Lone Star State stock report: Five up, two down
Here is a look at five Texas-based players that have been showing out as spring wraps up and two that might need to get some things figured out heading into the summer.
The breakdown: Cardwell has been piling up offers since his appearance at the Rivals Three-Stripe Camp presented by adidas in Dallas. He’s an athletic and natural cover corner that is well-built and plays for one the state’s top programs at Cibolo-Steele. Cardwell does a great job identifying routes and staying in the back pocket of receivers.
The breakdown: Young, a big cornerback out of Richmond-Foster, is having an easy time picking up offers with coaches getting a look at his size and athleticism in person. He is built like a safety and could end up sliding back in the secondary. Either way, his physicality will make him a menace at any spot and that includes his willingness to make the big hit.
Recruiting wrap: Ogunbanjo had an incredible month of May, picking up all 11 of his offers in a little over two weeks.
The breakdown: Ogunbanjo is the teammate of Rivals100 wide receiver Brennan Eagles and was part of a state-qualifying 4x100 Alief Taylor relay team. He is another long and athletic outside linebacker that boasts a 4.45-second 40-yard dash. Much of his film is of him wiggling out of blocks and closing down quickly on quarterbacks, but with his speed and range, he could line up in a couple of spots in the front seven.
The breakdown: Wilson was a top playmaker for a team that won a 6A state championship as a sophomore. He also is a pretty strong basketball player and it’s easy to see how that’s translated to what he does best as a wide receiver - catch with his hands and win jump balls. Also in the mix for him are TCU and Wisconsin, where teammate Cade Green signed this year.
The breakdown: Barber is an electric athlete that has been picking up offers as a receiver and defensive back. He wasn’t able to play in his team’s spring game this week due to an ankle sprain, but when he’s on the field, he’s one of the quickest in the state. Barber also said after picking up his offer from the Tigers that he’s now reconsidering some things in his recruitment and wants to get a closer look at Clemson.
Recruiting wrap: Dove's lone offer is from North Texas.
The breakdown: Dove has everything that you want in a big-time perimeter wide receivers, but the offers just haven’t materialized this spring. Perhaps his fatal flaw is not having that top-flight acceleration or top-end speed, but he has all the other physical tools desired in a player of his profile. Dove still very much has all the makings of a prospect that could see his recruitment explode once the season gets started, but it’s been an otherwise quiet spring for the Denton-Ryan pass catcher.
The breakdown: Earlier this spring, Gage announced not only his commitment to the Mean Green, but to playing cornerback as well. Gage is a more natural talent at wide receiver and his decision to pick UNT over Power Five schools may mean that there were some strings attached to those offers. He’s still a very athletically gifted player, but switching positions raises a few questions - at least in the short term.