Day 1 of the state 7-on-7 championships in College Station has come to a close. On the day, several teams went undefeated, one of which was the Brownwood team. While there were several players doing their thing, it was Texas wide receiver commitment Jaxon Shipley stealing the show. Whether it was a fade or dig route, Shipley was making the plays for his team, which is 3-0 and will face off against Gilmer on Friday morning.
Another team doing well and landed a place in the championship bracket is Wimberly. Though this is a passing league, running back Dennis Smith looked pretty good as well. Smith is a junior, but has already made the early choice to play in College Station for Texas A&M.
While watching the Hidalgo team, coach Robin Kirk informed Scout that his star defensive tackle Alex Villarreal. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing in at 295 pounds, Villarreal saw quite a few coaches who came through this spring. Kirk stated that Houston, Texas Tech, UTEP, UT-San Antonio and Texas State have all offered. Kirk said that assistant coaches Bobby Jack Wright (Oklahoma) and Joe Deforest (Oklahoma State) made trips to check out Villarreal.
For the private schools in the Greater Houston area, there are a couple quarterbacks who will get their chance to make a name for themselves this upcoming year. For Kinkaid, Ford Childress will take the starting quarterback role after playing tight end in 2009. On the day, he made plenty of throws to help the Falcons team. Childress will go to the Houston camp in late July and Kinkaid coach Steven Hill said that UTEP likes his as well.
Up the street at Second Baptist, Jeremiah Briscoe will be the No. 1 signal caller for 2010. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Briscoe has made quite a few rounds on the camp circuit. One of which turned out favorably as Baylor, after two days, felt comfortable giving him a verbal offer. Look for more on Briscoe on the Scout network later for an in-depth interview.
It was not as great a day for the West Orange-Stark team, but there were a few players who made great plays despite the outcomes Thursday. We caught up with 2012 defensive back DeCarlos Renfro who already has some movement going on in his recruitment. So far, Tulane has extended a verbal offer to him.
In the same pool, Navasota had a couple of players who look to play on Saturday. Senior cornerback K.J. Nelms stated that he has not pulled in his first offer, but has Baylor and Texas A&M looking at him. Soon enough, the Navasota defender will make a stop at both Big 12 locations, starting this Sunday with the July 11 Aggie camp. Of course, if these two programs don't work out, the newly formed Southland Conference program Lamar said, according to Nelms, that once he comes to camp that an off would be waiting for him.
This weekend is the finale for the Texas State 7-on-7 Championships in College Station. There is a total of 128 teams on hand, all of which are gunning for the No. 1 spot in the Division I and Division II classifications respectively. Scout.com was on hand for the first day of the action. Here are some recruiting briefs from the small schools.