Central Texas Pre-Spring 2009 Top 25: 20-16

Evant's two-way standout Aaron Doyle

The 2009 prospect countdown in Central Texas continues with the early look at prospects ranked 20-16 in the area.

Once again the Super Centex area is very prevalent in the pre-spring top 25 rankings as three players from this group are from the greater Waco area, including the first and only Waco High player in the rankings.

The rankings also feature two players from 14-5A schools that have all kinds of raw ability and got some extra seasoning with long playoff runs this seasons.

20. John Hubert, RB, Waco Midway
After a huge year on the junior varsity, it was going to be interesting to see how Hubert adjusted to varsity competition in 2007. Hubert emphatically answered that question by leading the Panthers to the playoffs out of a tough District 16-4A while being named the league's MVP. He is very shifty and has plenty of speed to burn, but the only thing that might hurt him on the recruiting scene is his lack of ideal size. Nonetheless, Hubert is a big time playmaker and a true home run threat out of the back field.

19. Andre Taylor, TE, Round Rock
Taylor is very, very raw but his physical gifts cannot be ignored. His frame (6-foot-4) is big and he has room to add weight and he brings nice speed to the table. At this point, he has more physical upside than former Dragon and 2007 LSU signee Alex Russian, although Russian was more accomplished on the field than Taylor as Taylor caught just two passes for 43 yards and a touchdown as a junior.

18. Aaron Doyle, QB/DB, Evant
There might not be a more complete football player in the state that Doyle. He reminds me a lot of former Granger star and Oklahoma all-American in the sense that he could potentially be a Division I quarterback, but he has great upside as a defensive back. He is a two-time all-State selection in the defensive backfield and he has a great feel for the game.

17. Andrew Weaver, DL, Waco High
Weaver is not filled out as physically as Pflugerville's Alex Okafor but he was still just as productive as junior. As part of one of the best defensive line units in all of Class 4A, Weaver was a unanimous first team all-District 16-4A pick at defensive end. He has very good speed off of the edge is a true pass-rushing end prospect.

16. Dion McKinney, DB, Leander
McKinney did not pick up any all-District honors (on either the first or second team) but he managed to get plenty of playing time and make and impact in a Lions secondary that was veteran heavy, including all-State Texas pledge Blake Gideon. McKinney is smaller and while his straight-line speed is solid, he has very good hips that allow him to be effective in man coverage and also has a knack for the big play (like is blocked extra point return for a two-point conversion in a televised win over state semifinalist Pflugerville).

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