Midlands: Scout300 Prospects on the Mend

Justin Dunning

Five Midlands prospects in the Scout300 will be bouncing back from major injury which forced them to miss all or significant time in 2013...

S - Justin Dunning - Whitehouse (Texas) High
Scout300 Ranking: #39
Injury: ACL

How about this. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Texas A&M verbal missed virtually his entire junior season and still moved up in the national rankings. That is an impressive feat. He started off rated in the Top 100 as a Top 10 TXHSFB prospect, but moved down some naturally after the ACL injury, but after a strong showing at the Dallas NFTC and then again at The Opening, Dunning has shown that he is 100% on his surgically repaired knee. He will be playing in the box some this season.

Opening Game: 8/29 @ Texarkana (Texas) Texas High


RB - Chris Warren - Rockwall (Texas) High
Scout300 Rank: 93
Injury: ACL

Warren started off the 2013 season like a man possessed, rushing for 747 yards and 11 touchdowns before going down with the injury against cross-town rival Rockwall-Heath. For Warren, the injury happened later on  in the season, so his recovery forced him to miss camps and combines this off-season. He played in the scrimmage last weekend and reports have him at or near 100%. His comeback could culminate with a rise in the rankings as he is viewed to be one of the top all-around talents in the state regardless of position.

Opening Game: 8/29 @ Denton (Texas) Ryan


C - Zach Rogers - Lewisville (Texas) Hebron
Scout300 Rank: 259
Injury: ACL

The Arkansas commit suffered his injury before the kick off of the season, so he has had at one year to rehabilitate the knee. He was actually chomping at the bit to play when I saw him in Hebron's playoff game in Cowboys Stadium last season, so I know he is ready to get back in action. Despite missing his junior year he still has two years of varsity experience under his belt, as he started as a freshman. One of the strongest players in the area, his addition back to the offensive line will be huge. He is in the mix to be the top-rated guy at his position nationally.  

Opening Game: 8/29 @ Coppell (Texas) High


OT - Keaton Sutherland - Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus
Scout300 Rank: 271
Injury: Shoulder

Despite being rated as the No. 26 offensive tackle in the country Sutherland has very limited reps (on tape at least) playing that position. As a sophomore he played mostly at defensive end for the marauders and went down with his shoulder injury prior to his team;s scrimmage against Dallas Skyline in 2013. Sutherland has the size, feet and quickness to be considered as a potential college left tackle and his ranking could really sky rocket after folks actually get to see him playing the position that best suits him in college.

Opening Game: 8/29 vs. Mansfield (Texas) High


QB - Chad President - Temple (Texas) High
Scout300 Rank: 290
Injury: ACL

Like Sutherland, President's best highlights are at a different position, as he was a stud wide receiver at Temple his sophomore year hauling in passes from current TCU back-up Zach Allen. Unlike Sutherland, the Baylor commitment has had the chance to flash what he can do throwing the ball in seven-on-seven and practices. He is consistent in that regard, but the big question is how will he look when it is time to pull the ball down and run, a part of his game that could set him apart from others at the position.

Opening Game: 8/29 vs. Round Rock (Texas) High

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