DCTF Weekend Recap: August 12
The DCTF Weekend Recap catches you up on a big weekend of recruiting.
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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 August 12, 2013.
Well, as you probably heard, managing editor Travis Stewart has departed for another job opportunity. We wish him well, but don’t worry: I’ll be steering the ship for a bit. You can expect the same outstanding coverage of high school, college and pro football across the Lone Star State, and you may even see some new voices take to TexasFootball.com very soon. Stay tuned; exciting days are ahead for TexasFootball.com!
Speaking of excitement: this will be the very last Weekend Recap! A way of collating news for the offseason, the Weekend Recap has served us well in getting us through the seemingly endless offseason. But with football just two weeks away, we can start gearing up for the 2013 season!
Once again, recruiting took center stage across Texas this weekend. Check out who made the call this weekend.
-The biggest winner of the weekend, recruiting-wise? It has to be Baylor. The Bears brought in a pair of prospects, and none are bigger than getting Mount Pleasant WR K.D. Cannon to commit. Don’t judge him by his size – just 5-10 and a70 pounds – because he may be the single best skill-position player in the state. He led all public schools with 1,592 receiving yards a year ago with his blazing speed and exceptional route-running and hands. The first-team Super Teamer is a class-maker, plain and simple.
But lost in the understandable buzz from Cannon’s commitment was the commitment of Mesquite Poteet ATH Verkedric Vaughns, who also pledged to the Bears. A solid contributor on both sides of the ball, he was a lockdown corner for the Pirates as well as contributing more than 500 yards of total offense. Where does he fit at Baylor? Not sure; he’s got great size for a corner at 5-10, but his ability to make guys miss may be too tempting to put him on defense.
-It was also a big weekend for Oklahoma State, as the Pokes pulled in two big Alief Taylor stars. First: WR Keenen Brown, a big-framed possession receiver who comes in at 6-3 and 190 pounds. He led the Lions with 41 catches for 677 yards and five scores a year ago, and could be in for an even bigger senior year. He’s not an overwhelming deep threat but he may have the some of the best hands in the state.
The second of the Taylor duo: DB Chris Hardeman. A former LSU commit, Hardeman earned second team Super Team honors this year thanks to his tremendous ball skills (he only had one interception, but that’s more a credit to how little people threw at him) and his exceptional ability at the line of scrimmage. This is a big, big steal for Okie State.
-Around the DFW area, Allen has been busy exporting its talent, and that continued this weekend when CB Chad Adams committed to Arizona State. The 5-9, 158-pound Adams is a force on the outside, using his serious speed to keep up with even the fastest receivers. Adams becomes the second Allen Eagle to commit to ASU in the last 10 days, joining star LB Christian Sam who committed last week.
-Just because they no longer play conference games in Texas doesn’t mean BYU’s done recruiting the Lone Star State, as evidenced by this weekend’s commitment of Hebron CB Cedric Dale to the Cougars. Coach Brian Brazil will field one of the state’s best secondaries, and Dale is a big part of that, holding down the No. 1 cornerback spot with tremendous skill. Combine him with our Super Team Defensive Player of the Year in Jamal Adams, and the Hawks will be flying.
-Down in the Houston area, Oregon State may have just nabbed one of the steals of the 2014 class with Galena Park North Shore OL Najee Toran. His frame is good – 6-3 and 263 pounds – but what has scouts so excited about him is how polished he is for his age, using his feet well and dominating defensive linemen. He probably profiles as a guard in college, where he can do some major damage for the Beavers.
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.