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In the football-only facility at Denton Ryan there’s a wall of pictures of players who have gone on to the next level from the Raider football program. 2021 ATH Ja’Tavion Sanders will likely join his cousin, former Florida Gator defensive end Jarvis Moss, on that wall someday.
At first glance, it's difficult not to notice the 6-foot-4, 220-pound sophomore on the practice field at Texas High. He's long, athletic, and seems to find the ball on most plays. Three plays into his scrimmage, and he had two PBUs and a sack from OLB and DE. But there's something else to see. That would be Texas High OLB Clayton Smith.
We start in the Houston area with a linebacker who tracks and smacks, then head west to see the nation's top corner and one of the best OL from Arizona, back to east Texas for a uber-athletic corner with lock down traits, and finish with UT's top QB on its 2021 big board in this edition of the Recruiting Notebook.
One of the state's best, one of the most underrated, one of the most intriguing, and one of the quietest recruits all walk into Moncrief. All leave with smiles and good vibes as the Longhorns staff continues to build relationships with the state's, and nation's, best high school football talent. Austin is hopping and everybody is knocking.
Texas did themselves a solid when they held Elite Day last month, hosting some of the state's best for 2020. They outdid themselves with another righteous crop of prospects rolling through the first evening of Junior Day Weekend. With Texas-exes BJ Johnson and Priest Holmes stopping by, and adding a Mookie to the class was icing on the cake. Here's some quick hitters from a busy day on the 40 Acres.