LEANDER, Texas – Day two of the Texas 7-on-7 State Championships brought out some of the top prospects in the state of Texas to Southwest Williamson County Regional Park.
Texas A&M commit Jamal Jeffery dominated during pool play for Lufkin.
With 64 teams on hand, the 247Sports team scoured the fields to find the best and brightest from Friday's action. Our pick as the top performer from the collective Class 4A and 5A programs in the tournament field was an overwhelming consensus.
Top Texas 7-on-7 State Championship Performers: Day Two
1. Jamal Jeffery, WR, Lufkin – Committed to Texas A&M
Though Jeffery played in the slot all day long, he still was able to get open deep several times each game for long catches. He was solid after the catch over the middle, making defenders miss with his cuts. He is on the small side but his quickness makes up for it. In terms of a guy who could make plays in traffic, we didn't see a better receiver than Jeffery all day long.
2. Reggie Hemphill, WR, Manvel (2016)
The sophomore-to-be was an all-district performer on varsity as a freshman and he presented some matchup problems on Friday. A bigger receiver, Hemphill has surprising speed for his size. He also has very good hands and was able to go up over the defensive backs for a couple grabs along the sideline. Physically and in terms of on-field skill, Hemphill is on a path to being one of the elite 2016 recruits in Texas.
3. Malik Jefferson, OLB, Mesquite Poteet (2015)
In terms of prospects the Top247 defender was the most impressive on the hoof on Friday. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound four-star linebacker is in tremendous shape and his ability to see the ball and close on it was impressive. He made a couple of key pass breakups in Poteet's overtime win over Houston Reagan. His intangibles and prowess as a leader might be his best attributes.
4. Trai Mosley, CB, Pflugerville Hendrickson – Committed to Nebraska
Though on the small side, Nebraska took a flier on Mosley and offered him at camp. He committed the same day and has since picked up several more offers. He showed incredible coverage skills on Friday, sticking to some very good receivers like glue. He had several nice pass breakups and nearly ran an interception back the length of the field against San Antonio Johnson.
5. Nick Orr, CB, DeSoto – Committed to TCU
He might be a bit on the small side at 5-feet-10-inches, but he plays much bigger. On a day loaded with quality defensive backs Orr stood out by doing an excellent job in coverage, even coming up with a pair of interceptions in one game alone. His ability to put himself in a position to make a play on the ball on a consistent basis and be physical without drawing a penalty is what he did best on Friday.
6. Jamal Adams, DB/WR, Lewisville Hebron
Adams showed to be a big time playmaker on both offense and defense, but shined when it came to roaming the defensive backfield while playing safety. Adams’ natural feel for the position showed today, as he was all over anyone he lined up against. The opposing quarterbacks didn’t try to test him often. He moved to cornerback in four-down territory and the feet, hips, reactive quickness and arm length allow him to shut down one side of the field. Combine the defensive effort with the big-time grabs he made down the field and Adams lived up to the billing.
7. Damarkus Lodge, WR, Cedar Hill (2015)
As usual, Lodge was a 7-on-7 offensive machine on the day. He’s still a bit raw, but his athleticism, sure hands and ability to go up and bring the ball down makes up for it. There’s a reason he’s the favorite target from Cedar Hill’s quarterback. He's smooth in his route running and for a big receiver he possesses the ability to stick a foot in the ground and get vertical.
8. Holton Hill, CB, Houston Lamar (2015)
Although teammate John Bonney received most of the attention going into the tournament, Hill turned in an impressive performance. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder is a versatile athlete who can play cornerback or safety, but today he shined at the safety position and won nearly every battle he faced against the receivers. His most impressive feat was when he locked down Jamal Adams in four-down territory during Lamar's game against Hebron.
9. Rakeem Boyd, RB/S, Houston Stratford (2016)
The big running back played on varsity as a freshman and will be the featured runner as a sophomore. However, on Friday he played exclusively on defense at safety. He was able to turn and run with receivers and showed great quickness. He won't play much, if any, defense in the fall but he could have a future there.
10. Dorian Leonard, WR, Longview – Committed to Texas
The East Texas standout had no problem getting open and putting points on the board for Longview all day. Physically, the 6-4, 200-pounder was impressive, but he also showed off his deceptive speed, giving opposing defensive backs fits all afternoon. His high-point ball skills, initial burst and short area quickness were all on display, and all traits where he showed to be better than anticipated.
Others who stood out: Darrell Colbert Jr., QB, Houston Lamar, (Committed to SMU); John Bonney, CB/S, Houston Lamar; Chason Virgil, QB, West Mesquite (2015); Dylan Sumner-Gardner, S, West Mesquite (Committed to Texas A&M); David Blough, QB, Carrollton Creekview
The 247Sports team of Taylor Hamm, Blake Munroe and Brian Perroni all contributed to the selections listed in this report.
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