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Plano East safety Tyler Owens committed to the Longhorns on Sept. 25. (Mike Roach/247Sports)


The Dotted Line: The Week 9 guide to watch Texas commits

Posted October 25th, 2018


Only cornerback commit Marques Caldwell won’t be in action this weekend as the three-star and member of the 2019 Fabulous 55 continues to recover from a torn labrum. The other 10 in-state commits are fighting for playoff spots with three regular season games remaining for teams across the Lone Star State. The commits in Arizona and California are nearing the end of the regular season with playoffs beginning in two weeks. Here is the schedule for each of the commits this week.

Permian Panthers’ quarterback Peyton Powell (25) runs for a large gain after escaping a tackle during the first quarter against the DeSoto Eagles on Aug. 31 at Ratliff Stadium. (JACOB FORD|ODESSA AMERICAN)

The in-state commits 

Odessa Permian vs. Midland

Where: Ratliff Stadium


When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Commits: Peyton Powell, four-star athlete

Texas’ latest commitment starts at quarterback for Permian. The Panthers are 2-0 in district play.

Plano East at McKinney

Where: McKinney ISD Stadium

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

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

Plano East faces a must-win game against McKinney after dropping its last two district contests. No defensive stats are available.

Temple at Waco

Where: Waco ISD Stadium

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

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

Playing quarterback, Wiley had 790 yards and 13 touchdowns passing without an interception in non-district play. He also scored on a 42-yard rushing touchdown and has 353 yards on the ground through four games. Temple is undefeated with three games remaining.

Katy Cinco Ranch at Katy

Where: Legacy Stadium

When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.

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

Texas’ newest linebacker commit has recorded 56 tackles, including 10 for loss, in his first seven games. Cinco Ranch is 2-5, but 2-1 in district play.

Port Neches-Groves vs. Sante Fe

Where: Indian Stadium

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

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

Johnson suffered through multiple injuries to start his senior year, but is fully healthy and his team is undefeated in district play. The four-star quarterback became his high school’s all-time leading passer in the win over Dayton last week.

Richmond George Ranch vs. Alief Elsik

Where: Slade Field

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

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

George Ranch is 3-4 this season. No defensive stats were available.

Houston North Forest vs. Worthing  

Where: Cowart Stadium

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

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

North Forest is 1-6 on the season and Shepherd is back following a suspension.

Huntsville vs. Paetow

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 6-1 and undefeated in district.

Conroe Oak Ridge vs. Klein Cain  

Where: Woodforest Bank Stadium

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

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

Cuero at Eastside Memorial

Where: Nelson Field

When: Thursday, 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. He returned an interception for a touchdown in his second game back.

The out-of-state commits

Mayfair (Calif.) vs. Bellflower (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 7-2 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 three weeks back.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Notre Dame Prep vs. Paradise Valley (Ariz.)

Where: Notre Dame Prep (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 9-0 Notre Dame Prep squad. He scored 11 of the team’s first 12 touchdowns. He has 660 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground and 37 receptions for 836 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season.

Grayson (Ga.) vs. Rockdale County (Ga.)

Where: Reid Stadium

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

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

Watson and his Grayson teammates are 6-2 entering the away game on Thursday. Watson has 26 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles in eight games.

Chandler (Ariz.) at Hamilton (Ariz.)

Where: Hamilton High School (Ariz.)

When: Saturday, 7 p.m. Mountain

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

Chandler is on a eight-game winning streak after opening with a loss to Centennial (Calif.) in a neutral-site game. Liebrock has 37 catches for 470 yards and five touchdowns in nine games.

Jones (Fla.) vs. Tavares (Fla.)

Where: Jones High School

When: Friday, 7 p.m. Eastern

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

Jones is 7-1. Defensive stats were not available for Tillman.

Millwood (Okla.) vs. Little Axe (Okla.)

Where: Millwood 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 8-0. No stats were available.

Buford (Ga.) vs. Walnut Grove (Ga.)

Where: Buford Stadium

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

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

Buford is 6-2. No stats available.

Westlake Village (Calif.) at Oaks Christian (Calif.)

Where: Oaks Christian

When: Friday, 7 p.m. Pacific

Commits: De’Gabriel Floyd, four-star linebacker

The 2020 commitment

Lake Travis vs. Del Valle

Where: Cavalier Stadium

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

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

Card and his Cavaliers are 6-1. He’s completed 68 percent of his passes for 888 yards and 13 touchdowns, adding a team-high 311 yards and five touchdowns on the ground through his first seven games.