The first edition of what will hopefully be a season-long look at how Texas commits performed under the bright lights in high school stadiums across the state. Tentatively, it won't really include much on the offensive or defensive lineman unless I can find any impressive stats for them. I may eventually have a section for the top performers among the 2011 targets, but they are more difficult to cover because there are so many at this point.
2010 Texas commits
Connor Wood, Second Baptist quarterback: Second Baptist suffered a resounding defeat at the hands of the Sealy Tigers, losing 57-17. While Connor Wood threw for 225 yards on 21-43 passing and two touchdowns, he also threw two interceptions on the day. His performance through the air was probably not his best, but he did add 74 yards on the ground on 10 carries.
Case McCoy, Graham quarterback: The Steers begin their season this Thursday at Clyde.
John Harris, Naaman Forest quarterback: Playing his first game at his new position of quarterback, Harris helped his team emerge victorious over Trey Metoyer's talented Whitehouse squad, 41-34, with a late interception return for a touchdown. Harris went 7-10 for 69 yards through the air and threw an interception, but did most of his damage on the ground, accounting for 89 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. Harris on playing his first game on quarterback:
It felt great playing my first game as a quarterback. I had been a receiver for the last two years and there's a pretty big difference in moving over to quarterback. It definitely takes a lot more energy out of you because you're heavily involved in every single play. I think I will grow from this and I'm just glad that we were able to come out on top tonight.
Traylon Shead, Cayuga running back: Ranked as the top team in 1A, Cayuga suffered a disappointing 33-26 loss to Frankston after two key players suffered injuries. Shead did his part for Cayuga, rushing for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries with the opposing defense no doubt focused on him every play. To break the career high school rushing record, Shead will have to increase his production, as he needed to average over 225 yards per game (assuming a 16-game season) to break former Sugarland star Kenneth Hall's record of 11,232 yards. Shead now stands at 7,762 yards and needs to average just over 231 yards per game over the rest of the season to break the record.
Chris Jones, Daingerfield wide receiver: In a 21-14 Daingerfield victory over Atlanta, Jones scored two touchdowns on catches of 71 and 20 yards. Unfortunately, there is currently no confirmation about any other catches during the game, but the two touchdown catches made for an impressive start to the season for the explosive receiver.
Darius Terrell, DeSoto wide receiver/tight end: Playing quarterback won't help John Harris much when he gets to Texas, but Darius Terrell is getting a chance to preview his eventual work as a Longhorn by lining up in the flex tight end position on occasion this year, an excellent opportunity for him to get a chance to (ostensibly) run the same type of routes he will at Texas. Despite his work at his new position, Terrell's defense allowed Cedar Hill to recover from a three-touchdown deficit and pull off a shocking 44-41 victory on Saturday night in a nationally televised game. Terrell finished with seven catches for 82 yards.
Adrian White, DeSoto cornerback: In a season in which White must work diligently to perform more consistently, his effort on Saturday night was characteristic of all the major concerns about his game: while he provided some highlights with an interception and several passes defensed, he was also beat in the game for two touchdowns.
Bryant Jackson, Sulphur Springs cornerback/wide receiver: Standing at 6-3, Jackson certainly has the height to play wide receiver in college, but there haven't been any rumors Jackson playing at any position other than the secondary when he gets to Texas. However, in high school he does occasionally play some at the receiver position and caught a 53-yard touchdown pass in a 33-21 win over Paris
Adrian Phillips, Garland jack-of-all-trades: Perhaps the most versatile player committed in the 2010 class, Phillips intercepted one pass and caught five for 51 yards on offense in an easy win over Dallas Kimball that saw him play him little more than one half out of necessity in a 60-7 romp.
Carrington Byndom, Lufkin safety: Byndom missed Lufkin's first game and will undergo evaluation this week for his thumb injury.
Tevin Jackson, Garland linebacker: The intimidating linebacker recorded five tackles and assisted on a safety during his two quarters of work.
Aaron Benson, Cedar Hill linebacker: Benson unofficially recorded 10 tackles in Cedar HIll's comeback victory.
Reggie Wilson, Haltom defensive end: Though Haltom fell in a close 14-13 loss to Irving Nimitz, Wilson recorded 11 tackles, one sacke, and forced and recovered a fumble.
Darius White, Fort Worth Dunbar wide receiver: White and his Dunbar teammates suffered a 56-13 loss to Abilene. Facing bracket coverage for most of the game, White recorded three catches for 65 yards, including a leaping 37-yard touchdown catch.
Note: Where possible, I tried to find the stats myself, but where they were not available otherwise, I used the stats compiled by Rivals ($) and Inside Texas ($).