On Thursday evening, Burnt Orange Nation was on hand to watch Huntsville square off with Fort Bend Marshall. Texas Longhorns strong-side defensive end pledge T’Vondre Sweat was in action, as were numerous other Texas targets and potential targets.
Here are a few takeaways from Thursday’s action:
2019 — T’Vondre Sweat — 3-star SDE — Huntsville — Texas commit: Sweat has officially played his last high school football game and he made sure that he went out with a bang. The UT commit was a little slow starting off in the first quarter, but after a few adjustments were made and the defense regrouped, Sweat displayed nothing but pure dominance.
#HookEm commit DE T’Vondre Sweat (@Tvondre_) continues to impose his will in this game.@BON_SBNation | @CodyDanielSBN @SBN_Wescott pic.twitter.com/zlTTmGOM6P— J.Hamilton (@JoeHamilton__) December 7, 2018
Here’s an example of how #HookEm commit DE T’Vondre Sweat (@Tvondre_)has affected this game. What he’s doing tonight won’t necessarily show up on the stat sheet, but he’s displaying a great burst off the edge and is reading the offense intelligently. Sweat is juiced up! #fUTure19 pic.twitter.com/1gewQP5hhG— J.Hamilton (@JoeHamilton__) December 7, 2018
Whether it was getting after one of the most talented quarterbacks in high school or playing an intelligent game defending a dangerous RPO attack, everyone got to see Sweat at his best. Although Sweat is a Texas commit, at times he kind of gets lost in the bunch of a talented #fUTure19 group.
Bystanders that don’t necessarily keep up with the recruiting world were in awe of his performance to the extent that I was asked a total of six times “Where’s that kid going?”
It was plain and simple that Sweat was a man amongst boys in the trenches. Sweat has always said that he plans on competing for a starting spot the day he steps foot on campus. After what I saw Thursday night, I think Sweat could be a player that turns a lot of heads early in practice.
2020 — Malik Hornsby — 4-star QB — Fort Bend Marshall: Hornsby has had a phenomenal season throwing and running the ball. Thursday night, Hornsby faced his biggest test of the season as he was forced to utilize his legs and athleticism due to an immense amount of pressure from Texas commit T’Vondre Sweat. Hornsby’s elusiveness and gutsiness ultimately gave Fort Bend Marshall numerous opportunities to keep drives alive and put enough points on the board to give his team a victory.
Elite 2020 FB Marshall QB Malik Hornsby (@1MalikH1) takes it himself for the 17-yard TD@MarshallBuffs | @SethFre88161872 @5StarGQB pic.twitter.com/6o6RjlwoXz— J.Hamilton (@JoeHamilton__) December 7, 2018
He’ll have a chance to stamp his name in the record books as he enters the final four of the playoffs and strives for a 5A-II state championship.
Hornsby talks to Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck occasionally and has no timetable for when he wants to visit the Forty Acres again. He’s keeping his recruiting options open at the moment and wants to get a good read on every school that has offered him.
2020 — Avery Helm — 3-star CB — Fort Bend Marshall: Helm was in the process of having a stellar season, but unfortunately tore his ACL in the second round of the playoffs. Helm will have season-ending surgery in the next few days and plans on being ready to go for the start of next season. Helm recently spoke with Jason Washington this week when he visited the Longhorns. Washington told Helm that they like him a lot and the staff wants to see how he bounces back from his ACL tear in the offseason. Helm holds a number of Power Five offers.
2020 — Devon Achane — Unranked RB — Fort Bend Marshall: There should be an abundance of Power Five programs knocking down Achane’s door for his services, including the Longhorns. There’s speed and then there’s Achane speed — the speed he possess a kind of speed that you don’t normally see.
Electric 2020 FB Marshall RB Devon Achane (@ffvmousvon_) with the 43-yard TD run. #SpeedKills ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/cquNmpdjTQ— J.Hamilton (@JoeHamilton__) December 7, 2018
All it takes is the tiniest crease for Achane and he’s loose creating separation from any defender that thinks they’ll have a chance at catching him. Achanes’ playmaking ability and sudden change of direction allowed him to reach the end zone on five different occasions in three different ways (3 rushing, 1 receiving, and 1 passing) Thursday night.
No reason why FB Marshall RB Devon Achane (@ffvmousvon_) shouldn’t be regarded as one of the best running backs in Texas for the 2020 cycle. You can’t teach this kind of speed and change of direction!@MarshallBuffs pic.twitter.com/CgsQBi8UKR— J.Hamilton (@JoeHamilton__) December 7, 2018
Cornerbacks coach Jason Washington came to visit Fort Bend Marshall this past week and talked with Achane. The Longhorns like his film, but they’re still evaluating him.
2020 — Jordan Brown — Unranked OLB — Huntsville: I believe Brown will be a name that starts to rise on coaches recruiting boards. He finished Thursday’s game with 18 total tackles in a relentless showing.
2020 Huntsville OLB Jordan Brown (@master_J0RDAN) with a much needed stop. He’s a prospect to watch pic.twitter.com/4AoQ5FQDSO— J.Hamilton (@JoeHamilton__) December 7, 2018
Brown has a nose for tracking down the ball carrier and being a terror when sent on blitzes. At 6’1, 195 pounds, Brown has yet to notch an offer, but this offseason he should begin to pick up some steam on the recruiting trail.