E.J. Holland has all the recruiting news that's fit to print from across the state of Texas.
Last week, other sports took the spotlight during early signing period, but there was a lot of movement in the football recruiting world especially in Texas. Here is a run down of what has transpired in the last week:
S Kameron Miles, West Mesquite (6-2, 200)- Originally committed to Tennessee, Miles rocked the recruiting world by switching his commitment to Texas A&M. The Aggies on the field product is certainly impressing recruits and Miles was no exception. Texas A&M already has a few stud safeties in Rosenberg Terry’s Victor Davis and Alief Taylor’s Jonathan Wiggins but adding Miles makes this class one of the top-10 classes in the nation.
RB Adam Taylor, Katy (6-2, 200)- Nebraska landed its running back of the future in Taylor. He’s a big and powerful back that has rushed for over 1,500 yards this season’s for arguably 5A’s top team. Taylor visited on November 9 and committed just eight days later. He also held offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida State and Oklahoma.
OL Rami Hammad, Irving (6-5, 320)- Originally committed to Oklahoma State, Hammad made the switch to fellow Big 12 school Baylor last Tuesday. Hammad is one of the top interior offensive linemen in the state and can be a dominant force at the next level. Baylor is losing both starting guards at the en of the year so adding Hammad will prove to be invaluable.
ATH Dee Paul, Munday (5-11, 160)- Paul is far and away the best player in 1A and can play a variety of positions including cornerback and wide receiver so losing him was a big blow to SMU’s recruiting class. Paul is now looking at Oklahoma State and Texas Tech and recently visited both. When asked about decommitting from SMU Paul replied: 'I liked the atmosphere at Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. At SMU, it felt like being at a high school game.' Ouch.
TE Jesse Brubaker, Wylie East (6-4, 245)- Paul wasn’t the only prospect to decommit from SMU. Brubaker decided to follow in Paul’s footsteps on Monday and switched his commitment to Tulsa after visiting this weekend. Brubaker, who plays both defensive end and tight end, will more than likely wind up on the defensive side of the football for the Golden Hurricane. Maybe getting blown out by Rice hurt the Ponies in more areas than they can fathom.
RB Dre’Vian Young, Houston Nimitz (5-10, 180)- Young had been flying under the radar with offers from Kansas State and Louisiana Lafayette but on Monday, he pulled the trigger and committed to Utah. Young has a lot of upside and good speed but needs to get stronger to make an immediate impact. But he will be a good player for the Utes in time.
LB Jimmie Gilbert, A&M Consolidated (6-4, 205)- Colorado has definitely been struggling on the football field this season but brighter days could be coming soon with the addition of Gilbert, who committed last Monday. An intriguing physical specimen, Gilbert can be one of the top pass-rushers in the Pac-12 in a couple of years and is averaging a sack a game for A&M Consolidated.
LB Brandon Hines, Dallas Kimball (6-2, 190)- Hines was all set to commit to SMU but could never get in contact with the coaches so he turned right around and committed to New Mexico State. Hines had a few Big 12 offers that were recently pulled but says he’s ‘all about building programs.’ I got to see Hines, who will likely move to safety at the next level, play against South Oak Cliff a couple of weeks ago and was thoroughly impressed. SMU really dropped the ball with this kid.
WR Prentavious Morehead, Dallas Kimball (6-3, 175)- Shortly after Hines committed, Morehead decided he wanted to continue playing with his high school teammate and also committed to New Mexico State. The Aggies picked up a very raw wide receiver, but Morehead has the potential to break records at New Mexico State. He has the ability to stretch the field and has a great set of hands.
CB Jalen Barnes, Port Arthur Memorial (5-11, 175)- Barnes is also a raw prospect but recently picked up offers from Oklahoma State and Mississippi State/ However, Barnes shut down his recruitment last Tuesday when he committed to Iowa State. Barnes is a true corned but must work on his overall technique to be a true lock down corner in the Big 12.
S Germod Williams, Conroe Oak Ridge (5-11, 185)- Despite holding offers from Northwestern, Rice and UTEP, Williams decided to go with a more trendy school and committed to Texas State last Thursday. Williams cited his relationship with the Bobcats coaches and the proximity of the university as the primary factors in his decision.
E.J. Holland is a special contributor to Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.
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