Weekend Recap: March 4
A number of big 2014 commitments and a coaching change highlight the news across Texas.
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It's Monday, and if you spent your weekend away from the computer -- you know, actually doing things -- don't worry: we're here to catch you up on everything you need to know about the weekend that was on the Texas football scene!
Without further ado, your TexasFootball.com Offseason Weekend Recap for March 4, 2013.
Admittedly, it was a relatively quiet weekend across the Texas football scene. There were some spring college practices – though despite what anyone else may try to tell you, there’s not a whole lot to glean from those, especially this early – and there were some Junior Days for some schools across Texas, as they invited members of the class of 2014 onto their campus. Other than that, it seems like everyone more or less took Texas Independence Day weekend off.
(No, don’t stop reading! I promise, there are important nuggets of news below!)
The biggest impact of the weekend came in the recruiting scene, where four top Texas talents in the 2014 class made verbal pledges this weekend.
-Three of them landed at Texas A&M, making the call immediately after the Aggies’ second Junior Day.
The best of the bunch is probably West Mesquite DB Dylan Sumner-Gardner. At 6-1 and 190 pounds, Sumner-Gardner was a menace at the safety spot for the Wranglers in 2012, as he possesses outstanding field awareness and exceptional sideline-to-sideline speed. He’s probably quick enough to play cornerback, but big enough to play safety; that’s a great combination of attributes. He was getting interest from all around – he reportedly held offers from Notre Dame, Oklahoma, LSU, Nebraska, Texas and more – but made the call for A&M this weekend.
Joining DSG (I’m not sure if that’s an approved nickname, but it is now!) in College Station is North Forney ATH Armani Watts. The fleet-footed Watts’ game is in his versatility: last year, he was the Falcons’ leading passer (756 yards, 3 TDs), leading rusher (1,017 yards, 7 TDs) and second-leading receiver (8 receptions, 188 yards, 2 TDs). He’s got OK size at 5-11 and 185 pounds, but what sets him apart is his quickness, an ability to get in and out of breaks and leave defenders lunging at air. Where does he profile in college? Probably at the wide receiver spot, though I wouldn’t be surprised if the Aggies tried to get him on the field on defense. In any case, a strong get for A&M.
The final member of the trio that committed to A&M this weekend is Nederland DT DeShawn Washington. A monster in the middle at 6-3 and 275, Washington was a force up front for the Bulldogs all season, showing an ability not just to stop the run but to also get pressure on the passer. Washington chose A&M over offers from Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor and Texas Tech, and should stick at defensive tackle as opposed to moving to end.
-Texas State nabbed one of the state’s fastest players this weekend, as Marcus Perkins Jr., the wide receiver from Garland Naaman Forest, pledged to the Bobcats. After lighting up the DFW area as a freshman and a sophomore, Perkins’ junior season was cut short due to injury, but that shouldn’t affect his status as a recruit. His top-end speed is lightning fast, and he has an opportunity to become a true deep threat for the Bobcats in the coming years.
HS Coaching News
-Only one high school coaching maneuver to mention from this weekend, but it represents a relatively significant shift in Class 3A. Sweeny has found its new coach just weeks after Brett Sawyer left after three seasons: it’s Lockhart coach Paul Kilby. Kilby had been at Lockhart for the past two seasons, going 8-12 in that stretch, but there have been two things that Lockhart does really, really well: BBQ (all hail the Salt Lick) and running the ball. Kilby will bring his Slot-T attack to Sweeny in hopes of turning the Bulldogs into a punishing rushing powerhouse.
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.
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