Burnt Orange Nation was on the road this past weekend for the first week of the Texas high school football season. Below is a rundown of how prospects performed and what players you should be on the lookout for in the future.
Port Neches Groves QB Roschon Johnson
The leader for the Longhorns 2019 recruiting class was back in action for his senior season this past Friday against Silsbee and Johnson picked back up from where left off last year. Johnson went 17-26 through the air for 247 yards and added 104 yards on the ground. The four-star recruit accounted for five total touchdowns to lead his team to a 48-14 victory. Johnson committed in July 2017 and has been all in with the Longhorns ever since. Johnson has the potential to come in and compete for playing time as soon as he steps on campus.
North Shore RB Zach Evans
Five-star running back Zach Evans started the season off with a huge bang and helped lead the young highly talented North Shore team to a victory in a showdown over high school powerhouse Katy. Evans absolutely went on a tear as he rushed for 150 yards on only 15 carries, and scored four of his team’s five touchdowns, fueling the Mustangs to a 35-21 win Friday night win. Evans is on the brink of releasing his final 10 schools and the Longhorns will be slated to make that list. It’s evident that the Texas coaching staff will need to make an assertive effort to land Evans.
Fort Bend Austin WR Troy Omeire
Troy Omeire is developing into one of the best wide-outs in the nation, and he made sure that everyone noticed that in the first game of the season. The four-star prospect had 185 yards receiving, averaged 37 yards per reception, and logged two touchdowns. Earlier this spring Troy Omeire was being heavily evaluated by the Texas coaching staff and earned an offer in April. Omeire is trending towards Texas A&M at the moment per his 247Sports Crystal Ball. Texas is in a great spot, as Omeire tells us that the Longhorns are one of his top three schools right now.
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Houston Strake Jesuit TE Thomas Gordon
Thomas Gordon is a Northwestern verbal commit, but the Texas coaching staff has evaluated him in the past. If the Longhorns were to lose one of their tight end commits, Gordon would be a name to keep in mind. Gordon has always showed an immense amount of interest in Texas, although he never received the offer he was looking for. Gordon holds 24 offers and plays with great physicality and finesse for a 6-foot-4, 230 pound tight end.
Houston St. Thomas Chidera Umeh
BON was able to attend the Houston St. Thomas and Houston Strake Jesuit matchup at NRG stadium this past Friday. There was a prospect that played in his first football game ever, and was so intriguing that we had to highlight him as a player to watch. Chidera Umeh is a 6-foot-6, 255-pound defensive end that was easily the best prospect on the field in a game that included more than a handful of top Houston area recruits. Don’t be surprised if you see Umeh’s name emerge as a rising prospect in the state.