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Huntsville defensive end and Texas commit T'Vondre Sweat. (Mike Craven)


The Dotted Line: Week 7 guide to watching Texas commits in action

Posted October 11th, 2018


It’s a loaded week of action for Texas’ commits with 17 of the 18 commitments in the 2019 recruiting class playing games, as well as 2020 quarterback commit Hudson Card. Injuries have plagued Roschon Johnson and Jordan Whittington, but both returned last week. Marquess Caldwell hopes to do the same on Friday. De’Gabriel Floyd is the one on an open week.

Alvin’s Marques Caldwell (20) breaks up a pass to Clear Creek’s Brandon Woodson (17) Thursday, Oct. 6. at Alvin High School.

Alvin at Houston Clear Creek 

Where: Veterans Memorial Stadium


When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Commits: Marques Caldwell, three-star cornerback (Alvin)

Alvin is 0-5. No defensive stats are available for Caldwell. He’s missed several games after tearing his labrum but hopes to return Friday night.

Temple at Killeen

Where: Leo Buckley Stadium

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Commits: Jared Wiley, three-star tight end (Temple)

Playing quarterback, Wiley has 790 yards and 13 touchdowns passing without an interception. He’s also scored on a 42-yard rushing touchdown and has 353 yards on the ground through four games. Temple is undefeated.

Katy Cinco Ranch at Katy Taylor

Where: Rhodes Stadium

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Commits: David Gbenda, four-star linebacker (Cinco Ranch)

Texas’ newest commit has recorded 47 tackles, including 9 for loss, in his first six games. Cinco Ranch is 2-4.

Port Neches-Groves at Crosby

Where: Crosby High School

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Commits: Roschon Johnson, four-star quarterback (Port Neches-Groves)

Johnson led the Indians to a game-winning drive last week against Vidor. He scored five touchdowns in the win. Crosby represents the biggest test in district play. Johnson said he’s finally fully healthy.

Richmond George Ranch vs. Alief Taylor

Where: Slade Field

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Commits: Peter Mpagi, three-star defensive end (George Ranch)

George Ranch is 2-3 this season.

Houston North Forest vs. Navasota  

Where: Cowart Stadium

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Commits: Javonne Shepherd, four-star offensive tackle (North Forest)

North Forest is 1-5 on the season and Shepherd is back following a suspension.

Huntsville vs. Montgomery  

Where: Huntsville High School

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Commits: T’Vondre Sweat, three-star defensive end (Huntsville)

Sweat recorded four sacks in the win over A&M Consolidated two weeks ago. He’s also intercepted a pass this season. No full stats are available. Huntsville is 4-1.

Plano East at Allen

Where: Allen High School

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Commits: Tyler Owens, four-star safety (Plano East)

The undefeated Plano East Panthers face the toughest test of the season on the road against Allen. No stats were available.

Conroe Oak Ridge vs. College Park  

Where: Woodforest Bank Stadium

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Commits: Tyler Johnson, four-star offensive tackle (Oak Ridge)

Cuero at Bandera

Where: Bandera High School

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Commits: Jordan Whittington, four-star wide receiver

Whittington recorded 12 catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns in his first game back from a nagging groin injury that required surgery in the summer.

The out-of-state commits

Mayfair (Calif.) vs. Norwalk (Calif.)

Where: Valley Christian High School (Calif.)

When: Friday, 7 p.m. Pacific

Commits: Chris Adimora, four-star safety (Mayfair)

Mayfair and Adimora, a four-star safety commit, started the season 5-2 and are set for a showdown with Gahr in a neutral-site game. Adimora stars on both sides of the ball for Mayfair, patrolling the secondary at safety and contributing at wide receiver. He recorded nine catches for 312 yards and three touchdowns in the loss last week.

Notre Dame Prep’s Jake Smith (1) celebrates as he heads into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half against Desert Edge at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz. on November 3, 2017.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Notre Dame Prep at North Canyon (Ariz.)

Where: Cave Creek (Ariz.)

When: Friday, 7 p.m. Mountain

Commits: Jake Smith, four-star wide receiver (Notre Dame)

Jake Smith is enjoying the best season of any Texas commit. The future slot receiver plays all over the field for his 8-0 Notre Dame Prep squad. He scored 11 of the team’s first 12 touchdowns. He has 645 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground and 34 receptions for 766 and 16 touchdowns on the season.

Grayson (Ga.) vs. Archer (Ga.)

Where: Grayson High School

When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Eastern

Commits: Kenyatta Watson II, four-star cornerback (Grayson)

Watson and his Grayson teammates are 4-2 entering the away game on Thursday. Watson has 19 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles in five games.

Chandler (Ariz.) at Basha (Ariz.)

Where: Chandler High School (Ariz.)

When: Saturday, 7 p.m. Mountain

Commits: Brayden Liebrock, four-star tight end (Chandler)

Chandler is on a six-game winning streak after opening with a loss to Centennial (Calif.) in a neutral-site game. Liebrock has 30 catches for 373 yards and four touchdowns in six games.

Jones (Fla.) vs. Carrollwood Day (Fla.)

Where: Jones High School

When: Thursday, 7 p.m. Eastern

Commits: Marcus Tillman Jr., three-star outside linebacker (Wekiva)

Jones is 5-1. Defensive stats were not available for Tillman.

Millwood (Okla.) at Lexington (Okla.)

Where: Lexington High School

When: Friday, 7 p.m. Central

Commits: Demariyon Houston, four-star wide receiver (Millwood)

Millwood is the defending Class 2A Oklahoma state champions and is 6-0. No stats were available.

Buford (Ga.) at Loganville (Ga.)

Where: Cedar Shoals High School

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Eastern

Commits: Derrian Brown, four-star running back (Buford)

Buford is 5-2. No stats available.

The 2020 commitment

Lake Travis at Westlake

Where: Westlake High School

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Commits: Hudson Card, four-star quarterback (Lake Travis)

Card and his Cavaliers are 6-0. He’s completed 74 percent of his passes for 749 yards and 12 touchdowns, adding 201 yards and four touchdowns on the ground through his first five games. His team faces a tough test in rival Westlake on the road.