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Ash Holds His Own in College Station

David Ash held his own as the lone Longhorn commit in the Division I field of last weekend’s 7-on-7 State Tournament, but he wasn’t the only big-time Division I prospect showcasing his skills We wrap things up from College Station with one final evaluation of Ash’s performance, a list of the top five 2011 and 2012 prospects, and our own All-Tournament in one final look at the 2010 7-on-7 Division I tournament to officially close the book on the 7-on-7 festivities for this year.
Belton didn’t make a deep run in the 2010 Division I 7-on-7 State Tournament, but that doesn’t diminish what David Ash was able to do over the weekend. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Longhorn quarterback commit showed off his arm and helped Belton finish the tournament with a 2-2 record, including a win over eventual consolation runner-up Lufkin.

Ash might have been the only Longhorn commit in the field, but the event featured a few potential 2011 prospects the Longhorns could still make a play for and some big-time 2012 prospect like Lewisville Hebron cornerback Kiante’ Griffin and Richland linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanga.

Those prospects performed well, but none of them made our All-Tournament team. Lake Travis quarterback Michael Brewer was our pick for tournament MVP, and the selection of Brewer along with other members of our All-Tournament team wraps up our 7-on-7 coverage from College Station.

EVALUATING THE LONGHORN COMMITS

David Ash, QB, Belton

Ash has made progress this summer similar to the progress I saw Connor Wood make as a passer at this time a year ago. While Wood’s development was more about mechanics, Ash’s has been all about his physical development and his effectiveness putting the ball in the right places.

Overall though, the results have been equally impressive.

I love that Ash does a consistent job of stepping into throw and really using all of his body to release the ball. His arm strength and velocity have both improved greatly, largely because of the muscle mass he’s added over the past few months. Once again, he changed speeds well, used touch when he had to and did a nice job of putting the ball where his receivers could make a play for the most part.

The main thing where Ash really struggles is that he forces way too many passes and while I hadn’t seen that whole lot this summer he did it against Lufkin and DeSoto. I think in time he’ll learn that sometimes the best play is to throw the ball away and live to fight another down rather than trying to drive the ball into a window that isn’t even there.

Some people have concerns about Ash’s accuracy, but I think it has more to do with his personnel. When he’s throwing to receivers who can create separation consistently he’ll be less likely to think he has to trust his arm more than he should.

Due to the interceptions it wasn’t his best outing, but Ash has had a great summer and he could have a big senior season if he can stay healthy.

My Grade for Ash: B+

THE FIVE BEST 2011 PROSPECTS (Non-Longhorn Commits)

1. Trey Metoyer, WR, Whitehouse – COMMITTED TO OKLAHOMA

My take: Other than Jaxon Shipley, Metoyer was the best college prospect I saw at the tournament. The best thing about his game is he’s added burst and explosion to his game that wasn’t there before. His hands are huge, he uses his body better than just about any receiver you will see, and his hands are very, very strong. There should be no doubt that he’s an elite level receiver prospect.

2. David Jenkins, CB, Lewisville Hebron – Offers from Arizona, Boise State, LSU, Texas and others

My Take: On tape I thought Jenkins looked a little stiff to play cornerback at the college level, but I was very surprised with his hips. He looked like he could easily turn his hips and run with guys and his ball skills are good. I think he’s clearly one of the state’s best defensive backs and he’s got the ability and size to play anywhere in the secondary.

3. Charles Jackson, CB, Klein Collins – Offers from Cal, Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma and others

My Take: I still think Jackson is a better prospect than Jenkins, but for this event Jenkins impressed me a little bit more. Jackson is a fast learner and I’m impressed with how quickly he’s learned zone concepts and improved his backpedal this spring. The main thing he needs to work on is adjusting his man coverage around the goal line.

4. Jace Amaro, TE, San Antonio MacArthur – COMMITTED TO TEXAS TECH

My Take: This is such a good year for tight ends and Amaro is now in the group for me in terms of one of the best. He’s probably the best pro-style tight end in the state because of his size (legitimately 6-5, 230 and still growing) and his ability to play from a three-point stance. I was impressed with his burst off of the line, body control and ability to work the seam.

5. David Porter, WR, DeSoto – COMMITTED TO TCU

My Take: There’s no doubt that Porter is a going to be slot guy because of his size (5-10, 180), but he’s such a good YAC guy and he’s another case of a great evaluation by TCU. He’s so explosive out of a cut and has elite burst. He’s a tough guy who isn’t afraid to get the ball in traffic. Case in point – he caught six balls against Cedar Hill last year with a broken hand.

THE FIVE BEST 2012 PROSPECTS

1. Kiante’ Griffin, WR/CB, Lewisville Hebron

My Take: Griffin and Carthage’s Edward Pope (to me) have top-five overall skill sets in the 2012 class. The difference is Griffin (6-0, 195) already has a college body. He was fluid and aggressive on defense and on offense he was sharp getting out of his breaks and showed some wiggle and speed to do some things after the catch. He’s a truly elite prospect in my mind.

2. Jeremiah Tshimanga, LB, Richland

My Take: On the hoof there wasn’t a better looking prospect than Tshimanga. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has an upper body that is already comparable to his cousin – Texas freshman defensive end Reggie Wilson. He looked decent in his pass drops, but there’s no doubt he helped his stock this weekend and the projected edge rusher is already getting heavy interest from colleges, including Texas.

3. Jarrett Irving, QB/S, Spring Dekaney

My Take: Irving (5-10, 180) was another kid who was at the top of the list of the best-looking players at the tournament. He looks really good on tape at safety but he played quarterback all weekend so it was tough to evaluate. When he’s facing a live rush and can use his feet this fall under center, he could really start to see his stock go up.

4. Jarrell Crenshaw, CB/S, Pearland Dawson

My Take: I’ve had the chance to see Crenshaw (5-10, 175) twice this spring and I came away more impressed the second time around. His hips looked a little more fluid, but I think at the end of the day Crenshaw is going to be a safety/nickel guy for someone because he tracks the ball very well and his range is one of his best tools.

5. Alex Lyons, LB, DeSoto

My Take: Deciding the final prospect on the list was tough, but I went with Lyons because his frame has filled out a little bit and I think he could be primed for a really big year in 2010. Right now Lyons (6-1, 200) is a coverage linebacker, but if he can prove this fall that the added bulks will improve his ability as a striker and run stopper I think it will greatly help how people view him as a prospect.

INSIDE TEXAS DIVISION I ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Offense:

QB – Michael Brewer, Lake Travis

RB – Daniel Lasco, The Woodlands

WR – Trey Metoyer, Whitehouse; David Porter, DeSoto; Cameron White, DeSoto; Connor Floyd, Lake Travis

TE – Jace Amaro, San Antonio MacArthur

Defense:

LB – Nico Ornelas, Richland; David Santos, Klein Collins

CB – David Jenkins, Lewisville Hebron; Tracy Smith, Arlington Lamar; Charles Jackson, Klein Collins

S – Jarell Crenshaw, Pearland Dawson; Travoskey Garrett, Lufkin

Tournament MVP: Michael Brewer, QB, Lake Travis