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Lake Travis' Hudson Card began his high school career as a wide receiver but finished it as a quarterback; he picked Texas over Ohio State, Alabama and Auburn. (John Gutierrez/For Statesman)


The Dotted Line: The Week 10 guide to watch Texas commits

Posted November 1st, 2018


Only two weeks remain in the Texas high school football season and most of the UT commits are in playoff races or fighting for seeds. Every commit in the 2019 and 2020 classes are in action this week minus three-star cornerback Marques Caldwell, who remains sidelined with a shoulder injury. The playoffs are starting in California, Arizona and Missouri, which impacts five of the 20 pledges in 2019.

Texas commit T’Vondre Sweat at Huntsville spring practice. (Mike Craven)

The in-state commits 

Huntsville at Lake Creek

Where: Montgomery ISD Stadium


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 in September. He’s also intercepted a pass. No full stats are available. Huntsville is 7-1 and undefeated in district.

Conroe Oak Ridge at Klein 

Where: Klein Memorial Stadium

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

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

Cuero vs. Navarro

Where: Gobbler Stadium

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. He returned an interception for a touchdown in his second game back. He only played a half in the win over Eastside Memorial last week.

Odessa Permian vs. Frenship

Where: Ratliff Stadium

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Commits: Peyton Powell, four-star athlete

Texas’ latest 2019 commitment starts at quarterback for Permian. The Panthers are 3-0 in district play.

Plano East at Plano West

Where: Tom Kimbrough Stadium

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

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

Plano East moved to 3-2 in district last week with a win over McKinney. It’s rivalry week for Plano East against Plano West. No stats were available.

Temple vs. Waco Midway

Where: Wildcat Stadium

When: Friday, 7:30 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 two games remaining.

Katy Cinco Ranch vs. Katy Tompkins

Where: Legacy Stadium

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.

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

The linebacker commit has recorded 63 tackles, including 12 for loss, in his first eight games. Cinco Ranch is 2-6 and 2-2 in district play. A loss Saturday ends any playoff hopes.

Port Neches-Groves at Barbers Hill

Where: Eagle 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 two weeks ago.

Richmond George Ranch at Houston Strake Jesuit

Where: Clay Stadium

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

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

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

Houston North Forest at Stafford 

Where: Stafford Stadium

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

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

North Forest is 2-6 on the season.

The out-of-state commits

Mayfair (Calif.) vs. Ayala (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, ended the season 8-2 and start the playoffs with a game against Ayala. 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. Gilbert (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 10-0 Notre Dame Prep squad. He scored 11 of the team’s first 12 touchdowns. He has 709 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground and 37 receptions for 836 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season. This is the first round of the playoffs.

Grayson (Ga.) at South Gwinnett (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 8-2 entering the away game on Thursday. Watson has 27 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles in eight games.

Chandler (Ariz.) vs. Boulder Creek (Ariz.)

Where: Hamilton High School (Ariz.)

When: Saturday, 7 p.m. Mountain

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

Chandler ended the regular season on a  nine-game winning streak after opening with a loss to Centennial (Calif.) in a neutral-site game. Liebrock has 41 catches for 498 yards and six touchdowns in 10 games. This is a playoff game.

Jones (Fla.) vs. Evans (Fla.)

Where: Camping World Stadium

When: Thursday, 7 p.m. Eastern

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

Jones is 8-1. Defensive stats were not available for Tillman.

Millwood (Okla.) at Stratford (Okla.)

Where: Stratford 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 9-0. No stats were available.

Buford (Ga.) vs. Clarke Central (Ga.)

Where: Buford Stadium

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

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

Buford is 7-2. No stats available.

Westlake Village (Calif.) at Los Alamitos (Calif.)

Where: Cerritos College

When: Friday, 7 p.m. Pacific

Commits: De’Gabriel Floyd, four-star linebacker

Floyd and his Westlake Village teammates start the playoffs against Los Alamitos after posting a 7-3 record in the regular season.

Trinity Catholic (Mo.) vs. McCluer South-Berkeley

Where: TBA

When: Friday, 7 p.m. Central

Commits: Marcus Washington, four-star wide receiver

Trinity Catholic finished the regular season at 8-2 and starts its playoff run this week. Washington averaged nearly 17 yards a catch on a team-high 24 receptions in the regular season.

The 2020 commitments

Lake Travis at Hays

Where: Bob Shelton 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 1,163 yards and 19 touchdowns, adding a team-high 378 yards and six touchdowns on the ground through eight games.

San Antonio O’Connor @ San Antonio Brennan 

Where:Dub Farris Stadium

When:7 p.m., Saturday

Commits: Logan Parr, four-star offensive lineman