COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas 7-on-7 State Championships continued Friday with large-school pool play on the campus of Texas A&M. Rivals.com Southwest recruiting analyst Brian Perroni breaks down the top performers of the day.
WR TYUS BOWSER, TYLER JOHN TYLER: Bowser is actually a 6-foot-2, 215-pound defensive end prospect at John Tyler, but he also plays wide receiver on the 7-on-7 team. He was bigger than any other player on the field, so it was even more impressive that he was the favorite target of his quarterback on the day. He was able to get open deep and showed strong hands when going over the middle. The fact he was dominant at a skill position game bodes well for his pass-rushing skills on the defensive line. His top three schools are Missouri, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
WR FRED ROSS, TYLER JOHN TYLER: Whenever Bowser was not making plays, the 6-foot-1, 200-poind Ross was. In fact, it was because defenses had to pay so much attention to the Rivals250 Oklahoma State pledge that Bowser was single covered most of the time. Ross has a smooth stride and does not give up on plays. He will break off his routes to help the quarterback and also has surprisingly good speed for his size. He is part of a very good receiver class for the Cowboys this year and should see early playing time.
S STEVE WESLEY, ARLINGTON BOWIE: The 6-foot, 175-pound TCU commit will likely play safety at the next level but was lined up at cornerback on Friday. Wesley went against some very good receivers as Bowie was in perhaps the toughest pool in the tournament. He plays physical at the line while also being able to run downfield with the fast receivers. He is big with long arms, so it is tough for quarterbacks to place the ball over him. If he does move to safety, he can easily fill out his frame while still remaining quick.
WR CHRIS LACY, DESOTO (2014): DeSoto won the tournament a year ago and is one of the favorites to do so again this year. The offense was rolling all afternoon, and this 6-foot-3, 180-pound rising junior was a key part of that. Two weeks after performing very well at the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge, Lacy simply showed the ability to get open. He used speed, double moves and solid routes to do so. Combined with his size advantage, it all made him a tough wide receiver to stop.
WR JABRYCE TAYLOR, LUFKIN: The 6-foot-1, 185-pound SMU commit is not incredibly flashy, but he simply makes plays. Lufkin has speed and size all over the field, but the quarterback kept going back to Taylor. He is a big receiver and uses his body to keep the defenders away from the ball. He showed good field awareness and dragged his feet to stay inbounds a couple of times. He did not end up with too many yards after the catch, but he is a technically sound pass catcher who has a knack for getting open.
WR/CB JORDAN THOMAS, KLEIN COLLINS (2014): The 6-foot-1, 180-pound rising junior is actually one of the top defensive back prospects in the state for next year, but he spent most of Friday afternoon lining up at wide receiver. In Collins' first game, Thomas simply ran quite a few go routes, and the defense was unable to stop him. He also made a few highlight reel catches along the way. In his third game of the day he struggled with his hands a bit but still showed the speed to get open. Though likely still a safety or corner prospect, he might start getting some looks on the offensive side of the ball as well now.
CB MAURICE SMITH, SUGAR LAND DULLES: The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Alabama pledge was not tested too often in his somewhat weak pool, but he can't be penalized for that as he did shut down his side of the field. Against Wichita Falls Rider the ball was not thrown his way a single time. The Rivals250 prospect seems a bit taller than 5-foot-11, and his elite track speed shows up on the football field. There have been questions as to whether he can play corner or if he would have to line up at safety, but he keeps performing well this offseason as a cornerback.
RB DONTRE WILSON, DESOTO: The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Rivals250 running back is one of the fastest prospects in the state, and it showed when he would take off down the sideline on a route. A couple of times the defense did not account for him and left him wide open, but even when they tried to cover him, he was still able to get behind them most of the time. He was also very good on the swing pass out of the backfield, making defenders miss after the catch. Wilson continues to show that he truly belongs in the all-purpose back category.
RB SAMUEL STEWART, CYPRESS WOODS (2014): Like Wilson, The 5-foot-8, 175-pound rising junior is simply a natural catching the ball out of the backfield. He is short and compact, which makes him effective between the tackles; but Stewart can also cut on a dime, which makes him dangerous after the catch. He did not go deep like Wilson but instead turned dump passes into big gains by making the linebackers and safeties miss. There is not much buzz about Stewart just yet, but he has already picked up offers from Mississippi State and Texas Tech after camping at both schools.
QB KENNY HILL, SOUTHLAKE CARROLL: The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Texas A&M pledge was playing on his future campus and already looked at home. The Rivals250 prospect is actually a dual-threat quarterback, so he is not expected to look like a star in the 7-on-7 game. However, Hill had a very good showing. He showed his arm strength on one throw when he went the length of the 45-yard field to the opposite corner of the end zone. He has good touch on his ball and is accurate as well.