National Recruiting Analyst, Midlands
I am looking at the quarterback position for my selection in Arlington (Texas) Lamar gunslinger Shane Buechele. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is starting to really pick up momentum on the recruiting trail with offers coming in from schools like Oklahoma, TCU, Texas Tech and Kentucky. He is poised for a huge junior season on the field after passing for nearly 1,500 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns as a sophomore. Most impressive is that he only tossed two interceptions. He is a bit more athletic than people give him credit for as well, rushing for 350 yards. He helped Arlington Lamar qualify for the state seven-on-seven tournament with a strong showing in a win against DeSoto this past Saturday.
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, ETx/DFW
A couple of names come to mind immediately, but one player in particular who I've gotten to see a few times this spring at combines and 7-on-7 tournaments is Fort Worth Paschal athlete Dylan Thomas. The 6-foot 1/2, 185-pound Thomas plays quarterback, receiver, safety, and cornerback for Paschal. This past weekend, he played mostly receiver and cornerback as Paschal played in the Arlington Bowie 7-on-7 state qualifier tournament. Thomas played quarterback as a sophomore in 2013, but both of his college offers -- SMU and TCU -- are for receiver. Not only does Thomas possess the aforementioned good-sized frame, he's very athletic, displaying impressive acceleration and stop-and-start ability. Thomas has very quick feet that make him an agile athlete who is very hard to get your hands on, especially in the open field. That fits Paschal's zone-read scheme quite well. Thomas has the type of frame potential that would be perfect for a safety at the college level, but as his film shows, he's so dangerous with the ball in his hands that it's hard to not project him on the offensive side of the ball. Thomas has the versatility that a college offense could likely move him around quite a bit and perhaps give him a few snaps here and there as a wildcat quarterback. I expect Thomas' offer list to balloon in the future.
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, Houston
What a great question posed here, especially with the large number of prospects I like in this class. My knee jerk reaction quickly went to a player who should begin to see more action in his recruitment in Second Baptist two-way athlete Lynnard Rose. His video has made some circulation and he is currently on a camp tour that he is working in with his baseball obligations (top prospect here as well). But for this round I will go with another athlete who may play a different position once he gets into college and that is Marshall quarterback Jeremy Smith. Last season, Smith was able to get a few snaps in as a quarterback, but has been doing damage at the receiver position since he was a freshman. And with J.W. Ketchum now taking over at Lamar, the door is wide open for Smith to shine. He hold a couple of Division I offers now, but now that number will increase during his junior season, which is likely to be impressive.
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, Upper Midlands
I've mentioned him before in the roundtable and going to use him for my answer again and that's Olathe (KS) North safety Isaiah Simmons. Since I brought up that Simmons could be the top prospect in Kansas for the 2016 class, he's added his first offer courtesy of Missouri after a strong camp performance. All the physical traits are there. He is already 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds with a ton of length. There is a chance he could grow out his frame and become an outside linebacker, but if he can cap off at 220 pounds, he can be an elite jumbo safety at the next level. Last year was his first year at the varsity level, and a big jump in production is expected for his junior season. If the results can match his size and skill set, he should have his pick of what college to attend.