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East Texans Still in Play
William Brown, DT, Texarkana Texas High -- the 6-foot-3, 259-pound Brown holds offers from Arkansas State and Texas State, but should see more. Brown was impressive at the ETSN/APEC East Texas Combine on June 1 in Tyler, earning Scout's Defensive Line MVP honor. Kris Boyd (pictured above), CB, Gilmer -- Boyd is the biggest fish left in East Texas who has not committed. Boyd is a four-star prospect ranked No. 10 overall in the state by Scout, which also has him sixth nationally at his position and 47th nationally overall. Boyd holds more than a dozen offers. He has made unofficial visits to Alabama, Florida State, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech, all of which have offered him. Texas A&M is considered the leader and has been for a while now, but Boyd insists he's taking his time. There's no doubt that Daylon Mack, the five-star defensive tackle who is A&M's unofficial recruiter for the 2015 class, will join with four-star safeties Justin Dunning and Larry Pryor to put pressure on their fellow East Texan to join the fold in College Station. But Texas should not yet be counted out as the Longhorns really want an elite cornerback, which is exactly what Boyd is, for the 2015 class. Nick Cain, WR, Tyler John Tyler -- the small, but athletic Cain holds one offer from ULM. A big senior year, similar to what he had as a junior, would help him get more offers, possibly from Sun Belt and C-USA programs. Keke Coutee, WR/CB, Lufkin -- Coutee holds a hand full of offers from Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, and Tulsa. Coutee was once a Texas pledge, but decommitted from the Horns following the coaching change. Texas Tech is hot on Coutee's trail, according to the Lufkin coaching staff. The Red Raiders want Coutee as a receiver, whereas other schools are recruiting him as an athlete or possibly a cornerback. Coutee is a tough matchup as a player in space who has the short-area athleticism to make defenders miss and get extra yardage with his elusiveness. Roney Elam, S, Newton -- Elam is another four-star big fish along similar lines as Boyd. The 6-foot-3, 167-pounder has gotten looks as a safety and a cornerback and could play either at the next level, but his frame potential and instincts as a hitter best fit the safety position. Elam has double-digit offers, but the schools most talked about in his recruitment are LSU, Texas, and Texas A&M. The Tigers and Aggies may wind up fighting an SEC West battle for Elam, despite Texas having a 2014 signee (Kevin Shorter) from Elam's high school. Scout ranks Elam as the nation's No. 17 safety and the No. 299 overall prospect. Again, with Texas A&M already having three commitments from East Texas and Boyd being a possible Aggie lean, the pressure may be on Elam to head to College Station as well. Tyrone Hunt, DE, Arp -- Hunt has one offer so far from UTSA. At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Hunt has a great frame that might mean he could play an edge position in an even front or add weight and become an even-front 3-technique. His frame also suggests that an odd-front 4- or 5-technique position could be in the cards. Marcalas Johnson, RB, Arp -- Johnson was one of the best athletes at the ETSN/APEC East Texas Combine on June 1 in Tyler, where he measured 5-foot-9 1/2, 181 pounds and ran a laser-timed 4.44 in the 40. Johnson holds a Colorado State offer and should see more, especially with a big senior year. He ran for more than 1,900 yards as a junior so his production backs up his great testing numbers. Johnson could be similar to 2014 East Texas prospect Jeffery Wilson of Elkhart. Wilson got a hand full of offers as an under-the-radar prospect and signed with North Texas. Erik McCoy, OG, Lufkin -- McCoy is one of the best remaining uncommitted prospects in East Texas. Scout rates McCoy as a three-star prospect who projects best as a guard, though he has experience as a tackle and could probably play any spot up front at the next level, including center. The 6-foot-4, 311-pound McCoy has P5 offers from Kansas and Oklahoma State, as well as offers from Arkansas State, Houston, North Texas, and Louisiana-Lafayette. McCoy won Scout's Offensive Line MVP at the Houston Nike Football Training Camp on April 6 and has started on varsity for Lufkin since the start of his sophomore season. McCoy has not given any indication as to which schools he's looking at hardest, but the Oklahoma State offer has to be intriguing. Also, Lufkin has an established pipeline to Houston, which was the first school to offer McCoy and already has a pledge from McCoy's classmate, receiver Terry Mark. Chett Munden, OT, Marshall -- at 6-foot-6, 303 pounds, Munden has great size and length for a college tackle prospect. He's also fairly athletic for such a big and long player. He must add upper-body strength, but that should come in time. Munden recently got his first offer from North Texas, which wants him at tackle and runs an offense that is run-oriented, something with which Munden is familiar playing for a Marshall program that runs a lot for a shotgun spread. Kyshaun Smith, OLB/S, Tatum -- Smith is thin, but at 6-foot-1 1/2, 178 pounds, has the frame potential and length to add positive weight. He also has good genes on his side as his father Travian played linebacker at Oklahoma and for seven years with the Raiders. Smith holds offers from Houston, Memphis, and Texas State. Houston has long been active at Tatum, which produces a staggering number of FBS prospects for such a small school of about 500 students. Smith said schools have looked at him as an outside linebacker or an in-the-box safety, which fits him well. Broderick Washington, OG/C, Longview -- schools have pursued the 6-foot-3, 285-pound Washington mostly as a center. Washington's versatility should help him. He could also play guard at the next level and plays tackle for run-oriented Longview, which boasts Baylor four-star running back pledge JaMycal Hasty. Washington has picked up six offers so far: Arkansas State, Houston, New Mexico, North Texas, ULL, and UTSA.
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