DCTF’s Recruiting Tales from the Road

The crew loads up the DCTF Swag Wagon weekly and travels around the state to watch top prospects play in top games. 

Top Stars Shine Bright in Cen-Tex Clash

Name: Colton Vasek | School: Austin Westlake | Class: 2023 | Pos: DE | HT: 6’5 | WT: 225 

Breakdown: Vasek terrorized the Judson offense throughout the lopsided affair. He’s a borderline five-star talent who might earn those accolades with more performances like the one on Friday night. He was unblockable. Judson tried to run away from him, move the pocket, double team, and chip the Oklahoma commit, but Vasek continued to disrupt the Rockets. He was excellent. Brent Venerables deserves a lot of credit for landing Vasek from Texas’ own backyard. It is hard to imagine that a national top 100 defensive end from Norman would pick the Longhorns. Vasek can play with his hand in the ground in a four-man front or play as a standup outside linebacker in an odd-man scheme.

Name: Jaden Greathouse | School: Austin Westlake | Class: 2023 | Pos: WR | HT: 6’3 | WT: 205 

Breakdown: The Notre Dame commit is always the most productive player on the field, and in the win over Judson, he was also the best player on the field. Greathouse was his usual dominant self, catching two touchdowns and returning a punt for a touchdown while seemingly making every Judson defender miss in the process. He was also a bully as a blocker in the run game. Westlake is one of the most physical teams in the state, and Greathouse buys-in to that mindset despite his superstar status at wide receiver. He’s been making plays since he was a freshman on a state championship team, and he has a chance to start for four consecutive state championship squads. He’s a top 20 player in the state, in my opinion.

Name: TJ Shanahan | School: Austin Westlake | Class: 2023 | Pos: OT/OG | HT: 6’4 | WT: 325

Breakdown: The 6-4, 310-pound Shanahan headlines one of the toughest offensive lines in Texas. He plays at left tackle for the Chaparrals, but he probably projects to guard at the next level. He’s physical in the run game and mobile as a pass protector. He’s at his best when he gets to go downhill and bully defensive linemen, which he did for most of the win over Judson. The four-star holds nearly 40 offers with Texas A&M perceived as the leader in front of Georgia and LSU.

Name: Anthony Evans | School: Converse Judson | Class: 2023 | Pos: WR | HT: 5’10 | WT: 160

Breakdown: Vasek wasn’t the only Oklahoma commit to star in the matchup between Westlake and Judson. Evans, a 5-10, 160-pound wide receiver, scored twice in the loss. He took the first pass of the game 70 yards for a score, outracing a talented Westlake defense into the end zone. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the second half. His speed stood out even with the Rockets struggling on offense for much of the game. He’d put up all-state numbers in a more pass-friendly offense.

Name: Johnny Bowens | School: Converse Judson | Class: 2023 | Pos: DT | HT: 6’2 | WT: 265

Breakdown: The Westlake offensive line took Bowens, and the rest of the Judson defensive line, out of the game on Friday night. Westlake also minimized his potential impact by running to the opposite side of Bowens for most of the game. We didn’t get to see as many battles between Shanahan and Bowens as we wanted, but those two might see plenty of each other in college as both are favored to end up at Texas A&M.

“The Lew” is Loaded with Young Prospects

Name: Jaydan Hardy | School: Lewisville | Class: 2024 | Pos: S | HT: 6’0 | WT: 170

Breakdown: Hardy is already one of the most heavily recruited safeties in the nation. He has over 20 FBS offers (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Kansas, LSU, Miami (FL), Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Texas, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and Wisconsin). His skill set is easy to see. He is an aggressive-minded defender who flies to the football and closes in a flash. He is at his best versus the run, but his coverage skills will continue to evolve as he gains experience. 

Name: Lamar Kerby | School: Lewisville | Class: 2024 | Pos: S | HT: 6’0 | WT: 170

Breakdown: Keep an eye on Kerby’s development as one of the state’s top receivers. On limited touches, he showcased the ability to quickly get in and out of his breaks and get separation in tight windows. He has the quick-twitch and leaping ability that college wide receiver coaches will love. Kerby already has offers from Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech.

Name: Viron Ellison II | School: Lewisville | Class: 2024 | Pos: S | HT: 5’11 | WT: 180

Breakdown: Ellison is a prospect about to see his recruitment take off. He has early offers from Colorado State and Texas State, but he has a P5-level skill set. He spent time playing RB and OLB and made an impact no matter where he lined up. He has the game’s best run on a 57-yard touchdown scamper where he showed the ability to run through tackles and outpace defenders to paydirt. He had a couple of big plays on defense, including a sack on his first defensive rep. Ellison will be a DCTF Hot 100 candidate.

Texas Tech DT Commit Proves Value, Versatility

Name: Amier Washington | School: Little Cypress-Mauriceville | Class: 2023 | Pos: DT | HT: 6’2 | WT: 245

Breakdown: The Texas Tech commit lines up all over the defensive line for LCM and showed flashes of why he’s a highly coveted recruit with good quickness off the ball and he’s violent with his hands. Washington is a classic “tweener” defensive lineman at the next level who is sturdy enough at DE to hold up against the run, but quick and strong on the interior when he can spin down and rush the passer in obvious passing downs. If he finds the right fit at the next level he has a chance to be a valuable player.

A 2023 Sleeper at Denton Braswell

Name: Jaylon Burton | School: Denton Braswell | Class: 2023 | Pos: RB | HT: 5’9 | WT: 175

The senior running back averaged over 16 yards per touch in a 48-21 win over Keller Fossil Ridge.

Breakdown: Burton, who ran for nearly 1,700 yards as a junior in a 6A district in DFW hasn’t seen his recruitment take off yet, but he’s gotten bigger and bulked up over the summer and looks the part. Great vision and one-cut ability to find a hole, and when he gets in space, he’s got the juice to reach the end zone. Had 10 carries for 161 yards and four touchdowns in Braswell’s win on Friday. 

*Mike Craven, Mallory Hartley, Ishmael Johnson, Greg Powers, Matt Stepp and Greg Tepper contributed to this report. 

 

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