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Denton Ryan four-star athlete Billy Bowman stars on both sides of the football. (Jeff Woo, Denton Record-Chronicle).

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The Dotted Line: In-person scouting reports on a handful of Texas commits

Posted September 27th, 2019

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My trips around the state to watch high school football to watch Texas commitments and targets was fruitful last week with three future Longhorns squaring off in one game when Ty Jordan and West Mesquite battled with 2021 commits Ja’Tavion Sanders and Billy Bowman’s Denton Ryan squad. The night before, I traveled south to San Antonio to watch offensive lineman Logan Parr, a 2020 commit. 

O’Connor offensive lineman Logan Parr is one of the top 2020 targets for Texas along the offensive line. (Mike Craven)

The latest UT commit is wide receiver Troy Omeire, who flipped his pledge from Texas A&M to the Longhorns. He played last night and impressed as a high-ceiling prospect with tools to be an elite wide receiver.

Here’s a scouting report on the last five Texas commits I’ve watched in person:

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Logan Parr, offensive line, San Antonio O’Connor

FYI: 6-3.5/280; 4 stars; No. 27 on the 2020 Fabulous 55

The setting: vs. San Antonio Jay, Sept. 19

Parr is a long-time Texas commit. The first time I saw him was as a sophomore in a playoff game against Cibolo Steele. I was there to watch Caden Sterns, but Parr caught my attention as an aggressive and technically sound young lineman. That’s rare in a sophomore. He’s continued his trajectory for the past two years and looks to be in the best shape of his life as a senior. Parr played tackle for O’Connor against Jay, but he’s expected to move inside to guard or center at Texas. He’s 20 pounds of muscle away from being a monster. 

Ty Jordan, all-purpose back, West Mesquite 

FYI: 5-7/183; 3 stars; No. 11-ranked all-purpose back 

The setting: vs. Denton Ryan, Sept. 20

It wasn’t the best game to watch Jordan because Denton Ryan is the second-ranked team in Class 5A. West Mesquite lost 63-0 and Jordan’s impact was limited due to a lack of touches. He played slot receiver for West Mesquite, catching a couple of passes for short gains. He never got loose to demonstrate his big-play ability. Jordan will benefit from a system that puts him in multiple positions. Texas wants to capitalize on his versatility on offense and in the return game.  

Billy Bowman, athlete, Denton Ryan

FYI: 5-10/175; 4 stars; No. 9-ranked athlete 

The setting: vs. West Mesquite, Sept. 20

Bowman was impressive in the win over West Mesquite. He started at wide receiver and safety, saying after the game that he’s unsure of where he’ll play at Texas. It’s clear Bowman excels with the ball in his hands. He caught five passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns. Bowman might be too talented on offense to use him on defense, though he possesses every attribute needed for the nickel safety position. He’s also a threat in the return game. 

Ja’Tavion Sanders, athlete, Denton Ryan 

FYI: 6-3.5/220; 4 stars; No. 3-ranked athlete

The setting: vs. West Mesquite, Sept. 20

Sanders stated after the win that Texas offered him as a defensive end. He starts on both sides of the ball, hauling in a long touchdown pass in the contest against West Mesquite. The defensive side of the ball is likely his best option because Sanders already weighs 220 pounds and could leave high school close to 240 pounds with enough effort in the weight room. An athletic defensive end is much more valuable than a tight end. His long-term upside is at defensive end or B-backer. 

Troy Omeire, wide receiver, Fort Bend Austin

FYI: 6-3.5/210; 4 stars; No. 16 on the Fab 55

The setting: vs. Sugar Land Dulles, Sept. 26

Omeire impressed in his first game as a Texas commit with Tom Herman and Corby Meekins on hand to watch. He caught seven passes for more than 100 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown. Omeire also carried the ball a few times on jet sweeps. He’s a smooth runner who never looks like he’s running his fastest, yet no one on the defense ever catches him without an angle. He’s another big-bodied weapon Texas can utilize on the offensive side of the ball. He’s in the same mold as Brennan Eagles.

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