OLB Malik Jefferson
Scouted By: Greg Powers
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound outside linebacker from Mesquite (Texas) Poteet and his teammates did a great job of controlling the action against Frisco (Texas) Centennial, holding the offense scoreless in the 15 minute live period. Was impressed that Jefferson went the entire scrimmage, he is just a football player who loves playing the game. With teammate DeAndre McNeal also playing linebacker now it would seem to force more action to Jefferson's side of the field, but if this scrimmage was any indication then teams are still going to try and avoid him like the plague. He looked better in his pass coverage assignments and when he lets it loose and runs there is not another player in the country with his speed at the linebacker position.
S Kahlil Haughton
Scouted By: Annabel Stephan
While scrimmages are sometimes a difficult measure of talent, it was evident from the first play of the morning that Waco (Texas) Midway defensive back Kahlil Haughton is one of the state's most talented safeties. Haughton saw limited reps, as the coaches played second and third team series versus Round Rock (Texas) Cedar Ridge, but Haughton was able to stop the play almost every time he was on the field. His performance is all the more impressive when you take into account that he's recently back from off-season wrist surgery, which caused him to miss a portion of spring ball. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound prospect has both speed and nose for the ball and will be a game changer this fall. Currently uncommitted, the four-star athlete has Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Duke, and Arkansas at the top of his impressive list.
S Kenan Ivy
Scouted By: Gabe Brooks
Lancaster (Texas) High reached the state championship in 2012 before a 4-6 season, which included several single-digit losses against very good opponents, in 2013. The Tigers played a lot of young talent a year ago and the coaching staff is confident that they'll get the team back on track this fall. The best of the bunch this weekend was 2016 safety Kenan Ivy. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder played much larger than his frame and was the fiercest hitter on the field. He showed a willingness to come downhill with a vengeance in run support, but really made his presence felt on the perimeter, chasing down screen plays and hitting receivers on seam routes. Ivy also showed adequate backpedal, good speed, and very good acceleration, suggesting that he could potentially play cornerback at the next level. The Lancaster coaching staff reported Wisconsin has already offered Ivy, who has also received interest from Oklahoma, SMU, and Purdue.
RB Khalik Henderson
Scouted By: Derek Young
I'm going to catch many by surprise by admitting that the top prospect I saw this past weekend at the high school level was 2018 St. Joseph (Mo.) Central running back Khalik Henderson. Yes, he's just a freshman but he stood out over everyone that I saw when first making my way to the field for Friday night's game between St. Joseph Central and Kearney. There were other prospects there of note, but Henderson is the one with the most upside. He's already 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, but played mostly in the slot so they could have their best players on the field at once. I think he best projects as a running back at this time due to his size, and he wasn't a natural at catching the ball. His athleticism is off the charts for someone his age, and still has nearly four full seasons to develop.