Saturday, July 13, 2013
RN Top 10: Texas 7-on-7 Championships
By Max Olson and William Wilkerson
The RN Top 10 will appear throughout the camp and combine season and rank prospects based strictly on their on-field performance at that particular event. It does not reflect their overall prospect rankings.
LEANDER, Texas -- The annual Texas state 7-on-7 championships featured nearly 50 Division-I commits and 10 members of the ESPN 300, so finding 10 standouts for the week was not a difficult task.
Lots of big-name recruits were left off this top 10, and some surprise names snuck into the list thanks to big-time performances during the three-day event.
Teammate Jarrison Stewart has received more interest from recruiters, but it was High who impressed us more at state. He’s a big-bodied target who caught nearly everything thrown his way and was the go-to guy on one of the better offenses in the tournament. High is not receiving much recruiting interest, but there’s no doubt he’s got talent.
Joe played wide receiver at The Opening, and that’s his future position as a Texas Longhorn commit, but he continued to show at state what we’ve seen all summer long: He’s certainly a talented quarterback. Joe led Cooper to the Division I state semifinals on Saturday and has the arm talent to make all the throws. Add in his vocal leadership and versatility and you get one impressive ESPN 300 prospect.
The buzz Hemphill is already receiving as potentially the No. 1 wide receiver in the state of Texas for 2016 is justified. Hemphill, who has already been approved for an early offer from Texas, took a beating during his two days at state -- multiple defenders were penalized for their hits on him -- but he just kept going. He’s already developed a terrific frame at 6-2 and should have a special season in 2013.
Safety Edwin Freeman, No. 106 in the ESPN 300, lists Texas and Texas A&M as his top schools.
Is Freeman a safety or a linebacker? Didn’t really matter this weekend. The ESPN 300 standout patrolled the middle of the field with the kind of agility and ball skills necessary for thriving in pass-happy 7-on-7 football. Freeman, who’s strongly considering Texas, TCU, Texas A&M and LSU, showed at this event his future just might be as a skilled hybrid of the two positions.
Replacing Texas A&M signee Kenny Hill is a tall task for anyone, but Agnew managed to achieve a feat Hill never did in his storied career at Carroll: He won the Division I state 7-on-7 championship. Agnew led an aggressive passing attack with poise on Saturday afternoon to knock off Houston Stratford 46-27 and take home the trophy. The 2015 prospect has received early interest from Texas Tech, Northwestern and Iowa State.
Dunning believes that his height/speed allows him to cover more ground than most safeties, and he’s right. The 2015 standout covers plenty of ground at 6-3. He’s very fluid, too. Nice hips. He played in a tough pool with Cy Ranch and Plano West and lived up to the hype surrounding him with offers from Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
Any questions about why Texas A&M accepted an early commitment from Jeffery were dispelled this weekend. Lufkin had an undefeated record in 7-on-7 this summer heading into the tournament and made it to the quarterfinals before losing to Freeman and Arlington Bowie. Texas 2015 pledge Keke Coutee made big plays, but Jeffery was the star. He’s undersized, yes, but dangerous in space and excelled at creating separation from defenders.
Poise. He’s just so poised. Granted, he didn’t have to worry about defenders rushing him, but Stidham was phenomenal on Thursday, and equally as productive on Friday in Stephenville’s lone game. He throws a great ball from various arm slots, with good zip and even better accuracy. No question as to why Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas Tech and Kentucky have offered, or why he’ll camp at Alabama this week.
The Red Raiders are getting a good one in Sadler, a well put-together WR whose talent just screams prototypical Texas Tech slot receiver. The four-star prospect was a menace for Division II competition and caught everything thrown his way, leading Argyle to the D-II championship where they lost a nailbiter to Graham, 33-31. He caught three straight touchdowns to keep Argyle in that title game and nearly scored the game-winner with time expiring.
No surprise here. The No. 24 player in the ESPN 300 played like it this weekend. You’ve got to figure that teams know all about him, which is the reason why they went away from him as often as possible and never, ever, threatened him over the top. Not only did he make his presence known in that way but he also caught a 40-yard touchdown pass on Friday. He played both ways all day long and did not wear out, capping what was a dominant spring for Adams on the camp and 7-on-7 circuit.