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Drake Martinez of St. Thomas
VYPE Hot 100 showcases the best of the best recruits for the Class of 2021.
Like always, the
Bayou City is loaded with future college stars.
Here are No. 51-100 as compiled by VYPE's Chief Content Officer
51 Christian Jackson,
FB Marshall, DB
52 Var'Keyes Gumms, Dekaney, TE
53 Charles King,
North Shore, WR
54 Ryan Williams,
Shadow Creek, DT, Colorado-commit
55 Donald Lee, Klein Collins, DB, Tulane-commit
56 Jack Witmer,
Cy-Fair TE, Virginia-commit
57 Kenneth Seymour, FB Marshall, LB, Rice-commit
58 Kaleb Hymes, Clear Springs, WR
59 Canon Boone,
Dickinson, OL, Virginia Tech-commit
60 Jayhvion Gipson, Langham Creek, LB, Washington State-commit
61 Trent Ward, Klein Collins, DL,
62 Max Merrill, Strake Jesuit, OL
63 Kevon Garcia, Dekaney, DE,
64 Jakolby Longino, Hightower, QB, UTEP-commit
65 Drake Martinez, St. Thomas, TE, Colorado State-commit
66 Johnathan Baldwin, Dobie, DB, UNLV-commit
67 Robert Williams, Humble, WR,
Transfered to Trinity Christian
68 Cameron Bonner, St. Thomas, WR
69 Lamont Vaz, FB Marshall, OL
70 Michael Noubussi, Manvel, DT
71 Luke Lapeze, Summer Creek, OL,
72 Elroyal Morris, Dekaney, DT, Rice-commit
73 Dave Babalolo, George Ranch, DE
74 Bryce McMorris, Bridgeland, DB,
75 Ben Wilson, Manvel, DB
Luke Grden, Friendswood
76 Kendric Rhymes, Heights, RB,
77 Tyler Onyedim, Foster, DT, Iowa State-commit
78 Cameron Oliver, Travis, DB, UNLV-commit
79 Joseph Manjack IV, Tomball Memorial, WR
80 Aaron Session, Morton Ranch, OL
81 Keith Jackson, Ridge Point, RB,
82 Marquis Shoulders, Tompkins, RB,
83 Jake Peterson, John Cooper School, LB, Penn-commit
84 Alec Dalencour, Jersey Village, DB
85 Darius Hale, Pearland, RB
86 Rodney Dansby, Bellaire, LB
87 Dru Polidore, Tompkins, DB,
88 Ethan Onienwa, Cinco Ranch, OL, Rice-commit
89 Edwin Smith, Cy Ranch, WR, UTSA-commit
90 Brian Mayes, Heights, DB, UTSA-commit
91 Will Evans, CE King, DE
92 Caleb Leonard, Shadow Creek, OL
93 Joe Kinyock, Mayde Creek, DB
94 Quincy Thompson, Atascocita, RB
95 Colton Marwill, Tomball Mem., QB,
Colorado School of Mines
96 Aldyn Bradley, Spring, RB
97 Travis Greenawalt, La Porte, DB,
98 DJ Ciers, Cy Ranch, Athlete
99 Casey Shorter, Katy Taylor, RB,
100 Luke Grden, Friendswood, QB
Welcome to the 2020 football season. What a weird offseason it was for everyone. There was not a summer camp circuit for players to go showcase their talents at. In-person recruiting came to a screeching halt and the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected everyone.
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HOUSTON - The Elite 11 changed everything for Maddox Kopp.
The day Kopp got the invite, he received offers from Tulane and Texas State. Then Wyoming offered. Then it was Ole Miss. Then Colorado.
The recruiting buzz around the St. Thomas senior quarterback was definitely going and it hasn't slowed, despite him being unable to do camps as he originally planned this summer prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I was planning on going on the camp circuit and getting my name out there, because I felt like I was under-recruited and I had worked my tail off during the offseason just to prepare for that," Kopp said. "The Elite 11 gave me a platform and an opportunity to show that I do belong in that group of quarterbacks.
"It happened real fast and I just took it all in as much as I could, while staying focused on the season."
On Wednesday, Kopp narrowed his list to a Top 5 - Houston, Tulane, Wyoming, Colorado and Ole Miss.
"It was important for me to do that list and make it public just so I can focus on the schools I want to go into detail on," Kopp said. "It was a tough decision but it needed to happen."
The Top 5 is a mix.
The University of Houston is the hometown choice, now led by former West Virginia coach Dana Holgerson. Ole Miss gives the SEC option, Colorado is in the Pac-12, while Wyoming and Tulane reside in the Mountain West and American Athletic Conferences, respectively.
When asked what he's examining the most in his ultimate decision, Kopp said it all comes down to fit.
"There's a lot of things but the biggest is my fit in the program and my ability to play and contribute early on in my career," he said. "But there's so many things that go into a decision like this."
‼️ Top 5 ‼️Blessed to be in this position! Thank you to all the schools that have recruited me to this point. These are my top 5 schools moving forward. (recruitment still open) @STHFootball pic.twitter.com/FMwbpWfLIn— Maddox Kopp (@maddox_kopp) August 5, 2020
Having a Division I prospect in the Kopp household is nothing new.
Oldest brother Braden (2016 Houston Christian graduate) just graduated from Vanderbilt, where he played football. Miller (2018 Houston Christian graduate) is currently at Northwestern and Anderson (2019 St. Thomas graduate) is at Lamar University, both of whom play basketball.
So, now it's Maddox's turn.
"I've talked to them, bouncing ideas off of them, seeing what they think," Maddox said. "It's really helpful for me. My parents [Will and Deborah] play a big role in this too, so having all of them to talk to and run my thoughts through is really good for me. [Their biggest advice] has been to take it all in, you only get to go through this process once and making the decision is really big but you have to have fun with it.
"You're recruited to play college football but you also have to go to school there. So, they've said make sure you look at every aspect and that's what I've done."