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Scout Houston: Clear Springs Recruits
DB Damani Alexcee Though he was solid on the defense in the secondary with more than five tackles (unofficially), Alexcee was key in the special teams as well. In the first, the Texas State commitment came off the edge with a nice step and blocked a Pearland field goal. On top of that, many of the down field tackles made by him were clutch in keeping Pearland out of the end zone. LB Ladarius Carpenter Probably would have to say that Carpenter was the defensive player of the game. In total, he had close to 10 tackles on the night, but he was outstanding in the critical moment of the game. Especially on third and fourth down. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound linebacker was able to get off the blocks and get to the ball carrier for about four tackles for loss. Carpenter led the charge late in the game to halt the Pearland attack on more than one occasion. Carpenter is hearing from FCS schools like McNeese and Texas State. More games like this and that could change WR Marcus Johnson Hands down, Johnson was the best all-around athlete on the field for the night. Clear Springs used him in multiple positions throughout the night. The common denominator: get Johnson the ball in space. And even when there was not any, he made it. On the ground, he had more than 50 yards and at the receiver position he was able to get his hands on about three passes, one that went for a touchdown. The Texas Tech commitment had his most impressive moment when he outran the Pearland defenders 75 yards for a kickoff returned for a touchdown. There is no doubt he is one of the best in the state and clearly solidified his three-star Scout.com ranking. DT Dallas McClarty Looks like McCarty has put on some weight since last year as he is filling out much more, taking up that good space needed to be even more effective as a defensive tackle. There were times during the game he was unblockable. We already mentioned Carpenter in on several plays. McClarty, who is headed to Texas State, was equally as active with four tackles for loss and taking out lineman to help the linebackers make plays. WR Chaz Edgerson "When the ball is in the air, I'm going to catch it. It's mine." Those were the words of Edgerson, who was able to get open all night and made several spectacular catches. On third when Clear Springs needed a play, it was Edgerton on the receiving end. He ended with over 150 yards receiving and a touchdown. What is baffling is that the 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete has no college interest right now. Balling at this level that is sure to change. We'll follow up in a month and see if something changes.
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