Four quarterbacks were chosen as finalists at the Elite 11 Tryout in Chicago last weekend. Here is a…
Midlands Recruiting Roundtable (4/17/14)
National Recruiting Analyst, Midlands
Since track super stud Tony Brown has already began his career at Alabama, I would say the pick for me would be Allen High's Kyler Murray. Murray has raised his 2015 MLB draft stock with strong junior season on the diamond. Much like he is a dual-threat on the gridiron he is a five-tool baseball prospect, one of the better junior bats in a talent-rich state. He is second in the area with seven homeruns while also batting .434 and stealing 16 bases. He could have worked himself in to a situation where he would have to pick between the two sports come June 2015 if he hears his name called in the early rounds. As a football prospect Murray is a Scout four-star prospect, the No. 5 rated quarterback prospect nationally. He is considering offers from schools such as Texas A&M, Oregon, Clemson, Florida and Mississippi State. He was the QB MVP at the Dallas NFTC and earned an invite to The Opening.
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, Houston
This was a tough one because the first athlete who came to mind was Missouri City Marshall's Kendall Sheffield, a five-star cornerback prospect. This is mainly because he has been a major track prospect since he was coming out of middle school, with blazing times and turning heads at every venue. But because of injuries, Sheffield has been a bit limited this season. So the choice for best dual-sport athlete goes to Splendora running back Jay Bradford. This program is not known for being a powerhouse program that pumps out athletes (last I can recall would be Brian Robison, defensive tackle who signed with Texas was drafted to the NFL), but Bradford is major. On the football field he's a four-star running back who is the No. 22 prospect at that position nationally according to Scout.com. Last season he ran for 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's an early commitment to Texas A&M and is known for playmaking abilities, speed, agility and did we already mention speed? With that said, Bradford is known name on the track as well clocking 10.66 in the 100 meters and has one of the state's top long jumps with over 24 feet. Bradford also ran on the 4x100 and 4x200-meter relays for his team.
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, ETx/DFW
As far as the East Texas region goes, there are a ton of guys you see playing multiple sports at the smaller rural high schools. Current NFL receivers Kendall Wright (Pittsburg) and Denarius Moore (Tatum) are good examples of East Texas multi-sport high school standouts. However, one guy who has simply been incredible in three different sports during the past couple of years comes from a larger school: Patrick Mahomes of Whitehouse. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Mahomes signed with Texas Tech two months ago and appears to be the heir apparent at quarterback for Kliff Kingsbury, but his baseball ability may keep him from getting to Lubbock. Mahomes reaches the mid-90's on his fastball and is considered a legitimate early-round draft prospect for this June, whether as a big right-handed pitcher or a five-tool outfield prospect (yes, he's also a great hitter). Mahomes won the AP Class 4A Player of the Year award this past fall for his monster season on the gridiron, leading Whitehouse to its best season in school history at 12-1. He threw for 4,619 yards, 50 touchdowns, and six picks while rushing for 940 yards and 15 scores. Oh, by the way ... he averaged 19.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game during his senior basketball season, which saw him earn coaches' all-region and district MVP awards a year after posting junior averages of 19.9 points, 6.7 boards, 4.0 steals, and 3.4 assists.
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, Upper Midlands
It is an obvious pick, but the right pick, and that's Lee's Summit four-star quarterback Drew Lock. The prolific signal caller committed to Missouri a week ago. He then followed that up by being chosen the MVP at his position during the NFTC in Chicago to go along with being named a finalist for the Elite 11 competition over the summer. Not only does Lock star on the gridiron but he's done damage on the hardwood as well. The Kansas City area standout received basketball scholarships as well, including one from the in-state Tigers whom he committed to. He's not just a player specialized in a single sport, Lock is a fantastic athlete that excels in any activity he competes. He's a rare prospect in that he continued to play multiple sports and could excel at any he wished to pursue.
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, Cen-Tex
I'm actually going with a more under the radar prospect for this question. 2016 running back Bryson Denley out of Cibolo Steele had a breakout sophomore season (1000 rushing yards for fifteen touchdowns), especially considering he was sharing carries with Texas Tech signee Justin Stockton. Denley is actually a similar prospect to Stockton, and those close to staff have said that the 5-foot-8, 170-pounder could be one of the best to come out of Steele. Denley also runs track for the Knights and his numbers are impressive: he clocked in a 22.99 in the finals of the 200m at the East Central Invitational in March, and ran the first leg of the 4x1 at the Texas Relays, helping the team finish in 42.70. Denley holds an offer from Baylor and will definitely be earning more during his junior season.
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