The countdown continues as we start to get into the territory where some of these guys may sound familiar.
80. OT Ja’Braylin Thomas, Weimar (Weimar) 6’6″ 315
Big and gentle is no way to conduct yourself on the football field and if that wasn’t an apt description of Thomas’ play he’d have 20 more offers because he has the requisite athletic ability.
79. WR J’Mon Moore, Fort Bend Elkins (Missouri City) 6’2″ 170
Offers: Oklahoma St., TCU, Texas Tech, Tulsa
The sinewy and smooth Moore teamed up with Oregon commit Chance Allen last year to form one of the more formidable receiving duos in the state. Now as the focus of the passing offense, expect Moore to deliver a big year.
78. S Jordan Sterns, Steele (Cibolo) 6′ 190
Offers: Texas Tech (committed to Texas Tech
I like Sterns a lot and actually feel I may have him ranked a little too low. He’s athletic and active in ways usually reserved for linebackers. He made plays all over the field when I saw him against a fast Port Arthur Memorial receiving corps.
77. DT Hardreck Walker, Westfield (Houston) 6’2″ 275
Offers: Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and West Virginia
In the last three classes Westfield has put out Desmond Jackson (Texas), Anthony Smith (Texas Tech) and now Walker and having seen the Mustangs play two years ago there were times when I couldn’t tell the difference between the three. With Jackson being ‘all everything’, that bodes well for the other two. Walker is also one of the most level headed and funny kids I’ve come across. It would be a major boon to Tech if they could pair him with Smith.
76. WR Dannon Cavil, Madison (San Antonio) 6’3″ 205
Offers: Mississippi, Baylor, Cal, Clemson, Mississippi St., South Carolina (committed to Mississippi)
Dannon’s a match made in heaven for the snow bunnies of Oxford; there isn’t many more things that women love in this world more than yogurt. I assume his middle name is Pilates. Cavil the player is big and physical and doesn’t mind fighting for the ball in traffic, just like Uncle Kwame.
75. LB Darrell Songy, Connally (Pflugerville) 6’1″ 220
Offers: still waiting on first one
Songy’s a thick physical ‘backer that is highly literate when it comes to reading defenses. He does a great job of managing the wash and making tackles in traffic. Offers are only a matter of time.
74. DT Cornelius Henderson, Duncanville (Duncanville) 6’4″ 270
Offers: I believe he has yet to receive an offer
Henderson shows great strength at the point of attack despite his height and also exhibits the ability to squat in the backfield. This is one kid I’m surprised hasn’t gotten more attention from the Techs and Baylors of the conference.
73. DB Austin Jupe, East Central (San Antonio) 6’2″ 190
Larry Coker was wise to offer early. The San Antonio area is coming around talent wise and though I don’t think Jupe will end up staying in town, it’s nice when a National Championship winning coach notices your talents. Jupe has good size and plays some corner, but he’ll be a safety in college.
72. OG Rami Hammad, Irving (Irving) 6’3″ 285
Offers: Baylor, Tulsa
When this guy’s pulling down the line not even Team America can stop him. He’s not the most athletic kid, but if he found himself playing in the interior of a big physical line he could get some push.
71. LB Chad Whitener, Mansfield (Mansfield) 6’1″ 230
Offers: still waiting on first one
Don’t let the fact that he doesn’t have any offers fool you, this kid is a sideline to sideline player and was born to play in the SEC, which just happens to be his preferred conference. Mansfield is loaded for 2013 and Whitener’s a big part of that.
The next grouping of players contains two that are on the Texas radar. Stay tuned.