Thursday, October 24, 2013
Big 12 recruiting storylines: Oct. 24
By William Wilkerson
In the past week, the top players in Texas for 2014 and 2015 announced their commitment to the same school. One of the top playmakers in the Lone Star State switched his commitment to a Big 12 school. West Virginia got a visit from an athlete committed elsewhere.
We’ll take a look at those topics and a few others in this week’s edition of Big 12 recruiting storylines.
Will 'Fab 5' follow Mack?
ESPN Junior 300 defensive end Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas/Gladewater) on Monday finally did what most expected him to do. The top-ranked player in Texas for 2015 committed to Texas A&M.
Daylon Mack is the first player from the "Fab 5" to commit.
It was the second time in a few days' span that the Aggies picked up a commitment from the top player in the state. On Friday, defensive end Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/Martin) announced his commitment to A&M.
Mack’s commitment immediately brought to question how the rest of the Mack-proclaimed “Fab 5” would react. Will they follow suit?
This “Fab 5” consists of ESPN Junior 300 linebacker Malik Jefferson (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet), ESPN Junior 300 safety Larry Pryor Jr. (Sulphur Springs, Texas/Sulphur Springs), ESPN Junior 300 safety Justin Dunning (Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse) and ESPN Junior 300 running back Ja’Mycal Hasty (Longview, Texas/Longview). Mack is also close to ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas/Allen) and ESPN Junior 300 running back Soso Jamabo (Plano, Texas/Plano West).
Mack, the No. 3 defensive tackle overall and No. 2 player in the Midlands region, didn’t waste any time contacting some of them.
Shortly after he committed, Jefferson tweeted “Hmm Daylon just committed … (thumbs up).”
Around the same time, Mack tweeted to Jefferson “I’m waiting on you now.”
That was proceeded by a tweet from Jefferson saying, “Just had a good talk with @DaylonMack.”
It might be a while before any of the other “Fab 5” members decide to announce their commitment, but A&M can be assured that the top player in the state will do what he can to bring others with him.
TCU gets undervalued, dynamic playmaker
You’re making a mistake if you measure Desmon White’s value by his measurables.
What he can do at just 5-foot-6 and 148 pounds is what many taller players wish they could do. He’s a playmaker, plain and simple.
This season White has completed 118 of 173 passes for 1,881 yards, 17 touchdowns and two interceptions for undefeated DeSoto. He’s also the team’s leading rusher with 83 carries for 867 yards and 11 touchdowns.
He’d been committed to North Texas for a while but decided to switch his verbal pledge to TCU on Tuesday morning.
White brings some much-needed playmaking ability to a Horned Frogs class that, before his commitment, only had one running back/wide receiver commitment in Jarrell Owens, the No. 109 running back from Palestine (Texas) High School.
He will likely start his career as a split end/scat back who is often set in motion to try and get him in open space. But don’t be surprised if Gary Patterson lets him throw the ball every now and then.
Hurricanes commitment takes in West Virginia
West Virginia’s coaching staff was not only busy trying to find a way to knock Texas Tech from the ranks of the unbeaten over the weekend, but also trying to stay in tune with several recruits in attendance.
One of the top prospects on hand was ESPN 300 athlete and Miami commitment Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach), who was on an official visit to West Virginia.
Powell, the No. 276 player overall and No. 34 athlete, was a main point of emphasis for the staff, which is always trying to add playmakers to match with head coach Dana Holgorsen’s high-octane offense.
The Mountaineers have handed recruiting duties over to running backs coach JaJuan Seider, who has known Powell since he coached at Marshall.
Powell, who has more than 25 offers, has also made an official visit to Nebraska since committing to the Hurricanes on Aug. 3. Look for the Mountaineers to be in the mix with him on signing day.
2016 QB looking at two?
One name to keep an eye on in the 2016 class is quarterback Devin Williams (Fort Worth, Texas/Southwest), especially if you are a fan of the Baylor Bears or Texas Longhorns.
Williams was on hand for Baylor’s route of Iowa State on Saturday, which obviously bodes well for Art Briles & Co., considering the Bears’ 71-7 victory.
Baylor does not have a quarterback commitment in 2014 yet. You wonder how hard they’ll press to get one considering Williams’ interest in the program and the fact that it picked up a commitment from ESPN 300 recruit Chris Johnson in 2013 and 2015 QB Blake Lynch (Troup, Texas/Troup) on Sunday.
Baylor also picked up a commitment from ESPN 300 wide receiver Robbie Rhodes in 2013. Rhodes went to Fort Worth Southwest and is really close with Williams.
The Longhorns do have a commitment from a 2014 quarterback in Jerrod Heard and will take at least one, and possibly two more in 2015. Depending on what route it chooses to go in for 2016, Williams could be a target. He really likes Texas.
So far this season, Williams has completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,047 yards, 25 touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s also rushed 49 times for 295 yards and one touchdown for the 5-2 Raiders.
Cyclones offer Juco DB
Iowa State took one on the chin over the weekend in a 71-7 loss to Baylor. Sounds like a good time to send out a new defensive back offer, doesn’t it?
The Cyclones extended an offer to Devron Moore (Miami, Okla./Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) over the weekend.
Moore, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety, has seen his stock soar this season. He picked up offers from New Mexico, TCU, and Wisconsin this month to go along with offers from Illinois and Middle Tennessee State.