E.J. Holland highlights ten recruits you should be watching in the 5A and 4A title games..
With the state championship games this weekend, DCTF's E.J. Holland highlights ten recruits to keep an eye on in the 5A and 4A title games.
QB Kyler Murray, Allen (2015)- Murray is on of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation in his class. After leading Allen to a state title last season, Murray’s recruitment blew up. He currently holds offers from Auburn, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M and others. Murray’s father, Kevin, played quarterback at Texas A&M so the Aggies appear to be the early favorite. This season, Murray has passed for 3,389 yards, rushed for 1,086 yards and scored 60 total touchdowns.
QB Jerrod Heard, Denton Guyer (2014)- Heard might very well be the most gifted athlete at this year’s state title game. Folks might remember him from last year when he led Denton Guyer to a win over Georgetown to claim the 4A Division I state championship. Already being dabbed the next Vince Young, Guyer is committed to Texas and says he will ‘probably’ stick with the Longhorns despite Mack Brown stepping down as head coach. Heard dominated this season with 2,041 yards passing, 2,002 yards rushing and 46 total touchdowns.
RB Rodney Anderson, Katy (2015)- Nebraska signee Adam Taylor carried Katy past Cedar Hill in last season’s 5A Division II state title game. Anderson is going to be expected to do the same in this year’s rematch. The junior is already committed to Texas A&M and rushed for 1,821 yards and 23 touchdowns this season.
WR DaMarkus Lodge, Cedar Hill (2015)- Cedar Hill had an all-star offensive cat last year so Lodge didn’t get much time as a sophomore. But boy did he break out this season. Lodge was arguably the top wide out in the Dallas-area and recorded 67 catches for 1,229 yards and 21 touchdowns. In the area round against Hebron, Lodge legitimized his elite status by making Jamal Adams, one of the top defensive backs in the Class of 2014, look silly. Lodge holds early offers from Auburn, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and others.
ATH Ryan Newsome, Aledo (2015)- There might not be a hotter name in the recruiting world than Newsome. In recent weeks, the do-it-all athlete picked up offers from Baylor, Clemson, Oklahoma and UCLA just to name a few. Newsome is part of Aledo’s high flying offensive attack, which broke the national record for most points in a season. Along with being an elusive offensive weapon, Newsome is also a dangerous return man.
OL Austin Schlottmann, Brenham (2014)- Let’s give a little love to the big boys up front. Schlottmann is the anchor of Brenham’s offensive line and cleared the way for his team to make a run to Jerry World. At 6-foot-5, 2885-pounds, Schlottmann is an athletic tackle, who is committed to TCU.
DE Derick Roberson, San Antonio Brennan (2014)- Roberson will be in charge of putting pressure on Heard, his future teammate at Texas. An elite pass rusher, Roberson is an absolute monster coming of the edge and will be a handful for Denton Guyer to handle. This season, Roberson notched 19 sacks, four of which came last week in the state semifinals against Stratford.
LB Christian Sam, Allen (2014)- Many pundits though Sam was a lock to commit Baylor, but shocked everybody when he committed to Arizona State. His teammate, Chad Adams, who just missed making the list, followed suit by flipping from Baylor to Arizona State. Sam is the heart and soul of the Allen defense. He is a terror when passing rushing from his outside linebacker position.
LB Tay Evans, Allen (2014)- Evans followed in his father, Bobby Joe’s, footsteps when he committed to Oklahoma this summer. Bobby Joe played basketball for the Sooners, but Evans was born to play football. At 6-foot-3, 210-pounds with 4.56 speed, Evans, like his teammate Sam, is one of the top outside linebackers in the state. It seems Evans can make his way to the backfield just a split second after the ball is snapped and when he gets there, he really lays the wood. By the way, Evans’ little brother, Bobby, is a junior offensive tackle for Allen and is also committed to Oklahoma.
LB Justin Phillips, Pearland (2014)- Pearland, Allen’s opponent in the 5A Division I state title game, has its own stud at linebacker. Phillips committed to Oklahoma State back in March over Baylor, Boise State, Northwestern and others. He remains solid to the Cowboys, who found a backer that can easily develop in one of the Big 12’s most feared tacklers.
CB Marcus Green, Cedar Hill (2014)- At 6-foot-1, 175-pounds, Green is a taller corner who can match up with taller wide outs but is also quick enough to handle speed slot guys. Green spent the summer training with Dallas-area defensive back guru Clay Mack and going up against wide receivers like Lodge, Texas commit Emmanuel Porter and Purdue commit Trae Hart-- all of whom trained with Mack’s partner David Robinson. Green developed into a true lockdown corner this season and is committed to Oklahoma.
E.J. Holland is a special contributor to Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.