Texas commit Durham Smythe won't be lining up in a three-point stance this weekend, but he will be repping Belton and the 'Horns in College Station (Photo by the author).
In most years, there are a handful of Texas commits at the State 7on7 tournament, which is in its last season in College Station following the ruling from the NCAA that such events can't be held on college campuses. Unfortunately, only Belton's Durham Smythe and Cy Woods' Deoundrei Davis will be there this year, with the rest of the Longhorns in the class playing for teams that failed to qualify (or at positions that don't participate).
However, there will also be a handful of Texas targets there, with the foremost among them Lewisville Hebron's Jamal Adams, who is now squarely on the radar and could receive one of the defensive back offers in the class.
Another prospect on the radar is Alrington Bowie's Edwin Freeman, who has the frame to eventually grow into a linebacker. If he is targeted by the Longhorns, it may be because the coaching staff sees him ending up there, as he doesn't have the scheme versatility that Duane Akina typically prefers.
It looks like Denton Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard will be the top target there in the 2014 class, but Fort Worth All Saints' Foster Sawyer is a pro-style quarterback to keep an eye on after transferring from Aledo following spring practice. Heard would make two consecutive dual-threat quartersbacks taken by Bryan Harsin in his only two full recruiting cycles, so would he be interested in a guy like Sawyer?
In the following class, it's too early to call Jake Raulerson's teammate Nathan Elliott the top target, but he is on the radar of the coaching staff after visiting campus at the time of the state track meet. The major question with him is how well he can perform in a setting like this after doing most of his damage on the ground or with play-action passes taking advantage of defenses keying on that run threat.
Another name to know in the 2015 class who will be in attendance is Katy running back Rodney Anderson, who gained over 1,000 yards last season as a freshman replacing the injured Adam Taylor. Obviously, running back is not a position that typically shines in 7on7 play, but his quickness will be on display.
As for the Longhorn pledges, I'll be watching Smythe to see how well he can stretch the seams and run some deeper routes after doing most of his work in the World Championship in the flat and as a blocker. With Davis, the format won't show much of his ability as a linebacker, so I just want to see how he looks in person, how he moves, and talk to him a little bit about his pledge.
While those two work in College Station, quarterback commit Tyrone Swoopes will be out in California for the Elite 11 event that begins Wednesday, an important event for his development as a passer -- he needs to show some improvement under the tutelage of some high-level coaches.
Stay tuned for more on both events in the coming days.