Gridiron Kings Preview: Southwest
Darion Monroe
Darion Monroe
Regional Manager
Posted Jul 21, 2011


The past two years it has been the team from the Southeast that has been crowned champions of the Champion Gridiron Kings, where teams from West, Southwest, Southeast, and Midwest all compete in a series of 7-on-7 play and competitions, but this year could be different, because the team from the Southwest is bringing something unique to the table.

Just looking across the rosters it jumps out immediately that all but one of the players from the Southwest team are already committed. Six of the 15 are going to be heading to play at Texas A&M, including Scout.com 5-star quarterback Matt Davis, a proven 7-on-7 weapon.

Four are headed to play at Texas, and Cayleb Jones is one of the best receivers in the country. It will be interesting to see how many touchdowns the future Aggie sees land in the hands of his future rival, but the duo should be a formidable one.

At the end of the day the best 7-on-7 teams are the ones who are able to gel quickly and can play with a disciplined, unselfish style. This group of players could fit that mold.

The Prospects

Bralon Addison, ATH (Sugarland, Texas/Fort Bend Hightower)
Addison is a great weapon in the underneath passing game. There has been rumor an injury could keep him sidelined.

Matt Davis, QB (Houston/Klein Forest)
Can not use his feet to beat you in a 7-on-7, but has the necessary weapons in his arm to get the job done. Belongs in the talks when talking top quarterbacks.

Darion Monroe, ATH (Reserve, La./ East Saint John)
Monroe could be a fast riser, as he has proven that he is one of the best lock down guys in the country at various events this summer.

Corey Thompson, S (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins)
A big, rangy athletic prospect who can provide value and some roster flex to either side of the ball.

Trey Williams, RB (Houston/Dekaney)
There is no question Trey is one of the fastest and best runners in the country, but he does not get the chance to catch many balls in his current system.

Timothy Cole, LB (Brenham, Texas/Brenham)
Linebackers do not get to lay the wood to anybody, but you can see how they cover ground in space.

Bryson Echols, S (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto)
Echols was arguably the MVP of the Texas State 7-on-7 as DeSoto took home the title for the first time.

Thomas Johnson, WR (Dallas/Skyline)
Johnson is a highly thought of recruit, but does not get out to as many events as some of the others, so this could be an opportunity for him to impress.

Cayleb Jones, WR (Austin, Texas/SF Austin)
A very competitive receiver who does not like getting beat. Was one of the top stars at The Opening.

Griffin Gilbert, TE (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis)
The younger brother of current Texas QB Garrett. A big target who will be able to exploit the middle of the field.

De'Vante Harris, CB (Mesquite, Texas/John Horn)
What Harris lacks in size he makes up for with terrific ball skills and a ton of athleticism. Could form a nice duo at CB with Monroe.

Lamar Louis, LB (Breaux Bridge, La./Breaux Bridge)
Could go either way. He could see a lot of time on the offensive side of the ball at running back. Was the RB MVP at the Houston Nike Camp.

Michael Rose, LB (Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst)
Rose will play for Nebraska on the next level and brings that blue collar mentality to the defensive side of the ball.

Russell Hansbrough, RB (Arlington, Texas/Bowie)
Hansbrough is an excellent receiver coming out of the backfield and his quick moves allow him to get the separation needed to pick up key first downs.


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