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Texas 7v7 Preview: Pool Matchups
A ton of Texas high school football talent converges on College Station's Veterans Park and Athletic Complex starting Thursday for the three-day Adidas Texas 7v7 Championships. Here's a look at some of the more interesting pool-play matchups that Scout expects to check out during Division II pool action Thursday and Division I pool activity Friday. Division I D-I pool play starts 1 p.m. Friday and concludes with final pool games at 6 p.m. West Mesquite vs. Austin Westlake -- this Pool C matchup features a talente West Mesquite offense against an Austin Westlake defense with two FBS-targeted linebackers in Baylor commit Breckyn Hager and Hudson Hall. West Mesquite counters with Mississippi quarterback commit Chason Virgil (pictured above), Boise State receiver commit Akilian Butler, and two talented 2016 pass-catchers: Dee Anderson (seven offers) and Donte Coleman. Southlake Carroll vs. The Woodlands -- The Woodlands boasts playmaking 2015 running back Patrick Carr, who holds seven offers entering this Pool I contest. Southlake Carroll counters with a pair of defensive backs who will have their eyes on Carr: Purdue safety commit Andy Chelf and 2016 cornerback/safety Obi Eboh, who recently got his first offer from Rice. Arlington Bowie vs. Tyler John Tyler -- these two teams earned their state berths at the Arlington Bowie state qualifier tournament in late June, but did not play each other (the teams chose the usual option SQT semifinal winners pick, which is to not play the championship game since both have already qualified). When John Tyler has the ball, North Texas receiver commit Rodney Bendy and fellow receiver Nick Cain, who has a Louisiana-Monroe offer, team with Central Arkansas-committed quarterback Geovari McCollister to face Bowie's talented secondary, which features TCU pledges Niko Small and Tony James. James, who's committed to TCU as a receiver but plays quarterback and cornerback for Bowie, will try to move the ball downfield against a JT defense that has one of East Texas' top under-the-radar cornerbacks in Isaac Warren, who have five FCS offers and is committed to Sam Houston State, but should eventually see FBS attention. Division II D-II pool play starts 1 p.m. Thursday and concludes with final pool games at 6 p.m. Boerne vs. Gilmer -- one of the most intriguing matchups of the entire tournament in either division may be this Pool L encounter. Tennessee-bound quarterback Quinten Dormady leads Boerne against a Gilmer defense that is expected to feature four-star cornerback Kris Boyd and possibly Baylor commit and four-star athlete Blake Lynch, whose family recently moved to Gilmer from Troup. Lynch is known most for his exploits as a quarterback and his potential as a receiver, but has experience playing safety as well. Graham vs. La Grange -- here's another possible 1-on-1 matchup to watch, this time from Pool O: Graham linebacker/safety Mike Freeze, who is committed to TCU, vs. La Grange running back/receiver Bralon Hutchison, who has a half dozen offers, including Duke, Houston, North Texas, and Oregon State. Navasota vs. Abilene Wylie -- this Pool P contest features a talented Navasota roster that includes mostly under-the-radar prospects, such as athletic running back Derrion Randle, impressive 2016 receiver Tren'Davion Dickson, and athletes Jerbrell Lipscomb and Davon Jernigan, who both have at least one offer. Seeing which player Abilene Wylie linebacker Clay Johnston, who is committed to Baylor as one of the Bears' next hybrid nickel players, should be interesting.
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