Midlands Recruiting Week in Review
Tony Brown
Tony Brown
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 10, 2014

It is the dead period, but recruiting in the Midlands has been anything but. In this review we take a look at a portion of the action that has transpired…

All-American Commits

At the Under Armour Bowl, many thought that the decision for Lewisville (Texas) Hebron five-star safety Jamal Adams would come down to Florida or Texas. Scout.com was first to report that it was down to LSU and Florida and sure enough Adams selected The Tigers during the broadcast of the game. LSU did not even offer Adams until around the NFTC in Dallas in the spring, but the relationships transpired quickly and Adams will be taking his talents to LSU. Adams is a hard-hitting safety with great closing speed. He will make and excellent addition to the Tigers.

Beaumont (Texas) Ozen’s Tony Brown was up next and he was down to Alabama and LSU. Many thought that he would pick the Tigers and join his sister Bealoved Brown in Baton Rouge, but instead he picked the Crimson Tide, the school who many around Texas was his early favorite before his sister inked with the Tigers in 2013. Brown is a lockdown corner with premium size and world class speed. He is rated as the No. 1 player in the Midlands, which marks the second year the Tide has signed the region’s top player.

At the Army All-American Bowl, Houston Westside Frank Iheanacho did not have a single offer before the 2013 season kicked off, but it did not take long for national programs to notice the 6-foot-7, 195-pounder. Offers poured in from schools from the Oregon-LSU. But it was the hat of the Texas A&M Aggies that the athletic receiver slid on to his head during the broadcast of the game. The in-state decision will give TAMU another tough outside receiver option to come in and compete for the starting job that Mike Evans left vacant with his volt to the NFL.

At the Semper Fidelis Bowl Jimmie Swain from Lee’s Summit (Kan.) North picked Oregon during the Fox Sports 1 broadcast. “It was not mainly one thing it was everything all together. I had really good time around the players and around people who were not even part of the football program. As well as the coaching staff. It was just everything together.”

Here and There….. And There

The fight for the signature of Semper Fidelis All-American Zaycoven Henderson was an interesting one to say the least. The big man from Longview (Texas) High started the season committed to TCU, but decommitted, opening things back up. He eliminated things down to two options: Texas and Texas Tech before selecting the Longhorns at a press conference at his high school just days before Mack Brown’s resignation. As an early enrollee it looked like everything was set for him to be a Longhorn, but things got interesting once again when it was announced that defensive tackle coach Bo Davis would not be retained and had accepted a position at USC. The four-star defensive tackle decommitted again. Most thought it would be second place finisher Tech getting him on a second go round, especially considering the supreme need for interior defensive line talent. He surprised with a commit to attend Texas A&M. He was throwing up the Horns on Sunday and moving in to a dorm in College Station by Saturday. One of the oddest stories in a good while.

The Big Fish

OU landed four commitments in the last week but no single player meant more to the program than five-star running back Joe Mixon. Some commitments just feel like they mean a little bit more than others. OK, in this instance, maybe a lot more is appropriate to say. Each class needs that one recruit that announces to the rest of the nation “this is the school to go to” and Oklahoma received that and a whole lot more when Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star running back Joe Mixon selected the Sooners last weekend. If Mixon is to be believed, he said OU’s win in the Allstate Sugar Bowl clinched things for him. If that’s true, try to imagine how different things could be for the Sooners right now if Alabama had rolled them the way they were supposed to? But OU fans don’t have to imagine that because OU did win and OU did get the pledge of Mixon, who is already taken the mantle of being OU’s biggest recruiter for other prospects. – Bob Pryzbylo, SoonersIllustrated.com

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