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Port Neches-Grove quarterback Roschon Johnson looks for an open receiver during a 2016 game versus Silsbee. He was the first commitment in Texas' 2019 signing class. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise)


The Dotted Line: Playoffs start for in-state commits; continue for out-of-state pledges

Posted November 15th, 2018


Seven of the 11 in-state commitments of the 2019 cycle made the playoffs, while both 2020 pledges reached the playoffs with relative ease. The out-of-state commits started playoffs in previous weeks. A handful of future Longhorns possess a real shot at a title run. It’s win or go home for every player left in prep football across the country.

Huntsville junior defensive lineman T’Vondre Sweat (99) burst through the Tomball Memorial offensive line and makes a beeline toward Wildcats starting quarterback Dru Baker. (Gene Schallenberg/Huntsville Item)

In-state pledges Marques Caldwell, Tyler Johnson, David Gbenda and Peter Mpagi missed out on the playoffs. Chris Adimora and his Mayfair squad lost in overtime to Pacifica last week. De’Gabriel Floyd and Westlake Village lost in the first round of the California state playoffs.

The in-state commits 

Cuero vs. Pearsall 


Where: Alamo Stadium Stadium, San Antonio

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Commits: Jordan Whittington, four-star wide receiver

Whittington returned from injury late in the season and helped Cuero secure a district championship. The future early enrollee scored as a rusher, receiver, defensive back and returner in the regular season.

Odessa Permian vs. Coronado 

Where: Ratliff Stadium, Odessa

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Commits: Peyton Powell, four-star athlete

Permian lost in its last game of the regular season to rival Midland Lee. Powell threw three touchdown passes in the loss and says he’ll start his career at Texas playing quarterback.

Houston North Forest vs. Splendora

Where: Cowart Stadium

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

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

North Forest made the playoffs despite a 4-6 record. North Forest does enter the contest on a three-game winning streak.

Huntsville vs. Nacogdoches 

Where: Huntsville Stadium

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

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

Huntsville won a district championship and Sweat should be in line for defensive MVP honors.

Plano East vs. Sachse 

Where: Johnson Stadium, Garland

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

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

Plano East finished the year 5-2 in district and face a Sachse team it beat 29-7 in Week 3.

Temple vs. Mesquite Horn

Where: Wildcat Stadium

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

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

Temple is on a two-game losing streak heading into the playoffs. Wiley is the starting quarterback for the Wildcats.

Port Neches-Groves vs. Fort Bend Willowridge 

Where: Indian Stadium

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

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

The four-star quarterback became his high school’s all-time leading passer in the win over Dayton a month ago and hopes to lead another long playoff run for the Indians.

The out-of-state commits

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Notre Dame Prep vs. Millennium (Ariz.)

Where: Goodyear (Ariz.)

When: Friday, 7 p.m. Mountain

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

Notre Dame Prep is 12-0 entering its third-round contest.

Grayson (Ga.) vs. Norcross (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 9-2 entering the second round of the Georgia state playoffs.

Chandler (Ariz.) vs. Highland (Ariz.)

Where: Phoenix (Ariz.)

When: Friday, 7 p.m. Mountain

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

Chandler is on a 11-game winning streak after opening with a loss to Centennial (Calif.) in a neutral-site game. Liebrock has 48 catches for 592 yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games. This is the third round of the playoffs.

Jones (Fla.) vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Fla.)

Where: Jones High School

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

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

Jones is 10-1. Defensive stats were not available for Tillman.

Millwood (Okla.) vs. Vian (Okla.)

Where: Millwood High School

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

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

Millwood is the defending Class 2A Oklahoma state champions and is 11-0 entering the second round of the playoffs.

Buford (Ga.) vs. Kell (Ga.)

Where: Buford Stadium

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

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

Buford is 9-2 entering the second round of the playoffs.

Trinity Catholic (Mo.) vs. Southern Boone (Mo.)

Where: St. Louis, Mo.

When: Friday, 7 p.m. Central

Commits: Marcus Washington, four-star wide receiver

Trinity Catholic finished the regular season at 8-2 and is in the third round of the playoffs.

The 2020 commitments

Lake Travis vs. Smithson Valley

Where: Cavalier Stadium, Lake Travis

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

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

Card and his Cavaliers are 9-1. The Cavaliers reached the title game in 2017 with Card starting at wide receiver, though he played quarterback in the loss to Allen due to an injury.

San Antonio O’Connor @ San Antonio Reagan

Where: Farris Stadium, San Antonio

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Commits: Logan Parr, four-star offensive lineman

O’Connor is undefeated and a real threat to Lake Travis in Region IV of the Class 6A Division I playoffs.