Commentary

Underclassmen come up big in 7-on-7

Originally Published: July 11, 2009
By Jc Shurburtt | Scouts Inc.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Underclassmen playmakers, including many Class of 2011 wide receivers, highlighted Friday's play in the Division I FoxSports Southwest Texas 7-on-7 State Championships at Texas A&M.

[+] EnlargeMiles Onyegbule
Courtesy Andrew Kilzer Class of 2011 WR Miles Onyegbule, right, showed the ability go up and get the ball and make big plays.
Miles Onyegbule (Arlington, Texas/Arlington) has excellent size, hands and body control. He proved to be a master of making the play on the jump ball and also is athletic enough in this type of competition to make yards after the catch.

Onyegbule was dangerous in the red zone and a favorite target of Texas A&M quarterback commit Matt Joeckel as Arlington completed a 3-0 record in pool play.

Jafus Gaines and (Houston) Chavez went just 1-2, but the wideout's speed and ability is obvious. The Class of 2011 prospect caught several long passes where he simply outran the defender. Gaines had 12 touchdown receptions last season for Chavez and was an All-District selection. He said Thursday that he plans to camp at Texas in the near future. The speed could improve as Gaines runs track for his high school. He runs all the relays and will also run the 100-meter dash this season.

Whitehouse High has a pair of Class of 2011 playmakers in receiver/cornerback Quincy Aldridge and receiver Trey Metoyer.

Aldridge had 13 interceptions during his freshman and sophomore seasons as a cornerback and is working himself into playing offense this year. He has rare size as a cornerback, so that could be where his higher upside is, but he showed special ball skills and explosiveness on offense here.

Metoyer has been praised by many associated with Whitehouse football and is a big receiver who can jump up and come down with the ball. He made one excellent catch against Plano East when he out-muscled a defensive back for a touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone.

Class of 2011 running back Herschel Sims (Abilene, Texas/Abilene) is one of the quickest running back in Texas in what promises to be a loaded class at that position in the next recruiting cycle.

Defensive back Lyndell Johnson (Plano, Texas/Plano East) is a taller defensive back that had several nice plays on the day. Plano East was 2-1 in pool play.

Seastrunk shows explosiveness
While running back is clearly a position that you have to base on performance in pads, running back Lache Seastrunk (Temple, Texas/Temple) caught a 30-plus yard bomb for a touchdown and showed at times the explosiveness that makes him such a highly-regarded recruit.

Though his team went 0-3, Seastrunk talked about experiencing 7-on-7 this summer and how it helps his game.

"It helps my hands," he said. "I used to have really bad hands. They were like hands of stone. So, I have gotten to work on that."

He and his Temple teammates will participate in the consolation bracket on Saturday.

DeSoto is loaded
DeSoto High had multiple talented prospects on display.

Under Armour All-American cornerback Adrian White and wide receiver Darius Terrell, both Texas commits, had solid days, particularly Terrell.

But others stood out as well.

Class of 2010 sleeper receiver/running back/defensive back Marcus Murphy is not the biggest player on the field, but is very quick and has good ball skills. At least one of the Desoto coaches praised him before the second game of the day (DeSoto went 2-1 in pool play) and he went out and had multiple big plays.

A pair of Class of 2011 receivers, Sam Ajala and David Porter, are tall pass catchers that has good hands and also had some good moments. Class of 2011 running back Antoinne Jimmerson also performed well.

DeSoto will participate in the Nike 7on next week in Portland, Ore.

Top of the Hill
The school down the road from DeSoto, Cedar Hill, went 1-2 on the day, but Texas linebacker commit Aaron Benson and Texas A&M running back commit Ben Malena both stood out.

We are the champions
Celina won its third state championship with a 35-19 victory over Rice Consolidated at Kyle Field. West defeated Carthage, 35-28, in the consolation final.

Others standouts
Class of 2011 defensive back Earl Foster (Houston, Texas/Lamar), Class of 2011 running back Donovann Young (Katy, Texas/Katy), Class of 2011 wide receiver Garrett Grayson and Class of 2010 wide receiver Quinn Trimble (Lufkin, Texas/Lufkin) also stood out at various times on Friday.

Pool play
Here’s a look at Friday’s Division I pool play records.

• Pool A: Lake Travis 3-0, Klein 2-1, Lakeview Centennial 1-2, El Paso Bel Air 0-3
• Pool B: Langham Creek 2-1, Marble Falls 2-1, Keller Central 1-2, El Paso Chapin 1-2
• Pool C: Lufkin 3-0, Mission 2-1, Legacy 1-2, Klein Forest 0-3
• Pool D: Plano 3-0, Katy 2-1, New Braunfels Canyon 1-2, West Brook 0-3
• Pool E: Arlington Bowie 2-1, Alamo Heights 2-1, Tyler Lee 1-2, Pearland 1-2
• Pool F: Cypress-Fairbanks 2-1, Plano East 2-1, Whitehouse 2-1, Austin Anderson 0-3
• Pool G: Arlington 3-0, Oak Ridge 2-1, Houston Chavez 1-2, Bastrop 0-3
• Pool H: Arlington Lamar 2-1, Dawson 2-1, Houston Stratford 1-2, Cedar Park 0-3
• Pool I: Jersey Village 3-0, Southlake Carroll 2-1, J.J. Pearce 1-2, Copperas Cove 0-3
• Pool J: Birdville 3-0, Edcouch-Elsa 2-1, Hebron 1-2, Temple 0-3
• Pool K: Stephenville 2-1, Tomball 2-1, Coppell 2-1, Seven Lakes 0-3
• Pool L: Round Rock Stony Point 3-0, The Woodlands 2-1, Houston Lamar 1-2, Colleyville Heritage 0-3
• Pool M: Wylie 2-1, Spring 2-1, Hayes Consolidated 1-2, Fort Bend Bush 1-2
• Pool N: Denton Guyer 3-0, Bellaire 2-1, Cedar Hill 1-2, Vista Ridge 0-3
• Pool O: DeSoto 2-1, Abilene Cooper 2-1, Richland 2-1, Fort Bend Elkins 0-3
• Pool P: Abilene 3-0, Fort Bend Dulles 2-1, Klein Collins 1-2, South Garland 0-3

The championship and consolation bracket play for the Division I tournament begins at 8 a.m. Saturday.

JC Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at jcsespn@aol.com.

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