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UA Sevens: Dallas and Houston previews

5/18/2012

Two UA Sevens 7-on-7 events kick off this weekend in Dallas and Houston. The Longhorns will be well-represented by a few commits and several other targetss.

Dallas features the following players that Texas fans will know:

ATH Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto)

The four-star recruit will be, without question, the most sought-after prospect at the event -- if he shows up. DeSoto coaches have not confirmed he will be in attendance, as he just finished his track season (won gold in the Class 5A 4x100 relay and silver in the 4x200 relay on May 12). If he does show, then expect a slew of broken ankles and befuddled looks to be left in his wake. He's the No. 7 athlete and No. 53 player overall in the ESPN 150. Oregon and Texas appear to be the leaders for his commitment.

WR Robbie Rhodes (Fort Worth, Texas/Southwest)

In 7-on-7 football, speed kills, and Rhodes definitely knows speed. He won a gold medal in the 200-meter dash and as a member of the Southwest 4x100 relay team, and he earned a silver medal in the 4x200 relay. Rhodes' 2011 football season was just as productive, as he set records in an October game against Fort Worth (Texas) Arlington Heights, catching 10 passes for a state-record 394 yards and eight touchdowns, which tied Earvin Johnson (Los Angeles/Cathedral) for the national record.

TE Durham Smythe (Belton, Texas/Belton)

The Longhorns are banking on the 6-foot-5, 230-pound target to be their tight end of the future, and with good reason. He's got more than adequate size and agility to do damage both as a blocking and receiving tight end. A former high school teammate of Texas quarterback David Ash, Smythe is the No. 6 tight end in the country and a four-star recruit. He'll be Belton's premiere target in this event.

Check out the rest of what to watch in DallasInsider.

Meanwhile in Houston the Longhorns only have one prospect in action:

OLB Deoundrei Davis (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods)

Davis was a relatively under-the-radar recruit entering the spring, but that all changed when he pledged to Texas in February. The 6-2, 215-pound linebacker is a hard-hitting pass- rusher with a nose for the ball, and he's ranked No. 13 at his position for the 2013 class. Davis will team up with fellow senior-to-be Alfred Pullom, a safety who's also earning interest from BCS programs, to lead a potent Cy Woods defense on Saturday.