Midlands Recruiting Notebook

Texas Junior Day Recap

There were no public commitments during or immediately following the UT Junior Day on Saturday. 

One of the first orders of business was to extend an offer to Oklahoma offensive tackle commit Jean Delance, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound four-star from North (Texas) Mesquite. 

Next an LSU commitment was on the crosshairs for an offer, as one was passed out toJamal Pettigrew, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound four-star from St. Augustine (La.) High. 

Defensive back is always a high priority for every program in every recruiting cycle and the ‘Horns got in on one of the state’s best with an offer to Waco (Texas) High’sEric Cuffee. A 6-foot-0, 190-pound four-star. 

The in-state running back crop is loaded and UT has extended a few offers to some of the tops and Darius Anderson joined that group at the junior day as well. Texas joins schools such as CaliforniaColoradoHoustonKentucky, Oklahoma, SMU and Tulsa on the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder’s offer list. 

The next news was not recruiting related exactly, but still was earth rumbling news, quite literally. Scout five-star defensive tackle Kendell Jones made the trip and measured at 6-foot-4, 364 pounds. His nickname of "Hulk" is well-earned. "Kendell Jones is all muscle. Never knew you could carry 364 so well," reported HornsDigest.com publisher William Wilkerson. 

Bears Add DB Duo

Baylor added two more names to it’s Class of 2016 commitment list this week. 

First was Kenan Ivy, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound safety from Lancaster (Texas) High. It looked for a time that Ivy may be a Wisconsin Badger, but the BU offer opened his eyes to staying in-state to play his college ball. 

"What made me commit tonight was my family and the fact that Baylor seems like a family to me," Ivy reported to Scout.com.

 

 

 

 

Analysis

Ivy is a physical, hard-hitting player from the back of the secondary. He shows great burst when he accelerates into the box against the run, and when patrolling the defensive backfield vs. the pass. Ivy is a sure tackler. He is always around the ball and has his hand in plenty of turnovers. Ivy is also a track standout and has the upside athletically to develop into a very good, well-rounded safety vs. the run and the pass. – G. Brooks

 

 

 

 

Next, the Bears added Raleigh Texada, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound corner from Frisco (Texas) Centennial. 

What is interesting about this commitment is that he will now possibly be lining up on opposite fields from his brother R’Anthony Texada, who was a red-shirt freshman starter at TCU in ’14. 

"It should be fun to play against him," Texada said. "He’s really happy about me picking Baylor too. He just wanted me to pick what was the best fit for me. My family might be even more excited than I am."

 

 

 

 

Analysis

Ivy is a physical, hard-hitting player from the back of the secondary. He shows great burst when he accelerates into the box against the run, and when patrolling the defensive backfield vs. the pass. Ivy is a sure tackler. He is always around the ball and has his hand in plenty of turnovers. Ivy is also a track standout and has the upside athletically to develop into a very good, well-rounded safety vs. the run and the pass. – G. Brooks

 

 

 

 

First Two for Acy

Demarkus Acy, a 6-foot-1, 172-pound safety from Dallas (Texas) Wilmer-Hutchins is a prospect who is on the verge of seeing his recruitment make a huge spike. 

Matter of fact in just over 24 hours he picked up his first offer and then his first P5 offer and with his size and skills that list could double again soon enough. 

"Yesterday Demarkus Acy picked up his first offer from Arkansas State and today he picked up his first Big 12 offer from Kansas State," informed Wilmer-Hutchins head coach Elzie Barnett. 

Barnett used Acy in a number of ways last season, trying to find ways to use his size and speed in all phases of the game, Offense, defense and special teams. 

But looking ahead defensive back may be his best and most natural position. He can run, cover and is a big hitter. 

"He’s extremely fast and extremely physical," Barnett explained of Acy’s talents. "He is smart in coverage and good at man-to-man coverage. He has long arms and he is not afraid to come down and mix it up in the box."