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Bevo Bites: Elite ATH Marcel Brooks, S Kevin Anderson among in-state talent in action over the weekend

Several under-the-radar recruits impressed over the weekend.

Joe Hamilton

This past week, BON was on hand to see some Texas high school football prospects and potential Texas Longhorns targets. Here’s a few quick thoughts from the action over the weekend:

2019 — Marcel Brooks — 4-star ATH — Flower Mound Marcus — LSU commit: Brooks has to be one of the best overall prospects I’ve been able to cover this season. He’s the ultimate utility player, meaning you can line him up as a single-high safety, send him on a blitz as an outside linebacker, or place him at any skill position on offense; Brooks simply gets the job done. Brooks’ season was ended this past Friday night, but he put on a clinic this season. Teams had to game plan how to stop Brooks all year long, and he still found ways to make remarkable plays. At this point, Brooks tells me he’s still solid to the Tigers, but there is one Big 12 program that might have a chance at flipping him.

2020 — Willie Eldridge — Unranked RB/ATH — Cypress Ranch: Eldridge is a running back that was impressive this past weekend, as he rushed for 75 yards on just seven carries, and recorded a touchdown run. He’s utilized in a way where he’s not forced to take a bus load of carries, but he’s such a crafty runner that he makes the most out of his touches and affects the game tremendously. At 5’11, 195 pounds, Eldridge doesn’t hold an offer at the moment, but he should begin to receive more interest as he and his undefeated Cy Ranch team look to go deep into the playoffs. Eldridge camped with the Longhorns this past summer and has talked with running backs coach Stan Drayton.

2022 — Armani Winfield — Unranked WR — Lewisville: Winfield is a freshman that’s wise beyond his years and has the potential to be one of the best prospects in the state for the 2022 cycle when it’s all said and done. As one of the youngest players on the field, Winfield made some big time grabs in a cross-town rivalry Friday night. The young wide-out hauled in three catches for 56 yards, and showed an immense amount of maturity and toughness. Winfield is listed at 6’2, 180 pounds, and has a frame that you’ll see continue to grow over the years. He holds an offer from Baylor and is hearing from other programs. Texas hasn’t reached out yet, but I’m sure that’ll change in the future.

2019 — Kevin Anderson — 3-star S — Lewisville — Texas State commit: Anderson is one of the more daunting safeties in the state and shows absolutely no mercy on receivers that find themselves in his way. The sure-tackling safety was in on a handful of tackles and had several pass breakups during Friday’s game. With a combination of the ideal size and ability for the safety position at the next level, I’m surprised more power five programs did not come knocking down Anderson’s door. Although he’s a Texas State commit, I believe he’ll probably receive some late attention from bigger programs.

2020 — Chandler Galban — Unranked QB — Tomball Memorial: Things did not go as planned Friday night for Galban and his teammates as they fell to Cy Ranch, 35-14. Galban had an incredible regular season junior campaign during his first year at Tomball Memorial, as he threw for 2,000-plus yards and rushed for nearly 500 yards. He’ll look to carry that play over into the playoffs. Galban holds an offer from Louisiana Tech, and has been in talks with schools like Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Penn State, and Stanford.

Players to watch: Cypress Ranch has two underclassmen that have legitimate upside and will have a chance to get more attention on the recruiting trail. Junior DE Devante Keys and sophomore DB Romario Noel are names to know and both have incredible size for their respective positions. 2020 Tomball Memorial DT Braedon Nutter holds offers from Colorado and Houston and could be a player that rises.

The Lewisville defense was extremely stout against Flower Mound Marcus thanks to the senior LBs Jacobie Lewis and DL Kadren Johnson, who totally dominated in the backfield all night. Lewis had one of the best defensive performances you’ll ever see, as he recorded a total of seven sacks! Sophomores Marcus QB Garrett Nussmeier was slated to be an impact player until he went down with a game ending injury in the first quarter. Nussmeier holds offers from LSU, Missouri, and UTSA.