High School: TCU Horned Frogs

Cowboys' Dallas Day crop looks strong

June, 24, 2012
DeSoto’s Patrick Crayton is the biggest success story from the Cowboys’ Dallas Day workouts, which are held before each day for prospects who attended local colleges or high schools. Dallas Kimball’s Phillip Tanner is an example on the current roster of a player who caught the Cowboys’ eye on Dallas Day and kept impressing after signing as an undrafted free agent.

This year’s Dallas Day netted a pretty intriguing haul. The Cowboys signed four undrafted players from those workouts who appear to have legitimate chances to stick, whether it’s on the practice squad or 53-man roster. A look at the rookies with local roots:

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AP Photo/Tony GutierrezLance Dunbar could force his way onto the Cowboys as a fourth running back and kick returner.
OLB Adrian Hamilton: He took a twisted path from Dallas Carter High to Prairie View A&M, signing with Oklahoma State, playing briefly for Texas Tech and spending some time at a community college, but Hamilton had one the most prolific pass-rushing season in SWAC history last year. His 22 sacks broke the conference record held by Colts defensive end Robert Mathis. The knack for getting to the quarterback gives Hamilton a chance to make the team.

CB Isaac Madison: The 5-foot-10, 173-pound Madison, another Carter High product, started the last three seasons at Arkansas. He performed well enough during offseason workouts to earn some reps with the first-team nickel package with Mike Jenkins and Morris Claiborne unavailable. Madison will be fighting for the fifth cornerback job during training camp and the preseason and can help his cause by proving he can contribute on special teams.

WR Cole Beasley: The son of his high school coach at Little Elm, the SMU product is the stereotypical short, quick slot receiver. Beasley won’t earn high marks on any eye tests, but coaches can’t help but notice his tendency to get open and catch the ball. The Cowboys didn’t have a pure slot receiver on the roster last season, moving Miles Austin inside in multi-receiver formations. Beasley, who had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons at SMU, could give them another option.

RB Lance Dunbar: He’s a 5-foot-8, 191-pound scatback who broke North Texas' all-time records for rushing yards (4,224), all-purpose yards (5,375) and touchdowns (49). It will be tough for Dunbar to beat out Tanner for the third running back job, but the Cowboys kept four running backs at the beginning of last season. Dunbar, a Haltom High product, will have a chance to impress on kickoff returns.
AUSTIN, Texas - - ESPNU 150 athlete Daje Johnson (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) has finally committed to the Longhorns.

Johnson, the No. 14 athlete and No. 141 player overall, was offered a scholarship by Texas during his official visit on Saturday and accepted on the spot. In doing so, he became the 25th member of its 2012 class and the 18th with at least a four-star grade.

There appeared to at least be a chance of that happening when he scheduled his official visit to Austin last week. Johnson has always liked the Longhorns and even made the initial effort to see if they had any interest in him by asking Texas coach Mack Brown via text early during the 2011 season.

Then there didn't seem to be much a shot at all after he canceled his visit on Monday.

At that time, Johnson said that Texas had simply waited too long to get in the race and he had every intention on sticking with his commitment to TCU, where he had been committed since March 26.

But Texas stayed persistent. On Tuesday, Johnson received a phone call from Longhorns co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and a Facebook message from Mack Brown. That was enough to get Johnson to reschedule his visit for this weekend.

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Aledo RB Johnathan Gray chooses Longhorns

April, 22, 2011

Aledo junior running back Johnathan Gray announced Friday that he has given his nonbinding verbal commitment to Texas.

The Aledo junior, considered to be the top high school running back in Texas, announced his decision that he will join the Longhorns in 2012 during a news conference Friday morning.

"When I visited Texas during the spring game, I felt like part of the family,"' Gray said. "Knowing the atmosphere and the facilities, it is where I wanted to go. There is a great group of players on and off the field that I want to be associated with."

TCU and Texas A&M were also reported to be high on the list for Gray, who turned 18 Friday.

Gray, the ESPN RISE Mr. Football USA national player of the year, rushed for 3,221 yards and established a Texas single-season record for rushing touchdowns with 59. He scored 368 points.

In Aledo's 69-34 rout of La Marque in the Class 4A Division II title game, Gray rushed for 323 yards and eight touchdowns.

Arlington linebacker commits to TCU

March, 30, 2010
Arlington linebacker Laderice Sanders committed to TCU's recruiting class for 2011. The 6-0, 220-pound prospect had also been offered a scholarship by the Minnesota Gophers. Verbal commitments are non-binding.

Pair of Arl. Martin football players commit

March, 11, 2010
Arlington Martin's excursion to the third round of the Class 5A Division I football playoffs last fall is already paying dividends on the recruiting front for members of the Class of 2011.

Danzel Williams, a 5-9, 190-pound running back/free safety, announced his commitment to Oklahoma on Tuesday.

A day earlier, teammate Deryck Gildon, a 6-2, 205-pound linebacker, revealed his intention to accept a scholarship to TCU.

Williams, who was recruited as a running back, said an early commitment wasn't exactly his plan.

"But Oklahoma had everything I wanted, so why wait?" he said.

Williams said Oklahoma State and TCU were in his final three.

What are Oklahoma fans getting?

"They're looking at a crowd pleaser," he said. "I love to play to the crowd, and Oklahoma always has a nice crowd.''

Williams' junior season of over 1,200 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns included a 17-carry, 123-yard performance against eventual Class 5A Division I state champion Euless Trinity in the playoff game that eliminated Martin.

Gildon said the atmosphere around TCU was a key factor in his decision. He said SMU was a close second on the list of 10 schools courting him.

In a way, it wasn't surprising that he would choose from two area schools. Growing up, he and his family were constantly on the move because his mother was in the military.

As a junior, Gildon recorded 50 tackles and a sack.