Big recruiting news in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex started early this past week when West Mesquite 2015 receiver Akilian Butler committed to Boise State on Monday (April 7). The three-star prospect also holds offers from Clemson and Colorado.
West Mesquite has already produced one Boise State signee: 2014 safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner, a four-star prospect who previously pledged to Texas A&M before switching to Boise State in early January. Sumner-Gardner flipped to the Broncos when Marcel Yates, who had been Texas A&M's defensive backs coach, was hired as Boise State's defensive coordinator.
Dallas South Oak Cliff 2015 receiver J.F. Thomas committed to TCU on Thursday, the same day that he got the Horned Frogs' offer. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Thomas picked the Frogs over offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Maryland, North Texas, and SMU.
The week's third commitment came Sunday, when Mansfield Legacy 2015 defensive tackle Taaj Bakari pledged to Oklahoma State. The 6-foot-2, 287-pound three-star prospect picked the Cowboys over offers from Colorado, North Texas, and TCU. Scout.com rates Bakari as the No. 23 defensive tackle in the country's 2015 class.
Sachse High School did not produce any commitments during the past week, but it did see more than a dozen new offers roll in for a trio of players: 2015 running back Devine Ozigbo, 2016 receiver Devin Duvernay, and 2016 cornerback Jared Mayden.
The 5-foot-11, 213-pound Ozigbo got new offers from Wisconsin, Colorado State, San Diego State, Wake Forest, and Boise State, picking up all five during a three-day span from Wednesday to Friday. Ozigbo's offer list now includes 11 schools.
TCU was the the first of four schools to offer Duvernay, who got the Horned Frogs offer Tuesday. Wisconsin offered him Wednesday, followed by Oklahoma on Thursday and San Diego State on Friday. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Duvernay already had offers from Baylor, Oregon State, and Texas Tech.
Mayden also got a Wisconsin offer Wednesday, followed by San Diego State and TCU offers Friday. Oklahoma offered the 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback Saturday to push his offer list to seven, which already included Baylor, Texas, and Texas A&M.
Here's a recap of the other dozen DFW offers that went out during the past week:
Niko Small, 2015 S/CB, Arlington Bowie -- the third offer arrived Tuesday for Small, who heard from Southern Miss following an impressive performance at the April 5 Dallas Nike Football Training Camp. Small already held offers from Louisiana Tech and Texas State.
Madison Akamnonu, 2015 OT, Arlington Bowie -- Southern Miss also offered the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Akamnonu on Tuesday to give the rising tackle prospect 10 offers.
Zach Abercrumbia, 2015 DT, Dallas Skyline -- the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Abercrumbia got his seventh offer Tuesday from Wake Forest.
Evan Curl, 2015 OT, Flower Mound -- Curl told BobcatIllustrated.com on Wednesday about his Texas State offer, which actually came April 4.
Justice Williams, 2015 OLB, Frisco Wakeland -- Williams' fifth offer was his first from the SEC with Mississippi State offering him Saturday. Williams already held offers from Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana Tech, and Tulsa.
Xavier Castille, 2015 WR, Rockwall -- Saturday's Texas State offer was the first for Castille, a 5-foot-11, 200-pounder who is a versatile player for Rockwall.
Bailey Phillips, 2016 CB, West Mesquite -- Phillips, one of the most heavily-recruited 2016 prospects in DFW so far, visited Tennessee for the Volunteers' spring game Saturday and got an offer. The 5-foot-9, 161-pound Phillips already had offers from Houston, Louisiana Tech, UCLA, Utah, and Washington State.