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Thursday, July 11, 2013
State 7-on-7 tournament full of UT targets

By William Wilkerson

The 2013 Texas State 7-on-7 Tournament will begin just up the road from Austin at the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park in Leander today. As usual, the field of 128 teams is loaded with Longhorns commitment and targets.
Here is a look at some of the things to keep an eye on over the next three days.

General information
What: 2013 State 7-on-7 Tournament
Where: Southwest Williamson County Regional Park in Leander, Texas
When: Division I (4A and 5A schools) -- Friday and Saturday; Division II (3A and below) -- Today and Friday.
Pool play: Each pool consists of four teams with each team playing three games. The top two teams from each pool advance to a championship round and the latter two teams go into a consolation championship.

Lorenzo Joe
Texas commit Lorenzo Joe is part of a star-studded field at this weekend's Texas State 7-on-7 Championships.
The Division II championship game will be played at 4 p.m. on Friday and the Division I championship will be played at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Plano and Celina won the championships last year.

Field full of UT targets/commitments

To those that love high energy, fast-paced football, you are in for a treat this week, as several of the state’s top offensive and defensive skilled players compete in one tournament.

Several of the top guys in attendance are either Texas commitments or hold Longhorns offers. Here’s a look at those that should be competing:

Wide receiver Lorenzo Joe (Abilene, Texas/Cooper), safety Edwin Freeman (Arlington Bowie), WR DaMarkus Lodge (Cedar Hill), defensive back Darrion Johnson (Navasota), linebacker Otaro Alaka (Houston Cy Falls), S John Bonney (Houston Lamar), S Jamal Adams (Lewisville Hebron), WR Dorian Leonard (Longview), athlete Keke Coutee (Lufkin), DB Kris Boyd (Gilmer), linebacker Malik Jefferson (Mesquite Poteet), quarterback Jarrett Stidham (Stephenville), running back Rodney Anderson (Katy), QB Chason Virgil (West Mesquite), RB Soso Jamabo (Plano West), S Justin Dunning (Whitehouse), RB Patrick Carr (The Woodlands).

Top pools

Here is a look at the most intriguing matchups that could come from Division I pool play:

Pool B is highlighted by Freeman, who could be matched up against 2015 Baylor commitment Chad President (Temple).

Pool D features some young offensive firepower with Lodge, Katy’s Anderson and Lufkin’s Coutee, a Texas commitment.

Pool F contains two of Texas’ top safety targets in Lewisville Hebron’s Adams and Houston Lamar’s Bonney. Adams is as competitive as they come. Knowing that he’ll be in a pool with another high-profiled safety will only bring out the best in him.

Pool I could evoke a matchup between Plano West running back Jamabo and Whitehouse safety Dunning. Both have Texas offers.

Pool N features 2015 running back sensation Carr, who rushed for over 2,000 yards as a sophomore for The Woodlands last season, as well as West Mesquite quarterback Virgil (Texas offer).

Pool P will give Longhorns linebacker commitment Alaka an opportunity to go against the diverse speed of DeSoto.

Keep your eye on these 2016 prospects

The field is also scattered with several sophomores-to-be who are sure to get long looks by the Longhorns. Some already have.

Two of note: Manvel wide receiver Reggie Hemphill and defensive back teammate Deontay Anderson. They have been approved for offers after stellar performances at Texas’ three-day camp last month.

DeSoto quarterback Tristen Wallace might not play that much this week -- he’s a backup quarterback at this point, but is expected to be used a ton this season -- but he’s already garnered considerable attention from Texas. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder had a very successful outing at Texas’ June 9 minicamp.

So too did West Mesquite defensive back Bailey Phillips, who is getting looks from Big 12 and SEC teams already.

One player Texas has yet to reach out to, but surely will, is Port Arthur Memorial running back Kameron Martin. He already holds Baylor and Texas Tech offers but grew up a Longhorns fan. Texas will instantly become the favorite if it offers.