Last weekend, I ventured out into the Dallas-Ft. Worth area to cover the Midland Legacy versus Arlington Martin game. Both teams have many intriguing players to watch in relation to the Longhorns, including Martin's Javien Toviano. This was the second time that I have covered Arlington Martin this season, the first time being in their season opener against Lake Travis.
Friday's matchup was set to be a good one, featuring Midland Legacy, the state's 21st-ranked team, and Arlington Martin, the state's 12th-ranked team. Additionally, Legacy features many players that will certainly be known to recruiters across the country in the near distant future. One of these players is sophomore quarterback Marcos Davila, who received a scholarship offer from Kansas in January.
Early in Friday night's contest, Davila connected with 2022 three-star wide receiver Chris Brazzell on a 47-yard touchdown pass which tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter.
So far, Brazzell has made a lot of noise across the state as he has totaled 319 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns in just three games. Currently, the senior wideout is committed to Florida Atlantic and has amassed 4 scholarship offers. Furthermore, Brazzell was challenged with squaring off against Toviano, the state's best class of 2023 cornerback, and was able to stand his ground and make some highlight plays. Needless to say, Brazzell, who is measured at 6'3", will be a prospect to watch as his recruiting stock heats up throughout the course of the season.
Now, we turn back to Davila, who showed signs of promise against one of the state's top defenses. The 2021 season is Davila's first at the helm of the Rebels offense, yet Davila has the potential to lead Legacy deeper into the playoffs than they have been in quite some time. The 6'3" signal caller showed rapport with Brazzell early in the game, however had a relatively quiet second half as Legacy kept the ball on the ground.
Who is Legacy's leader on offense? Well, that would be senior running back Makhilyn Young, who had a whopping 51 carries for 279 yards and 4 touchdowns against Martin. Young was the heart and soul of Legacy's offense all night and continues to produce eye-popping numbers every week. Currently, Young has three scholarship offers from Houston Baptist, Jackson State and UTPB.
Despite Young's incredible offensive production, Martin ultimately was able to pull off a 43-37 come-from-behind victory. 2023 three-star running back Sergio Snider and 2023 five-star cornerback Javien Toviano helped lead the Warriors to their regular season win as both athletes rushed for two touchdowns a piece.
In addition to the skill positions, Legacy also has talent on the offensive line. One player to keep an eye on is 2024 offensive lineman Legend Cabello, who is starting at left guard. Cabello is listed at 6'3" and 315 pounds and will only get better as he gains more experience on the football field. Along with Cabello, 2022 center Seth Heller had a solid performance against Martin and even 2022 offensive lineman Garrett Whitehill made some buzz on Twitter thanks to a powerful block.
Overall, I think that Legacy will be a team to watch in Texas's 6A classification as the playoffs approach and their young talent has more experience under their belt. While Legacy shows promise, Martin continues to look like one of the teams to beat in Texas. Martin's loss of Longhorns commit 2022 linebacker Trevell Johnson certainly hurts, but Toviano and Snider give the Warriors hope.