'Crootin: Texas State Makes Waves

Let's catch up on the 'crootin news from the past week in the SWC. Here's who committed and where plus near endless Hudl videos. 

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Josh Lister - Receiver, Navarro College

A native of Haughton, Louisiana, Lister plays for Navarro JC and will join the Coogs in 2019. Lister goes 5-9 and 185 pounds. Given his lack of height, he makes up for it with his quicks and toughness. Adjusts to the ball in the air well and isn't afraid to go over the middle or initiate contact. 

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Asher Alberding - Tight End, Clear Lake

North Texas went to the south Houston area to pick up Alberding. He's a better athlete than his 6-4, 230 pound frame might indicate. His Hudl video shows him playing a lot out of the slot. Comfortable working downfield and adjusts to the ball well. He holds offers from Air Force, Rice, and Texas State. 

John Brunner - Offensive Line, Brock

This is a good looking lineman, checks a lot of boxes. He has ideal size at 6-5, 300 pounds. Good lower half as well. Brock runs a lot of ground and pound, toss, and lead. They are about as direct as you can get running the ball, they line up, fire off, and move people. Brunner may translate better as a guard than a tackle. Finishes blocks well. 

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Zach Hoban - Kicker, West Orange, NJ

The Owls continue to recruit the east coast with Hoban from Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, New Jersey. Hoban holds an offer from Army but has interest from a number of teams including Cal, Arizona, and Colorado. 

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Chris Adimora - Safety, Lakewood, CA

This is a big one, the Horns pick up a four-star safety from California. Texas beat out 'Bama, Oregon, USC, UCLA, Michigan, and Nebraska for Adimora's services. He goes 6-2, 192 and he's all over the field. Big, fast, great ball skills, and a good tackler. Adimora plays both ways, also putting in time at receiver.

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Adarious Jones - Defensive Line, Virginia Beach

Jones is the first Aggie player from Virginia in I don't know how long. Perhaps ever. He checks in at 6-3, 280. Some big time programs are offering Jones including Georgia, Virginia Tech, NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia, and a slew of others. He moves excellent for a big guy, like freakishly well. Understands how to use his hands and arms to separate. 

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Edgerrin Williams - Defensive End, Cedar Ridge

The Party in the Park continues to be a phenominal recruiting tool of the Bobcats. Withers and his staff have done a much better job selling San Marcos to recruits. If you've ever been to the river in San Marvelous on a summer weekend, you'll see why this is a draw for young men. No it's not the fishing.

Williams is a stand up outside linebacker or end, he's instinctual with his play and once he gets his technique down and gains some strength from the weight room, he should be a player for the 'Cats. He comes in at 6-1, 193 pounds. 

Chace Cromartie - Cornerback, Steele

Cromartie comes from a very good south Texas program in Cibolo Steele. He has offers from several Southland schools and Liberty. He plays safety at Steele, he's definitely more of a free safety if he doesn't move to corner. Good ball skills. He finished last season with 93 tackles and a pick. 

Ronald Copney - Offensive Line, Smithson Valley

Copney comes from a great Smithson Valley program, not too far down the road from San Marcos. He comes in at 6-3, 280 pounds. He looks like he can add good weight to his frame. He's an excellent athlete for his size, really fluid. May move inside. Needs to work on his set and technique but that's not unusual for high school linemen. 

Jaylen Henderson - Safety, Paris

From upper East Texas, Henderson is 6-1, 170 pounds and probably fits more as a box safety. He gets downhill and hits things. He's a little light at 170, but he can easily get up to 190 or 200 pounds with his frame. Paris sits in a great spot for top flight Beast Texas athletes. 

Leroy Watson - Tight End, Hutchinson CC

Watson come to Hutchinson via a prep career in Georgia, he's a big man at 6-5, 254. Even at 254, he looks like he could add a lot of weight to his frame. Moves really well, and could make the all hotel lobby team. Looks a bit raw on his technique, has to improve his hand placement and bring his legs through blocks but he has a great foundation to build on. 

Christian Robinson - Offensive Line, Shreveport, LA

Robinson is a mauler and definetley an interior lineman. 24/7 lists him at 6-3, 280 pounds. He gets by on brute strength which is nice for now, but he'll need to add some technique to his game as well. Nice mean streak and finishing abilities. 

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Alan Orona - Kicker, La Grange

Tech goes to east Central Texas for Orona who also punts. Texas State, Houston Baptist, and Houston also have interest in Orona. 


Suddin Sapien - Quarterback, Midland

Sapien is a big dude at 6-4, 220 pounds with room to grow. He holds offers from Wyoming, Angelo State, and UT Permian Basin. The Wyoming offer is interesting and worth briefly exploring, Craig Bohl and offensive coordinator Brent Vigen have a type they prefer at the quarterback position, they like size, a good athletic base to build on and they love toughness. That's how they uncovered Carson Wentz and Josh Allen. They'll work on polish later. 
Sapien fits that mold, he's a big kid, good athletic baseline, not afraid to play football and he's got a decent arm. More of a dual-threat skill set. Completes just over 50% of his throws. At Midland he went head to head with San Angelo Central and Texas Tech commit Maverick McIver, in a seven-point loss, Sapien ran 27 times for 101 yards and finished 8-22 for 130 through the air, easily the lion's share of the Bulldogs offensive production. 

Craig Woodson - Safety, South Grand Prairie

Woodson committed last weekend out of Grand Prairie. He comes in at 5-11, 190 pounds. Rangy athlete, probably a free safety but he's not afraid to stick his nose in and hit people. Woodson has offers from Bucknell (who knew they had a football team), Lamar, and Northwester State. 

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