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: Waco La Vega vs. Stephenville
Max’s game: Cypress Woods vs. Cypress Ridge
1. Tough night for Davis
Manny Diaz traveled down to Cypress, Texas, on Thursday night to watch his future linebacker Deoundrei Davis in action. He did not catch Cypress Woods on a good night.
Its foe, Cypress Ridge, put up 28 points and 299 total yards of offense in the first quarter en route to a 54-21 blowout victory. Once Ridge hit 21-0 with two scores in a span of two minutes, you knew this one was going to be ugly.
Davis recorded four tackles and a tackle for loss, at least by my count. He provided a few hard hits, but all in all it was a rough night for a Cy Woods defense that gave up 519 total yards.
The good news that Diaz will be happy to hear: Davis is still very firm in his pledge to Texas. According to his parents, he remains on track to graduate in December and will enroll at UT for the spring. -- Max Olson
2. Keep an eye on Arnett
Class of 2014 prospect Javon Arnett (Waco, Texas/La Vega) is billed as one of the top running backs in the state, and that’s presumably why Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite went to watch him on Friday.
Problem was, Arnett played strictly safety until he finally got his chance on offense -- as a slot receiver -- with 1:22 remaining in the first half. Applewhite, who watched from the La Vega sideline during the first half, appeared to leave at halftime.
He didn’t miss much in the second half as Arnett didn’t factor much into a game Stephenville easily won 43-22. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound speedster was only targeted a handful of times and didn’t record a reception. But his athleticism was easy to see on the throws that were intended for him, including in the endzone late in the first half when he nearly hauled in a touchdown over two defenders.
Even though he didn’t do much on Friday I believe he and Applewhite will be having plenty of conversations down the road. –- William Wilkerson
3. Warrick is the real deal
With Ricky Seals-Jones, Robbie Rhodes and Torii Hunter Jr. no longer options for Texas, there’s an awful lot of attention right now on who the Longhorns will pursue to fill the third receiver spot in this class.
Don’t overlook one of the guys who’s already in this class, though: Jacorey Warrick.
On Saturday, with his quarterback injured and his team in need of a leader, Warrick stepped up. He caught five passes for 44 yards and a touchdown and even ran for 68 yards and another score on five carries out of the Wildcat formation. Thanks to those big contributions, Cy Falls pulled off a 29-7 win over Cy Creek despite having two quarterbacks sidelined by injuries. I got to visit Warrick and Cy Falls on Friday, and his coaches vow he has been the real deal this season.
Through three games, Warrick has 424 receiving yards, 104 yards on the ground and six touchdowns. He’s averaging 16.3 yards per play on his offensive touches and has scored touchdowns on nearly a fourth of them.
Warrick told me he hoped Hunter Jr. would be Texas’ third receiver pledge -- they met at The Opening in Oregon this summer -- but the Longhorns might be fine without him. In Warrick, they already have a talented ESPN 150 slot receiver. -- Max Olson
4. Texas State commitment shines
It makes you wonder why Class of 2013 wide receiver Brice Gunter (Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville) only has offers from Texas State and Air Force when you see him perform like he did Friday.
The Bobcats commitment used his 6-foot-3, 190-pound body beautifully to ward off smaller defenders across the middle, and showed impressive elusiveness on his 20-yard touchdown snag.
In total, Gunter, who also played some corner, had five receptions for 108 yards, a touchdown and a two-point reception in Stephenville’s 43-22 win over Waco (Texas) La Vega. All of his receptions came from fellow Texas State commitment Tyler Jones, who completed 13-of-19 passes for 193 yards. –- William Wilkerson
5. Childs an impressive sleeper
The story of the night on Thursday in Cy Woods-Cy Ridge was Rennie Childs.
The senior running back dashed for three touchdown in the first quarter, including a 70-yard score on a screen pass in which he broke or avoided seven tackles.
The Cypress Ridge back had 181 total yards in the first quarter alone and finished with 176 rushing yards on only 15 carries.
A 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect, Childs holds offers from Texas State and UTSA. There’s one school to keep an eye on, though: Boise State.
Childs told me he’s been in talks with the Broncos and would love to visit if he gets an offer. He’d be a good get for a Boise State program whose senior starting running back, D.J. Harper, just so happens to be a fellow Cypress, Texas, native. –- Max Olson