Area recruits aiming to impress this spring

Division I, FCS and Division II coaches are evaluating football prospects across the country, including our nine area coverage teams. They have until May 31 to come on campus and watch a practice and meet recruits.

In some cases verbal offers are being extended to upper classmen and underclassmen – written offers for 2015 recruits do not go out until Aug. 1 – and in other cases, players are being invited to college camps that usually take place through the first two weeks of June.

June could be a telling month for others. Should they impress enough in front of those coaches, more offers could be extended. If not, then they will need to have strong showings in the first few games of the 2014 season. Truth be told, these recruits are going to be the second- and third-tier Division I offer recruits. Most offers have already been extended to the 2015 class.

So let’s take a look at some of the prospects to watch.

Who is out there

There will be a couple of Division I recruits to sign from the 2015 class. Of course, the headliner is Keller 2015 offensive lineman Maea Teuhema (6-5, 335), who has been committed to LSU since early February.

Teuhema is the highest rated recruit in our coverage area. He’s rated as the No. 19 overall prospect in the nation, according to Rivals. He will be joining his older brother Sione, who signed with LSU on Feb. 5. You may remember that the two had been committed to Texas since early 2013. But when Texas head coach Mack Brown stepped down in January, it re-opened their recruiting before they switched to the Tigers.

Carroll quarterback Ryan Agnew (6-1, 180) has two offers so far from Houston and Texas State. But Agnew is likely going to have to have an impressive summer to draw more offers. Houston already has a quarterback commitment from Waco Midway’s Ben Hicks. It’s unclear how that would impact Agnew if at all.

The other two Dragons prospects are defensive end King Newton (6-2, 260) and offensive lineman Grant Stewart (6-2, 242). Neither has picked up offers as of yet. So time will tell if they need impressive performances through the September games for programs to take notice.

Keller schools feature two other prospects in Keller linebacker Garrett Blubaugh (6-2, 198) and Keller Central offensive lineman Elijah Britton (6-5, 315). Their situations are pretty close Newton’s and Stewart’s.

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Northwest quarterback Jesse Drummer has been on a lot of teams’ radar. He has the arm strength. But teams may be a little unsure because he’s 6-2. Without question, there have a lot of schools to come by and ask but none have offered.

“It’s a position that’s scrutinized the most,” Northwest coach Bill Poe said. “It’s probably the most expensive. Programs want to be really right about a prospect before they go all in on him.’’

At this point, Keller Fossil Ridge, Keller Timber Creek, Byron Nelson, Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage do not have players on the watch list. That’s not to suggest that won’t happen. But with new coaches Randy Jackson and Darren Allman taking over so late at Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage, college coaches are just now getting to know the players in the program.

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