'Crootin: North Texas' Linebacker Haul

Who's up for a quick rundown on the commitments from the last week? Me neither, let's do it anyway. 


Brandon White - WR/CB Amarillo Tascosa

The Bears West Texas tour de commitments started with a trip to the Panhandle and Amarillo. Tascosa runs the flexbone, so catches are hard to come by for a receiver. Hudl lists White at 6-1, 170. He's elusive with the ball and has strong hands. Arkansas, Syracuse, and Kansas have offered, among others.


Landon Peterson - OL Permian

Baylor's big week capped off with Peterson's commitment. At 6-6, 265, he possesses ideal size. Peterson holds offers from Texas Tech, Colorado, Washington State, SMU, and a slew of others. He's a composite three-star prospect. Peterson has a frame that will hold plenty more weight, but he moves well. He's a tackle for the Panthers.


Matt Jones - LB Permian

Peterson's teammate with the Mojo gives the Bears an active outside linebacker for their 2019 class. Listed at 6-3, 220, Jones doesn't move like a deer, but he's always around the football. He holds offers from Texas Tech, Illinois, and Texas State.


Rason Williams - DE Alief Elsik

Williams comes from Houston's backyard and Elsik high school. He's a long-armed athlete, listed at 6-3, 230. Williams is a blank canvas when it comes to potential; he could stand up and play outside backer or put on weight and play defensive end. That decision will come down to which option allows him to maintain his quickness.


Myles Tapusoa - DT Arizona Western

Houston nabbed a big, and we mean big, defensive tackle from the JUCO ranks in Tapusoa. It's never too early to start preparing for life after Ed Oliver. Tapusoa is a brute; he uses his strength more than technique. He's a better athlete than his 325-pound girth might indicate. At the 20 second mark, watch the big man react on a screen pass. You'll be glad you did.


Terrence Edgeston - LB Northeast Mississippi

The Coogs kept their JUCO run going with Edgeston who plays strong safety for Northeast, but is an outside linebacker at the next level. Edgeston is a thumper and Northeast moved him as close to the line as possible to take advantage of his run stopping skills. 

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Gabriel Murphy - LB Bishop Lynch

One of two three-star twins from Lynch Gabriel checks in at 6-2, 215 pounds. He plays outside with good use of his hands and an active, relentless pass rush. Murphy holds offers from Navy, Air Force and a few other 5s.

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Grayson Murphy - LB Bishop Lynch

The other Murphy twin is a three-star athlete, who also stands 6-2, 215. He was actually the more productive of the two with 102 tackles last year, but lower ranked. On film appears to be the thinner of the two, what do we know. We hope the two have switched jerseys at halftime or prom dates, perks of being a twin.

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Taylor Jacobs - LB South Grand Prairie

Jacobs is another 6-2, 215-pound linebacker. His profile pic features him with a chain around his neck. We encourage more chains. Jacobs is a bad man. His highlight reel plays like the last fifteen minutes of "The Departed." Jacobs murders people; he takes their souls. Look at the 24-second mark and watch a quarterback evaporate.

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Will Kuehne - QB Owasso, OK

Kuehne is profiled here. He's a three-star signal caller with a lot of polish. Read our article and film study on him. #Pulitzer

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Kevin Wood - LB Judson

Wood rounds out a big week of linebackers for the Mean Green. He's an inside backer for the Rockets, 6-0 190 pounds and a three-star composite player according to 24/7. This guy runs, and when you think he's done running, he runs some more. Closes distance well and is as active sideline to sideline to backfield as you'll see.

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Chris Cassidy - OL Angelton

Cassidy has ideal size, 6-4, 275 and a real nice mean streak. Plays in a nice athletic stance and has an excellent shock or punch. Better run blocker at this point then a pass protector. Probably a guard at North Texas, if you go to the 2:45 mark you'll see him try to choke a guy out. We're all for choking guys out.


Izeya Floyd - OL Frisco Reedy

If you're going to execute intellectual brutality, you need some muscle and Reedy has that. He's 6-2, 300 pounds and a three-star with offers from several Ivy League institutions. He'll play guard or center at Rice. He's a physical run blocker, his feet can quit on him in his pass sets, but he'll learn. Rice kids tend to do a lot of learning. 


Garrett Braden - LB New Canaan, CT

Rice continues to recruit nationally, heading to the far reaches of Connecticut for Braden a 6-2, 205-pound linebacker. Braden goes after the ball, relentless pursuit, and a very active edge rusher. He is comfortable playing in space; he's decent against the run.


Elijah Chatman - DT Shreveport Evangel

The Mustangs continue to stockpile three-star talent with the addition of Chatman. He's listed at 5-11, 260 and plays for Louisiana juggernaut Evangel. This guy is explosive. He's violent with his hands and hard to block with his use of leverage. 

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Layden Robinson - OL Manvel

The Aggies picked up a real pusher in Robinson out of Manvel. On film it looks like he played center, guard, and tackle, at 6-3, 300 he's an interior lineman, however. Robinson is strong, country strong. He throws dudes around and stonewalls rushers. His mean streak and ragdoll abilities remind us of Will Hernandez.


Kennedy Lewis - WR Melissa

Lewis is a multisport star from Melissa with offers from just about anyone including Texas, LSU, Washington, Missouri, and Oklahoma State. He's 6-3, fast, strong, and a pretty good two-guard. He's a three-star rated recruit and a steal for the Frogs. Lewis made 43 catches last season, averaging 23 yards a grab.

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Jalen Wells - CB Beaumont United

United is the merger of Beaumont's Ozen and Central high schools. Perhaps the two can now come together to field a consistently competitive football team. Wells will suit up for United next season after playing 2017 with Ozen. He's a three-star composite according to 24/7 with offers from Southern Miss and Tulsa and a few others. He's listed as a corner, but his size and athletic makeup seem to lend itself to safety. Look at the 1:39 mark for a guy getting put on his ass and wondering where the train went.

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Tony Bradford - DE North Shore

Texas Tech grabbed a hybrid LB/De prospect from powerhouse Texas Tech this week. He's a three-star athlete with offers from Purdue, Arizona, Washington State, and Rice among others. Bradford is 6-0, 235 and plays on the interior for the Mustangs. He plays with excellent pad level and uses his quicks to penetrate. He'll need to shift outside at the next level.

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