Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday quick hitters

Boykin jumps on TCU offer

TCU picked up a key commitment this week in quarterback/athlete Trevone Boykin (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite). The 6-foot, 203-pounder becomes the 11th commit for the Horned Frogs. He picked the Mountain West champs over an offer from UTEP and interest from Baylor, who was closing in on offering.

The impressive class for head coach Gary Patterson includes three prospects that are in the top 50 in the state. Outside linebacker Derryck Gildon (Arlington, Texas/Martin) is one of the top linebacker prospects in the Lone Star state despite a knee injury last season. Tackle Shayvion Hatten (Daingerfield, Texas), 6-foot-4, 365-pounds, and safety prospect Kolby Griffin (Houston, Texas/St. Pius X) are both two of the states best at their positions. Griffin could play corner, but is likely to find a home at safety and call the defensive signals for TCU.

Boykin not the lone West Mesquite prospect

West Mesquite has two other FBS prospects in addition to Boykin. Receiver and 15-4A first team all-district selection Gary Owens Jr. (5-10, 170) and receiver/defensive back Fred Ngwu (5-11, 175) are both closing in on their first offers. Owens Jr. camped at Baylor recently and is expected to be offered by Tulsa in the near future. Ngwu is likely to be offered by Rice in the coming weeks.

Grant up to eight offers

Diminutive slot receiver Jakeem Grant (Mesuite, Texas/Horn) continues to pick up offers on a near weekly basis. The 5-foot-7, 165-pound explosive playmaker picked up an offer from Tulsa this week bringing his total to eight. Tulsa follows Iowa State, Colorado State, Wake Forest, Wyoming, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico and Louisiana-Monroe in offering.

Grant is one of four FBS prospects in the 2011 class at Mesquite Horn. Receiver Jacorey Shepherd is an Iowa commit, while linebacker Kyle Boyd and defensive end Stephon Sanders have a number of offers. In fact, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Sanders has 14 written offers from the likes of Wake Forest, Virginia, Kansas, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Houston, Iowa State, Utah, SMU, Wyoming, Rice, Air Force, New Mexico and North Texas.

2012 has top two

One of the top 2012 prospects in Texas is receiver/safety Kiante Griffin (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron). the 6-foot, 200-pound physical, quick and fast prospect put together a solid sophomore campaign hauling in 32 passes for 763 yards and 11 touchdowns. After continuing to impress in the spring, Griffin received a number of camp invites from the top programs in the Southwest Region. On June 13, he camped at Texas and is expected to camp at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State this summer. He lists Texas and Oklahoma as his top two.

McNeil camping

Star 2012 safety LaDarrell McNeil (Dallas/Maceo Smith) camped at Texas June 13 and will be making the rounds the rest of the month. He is scheduled to go to Florida State June 18-19 and USC for the Trojans Rising Stars camp as well as a stop at UCLA in late June. McNeil recorded more than 80 tackles as a freshman two seasons ago and has already been a two time all-district election.

Somerset duo close to being offered

Somerset, near San Antonio, has three prospects that will ink with FBS programs in February. Safety/outside linebacker Will Harlos (6-foot-3, 200) has already committed to Wake Forest, while quarterback Stevie Joe Dorman and tight end/H-back Jacob Hillyer are closing in on their first offers. Dorman will camp at UTEP (in Austin) soon with the Miners showing serious interest. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder is also receiving interest from Colorado State and Houston. Hillyer, who caught more than 70 passes for over 1,000-yards last season, is close to being offered by Colorado State along with interest from UTEP and Houston among others. Hillyer is 6-foot-3, 195-pounds.


  1. Gerry, what's your eval on Kiante Griffin and where do you see long term (WR/DB)?

  2. John, haven't seen him yet. Will in September. He has a lot of ground to make up in the classroom, however. Will need two really good years in school.