Sunday, July 11, 2010

2011 class tidbits from Texas state 7-on-7

College Station, Texas -- The annual state 7-on-7 championships were held Thursday through Saturday on the campus of Texas A&M, and as usual, many of the states top prospects were on hand making attention grabbing plays. While the state has many top prospects that have already made their college decisions as the leader in early recruiting, the field featured a number of talented players that have yet to make decisions or are still considering their options as soft commitments.

-Receiver Mark Roberts (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark) is a soft commitment to the University of Houston. The 6-foot-3 1/2, 178-pounds Roberts also has an offer from Iowa State and serious interest from Texas Tech and TCU. He said on Thursday that he clocked an impressive 4.44 at TCU camp in June.

-Darting, quick receiver/corner Jalen Claiborne (Carthage, Texas) has been to camps at Houston, SMU, TCU and Baylor this summer. Word from the Carthage coaching staff has Houston the closest to offering the 5-foot-9, 160-pounder that has legit 4.45-speed. Claiborne was impressive at both receiver and corner on Thursday. He showed some burst after the catch, terrific ball skills and the ability to accelerate past would be tacklers/defenders. He caught 58 passes for 1,066 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior.

-Quarterback Reggie Garrett (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark) has an offer from Texas Southern along with interest from FBS programs from around the region. Garrett, 6-foot-2, 181-pounds, will put up big numbers as a senior throwing to the previously mention Mark Roberts and top 2012 corner/slot receiver prospect Justin Thomas (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark).

-High-ceiling defensive end/defensive tackle Alex Cooper (Houston, Texas/Second Baptist) is closing in on his first offers. Kansas State and SMU are showing serious interest in the 6-foot-5, 245-pound athletic prospect. Cooper has camped this summer at SMU, Baylor, North Texas, Houston and Texas A&M.

-Sleeper receiver Vasquez Haynes (Houston, Texas/Second Baptist) is begging to see his stock rise. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound transfer from Westbury Christian is receiving looks from Ole Miss, Boise State, Iowa State, Houston and Oklahoma. He has camped at Ole Miss and Houston and will be Texas A&M today. An Oklahoma camp is also possible.

-Running back Gus Johnson (Glmer, Texas) has an offer from Tulsa. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder was one of the more impressive prospects on the hoof in College Station and showed the ability not only catch the ball, but also quickly change direction and get up the field. With a healthy senior season, expect his recruitment to take off. He rushed for 452 yards and 9 touchdowns on 48 carries last year.

-Inside linebacker Nick Morrow (Edna, Texas) has camped at SMU and Rice. SMU has talked about offering the 6-foot, 218-pound downhill run stuffer. Morrow posted 134 tackles and three interceptions in 2009.

-Athlete Cody Johnson (Anahuac, Texas) has attended camps at Rice and TCU with Texas A&M possible. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound high school quarterback is being recruited as a safety by the Owls. He threw for 934 yards and 18 scores as a junior.

-Sleeper outside linebacker Rodney Young (Spring, Texas/DeKaney) has five offers on the table. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder with 4.6-speed has been offered by Kansas State, Northwestern, Kansas, UTEP and Texas-San Antonio. He is also receiving interest from Baylor and TCU among others. He attended camps at Baylor and TCU in June.

-Receiver Gary Owens (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) is closing in on his first offer. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Owens will make a second unofficial visit to Tulsa on July 17-18. North Texas is also showing serious interest.

-Fellow West Mesquite receiver Fred Ngwu (6-2, 185) is receiving interest from Rice, UTEP and Louisiana Tech among others. He will camp at Louisiana Tech July 24.

-Quarterback Daxx Garman (Southlake, Texas/Carroll) is an Arizona commitment, but is still listening to other programs. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-handed signal caller has offers from Iowa State and Rice in addition to Arizona along with interest from Arizona State and many others. Garman transferred into Southlake Carroll in the spring from Oklahoma.

-Cornerback Bennett Okotcha (Coppell, Texas) is considering offers from Baylor, Wake Forest, Minnesota, Tulsa, Wisconsin and North Texas. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Okotcha says he hopes to have a decision by the beginning of the season.

-Quarterback Joe Minden (Coppell, Texas) has offers from Air Force and Stephen F. Austin. Minden, 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, will be in his first year starting in 2010.

-Jack-of-all-trades Ronnell Sims (Abilene, Texas) is considering offers from Rice, Baylor, Louisiana Tech and Tulsa. The 5-foot-9 165-pound quarterback can play slot receiver or possibly corner on the next level. He is the cousin of star running back and Oklahoma State commit Herschel Sims. Speaking of Herschel Sims, he was sporting his Oklahoma State hat on Friday and was impressive as always.

-Receiver Darius Joseph (Abilene, Texas) has camped at SMU already this summer and is planning to do the same at TCU next Friday. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Joseph is still looking for his first offer.

-One of the prospects that looked impressive on Friday that has flown under the radar is running back/linebacker James Myles (Stephenville, Texas). The 6-foot, 235-pound prospect showed the ability to run, change direction and make plays on the ball on offense for Stephenville all day. Myles said he has offers from Baylor and TCU and has the Bears in the lead due to Baylor head coach Art Briles' connections to Stephenville.

-Cornerback/safety Michael Mudoh (Sugar Land, Texas/Bush) has offers from Baylor, Colorado State and UTEP. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound versatile defensive back prospect will camp at Texas A&M today and TCU and possibly Tulsa to round out July. Mudoh is part of an impressive Bush secondary that features 2012 corners Prince Ene (5-foot-9, 165) and Fort Bend Austin move-in Malcolm Smiley (5-11, 170).

-Receiver Josh Doctson (Mansfield, Texas/Legacy) has offers from Duke, Wyoming and Tulsa. The 6-foot-3, 174-pound run and catch receiver is drawing interest from a number of programs in the region.


  1. Did Marchie Murdock play? Thoughts?

  2. I watched Murdock a little. He rotated in and out. Watching him in warm ups, he has the chance to be very, very good. He already showed a little burst/2nd gear to the ball in the air. Going to have good size too.

  3. Also, I'll have a similar blog on underclassmen tonight or in the AM.