There are several prospects in the Lone Star State showing their talents on the field during their junior seasons that are still waiting on their first college offer. Here is a look at five prospects in Texas to keep an eye on.
Sekou Clark is taking advantage of his opportunity at Denton Ryan this season.
1 – Sekou Clark, WDE, Denton Ryan
Scouting report – The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Clark has been a fixture on the summer camp circuit since his freshman year and he has consistently been one of the top performers. He bided his time as a sophomore backing up five-star Mario Edwards and is now in the starting lineup for the Raiders. He is a hybrid between a weakside and strongside end. He is quick off the edge but is probably stronger against the run. He could play on either side at the next level. He does a good job of keeping containment against running teams.
Eyeball test – Clark has been a big kid since his freshman season and always left observers wondering who he was. He looks like a sure-fire DI prospect on the hoof and his frame has plenty of room to fill out. He could easily grow into a 265-pound runstopping defensive end by the time all is said and done.
Recruiting nuggets – Clark is hearing from a number of nearby programs such as TCU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech but he has consistently been high on Oklahoma. After impressing in camp in Norman over the summer it would not be a surprise to see the Sooners offer at some point.
2 –Jacob Bragg, OC, Nacogdoches
Scouting report – Bragg is not the biggest offensive lineman at 6-3, 290 pounds but he is a mauler. He plays meaner than any other prospect in the state in his class. He has no problem getting low and driving the interior defenders backwards. He excels as a run-blocker and uses his powerful base to not give up ground in the passing game. He plays tackle for Nacogdoches but should have no problem adjusting to center at the next level.
Eyeball test – Bragg does not look incredibly imposing when you see him in person but he has a huge lower body that makes him tough to move. He is thick yet still has the potential to add weight. He is certainly not on the tall side but he is certainly tall enough to play center for an FBS program.
Recruiting nuggets – Bragg visited Texas A&M for the Aggies’ first game of the season against Florida and came away impressed. He is also receiving a lot of interest from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU. The state of Texas’ offensive line class is down in 2014 but Bragg is certainly one of the best of the bunch and should see more than his fair share of offers soon.
Foster Sawyer has the build of a prototypical NFL quarterback.
3 – Foster Sawyer, PQB, Fort Worth All Saints
Scouting report – A pocket passer, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Sawyer led All Saints to a state title this season after playing at Arlington Grace Prep as a sophomore. He has a strong arm and good poise in the pocket. He may force a few throws but he does a good job of checking down for a young passer. He is also tough to bring down for sacks as defenders tend to bounce off of him. He has a strong arm and has the ability to hit his receivers in stride with the deep ball.
Eyeball test – At this past summer’s Elite 11 in Cowboy Stadium, Sawyer was one of the most physically-imposing prospects in attendance. He is built like the prototypical NFL quarterback – somewhere in the vein of a Peyton Manning or Ben Roethlisberger. A lot of offenses are moving to smaller dual-threat passers but Sawyer fits a true pro-style system.
Recruiting nuggets – TCU has been keeping in constant contact with Sawyer ever since he was at Grace Prep. He is one of the Horned Frogs’ top prospects at the position next year and should be in line for an offer. TCU is his early favorite as well.
4 – Raelon Singleton, WR, Crosby
Scouting report – Though twin athletes Aston Walter and Austin Walter receive most of the attention in Crosby’s class of 2014, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound Singleton will likely end up being the biggest prospect from the school. A tall receiver, he is also a track guy that can get separation against cornerbacks. He sometimes struggles with his hands but he always seems to be able to get open and put himself in position to make big plays. He is also a big weapon in the redzone on the fade route.
Eyeball test – Singleton is every bit of 6-foot-4 in person. Like most taller high school wide receivers, he is still very lanky and will need to add some muscle to his frame in order to take hits from safeties and linebackers at the next level.
Recruiting nuggets – Things have been relatively quiet for Singleton to this point but he has put up solid numbers for a playoff-bound team and schools are bound to take notice soon.
5 – Dimitri Flowers, ATH/TE, San Antonio Churchill
Scouting report – The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Flowers does a little bit of everything for Churchill. He has run for 472 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 46 passes for 819 yards and eight touchdowns this year while lining up at running back, wide receiver, fullback and tight end. He is most likely an H-back at the next level and can be a dangerous threat in an offense that uses him correctly – as a pass-catcher that can also block coming out of the backfield.
Eyeball test – Flowers looks like a big wide receiver at this point and, although he may not be as tall as a typical tight end, he is built perfectly for the H-back spot.
Recruiting nuggets – Flowers has been one of the most talked-about prospects among Texas high school football fans this year and colleges have taken notice. Early on his favorite schools are LSU and Oklahoma State.