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Westlake Village (Calif.) outside linebacker De'Gabriel Floyd committed to Texas in March. (Mike Craven)


The Dotted Line: Week 8 guide to watching Texas commits in action

Posted October 18th, 2018


The regular season is beginning to wind down and each game on the slate is an important district game. Four of Texas’ 2019 commits — David Gbenda, Javonne Shepherd, Jake Smith and Derrian Brown — are on an open week and defensive back Marques Caldwell is sidelined with a labrum injury. Texas’ 2020 quarterback commit, Hudson Card, is also on an open week after struggling last week in a loss to Westlake.

Cuero vs. Llano

Cuero wide receiver Jordan Whittington chose the Longhorns over 30 other offers. (Mike Craven)

Where: Cuero High School


When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Commits: Jordan Whittington, four-star wide receiver

Whittington recorded 18 catches for 321 yards and five touchdowns in his first two games back from a nagging groin injury that required surgery in the summer.

Temple vs. Killeen Ellison 

Where: Wildcat Stadium

When: Friday, 7:30 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.

Port Neches-Groves at Dayton

Where: Dayton High School

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

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

Johnson is finally healthy and Port Neches-Groves moved to 3-0 in district with a tight win over rival Crosby last week. No stats are entered for Port Neches-Groves.

Richmond George Ranch at Dawson

Where: Ed Mitchell Field

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

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

George Ranch is 3-3.

Huntsville at Lamar Consolidated   

Where: Guy K. Traylor Stadium

When: Thursday, 6 p.m.

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

Sweat recorded four sacks in the win over A&M Consolidated three weeks ago. He’s also intercepted a pass. No full stats are available. Huntsville is 5-1.

Plano East vs. Plano

Where: Tom Kimbrough Stadium

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

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

Plano East lost for the first time this season in a road game against Allen last week. The Panthers can bounce back with a win over their rival.

Conroe Oak Ridge at Klein Oak

Where: Klein Memorial Stadium

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

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

Oak Ridge is 2-4 on the year.

The out-of-state commits

Mayfair (Calif.) at La Mirada (Calif.)

Where: La Mirada 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 6-2 and are set for a showdown at La Mirada. Adimora stars on both sides of the ball for Mayfair, patrolling the secondary at safety and contributing at wide receiver. He’s recorded 18 catches for 525 yards and seven touchdowns.

Grayson (Ga.) vs. Newton (Ga.)

Where: Grayson High School

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

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

Watson and his Grayson teammates are 5-2 entering the away game on Thursday. Watson has 22 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles in six games.

Chandler (Ariz.) vs. Tucson High Magnet School (Ariz.)

Where: Chandler High School (Ariz.)

When: Friday, 7 p.m. Mountain

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

Chandler is on a seven-game winning streak after opening with a loss to Centennial (Calif.) in a neutral-site game. Liebrock has 35 catches for 436 yards and four touchdowns in six games.

Jones (Fla.) at Eustis (Fla.)

Where: Eustis High School

When: Friday, 7 p.m. Eastern

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

Jones is 6-1. Defensive stats were not available for Tillman.

Millwood (Okla.) at Star-Spencer (Okla.)

Where: Star-Spencer 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 7-0. No stats were available.

Westlake Village (Calif.) vs. Newbury Park (Calif.)

Where: Westlake Village High School

When: Friday, 7 p.m. Pacific

Commits: De’Gabriel Floyd, four-star outside linebacker (Westlake Village)