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Five from Friday: Raulerson, Cannon star

10/14/2012

Every week through the football season, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson and Max Olson will break down five things they learned while on the road at Texas high school football games. From the latest on Longhorn commits and offers to game observations to players who caught their attention, they've got you covered. Here’s what they saw this weekend:

William’s game: Carrollton Ranchview vs. Celina

Max’s game: Sulphur Springs vs. Mount Pleasant

1. Raulerson rounding into shape

It’s hard to get up emotionally and sustain passion for a game that got out of hand in the first quarter, as Celina’s 52-11 victory over Carrollton Ranchview did on Thursday. But Longhorns commitment Jake Raulerson, not surprisingly, had little issue.

He was all over the place from his offensive tackle and nose guard positions during the first half. The game was so out of hand that he didn’t play much in the second half.

In the time that he did play, though, he made an impact. There was one play in particular that really stood out when he was cut blocked at the line of scrimmage, got up and chased Ranchview’s quarterback down for a sack.

It’s not surprising for Raulerson to be able to chase someone down like that. He has always had the speed. But he did so on Friday at 265 pounds, up from the 235 he played at last season. Raulerson has been able to put on that weight after successful deviated septum surgery over the summer. He wasn’t able to sleep soundly before the surgery but is able to now. – William Wilkerson

2. No stopping Cannon

All ESPN Watch List receiver K.D. Cannon has done this year is put up big numbers week after week. Friday was nothing new. Cannon racked up 14 catches for 212 yards and three touchdowns in Mount Pleasant’s 71-65 loss to Sulphur Springs. He certainly lived up to the hype on this night.

He doesn’t have the biggest frame -- 6-foot-1, 165 pounds -- but Cannon does play big. He hauled in a fade in the back of the end zone to end the second quarter and took a catch off a post route 66 yards for another one of his scores. He caught slants, jump balls, long balls, anything and everything.

Sulphur Springs kept trying to double cover him. Didn’t matter. He now has 55 catches for 879 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.

Texas and Oklahoma remain the favorites to land the 2014 receiver’s pledge, and he said Michigan has also been showing strong interest recently. Cannon was at the Texas-Oklahoma game on Saturday and has attended three UT games this season. That’s definitely a good thing for the Longhorns. – Max Olson

3. 2015 QB Elliott one to watch

I’ve written about Celina sophomore quarterback Nathan Elliott before, but he exceeded my expectations in seeing him for the first time in person on Thursday.

Elliott (6-2, 180 pounds) completed 13 of 17 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns, and he also had a 1-yard touchdown run in two quarters. The left-hander did so on a gimpy right ankle.

On the season, Elliott has completed 95 of 152 passes for 1,086 yards, 11 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He also has rushed 37 times for 264 yards and six scores.

Elliott is already on Texas’ radar having camped there over the summer. He’s really high on the Longhorns and will surely get back there sometime soon. – William Wilkerson

4. Ivery showing versatility

The 2014 class appears to be a really good one for receivers in the state of Texas. One guy who doesn’t get much pub from that group is Sulphur Springs’ Willy Ivery.

The 5-8, 177-pound slot receiver has yet to receive his first offer but has received interest from TCU, Oklahoma State, Houston and SMU.

Sulphur Springs has moved Ivery to running back this season, and the results are promising. He shared carries against Mount Pleasant but still rushed for 108 yards and four touchdowns on only 12 carries.

The back he’s splitting time with is his older brother. On 24 carries, senior Buddy Ivery ran for 304 yards and two touchdowns. The two would like to play together in college if they get the chance.

At this point, Willie Ivery is open to playing either running backs or receiver in college. He did camp at Texas this summer but hasn’t heard from the UT coaches since then. Ivery told me LSU and Texas are his favorite schools, but he’s still patiently waiting on that first offer. – Max Olson

5. Keep an eye on Pryor

One guy I wanted to get a good look at on Friday was Larry Pryor. The Sulphur Springs sophomore -- yes, Class of 2015 -- is already garnering legitimate college interest.

Pryor is already 6-1 and 195 pounds and has heard from TCU, LSU, Baylor, Oregon, Tennessee and even Alabama.

They’re all recruiting him as a wide receiver. His coaches had been calling him the next Trey Metoyer before he even began his high school career.

Only one problem: He’s not playing receiver, at least not right now, for Sulphur Springs. Against Mount Pleasant, Pryor stuck to the secondary and mostly played safety. He was solid in support when double-covering Cannon, but his best days are ahead of him at receiver.

Pryor told me he’s already accepted an invite to the Under Armour underclassmen combine in Florida. TCU appears to be the school that’s shown the most interest so far, but Pryor did mention Texas has contacted his coaches to inquire about him already. – Max Olson