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It's recruiting season as Houston-area athletes are getting sought after by colleges across the country. VYPE gets halfway through its Super 60 as the Chief Content Officer continues to break down his top prospects.
Kansas and Baylor have already received commitments out of this grouping as others continue to evaluate their offers.
No. 40 Jacobe Chester, Fort Bend Marshall, DB, Kansas
The 6-foot safety transferred from Ridge Point to FB Marshall after his sophomore year and has flourished. He's a long, athletic defender who can cover some ground as the last line of defense. He's a Kansas-commit but with all of the changes around the program, don't be surprised if he looks around at other options.
No. 39 Tevin Shaw, Manvel, OL
The first-team, all-district offensive lineman opens holes and is quick on his feet for Manvel. Tevin Shaw is an athletic 6-foot-5, 285-pounds and is getting some traction from the likes of UH, Colorado, UL and Nevada. Iron sharpens iron at Manvel as practice can be more competitive than some of their games.
No. 38 Trent McGaughey, Shadow Creek, TE
The big, tight-end has great hands and can do some things in the open field. He was hurt last season with a hand injury and needs to have a big senior season. He has some big offers but needs to get back on the radar as he hasn't been offered since September.
No. 37 Nicholas Anderson, Katy, WR
It's been a busy 60 days for Nick Anderson with Vandy, USC, Florida State and UL getting in the mix. His oldest brother was a star at OU and played for the Bengals, and his middle brother played at Ole Miss, before transferring to Indiana. Nick is a rangy WR who should be the primary target this season for the defending state champs.
No. 36 Bryce Simpson, Cypress Ranch, OL
At 6-foot-6, 315--pounds, Simpson has college size. He's a Baylor lean but is getting a lot of attention right now across the region. He's a road grader on the ground and solid in pass defense. Simpson was a first-teamer a year ago in district and will continue to work on his leverage.
No. 35 Caleb Douglas, Hightower, WR
It was a great move for Douglas to move from QB. The 6-foot-3 WR was a beast on the field and the primary WR over Latrell Neville (Nebraska), who was banged up in 2020. Douglas is only going to get better and is getting some serious attention of late. He has Baylor, Colorado, Virginia Tech, Utah vying for his commitment of late. Work in the weight room will continue his development.
No. 34 Joshua Wiggins, Klein Oak, DB
It's always the younger brother or sister who can really ball. Kevric Wiggins' (UL-M) little brother, Joshua, is getting some recruiting love as a 6-foot-1 DB. He knows the game having been around it as a youngster and he can cover some ground. He has some solid Power 5s in Ole Miss, Kentucky and Colorado.
No. 33 Cody Mladenka, College Park, TE, Baylor
College Park had a breakout season a year ago and Cody Mladenka played a significant role. The 6-foot-3 Baylor-commit can run, block and provide a safety outlet for the Cav QB. People know him now, so he's not going to surprise anyone moving forward in 2021.
No. 32 Timi Gagophien, Hastings, OL
At 6-foot-6, 290-pounds, Gagophien is raw, raw, raw. With that size and athleticism, he's a high Major DI who can sit a few years and learn the business of DI football. After that, watch out. He will push around opponents this season. It won't be fair.
No. 31 Quardale Patt, Stafford, DE
Mention Patt's name to coach Ken Savanah and his eyes light up. Patt is that dude at 6-foot-4, 240-pounds and is more of an SEC defensive end. Tons of upside and could dominate this season. Was all--district on both sides of the ball this year.
As soon as Jaydon Johnson realized that he had already played his last game for the Stafford Spartans, he was determined to develop a relationship with his new teammates at Fort Bend Marshall, and that is exactly what he has done.
Johnson has been described as a "matchup nightmare" and "the best player on the field" in recent 7 on 7 tournaments, and yet not regarded as a high recruit after his junior year. Jaydon believes that this offseason will be crucial if he hopes to tack on his dream offers. When asked why he thinks that he hasn't been recognized as much as he hoped to this point, Jaydon said "It's all connections, and I think that is what (Fort Bend) Marshall has". Jaydon's lack of coverage has definitely not been due to poor play, he finished the 2020 season with 541 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 12 games for Stafford.
In the last few weeks, partly as a result of his performance in the 7 on 7 tournaments, Jaydon has picked up several big-name offers including Houston, Colorado, and Maryland. Johnson said he's been excited to receive these offers, but it does not stop his motivation or drive to become better one bit. While there hasn't been an official offer yet, Jaydon revealed that he has been in contact with a certain Big 12 program somewhere in the state of Texas.
While he will be a premier player for the Buffs this coming season, Jaydon definitely will not be the wide receiver that most Marshall fans will be looking at. Chris Marshall became an instant sensation since switching to football from basketball in his junior year, recording over 1000 receiving yards this past season. Chris has already racked up offers from Texas, Texas A&M, USC, and most recently, Alabama. Jaydon has already developed a relationship with Chris, and he isn't afraid that he will hinder his performance, saying "I'm gonna do my thing, he's gonna do his thing, we're just gonna make each other better".
Another teammate that Jaydon has meshed with since transferring to Marshall in January is JaKoby Banks, a 2023 ATH, who is in the mix to start at quarterback for the team. Johnson and Banks play together on Texas Stars Football, one of the best 7 on 7 teams in the state. Jaydon thinks that being around JaKoby will help both of them on the road to the 2021 season, as he said "I'm starting to build a good bond with him without even padding up yet, he's really cool".
Jaydon is bound to be one of Marshall's most impactful players the second he hits the field, as he is able to line up on both sides of the ball. Although his new coaches have not explicitly asked him to play defense for the Buffs, he said "If they say something, I'll do it. Safety, outside linebacker, whatever they want, it doesn't matter, I'm ready to play".
Although they have already proven themselves as one of the most efficient programs in the Houston area, the Buffs will surely need several players to step up this year if they hope to capture a 5A Championship in 2021 after several years of getting very close to winning one. Jaydon expects to go all the way, and he said he has quickly learned that the Marshall way is to compete to your fullest, whether it's in the weight room, in drills, or any other offseason program. Johnson reemphasized how much he loves his new school by saying "This is a family, this is a great bond between the players and the coaches, and we push each other all the time".