Texas stars showcased at Junior Day

HOUSTON - Some of the top prospects in the Lone Star State were on hand Sunday at the University of Houston for the Rivals100 Junior Day. Highlighting the event was Houston North Shore do-it-all star Robbie Reid and Houston Westbury receiver and new Texas commitment George Walker. But they weren’t the only big-timers that made it to the event.
The orientation to the recruiting process was an overall success as around 60 of the area’s top prospects listened to speakers, asked questions about the recruiting process, had their height and weight measured and eventually filled out a questionnaire.
Both the players and parents agreed that it was a worthwhile event and that they now have better information to help them with the recruiting process.
“I learned today what to do and not do in the recruiting process,” said The Woodlands running back Samson Taylor, who measured in at 5-foot-11 ½ and 204 pounds and already has earned scholarship offers from Texas A&M and Northwestern.
“It was really helpful for my parents, too. They now know that they can help me in making the right decision, instead of getting in the way. I’m glad that I came.”
He wasn’t the only one.
Bay City quarterback Scott Elliott, who measured in at 6-foot-1 ¼ and 172 pounds, said he learned that you have to be aggressive in the process.
“I learned that I must sell myself and pick and choose what camps that can help me the most instead of just going to all of them,” Elliott, who listed Texas, Texas A&M, Colorado, LSU and TCU as his top teams, said.
The speakers of the event included Chris and Cindi Harrington, who spoke about going through the recruiting process in the eyes of both a player and a parent. And coach Joe Hornback once again gave one of his amazing talks about what to do and not to do with the recruiting process.
“Coach Hornback was great,” said Tomball, Texas, athlete Anthony McDade, who listed Penn State, Michigan, Purdue, Notre Dame and Iowa as his top teams and measured in at 6-foot-2 ¾ and 200 pounds.
Along with the speakers, Reid and Walker had to also be the top stars of the event. Reid showed up with a burnt orange Texas Longhorn T-shirt on but then donned his team’s uniform when it was time for pictures.
“My mother got it for me,” Reid said with a laugh when asked if that meant anything about where he might eventually end up.
Wherever Reid ends up they will end up getting a star. Reid, who plays quarterback for Houston North Shore measured in at a very solid 6-3 and 224 pounds.
Reid listed Florida State, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas and USC as his top teams. He has offers from Arizona, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Northwestern and will camp this summer at George and Notre Dame.
Walker re-affirmed the news from Saturday when he committed to Texas. He said he is comfortable with his decision, despite talking to the other players at the event about their intentions of taking their time with the recruiting process.
“I found my perfect school,” Walker, who measured in at 6-1 and 190 pounds, said.
Another one of Houston’s top players showed up and definitely passed the eyeball test. Houston Hightower offensive lineman Tyrone Byrd measured in at 6-5 ¼ and 252 pounds.
Byrd already has offers from LSU, UCLA and Oklahoma State. He listed his top teams as LSU, UCLA, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Colorado State and TCU.