Friday, September 6, 2013
Big 12 recruiting storylines: Sept. 5
By Damon Sayles
College football is in full effect, but high school football opened with a bang as well. From SportsCenter-worthy catches to conflicting reports about a Big 12 commit -- or decommit, depending on which side you believe -- the weekend is expected to provide a lot of enthusiasm and excitement.
Here’s a look at some of the Big 12 storylines:
Cannon’s catch a YouTube sensation
It might be the catch of the year when it’s all said and done -- on all levels. For now, ESPN 300 wide receiver and Baylor commit K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) will settle for it being just another thing Baylor fans can look out for next season.
A YouTube video of Cannon catching a pass on Aug. 30 against Paris (Texas) High School in quadruple coverage -- and then getting flipped in the air while hauling in the pass -- has become an instant social media sensation. The video had roughly 20,000 views Wednesday morning. It finished the night with nearly 50,000.
Cannon, the nation’s No. 5 receiver who committed to Baylor on Aug. 10, has watched the video a few times, and every time, it makes him say the same thing.
“It makes me think, ‘Man ... did I catch that?’ ” he said.
He did, and he hopes to make electrifying plays like that for Baylor next season. Sidenote: Cannon finished the night with five receptions for 65 yards and two touchdowns in a win.
Can Baylor fans expect most of his catches to be this dramatic?
“I can’t say that,” Cannon said, “but all I can say is every time I touch the ball, it’s a highlight.”
DT Henderson officially decommits from TCU
Three-star defensive tackle and TCU pledge Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview) had the Internet buzzing early Wednesday evening.
Was he still a TCU commit? Did he decommit? Does he have an interest in Texas? Did he silently switch from the Horned Frogs to the Longhorns?
Henderson answered all questions Thursday morning via Twitter by announcing his decommitment from the Horned Frogs. He said he will take official visits before making a final decision.
As for the rumor of Henderson committing to Texas, the 6-foot-1, 281-pound defensive tackle said it wasn’t true. Henderson tweeted that he has a top six -- and TCU is still a major player. TCU, Texas, Baylor, Ole Miss, Florida and South Carolina made the cut.
If Texas happens to land Henderson, it’ll mean TCU losing another player to Mack Brown and his staff. Four-star 2014 receiver Emanuel Porter (Dallas/Lincoln) and ESPN Junior 300 safety Johnny Shaw (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark) have decommitted from TCU to switch to Texas this year.
Border battles to feature Big 12 commits
The Texas-Oklahoma border battles always garner attention, and Saturday will feature two of Oklahoma’s finest lining up against two of Texas’ top dogs in the house that has seen several former college stars pass through, including Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Chase Daniel and Greg McElroy, who led Alabama to the BCS national title in 2009.
DeSoto (Texas) will play Tulsa (Okla.) Union at 4 p.m., and Euless (Texas) Trinity will face Jenks (Okla.) at 8 p.m. in the Southwest Showcase at Southlake (Texas) Carroll’s Dragon Stadium. The game will feature several FBS targets, including ESPN 300 safety Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks), as well as several Big 12 verbal commitments.
Oklahoma State has a trio of commits from the four teams in safety Dylan Harding (Jenks, Okla./Jenks), receiver Chris Lacy (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and offensive guard Lem Galeai (Euless, Texas/Trinity), all three-star players. Texas has two 2015 commits who are ESPN Junior 300 players in offensive lineman Patrick Vahe (Euless, Texas/Trinity) and defensive tackle Bryce English (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto).
The state of Texas has been well represented at past Under Armour All-American games. Two of the nation’s best were awarded their honorary game jerseys on Wednesday.
Defensive end Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/Martin) and safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron), two ESPN 300 players, both participated in game-jersey ceremonies and took to Twitter to express their appreciation.
“Couldn't do it without my family, friends, teammates, and coaches,” tweeted Garrett, who has high interest in TCU as well as Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State and Texas A&M.
“Truly blessed & cannot wait to compete in the Under Armour All-Amercian game,” tweeted Adams, who has a top four of Texas, Texas A&M, Florida and Ole Miss.
ESPN Junior 300 tight end Hale Hentges (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) has a high interest in Missouri, but the 6-5, 235-pound athlete has said on several occasions that he is weighing all of his options. One of those options is Iowa State, Hentges’ only Big 12 offer thus far. Hentges most recently took a visit to Nebraska and has additional offers from Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, Tennessee, Wisconsin and others. ... ESPN Junior 300 receiver DaMarkus Lodge (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) will take a visit to Oklahoma over the weekend. Lodge, who last visited Norman, Okla., on Aug. 7, will take in the Sooners’ home game against West Virginia. This will happen after Lodge attempts to lead his team Friday night against defending Texas Class 5A Division I champion Allen, led by ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Kyler Murray and Oklahoma commits Tay Evans, a 2014 linebacker, and younger brother Bobby Evans, an ESPN Junior 300 tight end. ... 2015 receiver Alex Ofodile (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) picked up offers from Ole Miss and Colorado on Wednesday. Ofodile already has offers from Wisconsin, Northwestern and several other programs, but he’s yet to nab a Big 12 offer. Kansas State has shown interest.