on the right side of the line in college because he might not have the foot-speed needed to stay on the left. The shoulder problems are a concern, but he seemed to recover from the injury at the end of his senior season.
Awesome talent. Long strider that has a great initial burst and combines it with plus speed. One of the best leapers in the state. Has great body control in the air. Very good player in the open field. Heâ€™s the whole package.
Sugar Land, TXDulles
Awesome talent. Long strider that has a great initial burst and combines it with plus speed. One of the best leapers in the state. Has great body control in the air. Very good player in the open field. Heâ€™s the whole package.
A tremendously skilled player that does everything very well. Has great vision, balance and can make defenders miss in space. A strong runner that breaks a lot of arm tackles and takes on glancing shots without getting knocked off his feet. Doesnâ€™t have elite speed, but his initial burst is as good as youâ€™re going to find and itâ€™s going to ensure that heâ€™s a big-play threat at the next level. Really, when you combine that sudden burst that he has with his natural instincts and strong physical tools, youâ€™re looking at a phenomenal prospect. Still, heâ€™s not a perfect prospect. His level of competition is not very strong and the jump in competition is going to be severe.
An electric football player with the ball in his hands. Has the ability to make people miss in a phone booth. This kid possesses great, great feet. Only real question mark that I have is whether he really has that extra gear that heâ€™s going to need at the next level because he always seems to run as fast as he needs to and not an ounce more (reminds me of Derrick Strait in that aspect). Reminds me a little of former Sharpstown star Joseph Addai.
|4 stars||6'0"||188||Texas A&M|
Awesome size and he uses it to the most of his ability. Tremendous jumper in traffic that catches ball well away from his body. Better speed than you would think. Strong runner that runs through arm tackles. Does a great job of separating defenders from the ball in the air with his body. Isnâ€™t afraid to go over the middle. Gets in and out of his breaks cleanly. Will need to watch his weight in college because he doesnâ€™t have enough speed/burst to give up any for increased size.
You might not find another player that has seen their skyrocket quite like Fuller's did during the spring of his junior season. Although heâ€™s not yet been a dominant player on the field, he has dominated elite-level talent in both camp settings and post-season all-star game workouts, Although he has great size, Fuller is not a player that blows you away with his raw athleticism on film. He makes the most out of his size advantage, but heâ€™s not the kind of leaper that snags the ball at its appex. Runs hard and through tackles, but isnâ€™t a big YAC guy. Has perhaps the highest ceiling of any receiver in the state.
|4 stars||6'4"||202||Texas A&M|
Elite athlete with difference-making football speed. Has good ball skills and possesses a high football IQ. Very physical player for a kid with his size. Obviously, heâ€™s a great track kid, but heâ€™s a football player first and foremost. Always seems to make big plays at key moments in games. Size is an obvious question mark. Is going to have to prove that his speed and athleticism can offset the size match-up problems heâ€™ll see. Might be the best return man in the state. If he were two or three inches taller, heâ€™d be a sure-fire five-star selection and one of the top ten players in the country.
Cedar Hill, TXCedar Hill
Big olâ€™ bull in a china closet on the football field. Very quick first step that allows him to get great leverage and heâ€™s almost unblockable at that point. When heâ€™s playing at his best, he can totally disrupt an offense to the point that it canâ€™t function. At the high school level, heâ€™s almost impossible to block with just one blocker. Lost some weight during his senior season and might need a year in the weight room before he is college-ready. Needs to improve his technique, but heâ€™s the one pure defensive tackle that looks like he has a chance to be a great player.
Argyle, TXLiberty Christian School
Still in the early stages of his physical development, but heâ€™s got the physical tools and plays with a lot that Kasey Studdard attitude that just canâ€™t be taught. Plays really hard and is much more physical that youâ€™d expect from a guy so young in his development. Not nearly the player at the point of attack on offense that youâ€™d think heâ€™d be on a play-by-play basis. Much better as a defensive tackle where he shows excellent quickness off the ball, plays with great pad level, packs a strong initial punch and uses his athleticism to make plays down the line of scrimmage. Needs some time to develop, but I like his chances of being a possible three-year contributor at a major college.
Austin, TXLyndon B. Johnson
Late developing talent that emerged as perhaps the top senior sleeper of the recruiting year. Great package of size and athleticism. In fact, Grant probably has the best set of physical tools in the state. Reminds me of what Texas Techâ€™s Michael Crabtree looked like as a senior. Tremendous leaper that made ESPNâ€™s Top 10 list for his acrobatic catch in the Under Armor All-American game. One of the most physical blockers in the state at the wide receiver position. Very unpolished player that might need a few years to develop before being ready to play the wide receiver in college, but if he makes a quick adjustment he has the potential to be an early star
Outstanding athleticism and frame. Emerged as a dominant physical force during his senior season after his body started to fill out in the off-season. Moves extremely well for a big kid and is athletic enough to play up and down the line of scrimmage. A bit of a project because heâ€™s just starting to come into his own, but he has the type of physical upside that few of his peers at the position carry. One of the largest ceilings in the state. As an offensive lineman, he moves incredibly well in space and plays with a lot of aggression.
Extremely explosive athlete that has star potential on both sides of the ball. Hall can be an electric runner with the football, as his initial burst and outright speed makes him one of the stateâ€™s most dangerous weapons. Very good receiver out of the backfield that could end up playing receiver on offense. As a defensive back, he has great cover skills and is physical in run defense.
|4 stars||5'10"||201||Texas A&M|
Great frame, athleticism and footwork. Probably has the best feet of any lineman in Texas. Does a great job of playing well in space. In fact, he might play better in space than any offensive lineman in the state. Gets to the second level and always finds a way to get to his man. Has the feet to be a left tackle at the next level. Still needs to add mass to his frame and he might take a few years of development, but his upside is through the roof.
Iâ€™m not sure thereâ€™s anything not to like. Luck can make every throw in the book and he does it with ease. Extremely polished passer that has obviously been well-schooled in the art of the position. He might actually be the most polished high school quarterback Iâ€™ve seen in Texas in years. In addition to his skills as a passer, heâ€™s also an above average athlete that throws the ball well on the move. A straight-line runner that has good speed, but isnâ€™t going to make his living carrying the football.
Garland, TXSouth Garland
Very explosive player that gets to the football as well as any linebacker in the state. Is being recruited as a defensive back by some schools, but I prefer him at linebacker because while he can cover the field sideline-to-sideline with his speed and athleticism, Iâ€™m not sure how comfortable and fluid he is in his back-peddle. Needs more size, but heâ€™s a baller and a playmaker. Reminds quite a bit of former Florida State safety B.J. Ward.
Size is an issue, but he has a great burst and speed. Heâ€™s a slashing runner, but he doesnâ€™t make a lot of guys miss as much as he runs through open lanes. If a defender gets a shot on him, he doesnâ€™t get a lot of YAC and thatâ€™s a concern as he makes the next leap in competition. Not an every down player at running back, but he is heâ€™s able to display good hands as a receiver (not something that shows up on film), heâ€™s got a chance to be a quality all-purpose back. Would be best served by playing in a spread offense, which would allow him to be a big play option out of the backfield.
A poor manâ€™s version of Dez Bryant. Doesnâ€™t have the best size, speed or athleticism of the top receivers in the state, but heâ€™s strong in each area and when you add it all up, heâ€™s an imposing player and prospect. Makes a ton of plays. A great leaper who excels in the red zone. There are better athletes for sure, but there might not be a receiver in the sate that can match his productivity. Also, he makes big plays in key moments for his team.
At a legit 6-4, 241 pounds, this kid has the potential to be the best player in this class, but he rarely played at an elite level as a senior and it led to questions about his passion for the game. Possesses a great first step off the ball and is a beast at the point of attack when heâ€™s dialed into the game. Plays with great pad level and uses his hands extremely well at this stage of his development. After his junior season he looked like the most complete defensive lineman in the state, but most feel like heâ€™s taken steps backwards in the last 12 months. With his build, he might eventually grow into a defensive tackle, which when you consider his athleticism, might be the best long-term position for him.
Total downhill runner that has a nice blend of size and speed. Is quicker than he is fast, so heâ€™s not going to outrun a lot of people in college, but he gets in and out of the hole very quickly. Great feet. Finishes his runs like youâ€™d want to see a power runner. Looks like a kid that can be a starter for a high-level college team. Might be the best runner between the tackles in the entire state. Not a home run hitter, but he gets a lot of 15-20-yard runs. Not sure if he has the speed to get to the corner at the next level.
A big mauler inside that just kills people when he gets inside of them. High football IQ. Plays well on the move and is a plus athlete for a guy his size. Needs to improve his pass blocking like all kids at this level, but his biggest focus needs to be in adding more overall strength because he was not as strong at the point of attack in the post-season all-star workouts as heâ€™s going to need to be in college. Overall, heâ€™s a tenacious all-around player.
Wichita Falls, TXRider
At his very best he might be the best safety prospect in the state because of his enormous set of physical tools. This kid possesses a great combination of size and athleticism, while also showing the ability to make plays on the ball as a center-fielder in the secondary. When he wants to be, he can be a punishing hitter, but he often doesnâ€™t show that kind of attitude on a consistent basis. If he can become a more consistent player and not just a big-play player, the sky is the limit.
|4 stars||6'1"||180||Oklahoma St.|
Great athlete. With his athleticism and feet, he is the dream left tackle candidate. Doesnâ€™t play as physical as youâ€™d expect with that size and often looks soft. Plays high and can be pushed back at the line of attack. The caveat for this kid is upside. Heâ€™s got first round potential, but I wonder if heâ€™s a good enough player to meet his potential. Much better prospect than he is a player right now.
|4 stars||6'7"||299||Ohio St.|
This kid is all about raw explosiveness. His frame hasnâ€™t even really started to fill out, but when Williams lines up off the edge as a pass rusher, he can create as much havoc as anyone in the state because of a great first step. If he can continue to fill out, he has a chance to be a tremendous pass rusher at the high collegiate level. Strength is an obvious issue at this point, so it might take him a couple of years to get on the field, but his quickness is such a strength that itâ€™s not out of the question that he could become a candidate for early playing time. With Williams, itâ€™s going to end up being about where he finishes physically. He might be the classic tweener or he might just emerge as an elite-level edge player.
San Antonio, TXMadison
Wow, this kid is really, really good. Tremendous initial burst and plus-speed. Thomas has the ability to create separation very quickly. Even better than that is his ability to make people miss in space without having to switch gears. Not much to dislike. Heâ€™s right there with Jermie Calhoun and Cyrus Gray as one of the best backs in this state. If not for a knee injury during his senior season he might have finished much higher in the rankings.
For a kid with his size, he moves exceptionally well. Has good knee bend and has a great slide step that allows him to be a much better pass protector than youâ€™d probably expect from a kid with his size. Not sure if he can play left tackle at the next level, but he has a chance. Needs to get better at the point of attack and his weight is a concern for some. After a year or two in someoneâ€™s system, this kid has a chance to be a three-year starter type. Yet another kid with a very high ceiling, but the weight concerns create a low basement.
Outstanding physical specimen that has the physical tools to be an excellent college player. Plays well at the point of attack and does a great job of using his hands to get off of blockers. Has a nice first step, but plays a little high. Not sure whether he can be a top-shelf pass rusher, but he can definitely be a solid one. Doesnâ€™t have a lot of lateral quickness, but heâ€™s a plus athlete when heâ€™s able to square his shoulders and run. Plays up and down the line of scrimmage very well. His backside pursuit must be accounted for at all times. Might end up being a better interior prospect.
|4 stars||6'4"||225||Notre Dame|
Extremely versatile player that seems to make plays all over the field in a variety of roles. Heâ€™s probably a more dynamic player on the defensive side of the ball because of his range as a linebacker and top-shelf closing speed. Very comfortable in pass coverage, especially when covering running backs out of the backfield. Very instinctive player that is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential. Could also end up being a very good fullback in college because of his frame and ball skills. Very capable receiver and gives you a chance to have a playmaker in that role.
Great burst and speed, quick to the hole, makes quick decisions, is a very good receiver with soft hands and can make defenders miss in small spaces. Likes to bounce everything outside and isnâ€™t as strong of a runner between the tackles as some other backs in the state. Needs to get stronger before he can be an every down running back in college.
North Richland Hills, TXBirdville
Long delivery. Arm strength is a plus. Throws the short and intermediate passes with a lot of zip and accuracy. A strong runner that can finish off his runs, but not a shifty guy in space. Instead, heâ€™s a straight-line kid. As a thrower, he makes his living on the short and intermediate. Thereâ€™s nothing special about his physical abilities, but he does everything well.
|3 stars||6'3"||204||Texas A&M|
Dallas, TXSouth Oak Cliff
Smith is a raw player, but he has some abilities off the edge that could prove to pay off in a big way with some continued development. Has a good, but not a great first step, but he has the ability to create havoc as a pass rusher because of his quickness and burst. Uses his hands very well and can chase down plays from sideline-to-sideline. Needs to get stronger and it might take some patience, but he has a very high ceiling.
Big, physical receiver that possesses a good dose of straight-line speed. Johnson isnâ€™t a guy thatâ€™s going to make a lot of people miss with fancy footwork, but his frame and growing strength allow him to break tackles. Doesnâ€™t have a great initial burst at the line of scrimmage and his ability to get in and out of his routes quickly will be something that needs improvement.
|4 stars||6'4"||200||Iowa St.|
Big, physical strong-side defensive end that needs to grow into a defensive tackle if heâ€™s going to evolve into a high end collegiate player. Doesnâ€™t have a great first step and often plays on his heels, but he plays hard and gets to the ball. His style of play seems better suited for the inside, but there are some questions about whether he can carry the weight needed to be a defensive tackle in a 4-3. If he can fill out to the point where he can play inside full-time, he can be a very good college player.
|4 stars||6'5"||255||Texas A&M|
As a running back, heâ€™s not a five-play â€œwowâ€ guy, but he does offer a great size-athlete-combo that youâ€™re not going to find often. Runs hard, but will need to run with better pad level in college. Amazingly soft hands and probably as good of a receiver as any back in the state. Is a good open field runner, but doesnâ€™t make a lot of people miss. Needs to get stronger so that he can finish more runs. His real upside is on the defensive side of the ball, especially when you consider that heâ€™s not even close to being completely filled out physically. Has a reputation for not being a hard worker. Heâ€™s a player that has a very high upside and a low basement.
Great football player. Pound for pound, heâ€™s as good of a defensive player as youâ€™ll find in the state. The question is going to be his future position because he's a classic tweener in a lot of ways. Doesnâ€™t move extremely well laterally, which limits his potential at linebacker. If his frame continues to fill out he has a chance to become a very good strong-side defensive end. At the end of the day, the kid is a born football player and is going to find a way to get on the field.
Awesome leaper/athlete that showed a lot more speed as a junior than he did during his sophomore season. Doesnâ€™t have great size, but he plays big. Needs to do more after the catch. Still, thereâ€™s something about him that I really think might be special. Has a little bit of the â€œitâ€ factor that some of his peers donâ€™t have. His best position might be at cornerback. Would like to see more consistency from him because there are times when he shows moments of greatness and then look like a different guy on another occasion.
Very good all-around prospect. Has good size and athleticism, but is never going to wow you with his athletic skill. That being said, heâ€™s catches everything thrown to him, is very polished receiver and has a chance to be a stellar college player on either side of the ball. Is aggressive in run support from the cornerback position, but not sure if he has the hips to be a big-time corner, although the potential is definitely there. Might end up being a playmaking safety when itâ€™s all said and done.
Reminds me a little of former Waco High star Darrell Catlin. Long, lean player that has great suddenness off the edge. A playmaker up and down the line of scrimmage. An obvious tweener that has pass-rush potential, but is going to need to get much stronger if he wants to be an every down player. His first step is not as good as a guy like RJ Washingtonâ€™s, but heâ€™s not far off.
|3 stars||6'2"||209||Oklahoma St.|
Very versatile athlete that has a chance to emerge as an impact player on either side of the ball. Shows explosiveness in small bursts at this point, but he could really turn into something with some commitment in the weight room. Has excellent ball skills and is a very strong player against the run, but isnâ€™t as strong in coverage.
At one point earlier in the year he looked like the best safety prospect in the state and he still might end up being that guy. Very aggressive player that runs down hill and is comfortable near the line of scrimmage. Makes plays all over the field and has a lot of range. Biggest question mark about his abilities are in pass coverage, as heâ€™ll sometimes look stiff in his back-peddle and in pass coverage. Plays very hard.
|4 stars||6'0"||170||Oklahoma St.|
Heâ€™s somewhere in-between Derek Lokey and Von Miller. Awesome combination of explosiveness and strength. Just a football player with unique measurables. I donâ€™t even know what you do with him right now, but he has the potential to play nose guard, defensive tackle, defensive end and fullback. Has the â€œitâ€ factor about his game that separates him from others that might have his physical limitations.
|3 stars||6'2"||266||Texas A&M|
Dallas, TXSt. Mark's
Has the type of size/speed/athleticism combo to eventually finish as the top linebacker prospect in the state. However, heâ€™s a projection guy at this point because heâ€™s a better prospect than player. Shows great closing speed and can cover the entire field, but doesnâ€™t always play at a level that you would expect from a player with his athletic skill. Needs to get stronger and improve at the point of attack. Sometimes looks bored on the field and that might have more to do with the competition that heâ€™s playing against than anything else.
One of my favorite sleepers in the entire state. Mason is more of a basketball player than a football player at this point, but he has the type of athleticism to be a star at the next level. He possesses a long, athletic frame that could has a lot of room for filling out. He could end up developing into a dynamic pass-catching tight end or a playmaker off of the edge as a defensive end.
Nice player, but might be more of an athlete than a quarterback prospect, but if he ends up in the right offense, he could be a very interesting dual-threat option because of his ability to make plays with his feet. Solid athlete, but doesnâ€™t have anything in his bag of tricks that separates him from the pack. Speed is good, as is his quickness and running, but he doesnâ€™t wow you. It will be interesting to see what a commitment in the weight room might do for him.
Big, physical athlete that can make people miss in tight quarters. Breaks a lot of tackles and canâ€™t be brought down with an arm tackle or glancing shots. Has some upside as a quarterback prospect, but is very raw and would likely need several years of development there, despite having a live arm and the ability to throw well on the move. His real grade at this point is based on his combination of size, athleticism and playmaking ability.
Really good football player. Good size/athleticism combo that makes plays on both sides of the ball. Very good ball skills. Isnâ€™t a guy thatâ€™s going to make people miss after he catches the ball as a receiver, but heâ€™s a strong runner that can break a lot of tackles. Has moments where he plays with aggression on defense, but doesnâ€™t play with that kind of attitude on every play. If Iâ€™m going to compare him to anyone, Iâ€™d say he reminds me a little of Malcolm Williams (signed with Texas in 2007), but isnâ€™t quite that good of an athlete.
|3 stars||6'2"||180||Texas A&M|
Outstanding all-purpose back. Hard runner that runs with great balance and is hard to get to the ground. Doesnâ€™t have elite speed, but has more than enough speed to be a big-play weapon. Probably more quick than he is outright fast. Not sure if heâ€™s going to be an every-down runner at the next level, but thereâ€™s no question that he can play. Has great feet and can stop and start on a dime. Will sometimes run hesitant through a hole and needs to make quicker decisions.
Copperas Cove, TXCopperas Cove
An elite-level track athlete that still has a long ways to go as a player on the football field. His speed alone makes him a big-time prospect, but heâ€™s still a raw player and Iâ€™m not sure where heâ€™s going to line up in college, although itâ€™s easy to see his size and athleticism and envision him playing wide receiver. Doesnâ€™t always look like an elite-level athlete when heâ€™s in pads. A big project with a ton of upside.
Houston, TXStrake Jesuit
Is regarded as a strong-side defensive end prospect, but he might be best-suited to play inside at the next level. Doesnâ€™t have great quickness or suddenness, but heâ€™s strong at the point of attack and can play at a high level hen heâ€™s dialed in. A bit of a project because heâ€™s not a threat off the edge at this point and will need time to develop.
One of the biggest hitters in the state. An absolute beast against the run but he struggled at times with his back-peddle and turning his hips in coverage. A times heâ€™ll flash the ability to close on the ball as fast as anyone in the state, but he often drifts in games and doesnâ€™t consistently play at a high level. Might need to spend some time in the weight room and eventually spin down to linebacker.
|3 stars||6'1"||177||Penn St.|
Terry was regarded as an elite-level prospect early in the recruiting process, but he never has quite played at the level that many expected heâ€™d reach after showing real flashes as a sophomore for one of the stateâ€™s top programs. Has a lot of range and his ball skills are as strong as just about any defensive back in the state. A very active player that doesnâ€™t possess elite athletic ability, but will be a very strong college player because he doesnâ€™t have a low basement. He tackles well, knows where to be and makes plays. He might be underrated in this spot.
|3 stars||6'0"||190||Louisiana Tech|
What Robinson doesnâ€™t have in size, he makes up for in explosive ability. Although he doesnâ€™t seem to possess great outright speed, his ability to get from point A to point B in the blink of an eye makes him an interesting prospect as a return man on special teams and as a slot receiver on offense.
Very good combination of size/athleticism/ability. Plays better in the run game right now than he does in pass protection, but he has a chance to be a good right tackle in college. Plays hard and to the whistle on every play and does a solid job of playing in space. Has good, but not great feet, which is why heâ€™s probably not a candidate to play left tackle. Poehlmann didnâ€™t perform at nearly as high of a level as many expected during his senior season, which is why his stocked dropped.
Can be a really disruptive player. Has a very quick first step at times, but plays high. When heâ€™s motivated, can totally disrupt an offense with his physical play. Needs to be more consistent and needs to play better when heâ€™s matched up with players of his equal ability. An above-average athlete for a kid with his size. Has a chance to be a great nose-tackle.
|4 stars||6'2"||300||Texas A&M|
Good size/speed combo. Runs as well sideline-to-sideline as any linebacker Iâ€™ve seen in the state this year. Has a good burst and good closing speed. Pursues to the football very well. Very aggressive player that appears to be still learning the nuances of the linebacker position. Needs to get stronger physically and at the point of attack.
Very strong player at the point of attack. Doesnâ€™t possess great athleticism, but he but he does have the ability to turn his hips and play well laterally. Has tremendous instincts and a real nose for the football. In the U.S. Army All-American workouts, he showed the ability to make plays in space against a higher competition than heâ€™d ever played against.
Flower Mound, TXFlower Mound
In a year when not a single elite tight end prospect could be found in Texas, Hanna has perhaps the best hopes of eventually becoming a high-end collegiate player. A big receiver at this point in his development, Hanna has tremendous ball skills and makes perhaps the best in-air adjustments of any receiver in the state. While he has a great frame and very good feet, Hannaâ€™s not an explosive athlete and he must get much stronger. It might take him a few years, but he has tremendous upside. If I could make an adjustment to the rankings, I might bump him up into the top 50.
Grant is one of the most underrated players in the state in my opinion. At 6-6, 280 pounds, he has a great frame to add more quality weight and with his quick feet and natural athleticism, he could develop into one of the best tackles from this class. Needs to get stronger and it might take him a few years, but he does a lot of little things well as a player that I like. He uses very good pad level, bends well in the knees and can be effective in space.
Gideon in an interesting prospect because a back injury limited his physical development through most of his high school career, but he emerged as a much more impressive athlete during his senior season than he had at any other point in is career. If heâ€™s just now starting to scratch the surface and still has a higher ceiling as an athlete, he could be one of the top sleepers in this class because heâ€™s a great, great high school player. In addition to showing good ball skills in coverage, Gideon is strong in run support and understands the nuances of the position. Expect Gideon to make an impact on special teams early in his career.
Iâ€™m much bigger fan of Newton than quite a few people because I believe that he has as much room for grow as any of the top running backs in the state. Heâ€™s a good player right now, but his frame has a lot of room for growth and once he fills out (tremendous worker), heâ€™s going to be a man. Too much of a glider right now, but heâ€™ll run with more authority once he gets stronger. Doesnâ€™t have elite speed and doesnâ€™t always hit the holes as quick or as hard as you like, but heâ€™s a do-it-all back that has great pass-catching skills and possesses a high football IQ.
Mesquite, TXNorth Mesquite
At 6-0, 192 pounds, Sampson isnâ€™t the most physically impressive player in the state, but he has the ability to make plays in the vertical passing game and that makes him a plaer to watch if nothing else does. Shows the ability to catch the ball away from his body and make plays after the catch, but he was mostly used as a downfield weapon at North Mesquite.
At 6-2, 230 pounds, Wolridge is a classic tweener in that his current body/frame make him an undersized player for the position that heâ€™s best-suited. Has a quick first step, but needs to learn how to play with better leverage. Has the ability to make plays up and down the line of scrimmage, but doesnâ€™t thrive when lined up off the edge. Played for a small school and has a reputation for taking plays off, but if he can tap into his talent, heâ€™s got a real chance.
|4 stars||6'2"||235||Texas A&M|
I think heâ€™s a good, solid receiver, but he has a chance to be a very good pass-catching tight end if he can fill out. In a year where there arenâ€™t a lot of big-time tight end prospects, this guy has a lot of Zach Pianalto in him. Has a great frame, but thereâ€™s not a lot of suddenness to him. If he stays at receiver, heâ€™s going to have to prove that he can get off the ball quicker.
|3 stars||6'4"||187||Oklahoma St.|
Good size and athleticism. Has a long delivery and really has to lean into his throws. Arm strength is a question mark. Seems to be a much better player when throwing on waggles and boots than in the pocket. Reminds me a little bit of former Southlake Carroll star Chase Daniel, but heâ€™s not quite as explosive in the running game and doesnâ€™t have the arm strength that Daniel possesses. Must play in a spread offense, but he could be a very effective player after a couple of years of development.
Very active player, but not a guy that plays up to his 6-3, 230-pound size. Does a good job of getting around blockers, but isnâ€™t great when engaged. Not a great guy off the edge, but heâ€™ll get sacks and tackles for loss because heâ€™s a little sneaky in a very good way. Has a ton of room for growth as an athlete and player. His upside is probably as a defensive tackle and if he grows into the role he might develop into a nice defensive tackle.
Fitzhenry is hurt by his lack of size and the fact that he played at a small school, but heâ€™s a tremendous football player and heâ€™s tested out like an elite-level athlete, which he doesnâ€™t get credited for. Heâ€™s going to be limited to playing the slot receiver and special teams, but he could end up being a terrific situational player.
A do-it-all athlete that has the ability to play wide receiver or corner at the next level. Will disappear from games for long stretches, but then heâ€™ll make a â€œwowâ€ play that will remind you just how talented he is. Has a lot of speed, but needs to get stronger. Not sure if he has the hips to be an elite corner, but thereâ€™s something about him as an athlete that I really like even if I canâ€™t out my finger on it. Has a little bit of the â€œitâ€ factor that youâ€™re always looking for.
|3 stars||6'1"||175||Iowa St.|
Bellaire, TXEpiscopal High School
A very strong athlete that possesses very god straight-line speed and above-average athleticism. Projecting his future position could be difficult, but he would appear to be a perfect candidate to play fullback, which could be a position he would do very well at. The questions for him at linebacker deal with his ability to turn his hips and run sideline to sideline. .
Jordan Fields is just a good football player. Heâ€™s not going to wow you with his speed or athleticism, but he makes plays and always seems to be in the right spot. A versatile player that can play on wither side of the ball, but his highest upside if probably as a defensive back.
San Antonio, TXSan Antonio Lee
Catches your attention from the very get-go. Has great quickness and escapability in his game. Has a live arm and throws the deep ball with touch. A threat to make things happen at any time with his feet. Throws the ball with ease on the move. Not sure if heâ€™s a quarterback at the next level and not just an athlete, but heâ€™s got potential at the position. Plays with a lot of aggression.
|3 stars||6'3"||184||Iowa St.|
Spring Branch, TXSmithson Valley
A very solid guard prospect that has good enough feet that he could possibly play some tackle as well. Doesnâ€™t have a lot of upper body strength at this point and he needs to become stronger at the point of attack, but heâ€™s a high effort player that has a frame that can carry more weight with ease. Looks better on paper right now than he does on film.
Rosenberg, TXLamar Consolidated
If weâ€™re going to have a conversation about the best pound-for-pound high school players in Texas, you definitely have to include Rogers in the discussion. Doesnâ€™t have great physical tools, but the guy is a great one-cut runner that gets up the field very quickly. Heâ€™ll likely have to be a situational player in college because of his size, but donâ€™t discount the possibility that his strong make-up carries him far. Heâ€™s the ultimate winner and leader.
|3 stars||5'6"||180||Oregon St.|
Good athlete at 6-3, 260 pounds, but the key to him becoming a good player in college is going to be whether or not he can add the needed weight/strength to play in the interior. If he has the desire to commit himself to the weight room, heâ€™s got a chance. Reminds me of a poor manâ€™s Kasey Studdard in his body-type, but isnâ€™t that kind of explosive power player.
|3 stars||6'3"||265||Texas A&M|
Altair, TXRice Consolidated
Kind of a poor manâ€™s Ryan Mallett. Has a ton of size and when he wants to, he can fling the football with the best of them. Although heâ€™s not a stiff in the pocket, heâ€™s not going to make a ton of plays with his feet. Still, with his size, arm strength, pocket presence and feel for the game, he has a chance to be a very good college quarterback.
|2 stars||6'7"||210||Miami (FL)|
Iâ€™m the last person in the world that should try to project a kicker because Iâ€™ve missed badly over the years when trying to evaluate these guys. However, if thereâ€™s any such thing as a sure thing at this position, it might be Tucker, who is regarded as one of the best young kicking prospects that have emerged on the national scene in recent years. Former UT All-American regards Tucker as good of a young kicker prospect as heâ€™s ever seen because of his leg strength. Has a chance to be an instant impact player.
Hereâ€™s another East Texas sleeper to keep an eye on. Horton has great size and a frame that can carry another 20 or 30 pounds without him having to worry about losing any of his speed. Very raw, but he has the ability to get vertical in his routes, but heâ€™s not a polished player by any means at this point. Has great potential as a receiver, but heâ€™s going to need to be coached up and heâ€™ll need some time in the weight room before heâ€™s ready to take off.
|3 stars||6'4"||220||Oklahoma St.|
If he had a little more size or a little more oomph as an athlete, this kid would be rated much higher. A terrific centerfielder in the secondary that possesses great ball skill and a lot of range. Tries to be physical in run defense, but his size will make his effectiveness in this area a bit of a question mark as he heads to college. Backpedals effortlessly and closes on the ball well. Reminds me a little of former West Orange-Stark star Earl Thomas.
Extremely well-coached player that is going to need to be in a spread offense at the next level if heâ€™s going to play quarterback. Has a decent arm, but is going to be limited in the vertical passing game. Heâ€™s a plus-athlete, but not an elite one, so projecting his exact position at the next level is dicey. All that being said, Dodge is the ultimate winner and oozes intangibles. Pound-for-pound heâ€™s as tough and good of a player as youâ€™ll find in this state.
|3 stars||6'0"||183||North Texas|
Tyler, TXTyler Lee
Big, physical mauler that is a bit of a late developer. Has great size and he plays with an attitude, but heâ€™s still a work in progress. Needs to continue to remain committed to the weight room because his style of play right now consists of trying to overpower people, but thatâ€™s not going to carry him far until he improves his upper body strength. Doesnâ€™t have great feet, but he moves pretty well for a big guy. If he comes as far as from his senior season in high school to his freshman year in college as he did from his junior year to this season, he has a chance to play earlier than some of the more heralded players in his class.
Plays very, very hard. Packs a punch when he hits you. Has some real suddenness and pop in his game. Needs to get better in pass coverage because while he might knock your brains out if he gets to you, heâ€™s not nearly as comfortable in pass defense. Did not show good ball skills in post-season all-star workouts.
Mansfield, TXMansfield Summit
Rated as the nationâ€™s No.1 kicker by Rivals.com because of his great combination of leg strength and accuracy. Really excelled in post-season workouts and in kicking camps in the summer before his senior season.
|3 stars||6'1"||185||Oklahoma St.|
Very versatile athlete that could play running back, linebacker and possibly even safety at the next level. As a running back, he has a good initial burst and has shown the ability to be a home run hitter. As a defender he covers a lot of ground and plays well at the point of attack. Gooden is a bit of a project, but he has a lot of upside and could end up being an all-conference type player if he can settle into a position quickly.
Whaley is a very nice linebacker prospect that might be a bit undersized, but he does possess the ability to play sideline to sideline. One of the questions that some have about Whaley is whether he has the natural instincts at the position to make the leap to the next level.
Tyler, TXJohn Tyler
Has all of the physical abilities in place to be a big-time prospect, but heâ€™s never been a dynamic player on the field as a high school player. Has some athleticism, but it doesn't always show up on his film. Plays too high at defensive tackle. Must learn to play with better pad level. At the end of the day, heâ€™s a big kid that has plus-athleticism and that gives him a chance to be something if he finds a way to flip the switch.
|3 stars||6'4"||285||Texas A&M|
Has everything that you want in a quarterback, except size and a clean bill of health. Above-average athlete that can make plays with his feet and possesses a sixth sense in the pocket. Can make every throw in the book, throws the ball well on the run and plays with a lot of moxie. Reminds me a more polished G.J. Kinne. A big question for some schools is whether or not he can function in a non-spread offense, but if he sticks with Texas Tech, that obviously wonâ€™t be a problem. If not for his injury issues, he might be the stateâ€™s top quarterback, but he just canâ€™t stay healthy. The injury issues are a real concern and until he can stay on the field, itâ€™s hard to rank him where his talent probably warrants.
|3 stars||6'2"||200||Texas Tech|
Incredible frame. The first thing that you notice about him other than his size is that he plays really hard. The second thing that you notice is that heâ€™s not a plus athlete and really is going to need some work as a pass protector. Hard to tell how good he is because of the competition factor, but he doesnâ€™t look like a great tackle prospect because of his feet. However, he plays strong and once he gets into a major college weight program, he might end up being a great power player. Overall, heâ€™s a major project, but has some real upside.
Harper is a major project, but his size and athleticism give him a chance to be a difference maker down the road. Heâ€™s been a part-time football player in his career thus far because of the commitment to basketball, but if he ever totally commits himself, he could be one heck of a tight end or defensive lineman. Needs a lot of work in the weight room.
|2 stars||6'5"||220||Iowa St.|
Missouri City, TXFort Bend Marshall
Has good size, but isnâ€™t a threat off the edge. Not sure if he has the room to grow into a DT, so he looks like a serviceable college strong-side defensive end, but heâ€™s not an elite prospect at the position. Plays with a good motor, but his size makes him a tweener.
A junkyard dog on the football field from the safety position, but he has some physical limitations. Seems to have a sixth-sense on the field and plays with aggression in run defense. Needs to improve his coverage skills, but if he can get there he has a chance to be an outstanding player in college. Has a reputation for being a hard worker.
|3 stars||5'9"||189||Texas A&M|
Port Arthur, TXPort Arthur Memorial
Long, lean corner that might not have the natural hips and quickness to play corner at the next kevel. Showed good ball skills and isnâ€™t afraid to throw his body around, but he needs to get much stronger. Physically, heâ€™s very similar to former Texas star Aaron Ross, but I just donâ€™t think heâ€™s quite that athletic. Might end up being a free safety prospect than a cornerback prospect.
Very solid quarterback prospect. A plus-athlete that can make plays with his feet, but he doesnâ€™t always look comfortable when throwing on the move. Page has a fairly quick release and a smooth delivery, but his arm strength is still a bit of a question mark.
|3 stars||6'3"||202||Ball St.|
Really good football player. Doesnâ€™t have any special physical tools, but he has the frame to be a prototypical college fullback. Has good ball skills and shows flashes of being a very good receiver. Not going to be a playmaker at the next level, so heâ€™s going to have to be a lunch pail guy at the next level to be an effective player. Tough inside runner that can get yards on traps and dives.
Good, solid prospect, but not a guy that is going to wow you with his physical ability. Has decent size, but he plays smaller than his listed 6-0, 170 pounds. Probably needs to put some time into the weight room and give it a go at free safety
Good solid player, but not a sideline-to-sideline guy. Plays smart and is active, but not a plus athlete. I have some real questions about his ability to cover a lot of ground at the next level. Might be an inside guy thatâ€™s going to have some physical limitations. Seems to be fairly comfortable in pass coverage.
|3 stars||6'2"||225||Texas A&M|
A big receiver that projects into an H-back at the next level. Has plus-athleticism and could emerge as a nice pass catching option down the road.
Mesquite, TXNorth Mesquite
Might be the best return guy in the state outside of Desean Hales. Very small. Hell, heâ€™s tiny, but heâ€™s electric in space. Very good speed, but heâ€™s his sudden quickness is what makes him potentially a very good all-purpose player. Can be a heck of a slot receiver in the spread offense, ala former La Marque star Nehemiah Glover.
In a strong year in-state for kicker, Bullock is right at the top of the list. Shows the ability to get height and distance on his kickoffs. His accuracy as a place-kicker has been a strength thus far in his development.
There arenâ€™t many kids that have the kind of size and athleticism that Milton brings to the table, so heâ€™s a guy to watch down the road. Very raw and needs a lot of coaching, but he has a lot of upside as a rusher off the edge. He might even have a chance to develop into a tight end down the line.
|2 stars||6'4"||225||LA Monroe|