Football Recruiting

The Inside Texas Top 100: Nos. 81-90

Here’s the second installment of the Inside Texas Top 100. Again, thanks to the Highwayman for his help. That guy does a lot of behind the scenes work. Basically he’s the roadie to my Led Zeppelin and Shuttlesworth’s Yanni.
90. WR Gary Moore, Clarksville (Clarksville) 6’5″ 215

Offers: still waiting on first one

With his combination of size and athleticism that translates to both football and basketball there has to be a reason why Moore is waiting on his first offer, right? Yes, grades are a problem, otherwise Moore would not lack for suitors.

89. WR Jamar Gibson, Goose Creek Memorial (Baytown) 6’2″ 195

Offers: committed to A&M

That makes two times Gibson has committed to the Aggies. Gibson like Moore is extremely talented but I have my questions about whether or not he ends up enrolling in a four year university immediately after high school. After an extremely productive sophomore year, he was a non-factor last year and has since switched schools. Perhaps the presumably country club atmosphere of Goose Creek Memorial will help.

88. RB LaQuintas Wallace, Lee (Tyler) 5’10” 185

Offers: still waiting on first one

Yet another prospect whose potential is the least of his worries. Questions circled last year about whether or not Wallace was going to transfer and he missed some games. When in the line-up Wallace runs with great vision, agility and explosiveness.

87. LB Akeem Harrison, Killeen (Killeen) 6’1″ 210

Offers: Boise St.

Harrison’s name has been mentioned for quite a while and because of that I’m surprised to see Boise St. as his only offer. As a player Harrison has good mobility and would provide Petersen a piece he could win with. Expect Harrison’s list to grow.

86. ATH Chris Armstrong, East Central (San Antonio) 5’10” 160

Offers: Tennessee, Texas Tech, UTSA

Armstrong’s one of the fastest players in the class and only needs a tiny crease to exploit a defense for six. He projects to effect the return game and could play either all purpose back, slot receiver or corner.

85. S Jonathan Wiggins, Alief Taylor (Houston) 6’3″ 200

Offers: SMU, Texas Tech, Utah, West Virginia (committed to A&M)

This super sized safety was flying a bit under the radar, but when A&M went by Taylor to check on DE Torrodney Prevot, they noticed Wiggins. He provides a big presence in the middle and could eventually move into a LB/S hybrid role.

84. CB Chad Davis, Fort Bend Bush (Missouri City) 5’10” 170

Offers: Texas Tech.

I predict Davis will break out at some point in large part to his track speed and competitive nature. An example of both: Last year with a game in doubt the opposing team’s kick returner appeared to have a game winning touchdown return in his sights. Davis walked him down inside the five yard line. The Bush defense kept the opposition out of the endzone but a field goal would have still won it. Davis blocked it.

Game, blouses.

83. LB Jordan Mastrogiovanni, Jesuit (Dallas) 6’2″ 225

Offers: Arizona St., Baylor, Boise St., UCONN, Houston, Iowa St., Minnesota, Mississippi

Along with Jake Oliver and J.J. Gustafson, Mastrogiovanni comprises one third of the Jesuit band Ellis Island Trio. With his ability to thump, he plays the bass. Though he’s not as highly touted as his celebrated teammates, he has a chance to be an impact player at the next level as a Mike or Sam linebacker.

82. QB Connor Feist, Langham Creek (Houston) 6’1″ 195

Offers: still waiting on first one

A scout buddy of mine told me Feist is a system quarterback, which I don’t necessarily disagree with. I do think if Feist finds the right fit to utilize his timing and accuracy, he has a chance to be a solid college quarterback. Besides, with the propensity of spread systems, being a “system” quarterback isn’t exactly a pejorative. Feist throws well on the move as well which suggests he has the ability to compensate when the system fails.

81. ATH Aaron Piper, Duncanville (Duncanville) 5’9″ 165

Offers: still waiting on first one

Like Armstrong at #86, Piper is an explosive athlete capable of making a long gain when others that are just a tick slower couldn’t. He runs to daylight, but slows up just enough for it to illuminate his path.

Stay tuned, tomorrow I’ll break down the next ten.

Nos. 91-100