Hot 100 - Big 12 Region
Hot 100 - Big 12 Region
Hot 100 - Big 12 Region
Big XII Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jul 1, 2003

Here is the Hot 100 - Big 12 Region compiled by David Garvin and Josh Clark. Jeff Byers leads the way but Texas once again dominates the top 100 prospects in the region.

This is our first segment of the Big XII Hot 100. Remember, this is an early list that will be changing throughout the season on a monthly basis. It includes players from every state within the Big XII region.

With each passing season, these lists become more difficult to assemble. With the advent of the internet and the intense coverage of recruiting, there’s more and more players that surface early each year.

One of the first questions asked when these lists are published is: “What position or positions do you consider the strength of the class?” This year the answer could be easy. Quarterbacks, quarterbacks and more quarterbacks. Grand Prairie’s Rhett Bomar, North Shore’s Bobby Reid, Rock Bridge’s Chase Patton, Brownwood’s Kirby Freeman (a recent commitment to Miami), Winfield’s Nick Patton, Webster Groves’ Darrell Jackson, Ennis’ Graham Harrell, Burnet’s Stephen McGee (Texas A&M) and Ryan Walters (Colorado) head a long list of signal callers that stretches from Texas to Colorado. And there’s probably others that will be on this list once the season begins in earnest. This is the deepest and most talented crop of QB’s I’ve seen in a long, long time.

<p>We can’t go any further without talking about Fort Collins (CO) center Jeff Byers. Every recruiting expert and college coach that we’ve talked to that has either seen Byers play in person or on film say the same thing. He’s the best center prospect they’ve ever witnessed and is probably the best player in the country heading into the 2003 campaign. This kid has it all--size, quickness and strength. And Byers has the ability to pull from the center position quicker than anyone we’ve seen. A real pancake artist.

The running backs are deep and talented as well. Palestine (TX) tailback Adrain Peterson has a chance to be one of the best tailbacks to come out of Texas in the last 10-15 years. He’s another player that has it all--size (six-foot-two, 205-lbs), speed (10.31 100-meters in the state 4-A track meet) and strength. Seldom goes down on initial contact and even with his height, has great “body lean” into the line of scrimmage, taking most of the punishment on his shoulder pads. Reminding many of former Sealy High School, SMU and Los Angeles Ram tailback Eric Dickerson, Peterson has a chance to be something really special. One of the others in the region to keep an eye on are Liberal’s Kenny Wilson, Rockhurst’s Tony Temple and Belton’s Ramonce Taylor. A Dallas high school assistant worked out Lawton Eisenhower tailback D.J. Wolfe at the Sooner summer camp and said the kid is fabulous. One other back worth keeping an eye on in the DFW Metroplex is Parrish Fisher from Richardson Pearce. This kid could really make a big splash in 2003.

South Oak Cliff’s Lendy Holmes is scheduled to play quarterback this season, but will play wide receiver in college. He has all the tools. Texarkana’s Nathan Jones is certainly a prime target and Burnet’s Jordan Shipley, another son of a head coach, looks great on film. Both Jones and Shipley are future Longhorns.

Denver’s Calias Campbell, Allen, TX’s Chris Smith and Tyler Lee’s Nic Redwine lead an impressive list of defense ends, with Smith already pledging to Texas A&M and Redwine to the Longhorns. Silbee’s William Morrisey, who will more than likely be an Aggie before it’s all said and done, is probably the top inside defender in the region, but Derek Lokey, a real overachiever from Denton Ryan, promises to be a real star on the next level also.

The linebacker position may not be as deep as in prior years, but it’s still early. Lufkin’s Aaron Darks, Galveston Ball’s Rodrick Johnson and Lake Highland’s Jeremy Campbell are three worth keeping a eye on.

At safety, Houston Lamar’s Andrew Kelson, already committed to Texas, is one of the top athletes and there are many recruiters after the signature of Fort Worth Dunbar’s D.J. Davis, a real blazer.</p>

Omaha Central’s Cortney Grixby is another amazing athlete who’s slated for cornerback in D-I. And most experts agree that Waco’s Marcus Walker is likely the top corner in the Lone Star State heading into the season.

There are many, many more players we’ll be talking about as these lists keep changing, so stay tuned.

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