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Devon Messinger

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  1. Last weekend, the Texas high school playoffs started for small schools. As a result, the Hallettsville Brahmas traveled up to Bastrop to face Little River Academy. I was looking forward to seeing 2021 Longhorns commit, Jonathon Brooks, who has been an absolute star for the Brahmas. In addition to Hallettsville’s playoff game, I also attended Westlake’s regular season game against Bowie. Week 11: Game #1: #3 Westlake vs Bowie. Once again, I was able to watch Texas targets, Cade Klubnik and Jaden Greathouse, in action for the Chaparrals. Currently, Klubnik is one of two class of 2022 quarterbacks in the state of Texas with an offer from the Longhorns, the other being Conner Weigman. Cade threw for three passing touchdowns against the Bulldogs, including one to Greathouse. Along with his passing, Klubnik also had some big pickups on the ground with his legs. In addition, Westlake’s defense continues to be rock solid as they prepare to do damage in this year’s playoffs. In the end, Westlake won handily, 45-7. Game #2: Hallettsville vs Little River Academy Before covering Hallettsville’s playoff game, I had only been able to see Jonathon Brooks’ talent on Hudl. However, seeing Brooks in person is even more fun to watch. Jonathon’s best skill is his ability to make people miss, which happens quite often thanks to his filthy juke moves. It didn’t take very long to see why the Longhorns offered Brooks, as he scored touchdown after touchdown in the bi-district playoff matchup. Eventually, Brooks tallied a total of seven touchdowns in Hallettsville’s 61-26 win, including: five rushing TDs, one receiving TD and one punt return TD. Tonight, the Brahmas are set to face Diboll in the area round of the playoffs. Extra Point: Brooks plays well above his three-star grade and is bound to make some noise for Hallettsville in their playoff run. Furthermore, what impresses me about Brooks’ game is that he has a nose for the end zone as a running back and a punt returner. It should be noted that when I said Brooks has filthy juke moves, I mean it. Jonathon is able to stop on a dime, like a player in Madden, and circumnavigate defenders with ease. Quite simply, Brooks is a home run threat whenever he has the ball in his hands. As of this moment, Brooks is Texas’s only running back commit in their 2021 recruiting class. Miles Logged: 76 (total). Longhorns Recruiting Notes: Last week, the Longhorns offered 2021 three-star offensive lineman, Remington Strickland. Last Saturday, the Longhorns landed a commitment from 2021 four-star outside linebacker, Terrence Cooks. Last season, Cooks won a state title as a member of the Shadow Creek Sharks football team. On Wednesday, the Longhorns also landed a commitment from 2021 four-star recruit in Byron Murphy II. The 6’1″ defensive tackle became Texas’s 19th commit in the 2021 recruiting cycle. Lastly, the Longhorns extended an offer to 2022 quarterback, Conner Weigman. Currently, Weigman leads Texas’s eighth-ranked team in the 6A classification, the Bridgeland Bears.
  2. This past weekend was a busy one for Texas commits across the state. With many high school programs entering district play, the stakes have been raised even higher for these athletes. Luckily, I was able to cover three games that featured some of these highly touted athletes in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Week Seven: Game #1: Dallas Skyline vs Keller. Last November, Quaydarius Davis decommitted from the Longhorns. In May, Davis decided to commit to Southern California. However, I was eager to see what type of talent Davis will offer the Trojans. So, I decided to cover Dallas Skyline's game against the Keller Indians in a Thursday night battle. The result? Davis easily was the most impressive athlete on the field. Despite being listed at 6'0", the four-star wide receiver was winning jump balls left and right. In addition, Quaydarius was able to elevate his game in pressure situations, and ended the game with three touchdown receptions. Thanks to his efforts, Skyline was able to erase Keller's 19-point third quarter lead, and win the game 34-32. Game #2: Newman Smith vs #3 Lancaster. The following night, I travelled to Lancaster to watch another talented wide receiver in 2022 Longhorns commit, Phaizon Wilson. Phaizon is one of the premier players on a talented Lancaster Tigers team, who happen to be Texas's third ranked team in the 5A Division I classification. To begin, Lancaster absolutely dominated the Newman Smith Trojans. In fact, the Tigers were just one yard shy of being able to score four touchdowns on their first four offensive plays. Furthermore, Wilson showcased his prowess on offense as well, tallying two touchdown receptions in Lancaster's 82-6 victory over Newman Smith. Game #3: Denton vs #1 Denton Ryan. Lastly, I drove to Denton on Saturday to watch Denton Ryan take on the Denton Broncos. Currently, Ryan is Texas's top ranked team in the 5A Division I classification. In addition, the Longhorns have an interest in many of Ryan's athletes, including Texas's top ranked class of 2021 recruit, Ja'Tavion Sanders. Besides Ja'Tavion, the Longhorns have also extended offers to teammates, Austin Jordan and Anthony Hill. Initially, Ryan's offense struggled to find the end zone. However, by the end of the first quarter, the Raiders were rolling. On the other hand, Ryan's defense was able to take advantage of sloppy execution from the Broncos. Furthermore, Ja'Tavion Sanders displayed his athleticism from the defensive end position with a first quarter sack. Additionally, Austin Jordan came away with a nice interception during the second quarter as he was positioned perfectly on an errant pass. Lastly, Ryan was able ease their way into district play as they walked away with a 41-0 victory over the Broncos. Extra Point: Texas has their eyes on some really talented athletes. The potential connection of Quinn Ewers to a 6'4" Phaizon Wilson should get any Longhorns fan excited about the future. In addition, Ja'Tavion Sanders should be a fun player to watch on Saturdays with his insane athleticism. In fact, Sanders starts at wide receiver and defensive end for Ryan. However, the losses of Quaydarius Davis and Denton Ryan four-star athlete, Billy Bowman Jr., will sting. But, thankfully for the Longhorns, there are still plenty of talented players throughout the state of Texas that are looking for a future home. Miles Logged: 364 (total). Longhorns Recruiting Notes: Last Thursday, Texas offered 2023 6'4" tight end Jaxon Howard, from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently, Howard has already earned 42 college offers from programs throughout the country. This past Friday, the Longhorns extended an offer to 2023 defensive end Anthony James, from Wylie, TX. The Longhorns join Baylor as the only Big 12 schools to have offered James so far. This week, the Longhorns offered 2022 offensive lineman Neto Umeozulu. Moreover, Neto is featured on one of Texas's great high school football teams, the Allen Eagles. In addition to Neto, the Longhorns have also offered 2022 offensive lineman George Fitzpatrick. The 6'6" offensive lineman already holds offers from schools such as Michigan and Oklahoma. Lastly, the Longhorns were the first school to offer 2023 offensive lineman Isaiah Robinson, who attends Lamar High School in Arlington, TX.
  3. Last Friday, I covered Austin LBJ’s game against San Antonio Cornerstone Christian. This season, Austin LBJ is led by two four-star recruits in Latrell McCutchin (Oklahoma commit) and Andrew Mukuba. Tonight at 7 P.M. (CT), Mukuba will announce his college commitment and the Longhorns are one of his finalists. Week Four: In preparation for Mukuba’s commitment, I planned on covering his game against Cornerstone Christian. In addition, I was excited to see how the versatile safety would perform against one of the better teams in the state. Last season, Mukuba actually led the Jaguars in receiving yards, along with being the star of the defense. One thing that stood out about Andrew Mukuba and Latrell McCutchin was their fearlessness when attacking the ball. In fact, McCutchin was able to force a fumble after delivering a hard hit on the ball carrier. Furthermore, Mukuba’s hands were on full display as he ended the game with a receiving touchdown and had caught an interception that was later negated by a penalty. This season, Mukuba and McCutchin will look to lead the Jaguars to a state title in Texas’s 4A Division I classification. The Longhorns joined Clemson and LSU as Mukuba’s college finalists, however 247Sports’s crystal ball predictions are leaning towards Clemson. Extra Point: You would be hard pressed to find a high school with a better duo in their secondary. In addition, if Texas loses the Mukuba sweepstakes, they will have missed out on two great defensive backs who could be found in Texas’s backyard. However, if Texas lands Mukuba, Longhorns defensive coordinator, Chris Ash, would be getting a very talented player who he could develop further. Miles Logged: 12 (round trip). Longhorns Recruiting Notes: Last Friday, the Longhorns added another commitment to their 2021 recruiting class with three-star offensive tackle, Max Merril. In addition, Merril is the third offensive lineman to commit to join Texas’s 2021 recruiting class. Yesterday, the Longhorns extended an offer to four-star 2022 running back, Jemarion Miller. Currently, Texas joins ten other schools in the battle for the running back from Tyler, TX. Lastly, 2021 Longhorns commits, Ja’Tavion Sanders and Billy Bowman Jr., certainly made their presence felt in their season opening game against Arlington Martin at AT&T Stadium last Friday. In particular, Ja’Tavion Sanders had some grown man type of moments, while Bowman was also a major contributor for Ryan as well. After the final whistle, Ryan beat Martin, 47-24. This Friday, Denton Ryan will face crosstown rival, Denton Guyer, in a battle of two of the state’s top teams. Currently, Ryan is the top ranked team in the 5A Division I classification, while Guyer is ranked fifth in the 6A classification.
  4. The Longhorns were able to respond when their backs were against the wall and win 63-56 against the Red Raiders. In addition, Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger finished the game with six total touchdowns. However, Texas’s special teams had three huge mistakes that gave Texas Tech some momentum. With some luck, the Longhorns were able to overcome a 15 point deficit with just over three minutes to go in the fourth quarter. After the game, I recorded a quick reaction video to share some of my thoughts about the close contest.
  5. Today, big school football is back in the state of Texas. As a result, many Longhorns commits and targets will be starting their seasons with the hope of winning a state title. For many schools, this weekend will be used for scrimmages. However, one of this weekend’s most hyped games features three 2021 Longhorns commits. Premier Game of the Week: #1 Denton Ryan vs #11 Arlington Martin (AT&T Stadium): Denton Ryan is the state title favorite in the 5A Division I classification. Last season, the Raiders were just a play away from coming back to beat Shadow Creek in the championship game. However, this season, Ja’Tavion Sanders and Billy Bowman Jr. will try to win Ryan its first title since 2002. Sanders and Bowman both headline Texas’s 2021 recruiting class and will provide the Longhorns with some versatility. Both players are featured on offense and defense and will be playing against stout competition, as Martin is in the 6A classification. On the other hand, Arlington Martin also comes into Friday’s game with something to prove. This season, they enter play as Texas’s 11th ranked team in 6A. However, last season, Martin was bounced from the playoffs thanks to, now Longhorn, Ja’Quinden Jackson’s play from under center for Duncanville. Martin’s defense is led by 2021 Longhorns commit, Morice Blackwell, who is a stat-sheet stuffer for the Warriors. Blackwell will try to silence the Raiders attack from the linebacker position. Longhorns Recruiting Notes: Do you remember the 21st night of September? Well, three-star offensive tackle, Max Merril, certainly will. Merril is a 6’4″ prospect who attends Strake Jesuit in Houston, TX. The post Trio of 2021 Longhorns commits set to face off in opener appeared first on HornSports. View this article on HornSports

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