Midlands Field Reporter, Cen-Tex
Oregon State does a solid job every season recruiting Texas, and has dipped back down into Waco Midway (current receiver Hunter Jarmon's high school) offering safety Kahlil Haughton and recruiting receiver Devontre Stricklin. The Beavers have also been recruiting Killeen Shoemaker (defensive end Kerry Walker, linebacker Diamon Cannon). An area to watch: Pflugerville. Beavs' star receiver Storm Woods hails from Pflugerville high school, and with another loaded class down the road at Hendrickson (corner P.J. Mbanasor, running back Tazh Maloy, defensive tackle Tre Thomas), the area could prove successful for Coach Mike Riley and his staff once again.
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, ETx
Two non-regional schools have each issued four offers to football players in East Texas' 2015 and 2016 classes: Florida State and LSU. Florida State issued recent offers to Gilmer 2015 cornerback Kris Boyd and Nacogdoches 2016 safety Brandon Jones. Those FSU offers join a couple more that the Seminoles had already sent out to Gladewater 2015 five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack and Whitehouse 2015 safety Justin Dunning, two players who are committed to Texas A&M. LSU was the first team to offer Newton 2015 safety Roney Elam, who accounted for a third of the nine SEC offers in East Texas during the last four weeks. Of Elam's seven offers since Feb. 20, three are LSU, Alabama, and Mississippi State. The Tigers also recently offered Dunning after offering another Aggie safety pledge -- Sulphur Springs' Larry Pryor -- in early December. Mack got an LSU last summer. Texas A&M's success garnering commitments from players FSU and LSU want has to have Aggie fans excited. There are three dozen non-regional offers to 2015-2016 East Texans. The SEC is responsible for 19 of them (that obviously does not include Texas A&M's six offers). Arkansas, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss join Notre Dame with three offers apiece in the region.
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, Houston
Initially, this would be hands down to UCLA with the fact that assistant coach Demetrice Martin has become a known name in Greater Houston, getting a number of high end guys signed out of the city for the past couple of years. But for this go around, all signs point to another Pac-12 program in Utah. Last recruiting cycle only one guy (Crosby WR Raeleon Singleton) signed, but the year before was much more impressive with four players heading to Utah, headlined by Hypolito Corporan and Dre'Vian Young. All of this is made possible by the work of assistant coach Morgan Scalley, who has become a fixture in the Houston area as several coaches have Scalley on speed dial. Scalley is pretty spectacular when it comes to his duty as a recruiter. Many times he is the coach who ends up being player's first offer, which is something kids remember. One Houston area coach mentioned that if the weather conditions were better and was not so far away in Utah that Scalley would haul in many more players from Houston.
National Recruiting Analyst, Midlands
The one school I notice annually doing a great job in the Midlands overall is Stanford. It seems to do a tremendous job of identifying and signing a top player or two in every class. And not just any talent, the top-tier talent. I would go back and start with Andrew Luck, who was widely sought after by major programs locally, but decided to call the West Coast his home when he picked the Cardinal. Luck may be the most memorable name in recent years, but his is not the only one that should ring a bell. The year after Luck Stanford signed running back Stepfan Taylor, who made his mark in Palo Alto before heading to the Arizona Cardinals. The next season it found kicker Jordan Williamson and offensive lineman Cameron Fleming in the Lone Star State. In 2011, it was super star wide receiver Ty Montgomery, who is one of the team's top returners in 2014 and has made his mark with each season on campus. 2012 netted a handful of Midlands signees, most notable is Barry Sanders, who could be the star of the show at running back. In 2013 Stanford only signed 12 players total in its class, none from the Midlands, but was right back in the thick of it in 2014, signing five-star defensive end Solomon Thomas and four-star safety Brandon Simmons.