The third and final day of the Texas state 7-on-7 championship tournament has come to a close. Texas tight end Durham Smythe saw his team go almost all the way, while linebacker commit Deoundrei Davis had an early first round exit. In today’s final edition of the 7-on-7 notebook, we review today’s top performers and, once again, bring you the latest recruiting news.
2014 La Porte linebacker Hoza Scott was a monster on Saturday and turned in one of the day's top performances.
Top ten players on the day
Here are ten of the day’s top performers, in no specific order, who stood out above their peers:
2013 TE Durham Smythe (Belton, Tex.) – Committed to Texas
2013 WR Kyrion Parker (Manvel, Tex.) – Committed to Texas A&M
2013 DB Tavares Garner (Manvel, Tex.) – Committed to Texas A&M
2013 LB Deoundrei Davis (Cy Falls – Cypress, Tex.) – Committed to Texas
2013 QB Richard Lagow (Plano, Tex.) – Committed to UConn
2013 RB Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Tex.) – Committed to Oregon
2014 DB Edwin Freeman (Bowie – Arlington, Tex.)
2014 LB Hoza Scott (La Porte, Tex.)
2014 WR Chris Lacy (DeSoto, Tex.)
2014 RB Shaun Nixon (Lake Travis – Austin, Tex.)
Five under the radar players to watch
They may not be as well-known as those listed above, but these prospects caught our eye on Saturday:
2013 ATH Jorrian Wilson (Permian – Odessa, Tex.)
2013 ATH Omar Hunter (Harlingen, Tex.)
2014 LB Steven Bergmark (Carroll – Southlake, Tex.)
2014 QB Jordan Jackson (La Porte, Tex.)
2015 ATH Christian Hutzler (Plano, Tex.)
Two from Texas do all they can, but teams fall short
Deoundrei Davis had another outstanding day on the field, but unfortunately Cypress Woods just couldn’t hang on in the consolation bracket. They had a quick first round exit after losing to San Antonio O’Connor 41-33 in a close game that came down to the wire.
“It is what it is,” said Davis. “There’s nothing we can do now but get ready for the upcoming season. It’s time to really get after it and prepare for real football. We wanted to advance today, but it just didn’t happen. Now we move on.”
Durham Smythe and Belton did make it much deeper into the tournament, going all the way to the quarterfinals in the consolation bracket. Smythe and the Tigers fell to San Antonio O’Connor, as O’Connor squeaked by 27-25.
“We’ve been out here working hard,” said Smythe. “Sometimes it doesn’t work out as planned but you just have to rebound back and try harder.”
Results of the tournament
After three long, hot and humid days, the champions of both Division I and Division II have been named. Here are the results:
Division I Champion Winner: Plano (Beat Manvel 45-28)
Division I Consolation Winner: Tyler John Tyler (Beat San Antonio O’Connor 49-28)
Division II Champion Winner: Celina (Beat Graham 34-28)
Division II Consolation Winner: Princeton (Beat Fort Worth All Saints 33-26)
Houston Lamar safety John Bonney is another defensive back option that Texas is evaluating.
2014 QB hearing from Texas
Dual-sport athlete Patrick Mahomes of Whitehouse, Tex. is not only a standout who throws a 93 mph fast ball in baseball, but he also shines on the football field as well. Mack Brown and his staff have taken notice of this and have been one of the first schools to evaluate him.
“Coach Searels is actually who I’ve been talking to,” Mahomes told Hookem.com. “He first invited me down to the spring game and I attended that. After that they wanted me to come in for their camp in June, but I couldn’t make it to either due to baseball stuff. I know he wants me to call him, but it’s been so hectic right now that I haven’t had time. I actually plan to here soon though to see what’s up and see what he has to say.”
Mahomes says that even though playing baseball will be his first choice, possibly getting a chance to play for Texas in football would be really special to him.
“If they did seriously recruit me I wouldn’t know what to think,” he explained. “I mean that in a good way. It would be awesome. They’ve always been a team I’ve really liked so that would be special.”
The Whitehouse product says he hasn’t heard from Texas in baseball yet, but would like to.
Another 2014 DB to keep an eye on
Houston Lamar safety John Bonney is yet another defensive back in the 2014 class to hear from Texas recently. Bonney, who stands at 6-foot-1, 180-pounds, already holds offers from Baylor, SMU and Houston, but schools such as the Longhorns, Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama and Texas A&M are beginning to take a look at him.
“I attended the Texas camp in June and it went really well I thought,” said Bonney. “When you go to a camp at Texas, you know for a fact you’re going to be competing against the best. Coach (Duane) Akina told me after the camp that I’m one of about ten to fifteen defensive back prospects he’ll be keeping an eye on over the next season.”
Bonney says that he walked away from Texas’ second mini-camp impressed with that he saw.
“I attended the one on June 10th and it was great,” Bonney told Hookem.com. “Getting to meet Mack Brown really stood out to me. Coach Brown is an amazing head coach and I have nothing but respect for him. He gave us a speech that really stuck with me about just life in general, not really about football. I appreciated the fact that he talked to us like that. Like I said, it really stuck with me.”
Obviously Texas has other top prospects in mind right now at both safety and corner, but if they did happen to offer Bonney, the Houston product says it would give him something to think about.
“Right now I’m pretty open,” he explained. “I have three offers and I am in no rush to end my recruitment anytime soon. But if a school like Texas offered me today, it would really change things for me. It’s something I would have to really consider.”