Here is the understatement of the year – DeSoto has talent. The Eagles took an impressive collection of skill talent to the 7-on-7 state tournament in College Station this weekend and on Saturday DeSoto advanced all the way to the semifinals of the championship bracket. One Eagle who had an outstanding tournament was 2010 Texas commit Darius Terrell (pictured, left).
Terrell picked up on Saturday where he left off on Friday making difficult catches look easy and further showing why he could be a game breaker as an inside receiver in Texas’ offense once he steps on campus.One of the things Terrell does better than any prospect that I have seen in recent years in using his body to put himself between the ball and the defender. A lot of that comes from his basketball experience and Terrell threw his weight around on the court having averaging more than eight rebounds per game for a DeSoto team that won the Class 5A state basketball title in March. No matter where the ball is thrown, Terrell seems to come down with it and looks extremely smooth in the process. He has big hands and while the scale won’t show that he has lost weight his body is starting to firm up. If the Texas staff can put some good muscle on him when he gets on campus, it is really scary to think about the damage he can do in the middle of the field. As athletic as he is, and if Texas is committed to using a two tight end set, he could be every bit as effective for the Horns’ as Jermichael Finley was – when he was used.One prospect that looked much better on Saturday than he did on Friday was cornerback commit Adrian White.White still did not look comfortable in zone coverage, but in man-to-man situations he thrived and looked like a guy that is among the top cornerback prospects in the country.Once he was cut loose he showed a tremendous ability to turn his hips and run down the field with a receiver. He also looks good when playing off of a receiver looking very smooth in being able to plant his back foot and break on the throw with ease.White has been one of those guys that has been tough to get a good read on because one minute he looks like a true elite corner prospect and the next minute he looks the exact opposite. I look at White much the same way I looked at Paden Kelley on offense last year – if he can be consistent from snap to snap then his physical talent will come through and the sky will truly be the limit.While Terrell and White enjoyed deep runs into the tournament, the two other Longhorn commits in the field saw their days end early.Cedar Hill won its first ever state tournament game in the first round of the consolation bracket with a victory over Austin Anderson. One bright spot for the Longhorns was Texas commit Aaron Benson.Benson looks very impressive from a physical standpoint with the pads off and he will only continue to get bigger and faster. The latter should excite Texas fans because Benson looked just as good in the 7-on-7 format of running to the football as he does under the lights in the fall.After an impressive day on Friday, Lufkin and Texas commit Carrington Byndom were out of the tournament after a first round loss in the championship bracket to Coppell. I feel better about Byndom making the move to cornerback at Texas after watching his work in this format, where safeties don’t just drop back and play center field. Byndom has very fluid hips and good speed. The only thing he still needs to work on is getting bigger, which should happen once he gets into Texas’ weight program.
Also see: Underclass Standouts at 7-on-7