Now 6-1 on the season, Converse Judson is among the most talented teams in the state and with waves of youth on both sides of the ball, not much is going to change going forward.
As far as recruiting is concerned, the Rockets are home to a few names to know.
DeMarvin Leal — DE
Despite only being a sophomore, Judson’s DeMarvin Leal is a man among boys rushing off the edge. Friday night in Judson’s 51-16 win over San Antonio Wagner, Leal’s impact was felt far beyond his two total tackles and two quarterback hurries.
Wagner made it a point to run away from Leal and he still managed to become a mainstay in the backfield and disrupt what was a primarily one-sided rushing offensive attack. On most occasions, Leal required attention from at least two offensive linemen and in many cases, three. Even then, he was still able to impose his will and consistently bring pressure.
At 6’2, 245 pounds, it’s no wonder why Leal looked like a Division I college athlete out there and his impact reflected that. On the season, Leal has racked up 22 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks and eight hurries.
Leal picked up his first offer from Oklahoma on September 28 and was on the 40 Acres Saturday night for Texas’ 27-6 win over Iowa State. It won’t be long before the sophomore starts generating interest from numerous major programs.
Julon Williams — QB
It was impossible to walk away from D.W. Rutledge Stadium Friday night and not be extremely impressed with Judson’s Julon Williams. The junior dual-threat quarterback put on a show with his arms and legs and was largely the reason the reserves were getting reps before the fourth quarter began.
While his electrifying elusiveness on the ground and ability to escape pressure to extend plays is certainly worth noting, it was Williams’ intangibles as a passer that stood out the most against Wagner.
On four his his five touchdowns through the air, Williams displayed impressive downfield accuracy, hitting his receivers in stride perfectly. But even more remarkable was his poise in the pocket, considering his well-known ability to make plays with his feet. On one occasion, Williams stood tough in the pocket as two defenders hit him and delivered a perfectly-placed pitch for a 17-yard score. Earlier in that drive, he did the same to move the chains on 3rd-and-11.
A three-star 2018 prospect, Williams hasn’t garnered much major attention thus far, holding only two offers from UTSA and Tulane. But on a Judson team that’s just outside of the top 10 in Texas, which will be returning the majority of its contributors next season, a playoff run and successful 2017 season should end with Williams having a quality list of suitors. But at only 5’10, 190 pounds, he would likely be recruited as a running back or defensive back if Power Five schools jumped into the mix, though, it certainly seemed that there’s intriguing potential in his future as a quarterback.
To this point in his junior season, Williams has compiled 969 yards and 10 touchdowns through the air, along with 79 carries for 532 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.
Williams ranks as the No. 69 player in Texas in the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Sincere McCormick — RB
Like Leal, Judson’s Sincere McCormick is only a sophomore, but he’s a name to keep an eye on. As part of Judson’s two-running back system, McCormick shares carries with junior Jay Miller, but is unquestionably the more talented of the two and will likely emerge as the feature back next season.
At 5’9, 190 pounds, McCormick was surprisingly effective running up the middle and still managed to add extra yards with elusive moves. In the open field, he was a handful, but Judson’s success through the air against Wagner largely limited his role. McCormick did turn a screen pass into a 50-yard gain, in which he tightroped the sideline to pick up about 20 extra yards, but the play was called back due to a holding penalty.
Despite his youth, you can already see McCormick’s potential as a college prospect. He’s shifty in open space and great at using his shoulders to freeze defenders, which results in big plays because he’s faster than most. Even if not as a running back, McCormick could have a future as a slot receiver at the next level.
Through seven games, McCormick has averaged 8.3 yards per carry for 357 yards and five touchdowns, along with seven receptions for 241 yards and three more scores. The sophomore has also returned 13 punts for 393 yard—a 30.2 return average.
Since he’s only a sophomore, I’d expect McCormick to continue growing and end up around 5’10 or 5’11, which would certainly help in his recruitment as a running back. He’s noticeably small on the field, but equally as noticeable is his explosive nature. This young man is going to end up playing college football somewhere and it will likely be at the FBS level.
McCormick is yet to add any offers.