Texas offers Denton Guyer QB, Hebron DB
August 2, 2012By David McNabb of VYPE MAGAZINE - DFW
|Hebron '14 DB Jamal Adams found the spotlight with standout play at the Red Bull Game Breakers at Jesuit.
Denton Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard and Hebron defensive back Jamal Adams are among more than a dozen Class of '14 prospects who have received offers from Texas coaches. Texas has broken from its long-standing tradition of holding formal scholarships until after signing day.
Class of '14 recruits have two full high school seasons to play. Abilene Cooper receiver Lorenzo Joe became the first to verbally commit but others could follow. Guyer's Heard has been Texas' top quarterback prospect for the '14 Class since may recruiting evaluations.
Texas coaches also offered Arlington Martin defensive end Myles Garrett, Mansfield Timberview safety Ed Paris, Arlington Bowie safety Edwin Freeman, Lancaster cornerback Nick Harvey, Fort Worth All Saints offensive lineman Demetrius Knox, All Saints fullback Daniel Gresham and Bishop Dunne defensive back Nick Watkins.
Multiple sources across the state are reporting Texas has offered La Porte linebacker Hoza Scott, Aldine Eisenhower running back Donald Catalon,
VYPEDFW ran this story on Hebron's Adams on July 2:
Jamal Adams didn't follow the position choice of his dad George Adams, a running back in the NFL for six seasons. Adams (6-1, 195) was the District 8-5A Defensive Co-Newcomer of the Year in a league with the Plano, Allen and Lewisville ISD schools.
Dad, George, coaches Hebron's 7-on-7 team which reached the finals of the Red Bull Game Breakers regional qualifying tournament at Jesuit this weekend.
"He likes hitting people more than I did,'' said dad. "But his goal is to make it where I was and I tell him it is one step at a time.''
George Adams spent four years with the Giants and two with the Patriots after playing college football in his native Kentucky. He walks with a slight limp, the result of a couple of hip replacements.
Jamal, who receives praise from Hebron coach Brian Brazil for his leadership, has already received offers from Baylor, Kentucky, West Virginia and TCU. Texas and Alabama coaches have Adams high on their lists of '14 evaluations and offers could soon follow. TCU making a rare early offer when Adams ran a 4.4 at the Horned Frogs camp spread quickly through assistant coaches offices throughout the country.
Adams also performed well at the Texas camp in June in Austin. He thinks he's a long way from committing.
"I like all of them,'' Jamal said. "For sure, academics will be important. And I want to go to a school that will give me a chance to be on the field as a freshman.
"I'd like to announce my decision during one of all-star games my senior year if it works out. It is a blessing to be in this situation and I want to enjoy it.''
A look at some of the talent in the Red Bull Game Breakers field:
Recruiting trend: Plano QB Richard Lagow committed to Connecticut two weeks ago and he thinks more Texas players will be joining the Big East, which also hopes adding SMU to its conference opens recruiting in the state.
"It is something we'll see more when conferences like the Big East expand into other parts of the country,'' the 6-5 Lagow said.
Lagow and Plano (2-2) got off to a fast Game Breakers start on Friday but finished in a tie for fifth place.
"We came out hot and won our first two by a lot, then we had a long break and didn't look the same,'' Lagow said.
It's a snap: William Barns doesn't like to miss a chance to practice the art of the shotgun snap for Highland Park.
The 6-2, 265-pound senior has been groomed as a shotgun snapper since the seventh grade, except for one season when he moved to right guard. He's sparked recruiting attention from San Diego State and Iowa State and has established communication lines with Tulsa, Duke and all the Ivy League schools.
Barns did the snapping in all four of the Scots' Game Breaker contests and he does the same in a 7-on-7 league on weeknights. Not all the 7-on-7 teams are as diligent about snaps.
"You can't get too much practice,'' he said.
Almost every play the Scots run in their regular season begins with a shotgun snap "whether we're on our 1-yard-line or the other team's,'' Barns said.
Numbers game: Class 3A Dallas Madison finished with a respectable 2-2 Game Breakers record Friday despite a squad numbering only 10.
"We can do the same thing a 5A school can do,'' said Madison cornerback/wide receiver Derrick Smith. "We play just as hard as they do.''
Said teammate Jesse Montgomery, also a cornerback/wide receiver: "The only thing the bigger schools have over us is more players.''
Coming of age: Woodrow Wilson '15 WR/DB Isaiah Wilson is comfortable competing against older athletes. He's done it most of his life.
"It is a great way to get me ready,'' said Wilson, whose father was a quarterback at Texas Tech. "I enjoy a challenge.''
The 5-11, 185-pounder prefers defense and is already receiving attention from college programs. He said his next task is to put together a highlight tape. He's coming off a knee injury that caused him to miss the final three games of the 2011 season, but is fully recovered.
"I felt like I was able to match up with most of the guys I went against today,'' Wilson said.
Woodrow (3-2) compiled the best record of any of the five Dallas ISD schools in Friday's Game Breakers.
Silver lining: Linebackers Ian Compton and Greg Freeney of Bryan Adams pointed to Friday's 16-7 win over Carter as a sign for optimism this fall.
"Beating Carter made our day,'' said Compton, a 5-9, 205-pound senior. "That's a school we never beat.''
Freeney, a 5-11, 186-pound junior, agreed. "It makes me a lot more excited about the season."