With the high school football season nearly wrapped up, the two months of the recruiting season should still have some interesting story lines develop for several of the area’s Division I recruits for the 2016 class.
National Signing Day is Feb. 3.
Some of the highlights: Carroll defensive back Obi Eboh is verbally committed to Texas. Keller defensive end Houston Miller is committed to Texas Tech. Northwest Byron Nelson offensive tackle Kellen Diesch, who de-committed from Arkansas in October, recently changed his commitment to Texas A&M.
Most notable is Nelson senior defensive end Brandon Bowen. There is no question he is the area’s best athlete (some can argue Carroll’s Lil’Jordan Humphrey). But this journey for Bowen is interesting because few can get a real feel for where he is and what he will do. And this is information was as fresh as the weekend before Thanksgiving.
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There seems to be strong indications that Bowen, ranked No. 50 by Rivals, will eventually end up at Baylor. However, Bowen did take an official visit to Oregon in September. Time will tell eventually where this till take him. At one time, Bowen mentioned USC as a favorite. But as of this time, the Trojans have not offered. Plus, the program is in a bit of flux with a change in the coaching staff.
Euless Trinity defensive tackle Chris Daniels was expected to take the second of his five official visits to Oklahoma this past weekend. Daniels visited Michigan earlier in November. He has a top five of Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Alabama and Texas A&M. Daniels was hoping to take an official to Alabama before the close of 2015 and potentially make a commitment decision in December. Daniels is rated No. 176 by Rivals.
The next two months should reveal what kind of opportunities are available for running back Ja’Ron Wilson and quarterback Tyler Natee.
As for Miller, he fielded some overtures from California and Missouri. However, those appear to have dissipated. He is looking at taking an official visit to Lubbock sometime in January. Miller’s teammate, running back Tyler Tutt, is committed to Texas State.
Humphrey has not scheduled any official visits. He’s pretty much been in football mode. Once he begins the offseason, the process should unfold. The same can be said for wide receiver Zach Farrar. He recently picked up an offer from BYU.
Grapevine wide receiver RalphLauren McCauley’s recruitment still has some Division I life to it. We’re hearing Arkansas State may want to review some film. That might come when the coaches hit the recruiting trail and visit high schools in mid-December.
Colleyville Heritage is hoping for some smaller school opportunities. That could pay off for nose tackle Keandre Johnson, who is coming off a very strong season. It could also mean an opportunity for defensive back Jordan Porter. Of course, heralded defensive back Reid Harrison-Ducros has been committed to Boise State and took his official visit earlier in the fall. However, don’t be surprised if a Power 5 school, which may have missed out on its top choices, tries to work its way back into the picture.
Keller Fossil Ridge quarterback Bryce Baccarini has several great academic opportunities between the United States Military Academy (Army), the United States Naval Academy and Harvard. Teammate Noah Powell, a defensive back, has committed to Air Force.
Once the 2016 class is finalized, the spring evaluation period that begins in mid-April will be telling for several underclassmen led by Colleyville Heritage sophomore wide receiver Ke’Von Ahmad.
Carroll FB pick
At the time of publication on Friday, we could not add Carroll’s pick of a potential Class 6A Division II Region I semifinal game. Of course, the Dragons had a difficult task with Denton Guyer in the area round Friday in Allen. If the Dragons won, we will add the pick in the online version at www.southlakejournal.com.
UIL announces cutoff numbers
The UIL released new cutoff numbers last Friday. Class 6A is 2,150. That means that Colleyville Heritage (2,097), Justin Northwest (2,079) and Richland (2,040) drop to Class 5A. District realignment will be announced Feb. 1.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers.