With signing day for the class of 2016 almost here, schools will soon turn their attention to not only the class of 2017 but also 2018. Horns247 has an early look at sophomore prospects across the state of Texas to watch.
Jalen Mayden, Sachse (6-2/205): A true dual-threat, he comes from an athletic family and has the potential to be the best of the bunch. He threw for 2,500 yards and ran for another 500.
Jaelyn Nolan, Brownfield (6-2/170): Not many people have heard of Brownfield, near Lubbock, but the athletic dual-threat QB will have coaches making it a stop. He has a Texas Tech offer and will see more of his fair share before all is said and done.
Zadock Dinkelmann, Somerset (6-4.5/213): The big pocket passer committed to LSU as an eighth grader but does not have a body of work yet. He played on the subvarsity level a year ago and missed this season with a stress fracture in his ankle. He looks like the prototypical quarterback though.
Tyler Vitt, San Antonio MacArthur (6-1/190): A huge arm, Vitt also does a good job for a sophomore looking at more than one receiver in making progressions.
Alan Bowman, Grapevine (6-2/190): Bowman is pretty accurate and is a big body in the pocket that is hard to take down. He threw for 2,700 yards and 27 touchdowns with only seven picks.
Chance Amie, Tyler Lee (6-3/190): Amie filled in several games for the injured starter in the middle of the season and had a couple monster contests throwing the ball. He will be given the keys full-time as a junior.
Spencer Sanders, Denton Ryan (6-0/170): Already a two-year starter, Sanders led Ryan to an undefeated regular season record. He cut his interceptions down and proved himself to be a running threat as well.
Mark Murdock, Houston Stratford (6-0/180): The son of the former Texas quarterback of the same name, Murdock was injured to start the year but got into a groove late. He can also run when needed.
Brady McBride, Coppell (6-0/180): McBride lacks ideal size but is a good game manager and can also run if needed.
Amryn Jeffrey, Fort Bend Travis (6-0/180): Jeffrey had multiple 400-yard passing games but also had several games where he threw a number of interceptions. He needs to be more consistent for sure but has a chance to pick up offers.
Wiley Green, Coppell (6-1/180): The dual-threat Green likely would have been the starter at a number of other schools this year but was behind McBride at Coppell.
Craig Williams, Crosby (5-8/160): One of the fastest players in the state, regardless of class, opposing coaches always rave about the kid nicknamed “Sqwirl.”
Stanley Hackett, Pasadena Sam Rayburn (6-1/190): Hackett plays for a team without much around to help him. Though Rayburn was blown out in most of its games, Hackett still managed to rack up yards in most of them. He’s a big, powerful runner.
Billy Foster, Angleton (6-2/180): Foster, also a standout in basketball, averaged over 10 yards a carry this year. He was also a first-team all-district selection at safety.
Kirby Bennett, Allen (5-10/190): A former receiver before transferring to Allen as a sophomore, Bennett gave the Eagles a much-needed gamechanger at the tailback spot.
Brock Sturges, Katy Seven Lakes (5-9/185): A hard runner, Sturges is also a very good receiving back. Despite having a proven senior in front of him, he received the bulk of the carries this year and had several huge games.
Kemoche Hobbs, Waco La Vega (5-7/165): He’s small but his film is fun to watch as he makes defenders miss. He also plays safety and absolutely loves to hit people.
Juma Otoviano, Arlington Martin (5-10/170): Otoviano had some games where he was the workhorse and some were he did not see many carries at all. He will be the go-to back as a junior though.
Jaelin Ford, Amarillo (6-0/190): Because he plays in West Texas, not many people know about the big back. He is a bigger back that had a field day in the Sandies’ triple option offense this year though.
James Miles, Irving (5-9/185): The son of ‘Friday Night Lights’ legend Boobie Miles, James is a hard-nosed runner.
Matt Gadek, McKinney (5-10/175): Gadek had a couple big games to close the season and if he can start off hot next year, look for him to see a lot more attention.
Trey Hunter, Plano East (5-10/185): Hunter started three games as a freshman for the Class 6A school and was part of a very talented backfield this season.
Alexander Williams, West Orange-Stark (5-10/170): Williams had to play JV this past year after transferring from Pasadena Memorial but people at WO-S are excited about his potential.
Jonathan Meadors, Plano East (5-8/165): Though small, Meadors has serious speed. He reached the district finals in the 100 as a freshman.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
Mustapha Muhammad, Fort Bend Ridge Point (6-4/225): Also a basketball player, Muhammad’s film made the rounds recently and attention from schools immediately started. Offers soon followed for the tight end.
Dee Barlow, Richardson Pearce (6-3/187): A big, smooth receiver that played for a struggling program this year, Barlow has an early offer from Texas Tech and is someone that Texas A&M has shown a lot of interest in.
Miles Battle, Houston Cy Creek (6-4/175): A former basketball player, Battle looked like a natural this year. A smooth route runner, his speed does not jump out at you on film but he’s still very elusive.
Ke’von Ahmad, Colleyville Heritage (5-11/185): Despite being double-covered quite often, Ahmad still put up big numbers almost every game. He finished with 62 catches for 1,271 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also ran for 164 yards and three scores. He was a Class 6A first-team all-state selection.
Brendan Harmon, Fort Worth All Saints (6-5/180): The big wideout exploded onto the scene at the 7-on-7 state tournament and the All Saints coaches expect him to have offers from coast to coast.
Cam Scott, Manvel (6-2/170): Scott saw limited action as a sophomore as he was behind several FBS prospects but the Manvel coaches say he could be the best receiver to come through the school.
BJ Hanspard – DeSoto (5-11/170): The son of former Texas Tech running back Byron Hanspard, BJ was injured almost his entire sophomore year. He holds an offer from the Red Raiders and should have a chance to impress even more coaches in the spring.
Jonathan Shepherd, Kilgore (6-3/180): Shepherd has all the physical tools and was good on the camp circuit over the summer but, for some reason, was not used a ton by Kilgore this year.
Al’vonte Woodard, Houston Lamar (6-0/185): The son of former Michigan WR Allen Woodard, the younger Woodard is a solid route-runner and has a chance to be a national recruit.
Stanley Lambert, San Antonio Marshall (6-3/195): Marshall was winless this year and there was not really anybody to get Lambert the ball but he still made some plays. If recruiters go by Marshall, they will find a player they like for sure.
Stefan Cobbs, Keller Fossil Ridge (6-1/165): Cobbs was mostly a possession receiver as a sophomore but he should become the big-play threat next year.
Kalon Barnes, Silsbee (6-1/185): Barnes is a smooth route runner at outside receiver and also has a knack for finding the seams in the defense.
Drue Jackson, Sachse (6-0/170): Jackson played behind a pair of Baylor commits this year but still put up solid stats. He should be the go-to receiver for Sachse as a junior.
Malcom Epps, Spring Dekaney (6-5.5/240): Epps is already a big tight end but he can stretch the field as well. He averaged 17 yards per catch this year.
Jahmarae Shepherd, Cy Springs (5-7/155): He is definitely small but he’s shifty and has a knack for getting open. In a very tough district, he had 51 catches for 807 yards and seven touchdowns.
Marquez Perez, College Station (5-9/160): Perez is quick in the slot but has the speed to play outside as well.
Noah Massey, Klein Collins (6-2/180): A transfer from St. Pius, Massey spent most of his time on JV but could become a big playmaker for the Tigers next year.
Darrell Simpson, Justin Northwest (6-7/320): The mammoth offensive tackle already holds close to double-digit offers.
Luke Matthews, Fort Bend Elkins (6-4/310): The youngest of the Matthews clan, Luke manned the left tackle spot as a sophomore and is already bigger than any of his brothers were at the same age.
Colten Blanton, Houston Cy Ranch (6-7/260): With a great frame, the sophomore played left tackle for one of the top teams in the Houston area this year. He is very athletic and a solid pass blocker. Look for him to see his stock rise big-time this spring.
Trace Oldner, Katy (6-5/280): A gifted pass protector already, Oldner’s feet are something colleges have taken notice of. He played at Seven Lakes this past season.
Connor Galvin, Katy (6-6/255): The sophomore manned the left tackle spot on one of the highest-scoring teams in state history. He has a frame he can add a ton of weight to.
Ylijaah Hall, Bryan (6-5/280): Get ready to hear more about the mauling blocker from Bryan. Hall is a major reason for the Vikings’ success on the field this season.
Demarcus Marshall, South Grand Prairie (6-4/320): A two-year starter already, Marshall plays right tackle for SGP but could move inside in college.
Ian Burnette, Wimberley (6-4/280): The brother of former Texas lineman Buck Burnette, Ian could potentially play either guard or tackle.
Weston Wright, New Braunfels (6-4/270): A standout on the camp circuit over the summer, there is not a ton of game film on Wright just yet.
John Paul Flores, Fort Worth All Saints (6-4/270): Flores is an intriguing prospect from the private school ranks.
John Hughes, Carrollton Creekview (6-4.5/290): Hughes has the potential to grown at least another inch and could become an elite tackle prospect.
Max Banes, Houston St. Thomas (6-4/290): Banes is raw right now but could grow into an impressive tackle prospect.
Garrett Nickelson, League City Clear Springs (6-4/255): The younger brother of Texas tackle Tristan, Garrett anchored the left tackle spot for the Chargers.
Esteban Avila, South Grand Prairie (6-4/275): A high school tackle, Avila could potentially move inside at the next level. He is a solid run blocker.
Hunter Hollis, Lufkin (6-3/265): A high school tackle, Hollis will likely move to guard or center at the next level.
Barton Clement, Fort Bend Marshall (6-4/270): Already a two-year starter, Clement was an honorable mention all-state pick at tackle.
Max Wright, Katy Taylor (6-4/235): A varsity starter since his freshman season, Wright has received offers from several top programs. He suffered a season-ending injury midseason but colleges don’t seem too worried.
Keondre Coburn, Spring Westfield (6-1/285): Westfield seems to grow defensive tackle prospects on trees and Coburn is the next in line. He has the chance to be as highly-recruited as any of them.
Calvin Avery, Dallas Bishop Dunne (6-1.5/310): Avery transferred from Skyline this year and made a big impact for a solid Bishop Dunne team. Illinois has offered and plenty more will come soon as well.
Marquise Conchola, College Station (6-3/265): Though he will likely end up at tackle, Conchola can also play defensive end. He is one of the better prospects on a loaded College Station team.
Nakeveyon Vincent, Waco (5-11/310): His coaches compare him to former Waco standout Andrew Billings. He benched over 300 and squatted over 600 as a freshman.
Reggie Chaney, Frisco Liberty (6-5/235): Also a tight end prospect, Chaney was one of the few bright spots for Liberty this year.
D’Emrik Bradford-Thomas, Carrollton Creekview (6-3/210): A quick pass rusher, Thomas has the frame to continue to fill out and keep his speed.
Willie Smith, Spring (6-2/235): Smith lines up at both tackle and end. He has a quick first step for a strongside end prospect.
Jordan Oliver, Duncanville (6-1/265): The Duncanville coaches are excited about his ability to both stuff the run and rush the passer from the interior.
Terrence Newman, Duncanville (6-0/270): Another play-making interior lineman at Duncanville.
Jarell Cherry, Dallas Carter (6-2/210): A very gifted defender, Cherry started as a freshman and has a frame that colleges covet.
Melvin Larkins, Houston St. Thomas (6-1/215): An inside linebacker prospect, Larkins moves very well laterally and loves to come up and stop the run.
Mykel Gates, Carthage (6-0/220): A running back on varsity as a freshman before being injured, Gates was a standout at linebacker this year.
Bumper Pool, Lucas Lovejoy (6-2/210): A natural athlete, Pool plays from sideline to sideline. He could be an inside or outside guy at the next level.
Martrevious Allison, Tyler John Tyler (6-1/190): Also a running back, Allison is a good speed rusher from the outside but covers well too.
Dekalen Goodson, Tyler John Tyler (6-1/200): A high school defensive end, the rangy Thompson is very quick off the edge. He had four sacks in a game against a very good Lufkin team this year.
Joshua Reed, Houston Reagan (6-2/225): A big body that plays the run well on the inside, Reed could potentially grow into a defensive end.
Caleb Murphy, Colleyville Heritage (6-1/190): Murphy could potentially play safety as well but he is a good pass rusher from his linebacker spot.
Michael Drennon, Mineola (6-1/215): The son of a head coach, the inside linebacker helped lead Mineola to the state title game as a freshman and a No. 1 state ranking as a sophomore.
Verone McKinley III, Plano Prestonwood (5-9/170): Though not the biggest corner, McKinley has excellent coverage skills that have already earned him some major offers.
Anthony Cook, Houston Lamar (6-1/175): Yet another standout cornerback from Lamar, the big and physical sophomore had six interceptions this season.
Cameron Jones, Euless Trinity (6-0/180): Despite only being a sophomore on one of the top teams in the country, the safety was the top playmaker on defense for Trinity this year.
Jalen Green, Houston Reagan (6-2/185): A longer cornerback that can run, Green’s coaches think he could easily be a Top 100 national recruit.
Elisha Guidry, Cedar Park (5-10/170): The cornerback had two interceptions as a freshman a year ago and helped Cedar Park to a No. 1 ranking all year. His older brother, 2017 ATH Javelin, is also a top prospect.
Tyrese Heard, Teague (6-0/180): A small-school standout, Heard has the ideal size for a safety. He is strong against the pass and run.
Corteze Hurd, Marshall (6-0/170): The East Texas safety does a good job of covering ground. He had four interceptions during the regular season.
Monroe Harding, Cleveland (5-11/195): A hard-hitting safety that is also a ballhawk.
Tanner McCalister, Rockwall-Heath (5-10/170): Also a running back, the cornerback has been on varsity since his freshman year.
John Ruffin, Beaumont Central (6-0/170): The safety is part of a strong group of underclassmen at Central. Ruffin has good size and is good in coverage.
Atanza Vongor, South Grand Prairie (5-11/190): The safety was a member of one of the top secondaries in DFW this year.
Iverson Westbrook, Cameron Yoe (5-9/170): A cornerback that loves to tackle, Westbrook recorded over 100 stops as a sophomore as well as four interceptions. He is the younger brother of Oklahoma wide receiver Dede.
Jarron Morris, West Orange-Stark (5-8/150): Morris is very much on the small side but he has an eye for the ball. He had five interceptions as a sophomore this year.
Jalen Preston, Manvel (6-2/210): Preston will have his choice of almost any school in the country in both football and basketball. Though he primarily played receiver this year, he could have even more upside as a safety.
Caden Sterns, Cibolo Steele (6-1/160): The brother of Jordan and Jameson, Caden was a standout receiver for Waxahachie as a freshman before moving to Steele. He played safety for the Knights this year and looked really comfortable there as well.
Julon Williams, Converse Judson (5-10/180): A very good high school quarterback that has been the starter for the state-ranked program since his freshman year, Williams is built like a tank and could be a very good running back at the next level. He is likely a big-time national prospect.
Quandree White, College Station (5-10/165): The younger brother of Texas Tech running back Quinton, Quandree can play both running back and receiver. He is dynamic in space.
MJ Rivers, Plano Prestonwood (6-3/190): The son of former NFL tight end Marcellus Rivers, the question is where MJ projects at the next level. He plays both wide receiver and outside linebacker for Prestonwood.
Dyshawn Batiste, Beaumont Central (5-11/175): Batiste is a standout at both wide receiver and cornerback for the Jaguars.
Vernon Jackson, Boling (6-1/220): The small-school standout could be a running back, fullback or inside linebacker at the next level.
Jaylen Waddle, Houston Episcopal (5-10/170): Though he spent most of his time at wide receiver and proved to be a threat for a big play almost every time he touched the ball, the possibility of Waddle at corner is also intriguing.
Tycen Thompson, Ennis (5-8/160): Thompson spent a lot of time at both running back and receiver for the defending state champions this year.
John Holcombe, Humble Summer Creek (6-3/210): The younger brother of Zarrian, John saw some time at quarterback this year and should have the job full-time going forward.
Jeremiah Davis, Lufkin (5-10.5/180): Davis could play receiver or safety at the next level.