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Now that the Class of 2022 has been signed and locked up colleges are starting to send invites for Junior Days, host early unofficial visits and even offering kids with the next classes of recruiting on their minds.
This week we will be looking at a few athletes who have picked up some big offers and what visits they have planned in the next couple of months...
Class of 2023, DB Johnathan Hall, Katy HS
Katy has always had some of he top talent in the state of Texas but also in the Country. The next guy on that list is 2023 Safety Johnathan Hall.
Hall is a 6'1 200lb defensive back who can play in the box, coming downhill delivering big hits from the Safety position while also holding his own in coverage. The Katy DB had a big Junior campaign picking up offers from Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Houston, Purdue, San Diego State, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UTSA, and Vanderbilt.
I asked Hall about the feeling he got when he received that first offer from Texas Tech and he said that it was an amazing feeling knowing all of his hard work paid off, adding that it was an "unexplainable feeling". The Katy DB has unofficial visits planned to Duke, Vanderbilt, Arizona and TCU as of right now with more to come.
When talking with Hall I asked him what coaches he has made the best connection with so far in the recruiting process and he said so far the best connection he has is with Coach Gonzales from TCU who is the safety’s coach.
Johnathan Hall is primed for a big senior season as the Katy tigers look to go on a revenge tour next fall and get another ring. Hall will be a big part of their success next fall.
Class of 2023, DE Braylan Shelby, Friendswood HS
Friendswood football had a pretty decent season last year struggling in non-district but flipping the switch when district play came around finishing the season as district champs. A big part of the mustangs success was defensive end Braylan Shelby.
Braylan Shelby is a long, fast 6'5 235lb defensive end who totaled 8 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 1 Interception and 77 tackles in his junior campaign. Shelby has received offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Boston College, Colorado, Duke, Florida State, Houston, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana Monroe, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Purdue, Rice, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Tulane, USC, Utah, and Vanderbilt.
Shelby talked about the feeling he had when getting that first offer from Oklahoma State saying that it "was so unreal, I had dreamed about going and playing college football and seeing my dream unfold in front of me was so surreal". The Junior DE plans on going to visit USC in March and other schools following that.
The Friendswood defensive end also talked with me about what coaches he has made the best connection with. Shelby said that the coaches he made the best connections with so far are Coach Heupel from Tennessee, Coach Sark from Texas, Coach Aranda from Baylor, and Coach Riley from USC.
Braylan Shelby is a premier edge rusher who is set for a big Senior year at Friendswood and will be a name to watch out for next fall.
Class of 2024, RB Frankie Arthur, Oak Ridge HS
Oak Ridge high school has seen recent success in sending athletes to next level most noticeably RB Alton McCaskill who's at the University of Houston. The next guy up is Sophomore running back Frankie Arthur.
Arthur who is related to one of the best RB to play the game in Adrian Peterson had a good sophomore season tallying 658 yards and 6 touchdowns on 90 carries. The young Oak Ridge RB has been offered from Texas Tech, SMU, and UTSA so far with many more to come.
Talking with young back about picking up that first offer from the Red Raiders he said the feeling was amazing and liked how much love they were giving him. Arthur plans on taking some visits to UTSA and Texas Tech this summer and plans on heading to junior day events as well.
I also got to talk with Arthur about what he has learned from his relative Adrian Peterson saying that he has "learned to never give up when things get tough and I do not only apply that on the football field but in my everyday life".
Frankie Arthur is due for a big Junior season and will most likely be one of the top backs in the country once it is all said and done. Keep an eye on this young star back!
Welcome to a new VYPE feature for the 2020 football season - VYPE Helmet Stickers powered by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine! Every week, VYPE will scour the stat sheets of the previous week and find the top performers.
Class 5A teams went into Week 9 and wow there were some amazing performances! See who earned VYPE Helmet Stickers this week. Here are the selections.
🚨PLAYERS OF THE WEEK🚨#WeAreWaller pic.twitter.com/SF3BbbRtUT— Waller Football (@waller_football) November 22, 2020
🚨PLAYERS OF THE WEEK🚨#WeAreWaller pic.twitter.com/SF3BbbRtUT
In last week's 43-22 victory over New Caney there were a few outstanding performances. But we will go on the defensive side of the ball for this one. Jairo Garcia gets the nod here. Garcia finished with eight total tackles, four of those for loss and two sacks. What a performance by him. With the win, Waller improves to 3-5 on the year, an improvement from their 0-10 mark in 2019. Good win for the Bulldogs.
Galveston Ball - 383yrds, 6 TDs: https://t.co/2jgfs3Ma1r@ihss_houston@RobertKoopmann@FwoodFootball@Coach_BenMoran@coach_needer@HamiltonESPN@LincolnRiley@OU_CoachGundy@OU_CoachHill@BobWeltonBamaFB@Lgauthier_@Stumpf_Brian@PettiboneJerry— Luke Grden (@LukeGrden) November 22, 2020
Galveston Ball - 383yrds, 6 TDs: https://t.co/2jgfs3Ma1r@ihss_houston@RobertKoopmann@FwoodFootball@Coach_BenMoran@coach_needer@HamiltonESPN@LincolnRiley@OU_CoachGundy@OU_CoachHill@BobWeltonBamaFB@Lgauthier_@Stumpf_Brian@PettiboneJerry
It was a thrilling 63-60 victory over Galveston Ball last week for Friendswood. The player of the game was no doubt Luke Grden, who finished 25 of 47 for 383 yards and six touchdowns. Grden was hurt earlier this season but seems to be back to full strength leading the Mustangs' offense.
Paetow defeats Angleton tonight. Great game for the Panthers! pic.twitter.com/l7DIq3LKup— Katy ISD Athletics (@KatyISDAthletic) November 21, 2020
Paetow defeats Angleton tonight. Great game for the Panthers! pic.twitter.com/l7DIq3LKup
It was a big win for Katy Paetow last week as the Panthers improved to 6-1 on the year and clinched a playoff berth. A big player in the win was Sultan Bakare on the defensive side of the ball. Bakare finished with an amazing 16 tackles. It was a breakout game for the junior. His previous game-high for total tackles was nine earlier this year.
Hats off to Terry! Great game tonight! @CreekWildcats pic.twitter.com/iqsbVeq1cs— Mike Norman (@coach_norman66) November 20, 2020
Hats off to Terry! Great game tonight! @CreekWildcats pic.twitter.com/iqsbVeq1cs
A nice win for Clear Creek a week ago as the Wildcats defeated BF Terry 36-34. A big factor in the win was the play of running back Rocky Ketchum. First off, how about that name for a running back! Awesome! Ketchum rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries for the Wildcats in the win. Clear Creek is 5-3 on the year and 3-2 in district play after the win.
Great night for @GPHS_Athletics Varsity Football BIG Homecoming Win over Sharpstown ✔Girls Basketball gets the W over Santa Fe ✔@TheRealGPHoops picks up a 🧹 over Northbrook ✔Enjoy the weekend, stay safe and be ready to get back to work next week. #UnfinishedBusiness— GPHS Boys Basketball (@TheRealGPHoops) November 21, 2020
Great night for @GPHS_Athletics Varsity Football BIG Homecoming Win over Sharpstown ✔Girls Basketball gets the W over Santa Fe ✔@TheRealGPHoops picks up a 🧹 over Northbrook ✔Enjoy the weekend, stay safe and be ready to get back to work next week. #UnfinishedBusiness
Last week was a big week for Galena Park. The Yellowjackets defeated Sharpstown 64-0 to improve their record to 6-2 on the year and 5-1 in district and have clinched a playoff berth. Wait ... Galena Park is heading to the playoffs!! That's right the Yellowjackets for the first time since 2010 are playoff bound. A big player in the win over Sharpstown was running back Amarion Kelly. In the win, Kelly rushed for 141 yards and three scores on just 14 carries. He averaged 10.1 yards per tote and has rushed for 723 yards and nine scores this season. What a big week for Galena Park football.
first 4 games - https://t.co/58Lqgpy7kz— Reggie Branch ll (@reggie1branch) November 1, 2020
first 4 games - https://t.co/58Lqgpy7kz
Crosby is absolutely rolling right now and a big reason why is the play of Reggie Branch at quarterback. In fact, in his most recent outing - a 54-14 win over Port Neches-Groves - he put up well video game numbers. Branch finished 19 of 35 for 319 yards and four touchdowns passing. He also rushed for another 110 yards. The senior finished with 429 total yards of offense and improved Crosby to 5-0 in district play.
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