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HOUSTON – Early National Signing Day is normally a spectacle by itself.
But this year, you throw in the wild summer of conference realignment – started by Texas and Oklahoma officially getting accepted into the SEC and leaving the Big 12 Conference – paired with the wild coaching carousel that was headlined by Lincoln Riley leaving Oklahoma for USC, this day is crazier than usual.
New head coaches and staffs have been racing across the country in their private jets to either try and keep their new program’s current signing class together or flip players from their old to their new school.
Here is what we know about Houston’s top stars in the Class of 2022 and what they plan to do this week. This is your Roadmap to Early National Signing Day in Houston.
Harold Perkins (Cy Park) – Will Commit January 2 Ranked No. 1 player in Texas by 24/7Sports and No. 1 Linebacker. Ranked No. 5 overall Nationally Perkins is down to his Top 3 of Texas A&M, LSU and Texas. Perkins had an in-home visit with the Longhorns back on December 9.
Kelvin Banks (Summer Creek) – Will Sign to Texas on Wednesday Ranked No. 3 player in Texas by 24/7 Sports and No. 15 Nationally
Banks was originally committed to Oregon since early this fall. But with Mario Cristobal taking the Miami job, Banks decommitted. He originally said he would wait until February after this. But on Saturday, Banks verbally committed to Texas. He does plan to sign to Texas on Wednesday. VYPE has been told that Banks is on vacation and will sign his NLI and send it in Wednesday morning.
Denver Harris (North Shore) – Is Expected to Announce and Sign on Wednesday Ranked No. 5 player in Texas, No. 16 Nationally
Denver Harris has kept his recruiting process rather quiet. The five-star cornerback has made it known that he will be making his decision on Wednesday. VYPE has been told it will be done in the morning prior to the team’s practice around 10:30 am. Harris hasn’t publicly released his top schools but has recently made a trip to Texas A&M and visited with Texas coaches in-home back on December 10.
Conner Weigman (Bridgeland) – Will Sign with Texas A&M on Wednesday Ranked No. 7 player in Texas, No. 19 Nationally
The dual-sport Conner Weigman will sign with Texas A&M on Wednesday. He will celebrate the signing at 3:15 in the cafeteria at Bridgeland High School. Weigman, a five-star quarterback, is a part of what the Aggies hope is their best class in history. Earlier on Monday, Zach Calzada entered the transfer portal from Texas A&M. This leaves former Longview QB Haynes King, who was starting for the Aggies before an injury this past season and Blake Bost, for Port Neches-Groves signal-caller as some of his main competition. Weigman also plays baseball and could see the field this spring for Texas A&M as he is an early graduate.
Chris Marshall (Fort Bend Marshall) – Will Sign in February Ranked No. 11 player in Texas, No. 62 Nationally
Chris Marshall verbally committed to Texas A&M on November 6. The dual-sport star tells VYPE that he is not signing early but will do so in February.
Malick Sylla (Katy) – Will Sign to Texas A&M on Wednesday Ranked No. 12 player in Texas, No. 66 Nationally
Sylla, a four-star defensive lineman, will be signing with Texas A&M on Wednesday morning at 6:45 am in the team meeting room.
PJ Williams (Dickinson) – Will Sign to Texas A&M on Wednesday Ranked No. 14 player in Texas, No. 80 Nationally
PJ Williams is the ninth-ranked offensive lineman and will be heading to Texas A&M. Williams will be signing along with teammate Donovan Green at 10:20 am in the gym.
Julian Humphrey (Clear Lake) – Will Sign to Georgia on Wednesday Ranked No. 16 player in Texas, No. 90 Nationally
The Clear Lake CB has had an interesting recruitment process. He was at one point committed to Florida but then opened his recruitment again on October 25. He dropped a Top 3 of Texas A&M, LSU and Georgia on November 2 before committing to the Bulldogs on November 12. He is set to sign and receive his All-American Jersey on Wednesday at 11:45 am in the Performance Athletic Center at Clear Lake HS. But on Tuesday, Humphrey was re-offered by new Florida coach Billy Napier just a day before signing … so we will see what happens.
Kam Dewberry (Atascocita) – Will announce his commitment on Wednesday Ranked No. 17 player in Texas, No. 91 Nationally
The Atascocita offensive lineman has made his decision. He will make it publicly known on Wednesday at 3 p.m. It has come down to Texas A&M, which with Dewberry’s commitment could help vault the Aggies 2022 class to No. 1 in the nation, Texas and Oklahoma. Dewberry on December 9 had an in-home visit with the Longhorns coaches, including head coach Steve Sarkisian. He also visited with the Aggies in home, including Jimbo Fisher on December 1. The Longhorns have had a recent run of success with offensive linemen, including grabbing Summer Creek’s Kelvin Banks, who Dewberry grew up playing Little League with in the area.
Donovan Green (Dickinson) – Will Sign with Texas A&M on Wednesday Ranked No. 20 in Texas, No. 121 Nationally
The Dickinson tight end is a nice get for the Aggies. Green follows in the steps of also former Dickinson Gator Jalen Wydermeyer, who was a star at Texas A&M this past season in the offense. This past season for Dickinson, Green had 27 catches for 602 yards and nine scores. He led the team in receiving yards, according to MaxPreps.
Other Key Houston-Area Signings
No. 27 Bobby Taylor (Katy) - Will Sign to Texas A&M on Wednesday -7 am at Katy’s Team Meeting Room No. 32 Jaydon Blue (Klein Cain – Did Not Play His Senior Season) – Will Sign to Texas on Wednesday No. 35 Matthew Golden (Klein Cain) – Will Sign on Wednesday at 12:30 in auditorium of Klein Cain HS No. 38 Nicholas Anderson (Katy) - Will Sign to Oklahoma on Wednesday-7 am at Katy’s Team Meeting Room No. 41 Martrell Harris (The Woodlands) – Will Sign to Texas A&M on Wednesday at 11:30 am at the HS No. 44 Kristopher Ross (North Shore) – TBD No. 47 Noah Thomas (Clear Springs) – Will Sign to Texas A&M at 11:45 am in the gym at Clear Springs HS No. 54 Marcus Scott II (Conroe) – Will Sign to Missouri on Wednesday at 11:30 am in Conroe HS Gym No. 65 Justin Medlock (Manvel) – Will Announce his Commitment on Wednesday No. 75 Ty Kana (Katy) - Will Sign to Texas Tech on Wednesday-7 am at Katy’s Team Meeting Room
HOUSTON - When the Red Raiders and Cougars rumble into NRG Stadium on Saturday night for a primetime season kickoff in the Good Sam Texas Kickoff there will be plenty of H-Town talent on display.
Let's start with Texas Tech from the Big 12 Conference.
The Red Raiders, led by Matt Wells naturally features a lot of Texas talent. But from the Houston area it will be homecoming for the likes of Eisenhower alums Adrian Frye, who is a senior defensive back, and Tyrique Matthews, who plays linebacker.
In just a few days @TexasTechFB takes the field at NRG Stadium! @GoodSam #TexasKickoff | #WreckEm— Good Sam Texas Kickoff (@TexasKickoff) September 1, 2021
Another defensive back coming home is Eric Monroe, who actually started his career at LSU before transferring to Texas Tech. Monroe in high school starred at North Shore and was a part of the 2015 State Championship squad.
Here are more Red Raiders that are from Houston.
No. 36 Trey Wolff - Klein HS (Place Kicker) No. 43 Jake Justice - Lutheran South Academy (Defensive Line) No. 48 Grant Nickel - Grand Oaks (Place Kicker) No. 51 Robert Wooten - Stafford (Defensive Line) No. 54 Bryce Ramirez - George Ranch (Linebacker) No. 69 Caleb Rodkey - Ridge Point (Offensive Line) No. 74 Larry Moore - FB Marshall (Offensive Line) No. 80 Mason Tharp - Klein (Tight End) No. 97 Tony Bradford Jr. - North Shore (Defensive Line) No. 99 Gilbert Ibeneme - Pearland (Defensive Line)
ONE WEEK until @UHCougarFB takes the field at NRG Stadium. #GoCoogs pic.twitter.com/WMCZF945oE— Good Sam Texas Kickoff (@TexasKickoff) August 28, 2021
Now, let's get to the hometown Houston Cougars.
Dana Holgorsen enters year three of leading the Cougars and last season was truly a wash with all of the canceled games that Houston had to deal with.
On the recruiting front, Holgorsen and staff have made a conscious effort to recruit the Houston area and make that solid connection with the Houston-area coaches. It has worked as he's gotten some the area's best talent to stay home.
Here is the list of Cougars to watch on Saturday who will be repping their city.
No. 0 Derek Parish - Pearland (Defensive Line/Fullback) No. 2 Deontay Anderson - Manvel (Linebacker) No. 3 Donavan Mutin - Klein Collins (Linebacker) No. 4 Ta'Zhawn Henry - Lamar (Running Back) No. 8 Chandler Smith - Oak Ridge (Running Back)No. 9 Jovanni Stewart - Katy (Linebacker) No. 10 Sofian Massoud - Cy Lakes (Quarterback) No. 10 Chidozie Nwankwo - Foster (Defensive Line) No. 14 Mannie Nunnery - Shadow Creek (Linebacker) No. 15 Mark Wilson - Clear Lake (Safety) No. 18 Maddox Kopp - St. Thomas (Quarterback) No. 19 C.J Guidry - Shadow Creek (Wide Receiver) No. 19 Alex Hogan - Lamar (Cornerback) No. 20 Antonio Brooks - Fort Bend Marshall (Safety) No. 20 Kesean Carter - The Woodlands (Wide Receiver) No. 22 Alton McCaskill - Oak Ridge (Running Back) No. 25 DJ Small - Dickinson (Cornerback) No. 26 Ja'Kori Morgan - Clear Lake (Inside Receiver) No. 27 Amaud Willis-Dalton - Cypress Ranch (Linebacker) No. 30 Alexander Duke - Bellaire (Defensive Line) No. 34 Dylan Dixon - St. Thomas (Cornerback) No. 35 Jalen Emery - Shadow Creek (Cornerback) No. 36 Mike Welch - Dickinson (Safety) No. 39 Shaun Lewis - Westfield (Cornerback) No. 40 Jordan Carmouche - Manvel (Linebacker) No. 41 Bubba Baxa - Pasadena Memorial (Kicker) No. 41 T.J. Marshall - Shadow Creek (Linebacker) No. 48 Caleb Mendez - Pearland (Kicker) No. 50 Hakeem Ajijolaiya - Tompkins (Defensive Line) No. 51 Kyle Ramsey - Ridge Point (Kicker) No. 52 Ken Savanah - Stafford (Linebacker) No. 53 Derek Bowman - Magnolia (Offensive Line) No. 54 Blake Okoye - Klein Collins (Linebacker) No. 61 Benil Johnson - St. Pius X (Offensive Line) No. 62 Gabe Cossey - Klein (Offensive Line) No. 64 Dennis Bardwell - Huffman (Offensive Line) No. 66 Billy Thursland - Heights (Offensive Line) No. 70 Jordan Boatman - College Park (Offensive Line) No. 71 Max Banes - St. Thomas (Offensive Line) No. 73 Cam'Ron Johnson - Shadow Creek (Offensive Line) No. 76 Patrick Paul - Jersey Village (Offensive Line) No. 77 Keenan Murphy - Crosby (Offensive Line) No. 79 Chayse Todd - Crosby (Offensive Line) No. 81 Darius Edmonds - Atascocita (Inside Receiver) No. 82 Dylan Robinson - Atascocita (Wide Receiver) No. 83 Peyton Sawyer - Clear Springs (Wide Receiver) No. 84 Cole McGowan - Magnolia (Wide Receiver) No. 89 Parker Eichenberger - Katy (Tight End) No. 96 Nelson Ceaser - Ridge Point (Defensive Line)