Midlands: Notes and Updates
Taylor Holmes
Taylor Holmes
Midlands Recruiting
Posted Feb 2, 2014

Scout.com has a few updates on players who picked up offers and given commitments to smaller Division I and Division II level programs.

Every year fans go crazy about all of the movement going on with the Top 25 BCS (which is technically no longer even a distinction) programs across the country. Usually those fan bases are much larger and have a larger than regional reach. But there is quite a bit equal pushing and pulling at the smaller Division I and Division II level as well. In the Midlands, there have been more than a few developments occur over the last week as well head into National Signing Day 2014

HBU Midweek Commits
All signs pointed to Houston (Tex.) Cy Woods linebacker Taylor Holmes to be a part of the Incarnate Word recruiting class for 2014. Holmes took a visit to the San Antonio, Tex. school and came away committed earlier this month. But the coaches at Houston Baptist continued to pursue the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Holmes. He ended up making a visit to the in-town program, which was followed up by an in-home visit. By the end of that visit, Holmes switched his commitment to HBU

Speaking of HBU, Alief Taylor running back Steven Thompson, just a couple days after Holmes, made his commitment to HBU also. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Thompson is a big-bodied back who ran for close to 400 yards and three touchdowns last season. 

Turner Going to Central Texas
After a monster season this past year, Birdville (Tex.) running back Xavier Turner made his commitment to Incarnate Word. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Turner had 3,005 all-purpose yards and 48 touchdowns. Turner also had an offer from Stephen F. Austin

Ivey Commits 
From the program that produces plenty of talent in the Midlands region, Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Bishop Miege linebacker Bradley Ivey recently made his college choice. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound is headed to SE Missouri according to Scout.com’s Randy Withers. 

Katy LB Finds a Home
During his tenure, Katy (Tex.) linebacker Jake Blomstrom has not suffered many losses. In fact, it has been less than five (losses) and during his career, he has a state title and a runner-up finish on his resume. The 6-foot-, 235-pound Blomstrom finished with 121 tackles and five sacks. He will take his talents to Lone Star Conference program Tarleton State

Dual Threat QB Gets a Couple
Houston (Tex.) Nimitz Jonathan Banks threw for close to 1,300 and scored 18 total touchdowns, now has a couple of Division II offers with West Texas A&M and Texas A&M-Kingsville. It has not been reported to Scout.com if a decision was made.

Ahmard Vital is responsible for Midlands Recruiting, mainly covering prospects in the state of Texas. He joined Scout.com in 2005 and is the author of the newly released book, Awaken the Baller Within.
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