SAN ANTONIO — It was one of the few 7-on-7 events in the greater San
Antonio area, and it was probably the biggest. The Red Bull Game Breakers
7-on-7 San Antonio Qualifier at South San High School saw some of the top teams
and prospects in the area take the field for a shot at winning the tournament
and advancing to the finals at the Cotton Bowl.
San Antonio Warren ultimately prevailed in a sudden death overtime thriller against San Antonio Reagan to win the tournament, but the event showcased some of the top talents in the area.
From 2011 Texas commit Mykkele Thompson to 2012 standout quarterback Trevor Knight and up-and-coming underclassmen like Dennis Parks and Dominique Davis, the tournament had plenty of talent and showed the talent pool in the area is growing rapidly.
Longhorn Commits for 2011
Mykkele Thompson, QB, San Antonio Stevens
Like with Miles Onyegbule earlier in the 7-on-7 season, it’s tough to really evaluate Thompson because he’s playing a different position now than he will at the next level. The good news is the Red Bull tournament does allow live rushers on certain downs, so Thompson was able to scramble and use his legs to make plays. He showed really good change of direction and continues to impress me as being a smooth, fluid athlete. You also can’t help but notice his natural explosion, which is a big reason why he’s such a good long jumper. He’s got quick feet and the more I watch him the more I like how his skills translate to playing defensive back. He’s going to have really to work on his upper body strength and filling out his wiry frame. Overall, Thompson showed once again that’s he got all of the tools, including the long arms and ball skills, to play defensive back at Texas. I just wish I could have seen more of him in that setting to get a better ready on his ability.
Class of 2012 Prospects
Trevor Knight, QB, San Antonio Reagan
For my liking I think Knight is a more complete passer at this stage of the game that even Matt Davis of Klein Forest. I don’t think Knight’s arm is as developed as David Ash’s at the same stage, but he’s got some nice tools including his size (6-2, 185). I love the fact that he’s really into the mental side of playing quarterback. He spent a lot of time going over routes and progressions with his receivers and is mentally sharp for a young guy. He changes ball speeds well and has really good touch on his deep ball and when making the back shoulder throws. He’s a solid athlete but probably won’t be a zone read type quarterback at the next level. Knight has that gunslinger mentality, but it can get him in trouble because there were times when he tried to force balls into spots that just weren’t there. It’s going to be really interesting to see how he fares as a junior because he looks like the top pure passer in the class right now.
Austin Hays, WR, San Antonio Reagan
The son of former Longhorn receiver Russell Hays is Knight’s top receiving target and has emerged as a legit Division I wide receiver prospect. He’s a pretty fluid athlete and shows solid burst getting off the line in his initial release. He’s not a burner and is more of the Darius Terrell/Bud Sasser type of pass catcher. He’s a pretty savvy kid and shows good quickness when working double moves. It’s tough to tell if he’ll be a big-time YAC guy at the next level, but the one thing he does do well is pull the ball down. He showed he can go get in the end zone, especially on corners and fades to the back pylon, and he’s got good, soft hands. He’ll need to work on his straight-line speed and ability to move laterally, but I like what Hays does for being a young guy.
Dennis Parks, WR, San Antonio Warren
I had a feature piece on Parks earlier this week and I think this kid is on the verge of possibly being big-time. The only thing I see wrong with his game is at times he does battle consistency issues catching the football, but he’ll make those circus catches that few guys can make and really makes explosive plays that impress. I love the way he goes up and fights for the ball in traffic. Warren quarterback Rex Dausin and Parks have developed pretty good chemistry in that Dausin is getting better at putting the ball in a spot where either Parks will grab it or nobody will, and more often than not Parks comes down with the football. He can round off his routes at times, but when he’s conscious of sticking his foot in the ground and accelerating he can be explosive. He’s not as big as Cayleb Jones of Austin High or as explosive as Dallas Skyline’s Thomas Johnson, but Parks is rapidly working his way into being one of the top receivers in Texas in the 2012 class.
Tyler Chapa, CB, San Antonio Warren
Chapa isn’t the most athletic corner I’ve seen among 2012 recruits thus far, but he’s one of the most instinctive and is constantly making big plays for Warren. I love that he reads the quarterback so well and does a great job of driving off of his back foot and can break in front of the receiver to make plays. His ball skills are solid and he does a good job tracking the ball and going up to make a play on it. He needs to clean up things because he has some wasted movement in his backpedal. Also, Chapa plays exclusively off in coverage and while his recovery speed is okay, I’m not so sure he doesn’t end up having to move to safety in college. Either way, the kid is a playmaker a despite being routinely picked on at the two tournaments I’ve seen Warren in, he continues to be the best defender on the field in just about every game he’s played this summer. He’s not on the level of Kiante’ Griffin, LaDarrell McNeil or Edward Pope, but Chapa is working his way up to being at the top of that second tier of defensive backs.
Dominique Davis, ATH, San Antonio Roosevelt
When I was at Roosevelt in the spring the coaches told me Davis was the fastest kid in their program, and they weren’t lying. I saw him catch a short out route, cut on a dime and turn up the sideline to score on the first play of a drive against Reagan. That’s almost impossible to do in 7-on-7 unless you’ve got some serious jets. While Davis is fast, I’m just not sure what he is at this point. He’s about 5-9.5 and in the 165-pound range, but to me his hand eye coordination needs improvement for him to be considered a big-time prospect as a slot guy, and definitely as a running back. With his speed and quickness, it would be interesting to see him at cornerback or safety, but the Roosevelt coaches will use his speed on offense. At any rate, there could be some big-time schools in the mix for Davis because his speed on the field is as good as it gets.
Other 2012 Prospects
Rex Dausin (QB – Warren), Dalton Miller (ILB – Warren), Connor Knight (WR/OLB – Reagan), Abraham Prather (QB/ATH – Roosevelt), Derrick Mann (CB – Stevens)