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Ranking the Texas Commits at 7-on-7

It was a light weekend for Texas commits at the 7-on-7 state tournament in terms of numbers with only five 2010 pledges in the field. But the five commits made their presence felt in a big way with Case McCoy helping Graham to the championship bracket semifinals in the small school division while DeSoto duo Darius Terrell and Adrian White helped the Eagles reach the final four in the big school division.
The five commits had their moments, but in ranking their effort over the weekend there was one commit that stood out about the rest.Jeff’s Ranking of the UT Commits in the2009 7-on-7 State Tournament:1. Darius Terrell, WR, DeSotoAfter the weekend I am even more assured of my assessment that if you look strictly at ball skills, Terrell is the best receiver in the state in a talented 2010 class. He showed off his tremendous ability to use his body position on defenders and he has tremendous hands. One of the plays that really caught my eye was when Terrell caught a short pass over the middle, slipped past a linebacker and sprinted to the end zone in a game against Conroe Oak Ridge. That move is very difficult to pull off in 7-on-7 even for speed receivers, which Terrell is not. I think if Terrell’s body can develop to where he can play tight end then he could be a tremendous weapon in the Texas offense.2. Case McCoy, QB, GrahamEvery time I have seen McCoy this spring his body looks like it is filling out more and more. As far as physically developing he has come a long way but he still has even more room to grow which is good news for the Texas staff. Like Colt, Case once again proved to throw good, accurate passes in the short to intermediate passing game and during the tournament he did not force balls trying to make things happen, something that a lot of young quarterbacks try to do. He is also very accurate on the run, especially when rolling to his right. He has a natural feel for the position and can put the ball on target while leading his receiver. The only area he still needs to improve on is his deep ball, which still tends to wobble and float on him at times. Otherwise, he is improving his stock with every showing.3. Aaron Benson, LB, Cedar Hill (pictured)It was a tough call with either Carrington Byndom or Benson, but Benson’s showing in the 7-on-7 format solidified his position as a top 20 prospect in the class. I cannot understate how quickly he can react to the football and how quickly he can get from point A to point B. His ability to run will come in handy in the Texas defense, especially with the job of a linebacker now having to include more responsibilities in pass coverage. Benson was becoming frustrated because the 7-on-7 rules really put a guy that is physical and aggressive at a disadvantage but he still managed to look good during Cedar Hill’s stay in the tournament. With his combination of speed and size, Benson is capable of playing any of the three linebacker positions on defense for the Horns.4. Carrington Byndom, S, LufkinIf Byndom was about 15 pounds heavier, he would be a lock as a top 20 prospect in the state. The thing that really came out in Byndom’s game is his fluidity. He is very smooth in his backpedal and once he locates the ball he can really flip his hips and run with defenders. In a lot of ways Byndom is playing out of position at free safety because he could be a very good corner. But in observing his football IQ and his range it is easy to see why the Lufkin coaches need him to play safety. He has got to get bigger to play corner for Will Muschamp because physical guys like Chykie Brown and Aaron Williams will likely be the prototype corners in Texas’ defense as long as Muschamp is on the 40 Acres. Other than size, though, Byndom has proven himself to be the most versatile defensive back among Texas’ 2010 commits.5. Adrian White, CB, DeSotoIt was hard to get a feel for White on Friday during the Eagles’ first day at the tournament. As Saturday went on it looked like the zone scheme DeSoto played on White’s side of the field did not take advantage of his skills. But when the coaches turned him loose and let him play one-on-one, his talent really came through. In man coverage he looks like he was born to play cornerback, whether getting up on a receiver at the line of scrimmage or dropping off and giving cushion. He can plant his back foot and make a quick break on the ball. He also does a good job at making a play on the ball on balls thrown in the middle of the field. And he has excellent recovery speed and ran stride-for-stride with receivers down the field. All White needs to do to see his talent come through is to just do the little things right on every snap.