Last weekend, there was a multitude of playoff games that included players that the Longhorns are interested in. In addition, two of Texas’s commits, Byron Murphy II and Morice Blackwell, were playing in big time games against ranked opponents.
Game #1: Lone Star vs #2 Highland Park
Last season, Lone Star took Highland Park to overtime and was able to pull off an upset. However, this year, the Scots were hungry for revenge and kept the Rangers away at an arm’s length. Thanks to their 30-20 win over the Rangers, Highland Park will face Denton Ryan in this weekend’s regional final matchup.
Scots quarterback Brayden Schager had a methodical performance against Lone Star and was accurate on intermediary throws. Additionally, offensive tackle Jack Leyrer has done an excellent job of protecting Schager’s blind side throughout the season. Currently, both Schager, a Hawaii commit, and Leyrer, a Stanford commit, have three-star grades on 247Sports.
Game #2: #19 Southlake Carroll vs #14 Arlington Martin
Earlier in the season, former Longhorns commit Quinn Ewers was dealing with a sports hernia injury that sidelined him for much of the year. However, Ewers made a surprise return for Carroll in his first appearance since October. As a result, the Dragons had the firepower that they needed to compete with Martin.
Unfortunately for the Dragons, 2021 Longhorns signee Morice Blackwell was not looking to give them a cakewalk. As a result, Blackwell showcased his top-end speed from the linebacker position as he ranged from sideline to sideline for the Warriors. Furthermore, Blackwell is one of the state’s most productive linebackers and had 128 tackles in 2019.
On the other side of things, the Dragons showed some signs of rust on offense but were able to produce when needed. Ultimately, Ewers’ rapport with receivers, Brady Boyd and Landon Samson, helped him to finish the game with three passing touchdowns. After Carroll’s 30-26 win over Martin, the Dragons will face long time rival, Euless Trinity, this weekend at Globe Life Park.
Game #3: Rockwall-Heath vs #7 Bridgeland
Last time I covered Bridgeland, they beat Klein Collins in the bi-district round of the playoffs. Led by 2022 four-star quarterback Conner Weigman, the Bears were looking to beat a talented Rockwall-Heath team.
However, Rockwall-Heath is led by another talented 2022 quarterback in Josh Hoover, who scorched the Bears with three passing touchdowns. In addition, 2022 wide receiver Jay Fair scored a total of two touchdowns: one receiving and one on a kick return.
Unfortunately for Bridgeland, a few costly turnovers early in the contest all but sealed the deal as the Hawks took advantage of every opportunity. Despite this, Weigman was still able to throw for three touchdown passes as well.
Game #4: #15 Spring vs #11 DeSoto
Last month, 2021 defensive lineman Byron Murphy II flipped his commitment from Baylor to Texas. Against Spring, Murphy was seemingly in the backfield wreaking havoc on every other play. Furthermore, he ended the game with multiple sacks and led the Eagles to a 27-20 come-from-behind victory. In addition to Murphy, teammate Shemar Turner also feasted on Spring’s offensive line and even caught a touchdown pass on offense.
This weekend, DeSoto will face #2 Duncanville in the regional finals at Globe Life Park.
First of all, it was nice to see Ewers back in action for Carroll. With Ewers, Carroll’s chances of winning a title are drastically improved however, North Shore and Duncanville are still the heavy favorites to win it all.
Speaking of quarterbacks, Bridgeland’s Conner Weigman showcased his dual-threat ability against Rockwall-Heath as he was able to rush for many first downs. Weigman’s recruitment will be one to keep an eye on for Texas fans, after he was offered by the Longhorns in November.
Changing topic, Martin’s Morice Blackwell looks like a quality prospect for the Longhorns. One thing’s for sure, Blackwell was all over the field against Carroll and delivered many punishing hits. Blackwell signed his letter of intent during the early National Signing Day period and will join Texas’s linebacker group.
Lastly, speaking of another Texas signee, Byron Murphy was very impressive in DeSoto’s win over Spring. Murphy’s athleticism is readily apparent as he is able to shake off offensive linemen at the snap and pursue the ball carrier down the field.
Longhorns Recruiting Notes:
— Jalen Hale (@JalenHale8) December 23, 2020
Last Tuesday, the Longhorns offered 2023 four-star wide receiver, Jalen Hale, from Longview.
On Christmas, the Longhorns were gifted with a commitment from 2021 three-star wide receiver Keithron Lee.
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