Sunday, October 28, 2012
Five from Friday: Seals-Jones returns
By Sam Khan Jr.
Deon Hollins Jr., a UCLA commit, has 13 sacks this season for Missouri City (Texas) Thurgood Marshall.
Each week, GigEmNation reporter Sam Khan Jr. will bring you five things he learned from watching high school football action in the Midlands region that week, including observations of Texas A&M commitments and targets and other players that catch his attention. Here's this week's installment:
1. Sealy (Texas) High School receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, who is Texas A&M's top remaining uncommitted 2013 target, showed off his athleticism and why he's such a coveted prospect. He only played about a quarter and a half because he suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter that took him out for the rest of the game. (Sealy's large halftime lead also likely contributed to the decision to keep Seals-Jones out of action the rest of the night, especially with critical games coming up for the Tigers.) But when he was in, he was terrific. He had four catches for 39 yards and a touchdown --- the touchdown catch involved Seals-Jones leaping over two defenders to grab the ball -- then he leaped to get an interception on the next play from scrimmage and high-stepped it into the end zone for six. He's down to just LSU and Texas A&M as his finalists and whoever lands him will get a gifted athlete with good size (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) and a plethora of skills (offense, defense and special teams).
2. Rice is getting itself quite the running back in Sealy 2013 prospect Jowan Davis. He's small in stature (5-7) but built well (190 pounds) and is a strong runner. Like his teammate Seals-Jones, Davis has battled injuries this year and said after Friday's game that he finally feels 100 percent. He had 252 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries and he's still getting interest from a few other schools, but said he's solidly committed to Rice. The Owls will likely be happy with Davis if they indeed secure his signature in February.
3. Sealy has a 2016 prospect worth keeping an eye on: Christian Wallace. He's playing cornerback currently for the Tigers but could be their future running back and he has tremendous size for a freshman: 6-3, 200.
4. Missouri City (Texas) Thurgood Marshall defensive end Deon Hollins Jr. is having a monstrous season and has undoubtedly been one of the Houston-area's best defensive players this season. Already with 13 sacks, Hollins has been a key cog in the Buffaloes' 8-0 start this season. He didn't get to have a huge impact in Marshall's 60-0 win over Houston Spring Woods because Spring Woods was overmatched and ran a heavy dose of belly run plays, but when the Tigers did throw, Hollins -- a UCLA commitment -- was hot on the quarterback's trail, pressuring consistently. And while committed to and happy with UCLA, Hollins' recruitment is not over. He said he's still hearing from countless schools and is planning visits to a few of them.
5. Marshall has one of the bigger offensive lines I've seen. They have two of their starters already committed to power conference schools (Maurice Porter, a tackle, to Texas Tech and Darius Moore, a guard, to Baylor) and while both have great size, they play well together, too. It's easy to tell that both are smart, skilled and know how to use their size. They didn't let smaller opponents beat them with speed and they made sure to assert themselves in the run game, helping power a 630-yard rushing performance.