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Road Notebook: Which recruits impressed this week?

September 17, 2017

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The Horns247 staff hit the road this week and saw a number of commits and targets in action.

Here are our thoughts from the games we attended. 

Commits

WR Al’Vonte Woodard, Houston Lamar — Woodard didn’t see the ball thrown his way much at all due to the lack of experience from his newly acquainted quarterback. Woodard was mostly targeted on screens and short-intermediate routes but flashed great quickness and more polished route running. Although Woodard wasn’t able to make anything happen with the ball in his hands, he displayed some physicality while making key blocks. — Hamilton

DT Keondre Coburn, Spring Westfield — Coburn had a great performance in his team’s debut game. Coburn was disruptive and imposed his will early and often in the trenches. Because of Coburn’s presence and relentless pursuit, he was able to attract a lot of attention from blockers and that allowed fellow defenders within the front seven to make plays. The consistency in Coburn’s play was impressive as he played with a high motor throughout the game. He accounted for at least five tackles in Westfield’s impressive win over North Shore. — Hamilton

Offered Targets

WR Tommy Bush, Schertz Clemens — It was a strange game to evaluate Bush. After all, Schertz Clemens only targeted him once on its first drive — a pass way out of reach. Schertz Clemens went on to score two straight defensive touchdowns and took a huge lead by halftime as it ran all over Laredo Alexander. Bush finished with just one catch for three yards on two targets in one half of play. Bush is tall, fast, athletic and is exactly what you’re looking for in an outside receiver, but it was hard to get anything out of this game. — Holland

WR Theo Wease, Allen (2019) — Wease provided several big plays against Coppell, and he finished the evening with 85 yards on five catches. Wease proved his ability to be a downfield threat twice as he got behind the defense for deep touchdowns. Allen made an effort to get Wease going early on, but it relied heavily on the running game. Wease used his size to dominate as a blocker, before showing off his route running skills to create big plays. — Roach

DL Bobby Brown, Arlington Lamar — Brown lined up at end, and he showed off impressive strength on the bull rush. He was able to set an impressive edge for the Vikings’ defense in a shutout win over Keller Central, and Brown was a big part of eliminating the Central running game. Brown doesn’t have the first step you look for in an end, and he appeared a bit winded near the end of the game, but he’s a perfect player for a multiple front because of his length and athleticism. — Roach

CB Anthony Cook, Houston Lamar — Cook had pretty much had the same kind of performance in every matchup I’ve seen him in. He witnessed no more than 15 plays come his way and didn’t allow any big plays in his vicinity. Cook was tried deep once on a post route down the middle of the field and deflected it with ease. Cook saw more running plays come in his direction than passing plays, so being able to see how he got off blocks and defended the run was interesting; he fared well in doing so. — Hamilton

CB D’shawn Jamison, Houston Lamar — Jamison started the season off with a bang as he returned a 47-yard interception to the house on Houston Lamar’s first defensive outing. It was an impressive showing on defense for Jamison as he lined up all over the field, flying around making plays from sideline-to-sideline. Jamison was also very productive on special teams as he recorded more than 100 return yards, giving his team great field position on multiple occasions. Jamison’s playmaking ability is always on full display when he touches the field. — Hamilton

Five To Watch

QB Grant Tisdale, Allen (2019) — Tisdale looked very sharp in a close game against Coppell. The 2019 four-star threw for 205 yards and three touchdowns on 10-of-14 passing. He also contributed 98 yards on the ground on 16 carries. Tisdale’s poise stood out in a tight game as he calmly engineered a 14-play drive that ate up clock, and resulted in the decisive score for the Eagles. Tisdale also showed some great moves in the open field, and he protected the ball well. Allen’s offense has taken on a more methodical approach, but Tisdale is solidifying his four-star status in his first year as a full-time starter. — Roach

RB Campbell Speights, McAllen Memorial (2020) — Speights, a freshman MaxPreps All-American, was bottled up for most of the night against San Benito, which has one of the best defenses in the Rio Grande Valley. Speights is on the smaller side, but he runs with good power and balance. Speights needs to improve his quickness and shiftiness. He is still very raw but could develop into a P5 prospect like his brother, Trevor Speights, who is now at Stanford. — Holland

WR/CB DJ Graham, Keller Central (2020) — Graham already holds four offers, and it’s easy to see why. He’s a great wide receiver for spread offenses because of his ability to make great plays in space. He shows impressive burst and explosion on both sides of the ball. Graham only totaled 24 yards on two catches as the Central passing game struggled, but he definitely stood out on the field. — Roach

DT Jayden Jernigan, Allen (2019) — Jernigan was once again part of an active defensive line for Allen. The Eagles are incredibly physical up front, and Jernigan seems to be the heart and soul of that unit. His motor is noticeable, and he shows a lot of functional strength for the position. Jernigan is probably best suited for an even front, but he might have the ability to play end in an odd front. — Roach

DB Jonathan McGill, Coppell (2019) — McGill stood out in all three phases of the game. Defensively, he played mostly in the nickel, and he captained the defense by aligning them pre-snap. McGill is smooth in coverage, and he shows elite instincts with strong athleticism. He’s a bit undersized, but he has a sturdy frame along with the versatility to play all over the secondary. McGill also spent time at slot receiver and running back, and he had an electric return on a blocked field goal to set the offense up deep in Allen territory. — Roach

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