The Division II bracket at the Adidas Texas 7v7 Championships starts Thursday and concludes Friday in College Station. Here's a look at what should be the most talent-laden teams competing at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex.
Nike's The Opening was at first expected to prevent Gilmer from being at full strength since 2015 four-star cornerback Kris Boyd will spend the week in Oregon competing at the nationally-recognized event.
But Scout.com got word Tuesday afternoon that the Buckeyes should be ready to go with Boyd in tow this weekend. That gives Gilmer plenty of firepower, including Baylor 2015 four-star commit Blake Lynch, who is expected to compete for Gilmer this weekend following a recent family move to the East Texas town. Lynch, who moved from another small-town East Texas program (Troup), is a versatile piece who can play quarterback, receiver, and safety.
If Lynch isn't running the offense from the quarterback spot, expect under-the-radar 2015 quarterback McLane Carter, who had a monster year at Salado in 2013 before moving back to his hometown of Gilmer, to do so. He joins 2015 athlete Chase Tate, who has an FCS offer from Central Arkansas, as two key players for Gilmer. Carter is the younger brother of former Gilmer star G.J. Kinne.
Defensively, keep an eye on the younger Boyd brother, 2016 prospect Demarco Boyd, who played as a very undersized nose guard in Gilmer's 3-4 this past season, but may move to his more natural spot on the outside for his junior campaign. If he continues to grow, Demarco may wind up being a big name in the 2016 class.
If you're looking for 2016 talent, look no further than Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy.
Prestonwood has at least three players in its 2016 class who may be future FBS signees, starting with receiver Michael Irvin (pictured at top). Yes, he's the son of the NFL Hall of Famer of the same name and already has similar size. He also recently picked up his first offer from, you guessed it, Miami. Scout.com has already given Irvin a four-star rating.
Linebacker Deonte Williams also already has an offer, which he got from Baylor. Irvin and Williams join classmate Ryan Bradberry, a running back who ran for more than 1,200 yards as a sophomore in 2013.
Navasota may be the king of under-the-radar talent entering the tournament.
The Rattlers have two 2015 defensive backs -- safety Davon Jernigan and cornerback Jerbrell Lipscomb -- who have offers. Jernigan has Louisiana-Lafayette and New Mexico, while Lipscomb holds North Texas.
But 2015 running back Derrion Randle, a speedy and talented 1,300-yard rusher a year ago, has yet to receive his first offer. It's still early, but the same can be said for promising 2016 receiver Tren'Davion Dickson, who averaged a whopping 21.1 yards per catch as a sophomore.
Other teams to watch
Abilene Wylie -- Baylor 2015 commit Clay Johnston leads Wylie's defense into this weekend's event. Johnston could also see some time on offense as he played on both sides of the ball in 2013.