Here are five games that should be of particular interest to the Longhorns:
• Coppell (11-0) vs. DeSoto (11-0) | Saturday, 1 p.m. at Allen’s Eagle Stadium
Class of 2014 athlete Lorenzo Joe will likely play receiver for the Longhorns.
Players of interest: Texas defensive end offer Solomon Thomas (Coppell); Texas athlete offer Dontre Wilson (DeSoto), an Oregon commitment.
How they got here: Coppell defeated Irving MacArthur 31-7; DeSoto beat Harker Heights 62-15.
Longhorns commitments Darius James and Naashon Hughes didn’t have much success slowing down Wilson and DeSoto’s freight train of offensive talent.
Wilson rushed 19 times for 99 yards and scored touchdowns of 1, 1, 1 and 4 yards against Harker Heights. He also hauled in a 48-yard touchdown pass for good measure.
Thomas will try his best to corral the Eagles as he and the Cowboys attempt to keep their state title hopes alive in honor of former teammate Jacob Logan, who passed away on Oct. 14.
• Abilene Cooper (9-2) vs. Arlington (9-2) | Friday, 2 p.m. at Arlington’s Maverick Stadium
Players of interest: Texas 2014 wide receiver commitment Lorenzo Joe (Cooper).
How they got here: Abilene Cooper defeated El Paso Americas 40-21; Arlington beat Keller Timber Creek 28-16.
Joe will spend his time in Austin as a receiver but he is getting the hang of this whole quarterback thing. He passed for 208 yards and rushed for 176 yards in the victory over Americas.
Joe is going to have to get Cooper on the board, and often, as the Colts are averaging 39 points per game this season.
• Lake Dallas (7-4) vs. Waco (8-3) | Friday, 1 p.m. at Midlothian ISD Stadium
Players of interest: Texas offensive line offer Andrew Billings (Waco).
How they got here: Lake Dallas defeated Fort Worth Boswell 20-0; Waco beat Fort Worth Wyatt 42-20.
For the second week in a row, Texas’ schedule works out perfectly for its coaches to be able to attend Billings’ playoff game. The Longhorns were off last week during Billings’ bi-district game, and will have the option of traveling north again the day after Thanksgiving.
Of course TCU’s coaches will also be able to travel to the game. Little things like this have a tendency to linger on recruit’s minds.
• Denton Guyer (9-2) vs. Aledo (10-1) | Friday, 2 p.m. at Northwest ISD Stadium
Players of interest: Texas 2014 quarterback commitment Jerrod Heard (Guyer)
How they got here: Guyer defeated Saginaw 42-14; Aledo beat Cleburne 45-7.
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This one is going to be a doozy. Even without Johnathan Gray, Aledo has managed to absolutely dominate this season, and its done so in large part with one of the better defensive in the state. The Bearcats haven’t allowed double-digits since the second game of the season, a 41-28 loss to Stephenville. They’ve allowed 13 points in the last three games.
So clearly Heard will have his hands full. He lived up to his hype last week by rushing 18 times for 108 yards, including touchdown runs of 2 and 3 yards. He was 20 of 31 for 245 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown throw and an interception.
• Lovejoy (11-0) vs. Lancaster (10-1) | Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Eagle-Mustang Stadium
Players to watch: Texas 2013 DE offer and former commitment Daeshon Hall (Lancaster), a Washington commitment; Texas 2014 defensive back offer Nick Harvey (Lancaster); Texas 2014 WR target Nick Alexander (Lancaster).
How they got here: Lovejoy defeated Tri-Cities 51-13; Lancaster beat Jacksonville 34-2.
Lancaster is as fast as anyone in the state and has quality next-level players at their skilled positions. One of its main weapons is Harvey, who showed off his versatility last week as a receiver, running back and quarterback in addition to his defensive back duties.
He rushed six times for 32 yards and a two-yard score. He completed 6-of-8 passes for 64 yards and a 17-yard touchdown to Alexander. He also caught three passes for 67 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown.
He’s already one of the most sought after juniors in the state, and has nice things to say about the Longhorns.
Alexander also hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass.
They’ll have their work cut out for them against a Lovejoy team that has won its past seven games by 38 points or more.
Note: Longhorns 2014 running back commitment Daniel Gresham helped Fort Worth All Saints cap off a perfect 11-0 record by defeating Houston St. John’s 60-50 in the Southwest Preparatory Conference’s small-school championship on Nov. 10.