Midlands Recruiting Notebook

Texas Busy with Offers

Wednesday proved to be a busy day as the Texas Longhorns extended some key in-state offers, here is a quick look at some of those offers.

RB Trayveon Williams – A 5-foot-9, 180-pound running back from Houston (Texas) C.E. King has been picking up a ton of offers, but the one fron the Longhorns was certainly big heading on to a weekend where he is visiting TCU for junior day. Pre-offer it seemed like TCU had control of the recruitment, but we will see if this changes things.  

QB Bowman Sells – A 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback from Allen (Texas) Lovejoy added the ‘Horns to his offer list joining schools like ClemsonSMU and Ohio State. Sells reported, "Texas is a great school not only athletically but academically as well. Their coaching staff is one that is very experienced and respectable."

RB Brandon Stephens – A 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back from Plano (Texas) Senior has been pulling in major offers for awhile and Texas is the latest of the top schools to offer. Stephens reported to HornsDigest.com, "For someone that hasn’t seen me play, I’m a patient, physical runner. I also have good vision and can kill a defense in so many different ways."

Tech Adds Speedy Runner

Texas Tech now has three commits towards its 2016 recruiting efforts with the latest coming by way of Dallas (Texas) Skyline speedster Da’Leon Ward.

Ward chose Tech over offers from Louisville, TCU and UNLV.

"The school, the great coaches and wanting to be a Red Raider again," Ward said.

The 5-10, 180-pound back is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout. Ward is coming off a season which saw him produce 1,779 yards, 20 touchdowns on the ground and another 16 catches for 139 yards and two scores through the air.

Scout Eval – Ward is a very exciting back who has great top end speed and can get to that speed in a hurry as he shifts from low gear to high it seems in about two steps. Dallas Skyline featured many exciting players in its 2014 offense, but Ward may have been the most entertaining of them all. A threat to score on every touch.

2017 Phenom DE First Offer is SEC

Junior days are not just for juniors anymore.

And that statement was proven this past weekend at Missouri when Class of 2017 standout Chester Graves, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end from Park Hill (Mo.) High picked up his first offer while at Mizzou’s junior day.

Graves revealed the significance that the scholarship offer from the Tigers has.

"The offer and opportunity to play for Missouri is very tempting," he admitted. "It’s a place I could see myself at. It was great seeing all the stuff that’s there and it’s a great facility."

Kansas and Iowa are two other programs that have already begun to show interest in Graves, who will be one of the more highly sought after recruits in the country in the 2017 cycle.