Midlands Notebook: CenTex (5/9)

Scout is on it's spring practice tour, bringing you a look at news and notes out of Central Texas schools Killeen Shoemaker, Pflugerville Hendrickson, Lake Travis, and Cibolo Steele, with a few other area recruiting notes...

Since the beginning of the evaluation period, college programs have been busy making their way around the Lone Star State, checking out some of the state's top prospects and under the radar emerging athletes. Scout has also been on the road visiting a few programs in Central Teas. Here's a look at some of recruiting news and notes to come out this week:


Offers haven't come pouring in for the 2015 class, but there are definitely a few players to keep an eye on heading into the summer. Defensive lineman Tolly James has been talking with Texas State, Oregon State, Abilene Christian, and UTSA. Many programs have already been by the school, and the 6-foot-2, 240-pound prospect believes an offer could soon arrive from North Texas, the Bobcats, or the Beavers. 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive lineman Kerry Walker is also garnering big interest, including Texas, Oregon State, Texas State, Oklahoma, Baylor, and UTSA. Linebacker Diamon Cannon is getting looks from Texas State, UTSA, and Baylor, and believes that Northern Illinois could be first to offer. Cannon plans to take in the Oregon State camp in Belton this summer.

2016 stand out defensive lineman Kendell Jones, a four-star prospect, holds offers from Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma,Texas A&M, Baylor, and Oklahoma State, and said that he would love to pick up an LSU offer, as he's originally from New Orleans and is high on playing in the SEC. The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder has already taken a few campus visits and plans to camp atTexas, Baylor, Texas A&M, and potentially Oklahoma.


With a number of top prospects graduating this spring, there are a handful of under the radar Hawks' athletes that could emerge over the next few months.

Cornerback P.J. Mbanasor has had a huge spring, picking up offers from Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State, Notre Dame, LSU, and more. The process has been overwhelmingly fast for Mbanasor, a former TCU commit, and he's not holding himself to a specific timeline.

"I have to see [about when he'll commit]. It'll either be after spring, or maybe at The Opening, or even during the actual season. I'll see what happens," he said this week. He'll likely not take in too many camps, though he's going to see if the LSU camp will work with his schedule. It's believed by many that the favorite right now is Oklahoma.

Offensive lineman Blake Browning (6-1, 285) recently picked up his first offer from Tulsa and is receiving interest from programs including California, North Texas, Kansas, UTSA, UTEP, and Vanderbilt. Browning took in a few Junior Days but is waiting to plan his summer camp schedule.

A few other players to watch: defensive back Josh Wydermyer, who is hearing from schools including Tulsa, Northern Illinois, UTSA, and Nebraska, and has plans to camp at UTSA and NIU; receiver Reggie Daniels, who has received interest from Nevada, UTSA, North Texas, and UTEP, and plans to camp at Baylor, UTSA, and other in state programs; receiver Tazh Maloy, who will camp at UTSA on June 1 (is receiving interest) and will likely head down to Louisiana Monroe, from whom he's also hearing.


Quarterback Dominic DeLira is coming off of a strong performance at the Dallas Elite 11 Regional Camp, impressing the likes of Trent Dilfer. No offers quite yet, but DeLira is hearing from Houston, North Texas, and a few other programs.

James Bailey recently made the switch in position from linebacker to safety and continues to hear from schools including Oklahoma, Texas Tech, TCU, and Baylor. Bailey says he plans to attend some of those camps this summer.

Many coaches have been out to Lake Travis; on Thursday's practice alone, staff from Missouri, SMU, Tulsa, Nevada, Abilene Christian, and more were in attendance.


Another powerhouse program, Steele continues to replenish talent year after year, and a number of 2015 prospects are starting to pick up college interest.

Quarterback L.G. Williams was another impressive signal-caller at the Elite 11 this weekend, and was highly praised by Dilfer, as well as quarterback coach George Whitfield. Williams has been offered by UTSA and Sam Houston State as an athlete, but is confident that he can play quarterback at the next level. Montana State and Texas State are also heavily after Williams, who plans to camp at North Texas, UTSA, Rice, and BYU this summer.

A few linemen are also catching coaches' eyes: on the offensive side is 6-foot-6, 295-pound tackle Terrence Steele, who is getting looks from Colorado, Houston, Rice, and UTSA, and plans to camp at Texas and UTSA. Defensive lineman Zach Edwards is talking with Texas State, Air Force, North Texas, and Yale, and plans to camp at the first three.

Receiver Jaylen Harris plans to camp with Air Force, Navy, Sam Houston State, and Abilene Christian, and is hearing from SHSU, ACU, and Utah State. Two cornerbacks could also be poised for big springs: Malik Perez, who will camp at Houston, Texas, SMU, Texas A&M, and Rice, and Anthony Johnson, whose camp plans include Alabama, UTSA, Texas State, UNT, Houston, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma, and hopes to pick up an offer from San Diego State.

Two 2016 prospects already holds offers and are on the radar of big programs around the country. Defensive end Mark Jackson holds Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Baylor offers, and is hearing from UCLA, Alabama, Texas, Auburn, and Oklahoma State. Running back Bryson Denley has been offered by Baylor and is getting interest from Oklahoma, USC, UCLA, Texas Tech, Ohio State, and Oklahoma State. Denley's summer camp plans include TCU, Oklahoma, and most likely Texas Tech.


• Central Texas quarterbacks were some of the top talents at the Elite 11 regional camp. In addition to DeLira and Williams, Waco Midway's Ben Hicks and Boerne's Quinten Dormady were selected to compete in the pressure chamber, with Stephenville's Jarrett Stidham picking up MVP honors.

• It's been a big few weeks for Dormady, whose offer list now includes Houston, TCU, UTSA, and Vanderbilt. Houston did just recently land a verbal from Hicks.

• Temple quarterback Chad President, a Baylor commit, was selected to play in this year's US Army All-American Game.

• Alamo Heights is another program to keep an eye on; quarterback Dalton Banks also had some big moments at the Elite 11 and recently picked up a UTSA offer, while offensive lineman Ronnie Rogers could be close to picking up offers from Sam Houston State and University of Incarnate Word.

• Make sure to check out the Midlands' staffs Spring Recruiting Focus videos on many Big 12 programs: Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, TCU, and Texas Tech

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