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Watch Clemson commit catch game-winning touchdown at 7-on-7 state tournament

RJ Mickens makes spectacular TD catch

Southlake Carroll wide receiver RJ Mickens hauls in a difficult pass from Will Bowers for a touchdown in the first half against Duncanville on Dec. 8, 2018.
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Southlake Carroll wide receiver RJ Mickens hauls in a difficult pass from Will Bowers for a touchdown in the first half against Duncanville on Dec. 8, 2018.

Southlake Carroll’s RJ Mickens has been one of the elite safeties in the country during his high school career, but he’s also been a contributor on offense.

With 12 touchdown catches over the past two years, Mickens, who is committed to Clemson, is playing both ways at the state 7-on-7 tournament in College Station.

Carroll found itself in Saturday’s championship bracket and battled with Midland Christian in the first round.

The two teams went back-and-forth until MC grabbed a late lead.

The Dragons went ahead with the game-winning touchdown pass from 2022 QB Quinn Ewers to Mickens in the corner of the end zone with 20 seconds on the clock. It was a short pass and Mickens was able to beat his defender and leap for the reception.

Carroll was able to run out the clock on the ensuing extra point attempt.

The Dragons continued to win on Saturday and are in the semifinals.

Mickens is a 4-star prospect and also considered Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Florida, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Miami and Michigan.

He’s ranked as the No. 2 safety in the country. Mickens has 192 tackles, 29 deflections and 7 interceptions in three years.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.
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