While the the happenings at The Opening Finals in Oregon throughout the past few days have stolen the show, plenty was going on in College Station over the weekend with the Texas 7on7 championships. Burnt Orange Nation was on hand, as were 128 schools from around the state. While the bulk of the players in attendance ranged from relatively unknown to under the radar, there were some notables in action that are or at least should be on the Texas Longhorns’ radar.
Texas RB commit Keaontay Ingram is eager to learn from Stan Drayton
In what became a 2-2 trip for Carthage, BON caught four-star running back pledge Keaontay Ingram in action twice. 7on7 isn’t exactly Ingram’s forte, which isn’t much of a surprise considering he’s an elite back that’s forced to split out wide and called down as soon as a defender simply lays a hand on him.
That said, Ingram did flash some versatility as a capable pass-catcher out of the backfield once he arrives on the Forty Acres.
Texas commit Keaontay Ingram with the TD catch for Carthage. pic.twitter.com/JjNqcwh34v— Tony Venegas (@advenegas) June 29, 2017
Following his first outing of the event, BON caught up with Ingram, who expanded on Stan Drayton and his goal to break the rushing record in 2017.
“Coach Drayton, I feel like he’s the real deal. I looked at it and he was the number one NFL coach and that’s something to look at, as well. He’s going to keep it real with you. He’s going to be 100 percent honest with you and that’s what I need to help me better myself. Having a coach like that get on your butt and going in and competing and earning your job every single day; I feel like that’s something I need.”
Texas needs to jump into the mix with Lake Travis WR Garrett Wilson
Similar to the 2018 class, 2019 is loaded with elite wide receiver talent from around the state and Lake Travis product Garrett Wilson may be the very best of the bunch.
Wilson certainly did more than enough to support such claims en route to the 7on7 Division I championship, churning out one unbelievable catch after another all weekend long.
#Tx7on7 #howbowdat pic.twitter.com/F4ozcv2x9c— Donny Lauderback (@LauderbackDonny) July 2, 2017
When @LTHSCavFootball needs points, they know who to go to. Garrett Wilson knows how to go up and get it. "Throw it up!" pic.twitter.com/ENml83Gszh— Nick Walters (@nickgwalters) July 2, 2017
Better quality video of the Garrett Wilson TD catch to win the semifinal game on the final play @GarrettWilson_V pic.twitter.com/Rpdy0EQVwo— Sports Night (@Sports_NightTX) July 1, 2017
To date, Wilson holds 11 total offers and told TexasHSFootball.com that TCU, Baylor, SMU and Wisconsin are the programs most involved in his recruitment at this point. He also noted that he’d prefer to remain close to home so his parents can see him play and the Forty Acres is just miles away from Wilson’s high school stomping grounds.
Texas is yet to offer, but Herman and his staff would be wise to jump into the mix with this rising star, and sooner than later.
Coppell ATH Jonathan McGill is on the Longhorns’ radar
During the instances in which BON was able to watch Coppell athlete Jonathan McGill, the four-star 2019 talent impressed, to say the least.
A two-way impact contributor at defensive back and wide receiver, McGill is excellent in coverage and aside from a few exceptions, balls thrown in his direction didn’t find their target. Offensively, he’s a shifty weapon in open space with reliable hands and considerable quickness.
Highlights vs Desoto today #3StripeLife #State7v7 pic.twitter.com/tqjOsbODrL— Jonathan McGill (@OriginalMcGill3) July 1, 2017
He’s being recruited by a variety of schools for each position.
The Longhorns are among those in the most contact with McGill, along with Stanford and SMU. Texas hasn’t offered yet, but McGill said it would be huge if that offer does come and he likes the future of the program under Tom Herman.
“That would be huge, especially because I feel like Texas is going to be back in the Top 25 for sure,” McGill said. “They’re going to be back where they were in 2006. I just feel like that would be a huge offer. It’s Texas. It’s home.”
4-star Cuero WR Jordan Whittington is as good as advertised
Jordan Whittington holds 25 offers with many of the nation’s top programs coveting his talents and after seeing him in person, it’s quite clear why.
For starters, Whittington is still months away from his junior season at Cuero, but already has the build and athleticism of a seasoned college athlete. What that looks like on the field is equally as impressive.
Along with consistently displaying crisp route running, exceptional body control when adjusting to the ball and soft hands, Whittington proved how impactful he can be in space on a variety of occasions.
Texas A&M target Jordan Whittington (@J_Whitt3) with some ankle-breaking moves at @Texas7on7. #12thMan #txhsfb pic.twitter.com/OBBJdD1U7D— Colin Deaver (@KAGS_Colin) June 30, 2017
Whittington is aiming to trim his list four schools in the near future and the Longhorns are in a great position to remain in the mix. Texas currently holds three of his five Crystal Ball projections.