Crystal ball gazing
E.J. Holland predicts where some elite 2014 prospects in Texas will land.
While numerous 2014 prospects from around the state have given their verbal commitment, there are still plenty of talented recruits left on the board. Here a look at five of those athletes and where they might land.
DB Jamal Adams, Hebron
Adams is a freak athlete with offers from almost every major program in the nation. And what’s scary is Adams has only gotten better this offseason with the help of defensive back guru Clay Mack, a former stud at Mississippi State. Five schools are sticking out and will receive official visits over the new two months- Florida, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Texas and Texas A&M. Adams plans on making his final decision in November.
EJ’s crystal ball says: Florida
DB Tony Brown, Beaumont Ozen
A lot of recruiting analysts say Brown is a better defensive back than Adams. I beg to differ, but there is no doubt Brown is one talented player. At 6-foot, 182-pounds, he’s a taller corner that can matchup with just about any wide receiver. Brown currently has no favorites and is taking his time with the process. But he has made unofficial visits to Texas A&M, Alabama, Texas and others. By the way is planning to graduate in December, enroll at whichever college he picks in January
EJ’s crystal ball says: LSU
DE Solomon Thomas, Coppell
If your in the Dallas-area and want to see one scary pass pass rusher, go catch a Coppell game. On most nights, Thomas is a man among boys, which is why he has a mile-long offer list. Thomas is taking his time but recently named a top seven- the only in-state program to make the cut though was Texas. TCU, however, could sneak in there. He attended the Horned Frogs’ game at AT&T Stadium over the weekend.
EJ’s crystal ball says: Texas
DE Myles Garrett, Arlington Martin
Equally as impressive as Thomas is Garrett. Also a Dallas-area defensive end, Garrett is known for creating havoc in opposing backfields and using his speed to get around just about any offensive tackle. When it comes to recruiting, don’t be surprised if Garrett is off the market in the next couple of weeks. He is taking an official visit to Texas A&M next weekend when the Aggies host Alabama, and it would be surprising to see him commit on the spot especially if Johnny Football and company can pull off another victory against the Crimson Tide.
EJ’s crystal ball says: Texas A&M
DB Nick Watkins, Bishop Dunne
Watkins is simply a dynamic athlete that makes big plays on both sides of the ball for Bishop Dunne. College programs like his as a cornerback though because of his height, athleticism and excellent ball skills. Watkins has a top 12 right now, but the one visit to keep an eye on is Notre Dame, where he’ll be visiting in October along with teammate and fellow defensive back Payton Hendrix.
EJ’s crystal ball says: Notre Dame
E.J. Holland is a special contributor to Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.