A large contingent of recruits from the state of Texas will take the field at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. this week. Here's a look at the players making their way up to Nike headquarters from the Lone Star State.
QB David Blough (@David_Blough10), 6-1, 180
Carrollton (Texas) Creekview
The 6'1, 180-pound Blough is one of the major underdogs in the Elite 11. Small in stature, and with offers from only Memphis, New Mexico State, and Purdue, to where he committed, many have questioned his selection. Blough will come in with something to prove. Blough became the fifth invitee to the Elite 11 and 69th to the Opening when New Orleans Saints QB and fellow Texas native Drew Brees announced the selection via Twitter on May 6. The senior-to-be was All-District 10-4A last season after throwing for 1,777 yards and 17 TDs with only three picks. An outstanding student with a 3.9 GPA and 1130 SAT, he shined throughout the Elite 11 Regional in Chicago. On June 15 he announced he'd attend Brees' alma mater, Purdue.
QB Jerrod Heard (@JHeard2), 6-2, 195
Denton (Texas) Guyer
The 6'2, 195-pound Heard is one of the highest-rated dual-threat quarterback recruits entering the event, carrying a consensus four-star tag. Heard rand for 2,138 yards with 35 TDs on the ground and added over 2,000 more yards through the air. He was the District 5-4A MVP. A Texas commit, he also had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, LSU, Nebraska and Ohio State. Heard earned his offer after a strong performance at the Dallas event.
WR K.D. Cannon (@IAmKDCannon), 5-11.5, 160
Mount Pleasant, Texas
Cannon was a Class 4A All-State selection after catching 104 passes for 1,592 yards and 26 TDs in 2012. He has offers from Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
WR Lorenzo Joe (@LoJoe12), 6-2.5, 200
Abilene (Texas) Cooper
Joe was the Wide Receiver MVP at the Dallas NFTC and also shined on the football field as a junior when he earned All-District 2-5A honors after rushing for 879 yards and passing for another 1,988 while playing quarterback. Because of his athletic and pass-catching abilities, he's projected to be a receiver at Texas where he committed early over Texas Tech.
WR T.V. Williams (@Trey1Williams), 5-7.5, 145
Williams caught 45 passes for 789 yards and 10 TDs as junior and showcased his quickness and explosiveness at the Chicago NFTC in the one-on-one drills and in the testing where he ran a 4.10 in the shuttle and jumped 36.5 inches in the vertical. He has 13 offers from all over the country including Cal, Houston, Iowa, Kentucky, Navy, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Tulsa.
LB Matthew Adams (@all_in_adams), 5-11.5, 205
Missouri City (Texas) Hightower
Adams was a 23-5A All-District selection in 2012 and impressed at the Dallas NFTC where he recorded a 90.18 SPARQ Rating and was one of the top linebackers throughout the event. He has committed to Houston over offers from Boise State, Southern Methodist and Tulsa.
DB Jamal Adams (@ThaJudgeKO), 6-0, 198
Carrollton (Texas) Hebron
Adams picked off five passes as a junior and collected 80 tackles from his safety spot. He will be a four year varsity starter and has college offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and West Virginia.
DB John Bonney (@JBonney_4), 6-0, 185
Houston (Texas) Lamar
Bonney has 30 offers including Auburn, Baylor, Cal, Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, TCU, Texas, UCLA and Virginia.
DB Tony Brown (@JustDoit_TB), 6-0, 190
Beaumont (Texas) Ozen
He was a Class 4A honorable mention All-State selection as a junior and has college offers from Alabama, Illinois, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M and USC.
DB Chris Hardeman (@Chris_Hardeman1), 5-7.5, 190
Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor
Hardeman was a 18-5A All-District pick as a junior when he recorded 51 tackles and 22 pass deflections. His father, Cedric, is an assistant coach at Alief Taylor. Chris made his college choice official when he committed to LSU over Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
DB Edward Paris (@323Eddie_P), 6-0, 200
Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Timberview
Paris received several major honors last season including MaxPreps Junior All-American, AP Class 5A All-State and Ft. Worth Star-Telegram Super Team. Paris accounted for seven interceptions (two for TDs) and 37 tackles with eight passes broken up last year. He has verballed to LSU with other offers coming from Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and West Virginia.
DB Brandon Simmons (@GoldenMongoose2), 6-1, 185
Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Timberview
Simmons traveled from Texas to attend the Oakland NFTC in large part so he could visit where he will play his college ball: Stanford. He has a 4.2 GPA and on the football field had 101 tackles as a junior to earn All-District 7-5A honors.
DB Arrion Springs (@A_Springs4), 5-11.5, 190
San Antonio (Texas) Roosevelt
At the Dallas NFTC he showed off his athleticism as he ran a 4.49 in the 40 and a 4.04 shuttle as part of a 113.76 SPARQ Rating. An All-District selection as a junior when he made 65 tackles and intercepted four passes, the Texan has college offers from more than a dozen schools including Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Clemson, Houston, Kansas, Mississippi State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.
DB Dylan Sumner-Gardner (@_TheRealDSG), 6-1, 195
Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite
He was selected All-District 10-4A last season and has committed to Texas A&M over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and TCU.
DB Armani Watts (Twitter), 5-10.5, 180
Forney (Texas) North Forney
Watts was a All-District 10-4A selection and went both sides of the ball, scoring nine TDs rushing and catching the ball with 22 tackles on defense. He starred in the one-on-one drills at the Dallas NFTC and has announced he will play at Texas A&M despite offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Clemson, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and UCLA.
OL Jacob Bragg (@bigtexasjake), 6-3.5, 310
Bragg opened eyes with his OL MVP performance at the stacked Dallas NFTC. A good athlete, he laid down a 97.71 SPARQ Rating at the Dallas Nike Combine the day before when he ran a 5.42 in the 40, a 4.83 shuttle, a 27.7 vertical jump, and 41.5 power ball toss while measuring in at 6-3.5, 310 pounds. He committed to Kansas over offers from Oregon State and Louisiana Tech.
OL Demetrius Knox (@Ummm_Mr_Knox), 6-3.5, 290
Ft Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal
He was one of the offensive standouts at the Dallas NFTC and has more than two dozen offers from all over the nation including Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Houston, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech and UCLA.
DL Solomon Thomas (@SollyThomas90), 6-3, 260
Thomas was an AP Class 5A second team All-State honoree last season when he had 80 tackles, 13 for loss, eight sacks and blocked seven kicks. He has early offers that include Baylor, Clemson, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, TUCLA, and USC.