Midlands Recruiting Notebook

All-American Tour Hits Texas


The Under Armour All-American Tour has hit the state of Texas again and it kicked off with making a stop at Mesquite (Texas) Poteet honoring the state’s No. 1 playerMalik Jefferson with his All-American jersey and announcing his selection to play in the game on Jan. 3.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound five-star linebacker, who is currently undecided, will be making an official visit to LSU this weekend.

Also selected was Rockwall (Texas) Heath safety DeShon Elliott. Elliott is a 6-foot-1, 205-pound safety prospect who is committed to play for Texas.

The tour will continue on in Texas making stops for Maea TeuhemaRonald Jones,Kendall SheffieldDeionte Thompson and Toby Weathersby


Mack Back on the Market?

The recruitment of Daylon Mack, a 6-foot-0, 330-pound defensive tackle from Gladewater (Texas) High has been a fun and unique one to follow.

Since making his commitment to play at Texas A&M he has been responsive to other program and recently took an official visit to TCU and has reported he will take at least one more official visit to Baylor, LSU or Texas.  

"Definitely, they’re (TCU) a major factor in my recruiting process right now," he said. "I’ve stayed in contact with TCU because they were one of my earliest offers. My parents really like it, I really like it; they’re just a big factor right now."

Mack will be taking an unofficial trip to LSU this weekend.

Scout.com has determined that his commitment to TAMU is a ‘soft verbal’ at this time.


Cyclones Hit Navarro

The Iowa State Cyclones dipped in to the state of Texas earlier this week when it secured a commitment from Navarro Junior College offensive tackle Tristan Nickelson, a 6-foot-7, 305-pounder.

Nickelson, who was recruited to play college ball out of League City (Texas) Clear Falls, has improved his game a ton at Navarro. He is now playing left tackle and facing off against a high level of competition.

"I ended up coming down here to Navarro and just really got stronger and faster in the spring," Nickelson told AllCyclones.com. "I knew I wanted to be here for a year and I knew I had to have a good season and a good showing so I could get some looks from schools so I could have four years to play three."

Nickelson is the third junior college prospect who has thus far committed to ISU, joining defensive ends Xavier Pegues and Larry Jefferson, who are both from Itawamba in Mississippi.


JuCo OT Gets Major Offers

Butler C.C. offensive tackle Tyler Howell, a 6-foot-8, 300-pounder is a prospect who is starting to really blow up on the recruiting trail as the December 15th signing date for junior college players fast approaches.

Offers had already come in from KentuckyArizona StateMissouriKansas,North Texas, and Ohio State, but this week four more jumped in the game.

"I just received an offer from Penn State," Howell reported. "I’ve also received offers from NC State, Louisville, and Colorado lately. Nebraska is another that has shown a ton of interest as well. I’m thinking they will eventually offer."

He has yet to announce a leader, but does say that the Buckeyes are the team that has been recruiting him the most vigorously to this point.

"Ohio State has been in contact with me the most," he shared with Scout. "They’re recruiting me the hardest. I’ve spoken to almost everyone on their staff."

Howell is currently rated as a Scout.com three-star prospect.