- William Wilkerson, RecruitingNation
We’re halfway through the Texas state high school football playoffs, three games to go until 2012 state champions are crowned.
Several Texas commitments and targets will still be playing this week in regional quarterfinal action. Here are the top five games with Longhorns interest:
• Denton Guyer vs. Birdville | 2 p.m. on Saturday at Southlake Carroll
Players of interest: 2014 Texas QB commitment Jerrod Heard (Guyer); 2013 Arizona State WR commitment Ellis Jefferson (Guyer).
How they got here: Guyer defeated Amarillo 38-30; Birdville beat Lubbock Monterey 42-21.
Heard has been truly impressive on the ground this postseason. He rushed 17 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns, and completed 4 of 8 passes for 122 yards and a score against Amarillo. Both of his rushing touchdowns were from 3 yards out and his touchdown pass came from 43 yards out.
But he’s going to have to be equally productive with his arm to keep up with Birdville’s high-octane offense. The Hawks (13-0) are led by running back Xavier Turner, who has rushed 188 times for 1,444 yards and 29 touchdowns.
• San Antonio Brennan vs. Cedar Park | 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Alamodome
Players of interest: 2014 Texas DE commitment Derick Roberson (Brennan).
How they got here: Brennan defeated Edcouch-Elsa 42-0; Cedar Park beat Alice 36-7.
It’s been a pretty remarkable first few seasons of football at Brennan. It went 0-10 in its first season, made the playoffs last season and then is unbeaten so far this season. A big part of its success has been the emergence of Roberson, one of Texas’ first commitments in 2014. Teams have been going away from his side this postseason but he’s still found ways to make plays. Can he do so again against a Cedar Park team that has scored 36 points in each of its last two playoff games?
• Galena Park North Shore vs. Houston Lamar | 2 p.m. on Saturday at Pasadena Veterans Stadium
Players of interest: 2014 Texas linebacker offer Zac Whitley (North Shore); 2014 OL Trevon Tate (North Shore); 2014 DB John Bonney (Lamar).
How they got here: North Shore defeated Alief Elsik 17-10; Lamar beat Fort Bend Travis 28-19.
Whitley’s coverage skills are going to be put to the test this week against Lamar quarterback Darrell Colbert, who has thrown for 2,052 yards and 26 touchdowns. Colbert is a running threat too. He rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown last week, which means Whitley is going to have to stay firm in his coverage and reads.
• Lancaster vs. Mesquite Poteet | 7:30 p.m. Friday at Allen
Players of interest: 2013 Washington commitment and former Longhorns defensive end commitment Daeshon Hall (Lancaster); 2014 Texas A&M athlete commitment and Texas offer Nick Harvey (Lancaster); 2014 Texas wide receiver target Nick Alexander (Lancaster).
How they got here: Lancaster defeated Prosper 35-29; Mesquite Poteet beat Wylie East 52-49.
Lancaster knew it was going to have its hands full against Prosper and used every weapon imaginable to get the victory. That included targeting Hall, a defensive end, at tight end. He hauled in touchdown catches of 27 and 9 yards.
Harvey was his usual productive self. He rushed two times for 84 yards and caught seven receptions for 74 yards.
Both Hall and Harvey are going to be needed as much on defense as offense this week, though, as Poteet’s offense has put up 52, 48 and 50 points in the playoffs.
• Dallas Skyline vs. Allen | 3 p.m. Saturday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium
Players of interest: 2013 Oklahoma State WR commitment Ra’Shaad Samples (Skyline); 2014 Texas A&M DB commitment Cedric Collins (Skyline); 2014 OL Ty Barrett (Skyline); 2014 DB Derrick Dixon (Skyline); 2014 LB Victor Evans (Skyline).
How they got here: Skyline defeated Spring Westfield 38-33; Allen beat Round Rock Westwood 56-24.
The Longhorns don’t have any outstanding offers in this game, though it did heavily recruit Samples at one point. But there is so much talent on that Skyline sideline, and some very good players from Allen, that this game should be of interest to Texas. Skyline has several juniors worth keeping an eye on.
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