Football Preview: 7-on-7 tourney features top players, teams

Football Preview: 7-on-7 tourney features top players, teams


Football Preview: 7-on-7 tourney features top players, teams


Adidas 7-on-7 tourney features popular Swag Bag uniforms.

Adidas 7-on-7 tourney features popular Swag Bag uniforms.

The best preseason football preview _ also known as the Adidas 7-on-7 State Championship _ is taking place in College Station this weekend. It’s a great place to get a sample of the upcoming 2015 season. A team in the 64-team field to watch now and this season: Mesquite Horn.

Horn has a rising junior quarterback commit to Oklahoma in Chris Robison and a Baylor WR commit in WR Jared Atkinson. Horn, which stopped Highland Park’s district winning streak last season, is a favorite to win the 7-on-7 competition with athletes such as Robison, Atkinson, WR Bryston Cummings and 6-3 205-pounder sophomore Maureese Wren, who could be the next Dez Bryant or the next DE-like Myles Garrett as he develops the next two years. Don’t be surprised if athletic TCU commit Gary Overshawn doesn’t make a catch or two. He’s an athletic 6-5 who can make plays at DE during 11-man or score TDs in 7-on-7.

Among the other North Texas favorites who could make it through the grueling 8-game trek in steamy, humid, 93-degree heat to the Saturday afternoon final: DeSoto and Lovejoy.

DeSoto has Ohio State commit Tristen Wallace who has a powerful arm but whose strength is the combination of throwing and the 6-3, 220-pounder running. Wallace looks great after last year’s broken leg and also looks like they need to re-measure on recruiting profiles … He looks at least 6-4 these days .. DeSoto has some speedy receivers and none better than speedy Class of 2017 Kadarrian Nixon and RB LaDarren Brown is a burner out of the backfield … Class 5A Lovejoy quarterback Bowman Sells has looked great this spring/summer … If there’s a more accurate rollout passer, I haven’t seen him in the last five years .. Houston’s offensive genius/New Head coach Tom Herman has a steal … How many catches can WR Aaron Fuller make? He pretty much keeps the engraver in fulltime work in updating his school track records …

UPDATE: Arlington Lamar has Texas commit QB Shane Buechele, but unless he pulls off a travel miracle from The Opening at Nike headquarters in Oregon this week and Lamar makes the quarterfinals or so, it’ll be Chance Fuller at QB for the Vikings in the state tourney … Chance actually is pretty similar to Buechele with great decision making and accuracy. He is the son of former Lamar coach Trent Fuller, whose contract was not renewed last fall after tussle with school officials over admin procedures not related to Fuller’s 34-23 record and five playoff appearances in five years. A highly respected coach who was the offensive coordinator for current Kansas assistant Kenny Perry at Arlington Bowie, Trent Fuller is one the sidelines in private business watching Chance when playing time develops …

Shout out to Fort Worth All Saints: The 7-on-7 limited private schools to Division I competition and All Saints was the only SPC/ TAPPS school to qualify with quarterback Luke Anthony, receiver Isaiah Harris and 6-5 Class 2018 WR Brendan Harmon, who will be among the breakout stars of the tourney when the Great Unwashed (homage to Blackie Sherrod) get a look at him.

NCAA follie Part VVVVV…: Ridiculous NCAA rules forced move from Texas A&M intramural fields two years ago to prevent recruiting advantage. College Station Chamber of Commerce is organization who makes life easy for 96 DI & II qualifying teams and not an “advantage” for A&M recruiting at public fields two miles away. Winning, NFL draft and SEC help A&M, not hosting 7-on-7.

But A&M coach Kevin Sumlin will be a regular at state 7-on7 two years from now as his son Jackson Sumlin moves up through middle school. Sumlin was at Prime Time Sports state tourney (for younger kids) two weeks ago at same venue …


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