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Ranking the Top 2011 and 2012 Prospects at 7-on-7

It is never too early to start looking toward the future and given that their 2010 class was largely put together in February, the Texas staff has already started to do just that. The spring game and June camps featured some of the big names that the Horns are targeting in the 2011 and 2012 class and several of those prospects were on the field competing at the 7-on-7 State Tournament this past weekend.
Despite the fact that these skills players are only entering their junior or even sophomore seasons, it is safe to say that some of them will be wearing burnt orange in the future.Jeff’s Top 2011 Prospects at the 7-on-7 State Tournament:J.W. Walsh, QB, Denton GuyerI see a lot of similarities between Walsh and 2010 Texas commit Connor Wood at the same stage from a pure passing standpoint. Walsh is very refined in his mechanics and puts good zip on the ball. He also throws a very good deep ball and can still have the same velocity on the throw. He is not the athlete that Wood is, but it is easy to see why Walsh is a hot commodity right now much like Wood was at the same time one year ago. Herschel Sims, RB, AbileneIt is really something to see Sims work in the 7-on-7 format. He really did a good job of finding openings in zone coverage and baiting defenders on double moves. The best thing about Sims is that while he has said that he likes running out of the I formation, he upped his stock in a big way by showing on a large stage that he can have success in a spread offense. Miles Onyegbule, WR, ArlingtonIt would not be a shock to see Onyegbule get a February offer from the Horns next year. He is big, he’s very quick and you cannot downplay how big and soft his hands are. For a big receiver he looks like he has enough agility and quickness to stay at the wideout position and be a big time player there in college. He really knows how to get open and he is not afraid to mix it up with defenders down the field. David Porter, WR, DeSotoAfter tearing it up during his camp trip to Texas in June, Porter tore it up again in College Station. When the Eagles needed a big play during their run through the tournament they went to Porter. The 5-foot-11 receiver looks the part of being a slot receiver and he is explosive off the line and in and out of his cuts. He is always going forward with the ball in his hands and has the speed to quickly pull away from a defense.Jaxon Shipley, WR, BrownwoodObviously Texas fans will be keeping an eye on Shipley this fall since he is a pretty good bet to land a Texas offer in February. Shipley might not have the speed that his older brother Jordan possesses, but his route running and natural feel for the wide receiver position is far advanced for someone his age. Once he catches the ball he can get up the field in a hurry and is tremendous after the catch. Despite being only 6-foot-1, he is not afraid to go up and battle for the football.P.L. Lindley, LB, Round Rock Stony PointOf the 2011 defenders in the tournament Lindley was the most impressive. He has a long frame at 6-foot-3 and despite weighing 210 pounds he still has room to fill out. He runs like a safety and can cover guys one-on-one over the middle of the field. Big guys who can run are hard to come by and Lindley showed that he can play at a high level using the tournament to cap an impressive summer.Earl Foster, S, Houston LamarFoster has a lot of range at free safety and is bigger than I initially thought he would be (he is a legit 6-foot-1 and about 180-185). He made really good, smart plays on the football and despite being a ball hawk he was rarely out of position. He plays a hybrid position for Lamar but he has a future as a safety in college and his ball skills and recovery speed could facilitate a move to cornerback.Quincy Aldridge, ATH, Whitehouse (pictured)All the talk going into the tournament was about 2011 receiver Trey Metoyer, but Aldridge made a name for himself over the weekend. He showed he has a lot of explosion off of the line and can create separation on a defender in a hurry. As good as he is at receiver, his ball skills and size could make him an elite national prospect as a cornerback.Stephen Williams, ATH, Round Rock Stony PointThe tournament MVP showed how good he is with the ball in his hands. He has a lot of wiggle and can make defenders look silly in the open field. Despite being small in stature, he made big plays for the Tigers all weekend long. Williams said he would like to play slot receiver in college and with most college offenses using their slot receivers as hybrid running backs/receivers, Williams could be a big time weapon for someone at the next level.OTHER STANDOUT 2011 PROSPECTS: QB – Lake Travis’ Michael Brewer, Whitehouse’s Preston Conder, DeSoto’s Ryan Polite; RB – Katy’s Donovonn Young, Coppell’s Cam McDaniel; WR – Lake Travis’ Connor Floyd, Houston Chavez’s Jafus Gaines, Tyler Lee’s Marquise Mosley, Abilene Cooper’s Sonnier Khayeer, Whitehouse’s Trey Metoyer; LB – Carthage’s Kendall Thompson, DB –Fort Bend Elkins’ Jaylon Finner, Plano East’s Lyndell Johnson; ATH – Arlington Martin’s Tracy SmithJeff’s Top 2012 Prospects at the 7-on-7 State Tournament:Dennis Smith, RB, WimberleyThe 6-foot-1, 200-pound Smith looks the part of a big time back and has very good athleticism for a guy that prides himself on being a downhill runner.JaMarque Simmons, WR, CelinaHe played for Celina as a freshman and is a smaller slot receiver but he’s very explosive and has outstanding speed and quickness.Edward Pope, ATH, CarthageOne of the most impressive athletes in the field, Pope excelled at both wide receiver and free safety. He is very long and is a tremendous athlete who still has some physical maturing to do.OTHER STANDOUT 2012 PROSPECTS: QB – Marble Falls’ Zed Woerner; WR – Denton Guyer’s Connor Crane; LB – DeSoto’s Alex Lyons; Cedar Park’s Zach Espinosa