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Recruiting Recap: Everman’s Kierre Crossley receives first offer, TCU gets LB commit

Everman tailback Kierre Crossley, shown here in a game last season, received his first offer this week, from Louisiana-Monroe. (Special to the Star-Telegram Bob Booth)
Everman tailback Kierre Crossley, shown here in a game last season, received his first offer this week, from Louisiana-Monroe. (Special to the Star-Telegram Bob Booth) Special to the Star-Telegram

Among the state’s biggest college football programs, Dallas-Fort Worth is a priority. If Texas or Texas A&M can win the Metroplex, they’ll win National Signing Day. So when Kevin Sumlin drops into Arlington or Allen in the Aggies’ “Swagcopter” this fall, don’t be surprised.

But what might get overlooked behind the Big 12 and SEC offers is the sheer quantity of offers to DFW prospects from non-Power Five schools. North Texas and SMU are obvious mainstays, but also are schools like the service academies and UT-San Antonio and Nevada. This week, Louisiana-Monroe, a Sun Belt program, was the busy one.

Among the players receiving an offer from the Warhawks: Everman running back Kierre Crossley, Trophy Club Nelson lineman Justin Self, Arlington Martin linebacker Hunter Donnelly, Keller receiver Cameron Johnson, Aledo defensive back Patrick Peek, Mansfield Timberview quarterback Devin Williams and linebacker Craig Jim-Lawson, Grapevine running back RalphLauren McCauley and Keller running back Tyler Tutt.

Crossley’s was notable, as it was the first offer for one of the most productive running backs in the state. As a junior last year, Crossley rushed for 3,158 yards (at 10.29 yards per carry) and 36 touchdowns. He ran for 1,495 yards a sophomore.

Crossley’s recruitment might be limited by his 5-foot-8 frame — that’s seemingly the only explanation for the lack of attention at this point. But as with most successful backs, his lower body strength allows him to power through traffic, when he finds it. Just check out the first run on his highlight reel.

TCU gets LB commit

Fort Bend Hightower linebacker Clifton Lewis -- the brother of former Oklahoma State linebacker Shaun Lewis -- committed to TCU on Wednesday.

Lewis was the Horned Frogs’ ninth commitment for the 2016 class, and their first linebacker pledge. He’s also their fifth Houston-area recruit, joining Manvel lineman Austin Myers and athlete D’Eriq King, Bellaire receiver Courtney Lark and Humble Kingwood athlete Sewo Olonilua.

Myers, King, Lark and Olonilua are 247 Sports Composite four-stars.

Imade commits

A few days after receiving a Texas offer, Arlington Bowie offensive lineman Tope Imade committed to the Longhorns, announcing his decision on twitter Tuesday.

Imade is Texas’ fifth 2016 commitment, and second from Arlington — Lamar quarterback Shane Buechele pledged in March.

Quick hits

▪ Aledo offensive line brothers Hunter Harris (2016) and Wes Harris (2017) both received offers from Cal.

▪ Kennedale 2017 linebacker Baron Browning received an offer from Ole Miss.

▪ Euless Trinity 2016 defensive lineman Chris Daniels received an offer from Houston. Daniels has already released a top 10, and his offer count is in the 20s, but Houston has been on a roll of late. Consensus five-star Ed Oliver committed to the Cougars last week.

▪ Mansfield Timberview 2016 linebacker Michael Badejo received an offer from North Texas.

▪ Keller 2016 defensive end received his 14th and 15th offers from Connecticut and Colorado.

▪ Keller 2016 running back Tyler Tutt also received an offer from Nevada, in addition to the one from ULM.

Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760

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