The 7-on-7 State Tournament has seen some big-time
offensive prospects take the field over the year, and this weekend’s tournament
features some of the top offensive playmakers in the class of 2011. Longhorn
target Aaron Green of San Antonio Madison is one player Texas fans will have an
eye on this weekend, but there will be senior game breakers all over the fields
at Texas A&M this weekend.
With Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech all having commits in this weekend’s state tournament, there are sure to be some future college stars roaming the Penberthy Fields in College Station beginning on Thursday afternoon.
The Division I tournament features one of the state’s top quarterbacks and a future Longhorn in Belton’s David Ash along with San Antonio Madison’s Aaron Green, Abilene’s Herschel Sims and a few other big names from a historic running back class.
Just because the Division II tournament only hosts 3A schools and below doesn’t mean the field is void of playmakers. Texas-bound Brownwood wide receiver Jaxon Shipley, the underrated Somerset duo of quarterback Stevie Dorman and receiver Jacob Hillyer, and West Orange-Stark’s big-play wideout Mark Roberts are all expected to put on a show this weekend.
CLASS OF 2011 OFFENSIVE PROSPECTS BY POSITION
The best of the bunch is Texas commit David Ash and while the quarterback position doesn’t have the star power the state tournament has seen over the past few years in terms of senior prospects there are still some talented arms in the field.
A name a lot of Longhorn fans will surely recognize is Lake Travis’ Michael Brewer. The son of former Longhorn quarterback Robert Brewer was offered a grayshirt by the Texas staff, but instead the pinpoint passer who led Lake Travis to the Class 4A Division I state championship last season opted to commit to Texas Tech over other Big 12 and SEC offers.
Houston Lamar’s Brom Kohlhausen has turned some heads in the spring and summer with his performance at the Elite 11 at TCU and in guiding Lamar’s 7-on-7 team. The Houston commit has some of the best skill athletes in the tournament at his disposal.
Trevone Boykin of West Mesquite has had an outstanding summer as the TCU commit led the Wranglers to the Red Bull Game Breakers finals at the Cotton Bowl last month and leads a red-hot passing attack into College Station. The athletic 6-foot, 205-pounder throws a good deep ball and has one of the stronger arms in the field.
Southlake Carroll’s Daxx Garmin is committed to Arizona and while the Dragons have received mixed reviews this summer, there have been few negatives to point about the 6-foot, 175-pounder. Somerset’s Stevie Dorman hasn’t received the big-time attention as some other prospects, but the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder is the nephew of 1990 Heisman winner Ty Detmer and has a big-time arm.
Other Quarterbacks to Watch: Tyler Lee’s Preston Conder, Cy Creek’s Chuckie Keeton (Committed to Air Force), Friendswood’s Peter Maetzold, DeSoto’s Ryan Polite and Lufkin’s Bush Smiley.
There’s no doubt that the class of 2011 is the year of the running back in Texas and several of the state’s best will be College Station this weekend.
One of the state’s top uncommitted prospects and one of the Longhorns’ top remaining targets in the class is San Antonio Madison’s Aaron Green. The 5-foot-11, 186-pounder gives Madison a chance of advancing well into Saturday because of his explosiveness and ability to make people miss in the open field. However, it remains unclear whether Green will participate in the tournament as word from the Alamo City has Green possibly not making it, so it won’t be until the Mavericks take the field on Friday until it’s 100 percent certain that Green will be good to go.
Abilene’s Herschel Sims will certainly be at Texas A&M this weekend as the Oklahoma State commit is one of the state’s most electric playmakers with pads on and in the 7-on-7 format. The Longhorns recruited Sims until just prior to the second Junior Day in February, and the 5-foot-8, 185-pounder will show why Texas and nearly everybody across the country recruited him due to his versatility as a runner and a receiver.
Another back the Longhorns recruited at one point is Daniel Lasco of The Woodlands. The 6-foot, 190-pounder who fits a one cut and go zone style running game due to his breakaway speed is expected to be one of the most physically impressive looking prospects on hand. Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are two of the schools hoping to land the productive back as his recruitment presses on this summer.
Recruiting has really picked up in recent weeks for Cy Creek’s Jermichael Selders. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder who rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior has double digit offers including the likes of Arkansas, Baylor, Cal, Louisville and West Virginia.
SMU commit K.C. Nlemchi of Katy Cinco Ranch had a big year last year rushing for more than 2,300 yards in leading his team to the Class 5A Division I state semifinals. Cinco Ranch is annually one of the state’s top 7-on-7 teams, so look for the 6-foot, 205-pounder to be playing well into the weekend.
Other Running Backs to Watch: Houston Lamar’s Darren Ervin (Committed to Cal), Stephenville’s James Myles, Gilmer’s Gus Johnson, Prosper’s Juan Williams, and Pflugerville’s Storm Woods (Committed to Oregon State).
WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS
This is one position where a Longhorn commit may be the best of the bunch as Brownwood’s Jaxon Shipley has been on a tear this summer and has put on clinics in this format throughout his career.
Unlike quarterback however, some of the state’s top 2011 receivers will be in the field with plenty of big names taking center stage alongside the future Longhorn.
Currently rated the highest among wide receivers in the Inside Texas 2011 Top 100 is Whitehouse’s Trey Metoyer. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Oklahoma-bound playmaker helped lead the Wildcats to their first ever state tournament last summer in which Whitehouse struggled at times, so the second time around should be a better experience for the bigger, stronger, and faster Metoyer.
DeSoto is one of the teams expected to make a serious run at winning the Division I tournament after advancing to the final eight last year, and that’s largely because the Eagles have a plethora of talented receivers. Three DeSoto wideouts are currently committed to Division I schools with David Porter and Cameron White bound for TCU while Austin Vincent will be heading to Iowa. White is a fluid athlete with strong hands who will be the main target for Ryan Polite with Vincent being the long-ball threat and Porter using his explosive ability out of a cut to be the Eagles’ primary YAC receiver.
Houston Chavez’s Jafus Gaines is a silky-smooth playmaker who despite his lean frame (5-11, 165) can take over games in the 7-on-7 format. Gaines has picked up offers from schools across the country including Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado and Stanford.
The 2011 cycle is proving to be a very good one for tight ends in Texas and one of the best is San Antonio MacArthur’s Jace Amaro. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder is arguably the state’s best pro-style tight end with his ability to play from a three-point stance and be a threat in the vertical passing game as well the short and intermediate game with his soft hands and fluid body movement.
Other Receivers to Watch: San Antonio Warren’s Marcus Smith, El Paso Coronado’s Adam Roberts (Committed to San Diego State), Pearland Dawson’s Marcus Vaughn, Tyler Lee’s Marquise Mosley (Committed to Illinois), West Orange-Stark’s Mark Roberts (Committed to Houston), and Somerset’s Jacob Hillyer.
Pool play in the Division II State Tournament begins on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Texas A&M’s Penberthy Fields. Bracket play in the Division II tournament begins at 8 a.m. on Friday while the Division I field begins pool play later in the day Friday at 1 p.m.
The tournament semifinals and championships for both divisions and both brackets are played at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field.