FLOWER MOUND -- The town of Flower Mound, Texas, was treated to one of the best games ever to be played at Marcus Marauders Stadium last Friday. Coincidentally, the game featured the town’s two high school programs, Marcus (Texas) and Flower Mound (Texas).
In the end, Marcus defeated Flower Mound, 38-37, in overtime in front of roughly 11,000 fans. Friday night was proof that the Dallas suburb of roughly 65,000 has quite a few talented players who are either uncommitted seniors or rising juniors. Here are 10 players to watch from the town of Flower Mound, five from each squad.
Jake Blount, Sr., OLB: A sleeper of sorts, Blount’s the type of blue-collar player that every coach wants. He can play outside linebacker and defensive end, and he has picked up early interest from Texas State and Louisiana-Monroe.
Josh Carraway, Sr., DE: It seemed like all Carraway did was make key plays in clutch situations. Carraway made a key block on a punt that forced a safety, which helped Marcus rally from an 11-point deficit. Carraway is being looked at by Cincinnati.
Harvey Giddens, Sr., RB: At 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, Giddens is difficult stop when going full speed. He rushed for 241 yards and three touchdowns against Flower Mound. Giddens has picked up interest from Northwestern, Cincinnati and Nevada.
Deion Sanders Jr., Sr., DB/WR: The son of the NFL hall-of-famer has a similar swagger and plays with a high level of energy. It’s that energy that has schools such as California, Baylor, Houston and North Texas interested.
Jeff Smiley, Sr., ATH: Smiley showed that his 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash is legitimate on Friday, using that quickness to rush for 213 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Smiley is garnering interest from Kansas State, North Texas and Cincinnati.
Nick Bruce, Sr., MLB: Bruce is one of two defensive captains on this team, and he shows his worth as a leader with every play. Bruce is considered a sleeper in the recruiting process, as he has yet to land an offer from a BCS school.
Jake Jaffe, Sr., S/OLB: Jaffe, who is getting looks from smaller schools, has the size and speed to be a legitimate defensive contributor at a high-major program. Depending on a team’s scheme, Jaffe can line up either as a strong safety/rover or as an outside linebacker.
Beau LaFave, Sr., WR: LaFave caught six passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns -- two of them outracing Deion Sanders Jr. -- on Friday. LaFave likes running the “go” route, and he showed that he can definitely help a college team next year.
Cole McKeel, Jr., WR: McKeel is a rising name in the Class of 2013, primarily because of his ability to be a solid possession receiver. When Flower Mound needed six yards, he’d get it eight with a catch up the middle. Look for McKeel to be heavily recruited.
Marshall Williams, Sr., QB: The heart of the team, at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, likes to throw the ball. Williams completed 27 of 44 passes for 437 yards and five touchdowns against Marcus, and he has nearly 2,100 passing yards in five games this season. Wake Forest, Arizona and Tulsa are among the schools to express early interest.