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Stock report from Spiegelman's Road Show in Texas

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Sam Spiegelman • Rivals.com
 

We are in full swing of the football season and to be honest, it doesn’t get much better than this … until the playoffs, of course.

Texas and Louisiana Recruiting Analyst Sam Spiegelman spent the first 18 days of the high school football season traveling across the Lone Star State, from the Golden Triangle and Houston to different sectors of the Austin area and across the Dallas Metroplex. In that time, he saw 40 different teams via practices, athletic periods, meetings and under the lights on game day.

Naturally, that allowed for plenty of looks as some of the state’s top prospects kicked off their seasons. Here’s Spiegelman's stock report from the road trip, including some big risers to keep an eye out for in 2020 and beyond.

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CLASS OF 2020 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Position | Team | State

CLASS OF 2021 RANKINGS: Rivals100 | Position | Team | State

STOCK UP  

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Ja'Quinden Jackson (Sam Spiegelman)

The post-Ehlinger era of Texas football: It sounds a bit wacky to say, especially given how well 

 has played to open his junior season, but Texas is recruiting quarterbacks at an extremely high level and plucking some of the best from the home state. Having watched both   and  , I came to the conclusion that Card etched himself as the QB1 in-state for 2020. He has incredible accuracy, natural play-making skills and is a true dual threat. The same goes for Jackson, who used his big arm to take down a ranked St. John’s College (D.C.) team. There’s no doubt that Jackson can play quarterback at the next level, and Texas might be the best possible fit to showcase his talents.

The 2022 DB class: The first part of my trip included stops at Beaumont West Brook, Port Arthur Memorial and North Shore, where each team has a young lockdown cornerback that projects as a probable ranked prospect. West Brook’s 

 had interest in Alabama, Texas and Texas A&M, but gave an early pledge to LSU after taking a trip to Tiger Stadium in Week 1. He’s playing corner, safety and quarterback for his high school team, but has the potential to be a lockdown corner down the road.   of Memorial is 6-foot and 170 pounds with track speed and is garnering plenty of early looks in his sophomore year, including an offer from Texas A&M.   was a stud in his Week 1 tilt vs. Katy with multiple pass breakups, including a few in the end zone. Texas offered after the game, joining the likes of LSU, Alabama, Texas A&M and Georgia, among others. Harris has a chance to debut as a five-star in the 2022 class.

The 2021 QB class: When you think of Texas, you can’t help but think about the influx of quarterbacks that have blossomed into college and NFL stars. Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, 

 and  . The junior crop of passers is shaping up to be a record-setting group, too.  ,  ,  ,   and   make up an uncanny group of quarterbacks that’ll have the chance to play anywhere in the country. Stone led a second-half comeback highlighted by an overtime touchdown on national TV in Week 2. Stowers is an athletic freak who looks like a defensive end and throws in the mold of  . Davis has had to overcome the absence of a five-star tailback on his offense and hasn’t missed a beat this fall. Nussmeier has one of the prettiest arms in the country and might be the most overlooked of this group, but there’s not a throw he can’t make. Milroe, an early Texas pledge, put on a clinic in his season-opener. In other words, this group has a chance to be really special.

Denton’s big three: There are talent-laden teams all over Texas, but I can’t get past the big three at Denton Ryan High. 

,   and   are all top 100 prospects in 2020 and 2021, and could all wind up being in the five-star discussion.   is an Alabama commit who pressures quarterbacks and catches touchdowns.   has a chance to be Texas’ top junior by the end of the fall, and Bowman is prolific as a receiver, a cornerback and a return man. The latter two are key cogs in the Longhorns’ spectacular 2021 class.

Teams outside of Texas: Tom Herman’s 2020 class now sits No. 6 nationally, and Texas A&M is not far behind at No. 13 with a chance to crack the top 10 in December. As well as the Horns and Aggies are recruiting the home state now and in 2021, there are always a few cracks in the armor. Five-star juniors 

 and   are two examples of elite players – with offers from in-state schools – that are currently wide open in their recruitments. According to those close to the prospects, neither is a lock to wind up remaining in Texas beyond his senior years. For Brockermeyer, schools such as LSU, Clemson, Alabama and Oklahoma are all real options. Wheaton is high on a few of those schools, too, as well as Ohio State. It’s going to be fun to see how things pan out with these five-stars down the road.

STOCK DOWN 

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Haynes King (Sam Spiegelman)

King’s national TV debut: It’s never fair to judge a quarterback based on one game, but 

 certainly struggled in a nationally televised game in which he should have dominated. King has incredible physical tools, but made some questionable decisions throughout the game. The Texas A&M commitment overcame some struggles throwing the rock by making plays with his legs that John Tyler had no answer for. That’s the positive takeaway for Aggies fans anxiously awaiting King’s arrival in The Station.

Hornby’s final destination: Another senior prospect whom I’ll be keeping close tabs on this fall and into January is Rivals250 dual-threat 

. A one-time North Carolina commitment, Hornsby has incredible physical skills, but his recruitment remains in flux. Since backing off his short-lived commitment to North Carolina, Texas A&M – a presumed favorite – has found its 2020 quarterback. Other schools after Hornsby include Oregon, Illinois, Auburn, Florida State and Houston. Several of those programs have already locked in their quarterbacks in the cycle, but will they take a flier on Hornsby? He’s adamant about only playing quarterback at the next level, which is another factor to consider as he prepares for a January decision at the All-American Bowl.

 

https://n.rivals.com/news/stock-report-from-spiegelman-s-road-show-in-texas

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2 hours ago, okiehorn said:

So Give me a low down? How good is this kid etc? Follow Texas recruiting via boards and never heard his name till now lol. Nice!

6-5 210 and 4.5 speed, can dominate at blocking. Sounds good to me.

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1 hour ago, Eastexhorn said:

6-5 210 and 4.5 speed, can dominate at blocking. Sounds good to me.

Well, the 4.5 is a bit inflated (or deflated) from the 4.75 he ran at the camp in Houston this summer.

Nonetheless, I won't quibble about this. Welcome to the 40

Standings – Texas moved further away from Georgia but stayed in 5th. Still a long way from cracking the top 4 unless of course we flip the kid from Aledo, a 5-star.

Aggy is now back in 16th place because our addition was their subtraction this time. Sweet aggy tears.

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Somewhere in this thread someone posted about how the aggies were laughing at our recruiting ranking at the time. We were in the 30's at that time.

I put a laughing emoji because it must have been in June. It would seem the aggies were premature. That  is different from the complaints that come from aggie wives and sheep.:)

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14 hours ago, Sirhornsalot said:

Well, the 4.5 is a bit inflated (or deflated) from the 4.75 he ran at the camp in Houston this summer.

Nonetheless, I won't quibble about this. Welcome to the 40

Standings – Texas moved further away from Georgia but stayed in 5th. Still a long way from cracking the top 4 unless of course we flip the kid from Aledo, a 5-star.

Aggy is now back in 16th place because our addition was their subtraction this time. Sweet aggy tears.

At some point he ran a 4.69, not sure if hand or laser. Hope he can still improve his speed. Didn’t know he got to 6-5, great if he did bc that’s a direct replacement for CJ. Very similar measurable. I need to go back and watch his film. 

Im hoping for another 5* from Arizona, that would really Ring my Bell

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23 minutes ago, TheContractor said:

At some point he ran a 4.69, not sure if hand or laser. Hope he can still improve his speed. Didn’t know he got to 6-5, great if he did bc that’s a direct replacement for CJ. Very similar measurable. I need to go back and watch his film. 

Mom hoping for another 5* from Arizona, that would really Ring my Bell

Measurables and speed similar to LJH.  Looks like he catches fairly well.  

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Commitment 101: Texas flips four-star wide receiver Troy Omeire from Texas A&M

 

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Texas fans received a gift Friday morning when four-star wide receiver Troy Omeire flipped his pledge from Texas A&M to the Longhorns. It continues a trend of Tom Herman running circles around Jimbo Fisher in the 2020 recruiting class. Texas’ class now consists of 20 members and ranks fifth in the nation. Jimbo Fisher’s class now ranks 16th with 16 commitments. Herman proved the turtle can win the recruiting race. 

Omeire is a  6-3.5, 210-pound product of Fort Bend Austin. He ranked 16th on the 2020 Fabulous 55. The two-time first-team all-district selection is the 32nd-ranked wide receiver in the nation, per 247Sports composite rankings. Omeire is the second wide receiver commitment in the 2020 class, joining Temple’s Quentin Johnston. Omeire originally picked Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M on June 8. 

Skill set: Omeire is an athletic freak of nature. He’s still raw as a football player and wide receiver, but the physical tools are there for him to become a star in college football. Omeire already looks like a college wide receiver with plenty of bulk to handle duties outside of catching the football like blocking on the edge. 

Omeire achieves success on pure athleticism and instinct. The sky’s the limit for the big wide receiver once he receives some real tutelage as the position. The big-bodied wide receiver recorded 85 catches for 1,546 yards and 21 touchdowns in his past two varsity seasons. 

Immediate impact: It’s not easy for wide receivers to make an immediate impact as a true freshman, especially at one of the outside receiver positions. Even Collin Johnson struggled to see the field and find consistency early in his tenure. We watched guys like Brennan Eagles and Malcolm Epps used sparingly as true freshman despite high recruiting rankings. Omeire is likely to follow the same path as Eagles. Expect Omeire to see the field as a true freshman before making a bigger impact as he reaches his second year on campus. 

Fitting into the program: It’s no secret that Tom Herman and his coaching staff own the Houston recruiting streets. That wasn’t as true in Fort Bend County, long-time Aggie country south of Houston. Omeire’s flip is a big success for Texas in many ways. One, Omeire is a fantastic player and the type of wide receiver the Longhorns love.Two, he’s a true recruiting victory over Texas A&M in Fort Bend County, home to numerous FBS athletes on a yearly basis. 

Recruiting at the position: Texas didn’t need more than two wide receivers in the 2020 class and that’s exactly where the Longhorns sit after Omeire’s flip from Texas A&M. Omeire and Johnston give Texas two four-star talents with long, athletic frames. If Texas does push for a third wide receiver in the class, California product LV Bunkley-Shelton and Rockwall’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba appear to be the ones left on the radar. 

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Bijan Robinson runs wild as Salpointe again wins big

 

Entering Friday night, Bijan Robinson needed 360 yards to pass Tucson icon Ka'Deem Carey for career rushing yards.

Carey's record is safe for another week, but Robinson is now less than 200 yards away after amassing 170 rushing yards on 10 carries in Salpointe Catholic's 54-8 win over visiting Glendale Cactus (2-1).

The University of Texas-bound running back led the Lancers with four touchdowns. He scored three times on the ground to go with a 39-yard reception in the second quarter.

 

"The offensive line, gotta give them credit for what they do and what they do for me. Our downfield blocking from our (wide) receivers is second to none," Robinson said.

Two weeks ago, Robinson rushed for a school-record 430 yards and five touchdowns in a statement victory over one of the top Phoenix-area Class 4A teams, Goodyear Desert Edge. Against Cactus, Salpointe Catholic did most of its damage through the air behind senior quarterback Jackson Bolin's performance. Bolin completed 9 of 13 passes for a career-high 200 yards and three touchdowns.

"I thought Jackson Bolin did a nice job of distributing the ball tonight and we had a lot of guys touch the ball," Salpointe Catholic head coach Dennis Bene said. "We just want teams to defend the whole field. Sometimes it can get too predictable with Bijan. ... We're just trying to spread it out and have the defense cover from sideline-to-sideline. I thought they had to do that tonight."

 
 
 
 
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Bolin's top target: Ohio State commit Lathan Ransom, who hauled in five catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Ransom is being recruited as a safety, but the two-way standout is more involved in the offense than his previous two years on varsity and has emerged as the Lancers' top wide receiver.

"I have a bigger part in the offense this year, and Bijan is the hardest running back to stop in the whole nation. A lot of people key on him and it gives other player opportunities to make plays," Ransom said.

 

Through three games, the Lancers are averaging 61.7 points per game. Now 3-0, Salpointe Catholic will have six games left on its schedule after El Paso Del Valle cancelled last week's game so the Lancers only have nine games for 2019. Up next, the Lancers will face Tucson High on the road.

"We're getting there. We're heading into the right direction," Bene said. "We're not where we need to be, but we're in the right direction."

The lucky number for Robinson heading into that game is 190. If he rushes for 190 yards, he passes Carey for career yards (5,701). Robinson also needs 367 yards to become the all-time 4A leading rusher in Arizona.

"It'd be a great accomplishment for me. Me and Ka'Deem train a lot and he's always telling me to 'Kill the record,'" Robinson said. "He always gives me advice how to handle myself. Breaking his record would be a blessing for me, but it'd be a celebration for the whole team."

 

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