Even with several events affecting recruit’s availability this weekend, most notably the Texas A&M Spring Football Game, there are some big time prospects that are scheduled to participate on Saturday when the Under Armour/Scout.com Combine hits the DFW Metroplex.
Central Texas has several high-profile 2009 recruits that are slated to show off their skills, but most of the buzz entering the combine is surrounding one area’s brightest 2010 stars.
There might not be a better junior running back in the state than Temple’s Lache Seastrunk, and the 2007 Central Texas Offensive Sophomore and Newcomer of the Year is slated to be in attendance this weekend. Seastrunk has legit 4.4 speed and as a sophomore was often times the fastest player on the field for the Wildcats. He averaged an astounding 12.7 yards per carry last season and Saturday could be another step in assent to the summit of Class of 2010 prospect rankings.
As far as 2009 talent goes there are plenty of big names from Central Texas that are looking to light it up at Valley Ranch.
Pflugerville defensive end Alex Okafor is a Texas commit and is currently rated as a four star prospect and the No. 3 defensive end in the nation. Okafor is a frightening combination of power and speed off of the edge and it will be interesting to see how he measures up as he his current listed vitals (6-5, 230, 4.67) were reported after his sophomore season for the Panthers.
Mammoth offensive tackle Michael Brown of Lexington (6-6, 288) is holding offers from Arizona and Stanford and he is receiving a heavy amount of interest from schools around the Big 12. He is currently rated as the third best offensive linemen in Central Texas and is the top uncommitted masher in the region.
Brandall Jackson’s play on the field for Coach Lee Fedora earned him all-State honors as a junior and has landed him offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, and Tulsa this spring. A strong showing on Saturday could lead to him receiving high marks in the prospect rankings, as he is currently an unranked prospect.
Austin LBJ linebacker Kerry Hyder, currently rated as the nation’s No. 11 strong side linebacker and a three star prospect, could really help his stock on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder is holding an offer from Minnesota but if he can show that his speed and quickness are catching up with his size, he could become a hot commodity.
Evant’s Aaron Doyle will go to Valley Ranch as a quarterback, although the Class 1A superstar and two-way all-State selection could have worked out as a defensive back. He has good size (6-2, 212) and speed (4.6) and he will look to show off his arm, which has been one of the best in the area. In two years Doyle has thrown for more than 3,500 yards and 33 touchdowns while intercepting 15 passes from his free safety spot in that same span.
Also scheduled to be in Dallas on Saturday are Leander cornerback Dion McKinney, Round Rock Stony Point wide receiver Glasco Martin, Austin Anderson defensive end Mickey Crawford, and 2010 defensive back Desmond Martin of Round Rock Stony Point.