DCTF's Recruiting Tales from the Road - Week 10, 2023

Zina Umeozulu (Photo by Greg Powers)

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Here we find ourselves again, another TXHSFB regular season coming to an end far too soon. It seems like we time traveled from August - the hype and promise of a new year - into early Novemeber when over half the state's programs are setting their sights on 2024. The good news is we have one more regular season week chock-full of clashes for the district crown and those final few playoff spots. And for these guys listed below, we should be seeing them more for the playoffs.

All about the big boys up front

Name: Tyler Norris | School: Dallas White Class: 2024 Pos: OT HT: 6'4" | WT: 290

Norris is a real hidden gem that Texas State has been able to hold onto. He's light on his feet and athletic in pass protection with a frame that can carry more weight. Norris has big upside when gets to the next level. - Matt Stepp

Name: Daniel Cruz | School: Richland Class: 2024 Pos: C HT: 6'4" | WT: 295

The Texas commit is considered one of the top interior linemen in the country and his skill set was on full display Friday night in several 1v1 battles with talented junior DL Dilon Battle. Cruz plays center for Richland and makes all the line calls, he moves well, plays with a nasty streak and he's more than capable of moving defensive players from point A to point B against their will. - Matt Stepp

Name: Ellis Davis | School: Prosper Class: 2025 Pos: OT HT: 6'7" | WT: 275

An offensive tackle who instantly jumps out for his height and incredibly long arms. He played a solid all-around game, especially in the second half, holding his own while matching up often with four-star DE Zina Umeozulu. It was good on good, so it was fun to watch them battle throughout the game. It's easy to see the raw potential that Davis possesses. Texas Tech fans should be fired up about his commitment.  - Greg Powers

Dominant defensive linemen

Name: Dilan Battle | School: Mansfield Timberview Class: 2025 Pos: DT HT: 6'2" | WT: 315

Battle is one of the state's top interior defensive line prospects and he went 1v1 with Daniel Cruz and held his own in a titanic battle in the trenches. When he wasn't lined up directly over Cruz, he faced constant double teams and was still a major factor in clogging the middle against the run. - Matt Stepp

Name: Zina Umeozulu | School: Allen Class: 2024 Pos: DE HT: 6'4" | WT: 210

Umeozulu's playing really well right now. He is a constant force, applying pressure on the quarterback and getting off blocks to make plays versus the run. As a pass rusher, he has a lightning-quick get-off and long arms for making tackles, which helped him collect a game-changing sack late in the first half. Opponents have to gameplan for him. - Greg Powers

Dynamic defensive backs

Name: Terrence "TJ" Jones | School: Prosper Class: 2024 Pos: DB HT: 6'0" | WT: 190

Jones was fun to watch. He roams around the secondary to track down the football and make tackles. He's got an impressive physique, boasting a 76-inch wingspan. He's committed to Holy Cross, but he has FBS-level skills. - Greg Powers

Name: Lebron Bauer | School: Allen Class: 2026 Pos: CB HT: 5'11" | WT: 170

Bauer had an interecption that was negated by an offsides penalty, but what impressed us the most was his aggression in attacking the run. He showed that he is a willing and able tackler. That, combined with his coverage skills, makes him a highly valued commodity who will continue to garner recruiting interest. - Greg Powers

Name: Jaylen Moses | School: Carrollton Smith Class: 2024 Pos: S HT: 5'10" | WT: 170

The SMU commit didnt have his best game in a win over Dallas White on Thursday, but in big moments Moses had a knack for being around the ball and making plays. He's quick to come up and offer support in the run game and when he arrives at the ball carrier, he arrives with bad intentions. - Matt Stepp

Home Run Threats on offense

Name: Michael Turner | School: Richland Class: 2025 Pos: RB HT: 6'0" | WT: 190

Turner proved he's more than just a track star Friday night in Richland's 37-27 upset win over Mansfield Timberview. He carried the ball 38 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns, with many of those runs coming in crunch time against a loaded box. Turner proved he can get tough yards and also displayed solid skills as a receiver out of the backfield. - Matt Stepp

Name: Cameron Bates | School: Mansfield Timberview Class: 2024 Pos: ATH HT: 5'9" | WT: 165

The Boise State commit displayed game breaking speed catching a long touchdown catch early in Timberview's loss to Richland. He finished the game with 61 receiving yards and a touchdown and also 50 rushing yards. He gets the ball on a lot of screens and jet sweep type plays where the Wolves try to get him in space. - Matt Stepp 

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