Robinson holds firm as Scout’s No. 1 QB

 

Denton Guyer High School quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) throws a pass as he is pressured by San Angelo Central High School defensive tackle Jordan Schellhase (41) during the second quarter as Denton Guyer High School hosted San Angelo Central High School at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Friday, November 27, 2015.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Denton Guyer High School quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) throws a pass as he is pressured by San Angelo Central High School defensive tackle Jordan Schellhase (41) during the second quarter as Denton Guyer High School hosted San Angelo Central High School at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Friday, November 27, 2015. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Depending on which recruiting service you look at, and when you do it, there’s been a pretty consistent game of tug of war between Guyer junior quarterback Shawn Robinson and fellow junior signal caller Tate Martell from famed Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.

My boy Greg Powers of Scout.com just tweeted out the newest set of Scout rankings for the 2017 class, and Robinson sits atop the quarterback perch and checks in at No. 11 in the Scout 300 — the top 300 players in the country. Martell is No. 13 overall, and both players earned the coveted five-star ranking from Scout.

Here’s what Scout’s Brian Dohn wrote about Robinson, who is coming off a bit of a “sophomore slump” his junior season in his second season at Guyer after playing his freshman season at Saginaw Chisholm Trail.

Shawn Robinson, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder from Denton (Texas) Guyer, is verbally committed to TCU. He picked the hometown Horned Frogs over offers from a host of national names and fits well in the Sonny Cumbie / Doug Meachem offense.

Powers wrote the following as a more in-depth look at what the TCU pledge brings to the table.

Robinson has all of the tools that you are looking for in a young quarterback prospect. Physically and mentally he is prepared for the next level. Had a tough time picking the area of improvement for his profile. Has the true ability to beat you with his arm or his legs any snap. He works well outside the pocket extending plays and will find receivers before just taking off when things break down, but when he does run he is a threat to score.

These accolades are nothing new for Robinson, who helped lead Guyer to the regional final in Class 6A Division II this past season despite an up-and-down season. When it was showtime in the playoffs, however, Robinson was at his best.

Guyer tight end picks up Michigan offer

While Shawn Robinson is stealing all of the recruiting spotlight in Denton, and with good reason given his hefty list of big-time offers, one of the guys Robinson will be throwing to this upcoming season picked up a big one on Monday.

Sophomore tight end Brian Polendey, a big 6-5, 240-pounder who will be a junior in the fall along with Robinson, was offered by Michigan on Monday, according to Guyer head coach John Walsh — his second FBS offer after Houston offered recently.

Polendey, who moved to Denton from Washington last year, played on the JV as a sophomore and has grown into a guy who has a chance to be an elite tight end prospect in an age when big pass-catching tight ends are starting to be coveted in the mold of your Rob Gronkowskis, Jimmy Grahams, etc.

Polendey will give the Wildcats a weapon they’ve never really had before. They’ve had big guys at tight end, who are basically a sixth offensive lineman (Cole Underwood, Xavier Brown, etc.) and then they’ve had basically one pass-catching tight end in Austin Otto, who was a great high school tight end but didn’t have elite size like Polendey does.

So be ready, folks. The Guyer offense will likely have some new looks to it in 2016 with a new kind of weapon. But you won’t get a sneak peak on Thursday in Guyer’s spring game because Polendey will be sidelined with a minor ankle turn, along with several other starters who are dealing with minor bumps and bruises.

Guyer’s Thompson decommits from Kansas

Guyer senior defensive lineman Carl Thompson (2) grabs Allen running back David Feliciano (7), in the season opener on August 29 at Apogee Stadium.

With the NCAA recruiting dead period coming to an end soon and programs likely making their final pushes across the area, there appears to be one local star back on the open market, so to say.

Guyer defensive lineman Carl Thompson announced via his Twitter early this morning that he has officially decommitted from Kansas, where he committed back in June. According to 247 Sports, Thompson has 17 offers, including six from major-conference schools: Kansas, Duke, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Minnesota and Vanderbilt.

National signing day is Feb. 4, which is now less than a month away. Thompson has a rare blend of size, speed and athleticism that could make him a defensive end or a defensive tackle at the next level, and Guyer head coach John Walsh said he’ll be a dominant force wherever he ends up.

“Carl is a dynamic player in the trenches that I have no doubt will be an impact player at the next level,” Walsh said.

Thompson was injured in the Wildcats’ eighth game of the season and ended up needing surgery on his knee. There was a chance he could’ve returned had the Wildcats made it to the state semifinal, but they were defeated in the second round by Southlake Carroll.

Thompson finished the year with 36 tackles, including 16 behind the line of scrimmage and three sacks. He also tallied 20 quarterback hurries and had a forced fumble to go with a fumble recovery.

Louisiana Tech offers Ryan senior DT J.T. Williams

Ryan senior defensive tackle J.T. Williams picked up his fourth FBS scholarship today when Louisiana Tech offered him this afternoon.

Ryan senior defensive tackle J.T. Williams reported his fourth Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offer today.

Louisiana Tech threw its name among the list of schools recruiting Williams. He’s already received offers from Missouri, Houston and North Texas. Houston Baptist, which will join the FCS’ Southland Conference in 2014, also offered Williams and fellow Ryan defensive lineman Sekou Clark.

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Ryan’s J.T. Williams, Sekou Clark add HBU offers

Ryan senior defensive tackle J.T. Williams was offered a scholarship by Houston Baptist on Sunday night, making it the fourth offer he's received.

Ryan senior defensive tackle J.T. Williams added to his list of suitors on Sunday night when Houston Baptist head coach Vic Shealy called Williams and offered him a scholarship.

It’s Williams’ fourth scholarship offer. He’s been offered by Missouri, North Texas, and Houston, and he seems to be leaning toward Missouri (where his brother, Jordan Williams, is an offensive lineman) but he’s still undecided.

Now the difference between those three schools and HBU is that the Huskies are in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA), not the Football Bowl Subdivision.

This year is HBU’s first year playing football, and the Huskies will join the Southland Conference in 2014.

Do I expect Williams to go there? No, not really. But it’s always worth mentioning an offer, especially for a guy like Williams. He’s got 47 tackles, five tackles for loss and two sacks.

(UPDATE: 8:38 p.m.) : Williams said fellow senior defensive lineman Sekou Clark was also offered by HBU, which isn’t a bad decision by the Huskies. This is the first offer the defensive end received this season.

Louisiana-Monroe, Tulane and Washington State offered Clark prior to this season. I know a lot of recruiting folk were high on Clark because of his what they call “measurables” (6-4, 240 pounds). It’ll be interesting to see if anybody else offers Clark before national signing day next February.

Liberty Christian OL Brad Lundblade narrows offer list

A strong case could be made for Brad Lundblade’s supremacy over all other offensive lineman in our area. The senior right guard at Liberty Christian is highly regarded by Warriors head coach Greg Price, and he’s long been fawned over by Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

Lundblade, listed at 6-3 and 287 pounds by Rivals.com, has received 11 FBS offers so far and said he’s been talking to a few Big 12 Conference schools like Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and TCU.

With a couple months before national signing day, it seems he has trimmed his list down to three schools.

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Argyle’s Wilson changes mind, commits to Texas Tech

Argyle senior defensive back Connor Wilson changed his oral commitment from Kansas State to Texas Tech on Monday, joining fellow teammate and Tech-committ, Ian Sadler.

Argyle senior defensive back Connor Wilson has withdrawn his commitment to Kansas State and orally committed to Texas Tech, Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers said on Tuesday afternoon.

The news was first broken on Twitter by 247Sports.com’s Landon Wright. Wilson joins Argyle wide receiver Ian Sadler, who has also orally committed to Texas Tech.

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Ryan’s J.T. Williams adds Mizzou offer to list

Ryan's DT J.T. Williams (5), seen here tackling Hebron QB Carson Proffitt last year, picked up an offer from Missouri today

Chalk up another offer for Ryan defensive tackle J.T. Williams.

The senior defensive lineman picked up his third offer today when he opened a letter after practice that said Missouri is offering him a scholarship.

The scholarship from the Southeastern Conference school is the biggest one he’s received so far. His other two offers are from Conference USA’s North Texas and Houston, which is in the American Athletic Conference.

“I was pretty excited,” Williams said. “It’s a pretty big offer, an SEC offer. They’re the best conference.”

It’s pretty easy to see why he’d be excited about an offer from an SEC school. An SEC team has won the Bowl Championship Series National Championship game every year since the game was installed in 2007.

J.T. is the younger brother of Jordan Williams, a freshman right guard at Missouri who graduated from Ryan in 2011.

However, J.T., 6-2 and 282 pounds (at last check), wasn’t strong on saying he’d want to follow his brother to Columbia, Mo.

“I really don’t want to follow my brother in his footsteps,” Williams said. “I want to make my own path. But I understand Missouri’s a big school — SEC — and I wouldn’t mind going there probably.”

Williams said he’s far away from making a decision, so I’m guessing he’s not too swayed toward committing anywhere. It’s still early — I mean, it’s still August — so there’s plenty of time for other schools to come in with more intriguing propositions.

But until then, he’ll have those three offers filed away.

Ryan’s J.T. Williams holds offers from North Texas, Houston

Ryan Class of 2014 defensive tackle J.T. Williams, seen here scoring against Cedar Hill in the the playoffs last year, has picked up two offers so far from North Texas and Houston.

Despite the the carnival-like activities going around Ryan today during “Raider Day” (where was this when I was in high school?), there was some notable events that occurred today off East McKinney Street.

I confirmed with defensive coordinator David Thomas that Class of 2014 defensive tackle J.T. Williams currently has two offers from North Texas and Houston.

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