2011 Texas Tech commit and Lake Travis quarterback Michael Brewer (right) was sensational at the Texas 7-on-7 State Championship (photo by the author).
Trey Metoyer, Whitehouse WR (committed to Oklahoma): Much like Jaxon Shipley, Metoyer has gained in speed and strength since last season, helping to address several concerns about his game, the most significant of which is his pure straight-line speed. Otherwise, Metoyer is nothing but a playmaker, using his monster hands to pull the ball in outside of his frame and go up and get the football. In fact, his hands are so big that on one play he went up in the corner of the end zone and easily snagged a pass with one hand.
Michael Brewer, Lake Travis QB (committed to Texas Tech): This format suits Brewer as well as any other quarterback in the event, with the possible exception of David Ash. Brewer is a bit undersized at a little over six feet tall, but the lack of pass rushers keeps him from having to worry about pass rusher disrupting his throwing lanes. Brewer consistently delivers the ball with accuracy moving to his right and has a strong arm for his size. The only mechanical concern is a slight one, as he drops the football and cocks, but otherwise has a quick release.
Jace Amaro, SA Macarthur TE (committed to Texas Tech): As much as any other prospect at the event, Amaro looks the part at every bit of 6-5 (possibly 6-6), combined with excellent athleticism and a lean frame that has plenty of room to fill out. A kid who flew under the radar as a junior, his combination of speed and body control, as well as his ability to outmuscle and outjump opponents has him primed for a strong senior season and makes him a big-time threat in the red zone.
On one play down the seam, Amaro was able to adjust his body in the air and make a leaping catch at full extension. In addition to high-pointing the football in the end zone, the big Texas Tech commit showed his speed by being able to take the edge on opponents with a full head of steam.
Keep an eye on Amaro because he represents a strong early evaluation by Texas Tech compared with other major schools and could become a major force after he spends some time in a college weight program.
David Jenkins, Lewisville Hebron CB: The rising prospect played several positions throughout the tournament, including some time spent at wide receiver in addition to cornerback and safety. Teams rarely picked on the lanky defensive back because of his ability to close on the football and finish plays and he showed the same ability to go get the football on offense, mostly running wheel routes out of the backfield and using his long arms and leaping ability to bring the ball down in traffic, one notable catch being of the extremely spectacular variety in practice. Look for him to play a bit on the offensive side of the ball this fall as Hebron coaches look to turn him loose and take advantage of his athleticism.
He's not as well built as Charles Jackson, but he already has good strength and has some room on his frame to add mass and generally caught the ball well on both sides of the ball, although he dropped the easiest interception of the day on a tipped pass on the first play of Hebron's second game Friday.
Charles Jackson, Klein Collins CB: Playing at both cornerback and safety, Jackson showed off his scheme versatility in both zone and man coverage. A player with all the physical attributes to excel at the next level, his backpedal and transition ability is now starting to catch up to his strength and athleticism.
Conner Floyd, Lake Travis WR: A player flying under the radar entering his senior season with fellow Lake Travis stars like Brewer and the departed Andy Erickson, Floyd is now ready to become the top receiving threat for the Cavaliers. It didn't take long for him to make his impact on the championship game, scoring a touchdown on the first play and finishing with four touchdowns against DeSoto, capping off an impressive tournament.
At a solid 6-1 and close to 200 pounds, Floyd doesn't have a big-time frame, but he has good speed, runs his routes crisply and attacks the ball consistently whether inside or outside his fame. In other words, he's fundamentally sound like most of his Lake Travis teammates.
Alex Cooper, Houston Second Baptist DE: A basketball player who has just recently begun making the transition to football, Cooper could become one of the hottest prospects in the state if his physical talents can translate into production on the field. At 6-5 and a lean 240 pounds, Cooper will play along the defensive line at the next level when he begins committing to a weight program, but played linebacker at the event.
His defining play came when he jumped a pattern in the flat and intercepted the ball with one huge hand, then took the interception 25 yards for a pick six and didn't look like there was any danger in the quarterback catching him.
The departure of Derek Johnson has opened up another spot and if the Longhorns decide that another defensive lineman is necessary, there are those who believe that Cooper could grow into a defensive tackle and with a strong senior season, the recent convert to football could be this fall's Tevin Mims/Eric Humphrey.