I don’t need to repeat the accomplishments of Northwest Texan linebacker, and San Diego State commit, Caden McDonald, especially with all the attention he received during his senior season of 2016.
However, coming up right behind McDonald may very well be the heir apparent and who could become the next big thing for the Texans in 2017.
David Wilson, OLB/DE, Northwest HS (Justin, TX)
Height: 6’2″ Weight: 225
Notes: It’ll be hard for the Texans to replace Caden McDonald as he heads off to San Diego State to continue his football career, but this young junior linebacker might just show this program that he can step up and be a defensive playmaker from both the linebacker and defensive line spots. He showed this past season his ability to put pressure on the quarterback, to use his size to push his way through the offensive line, and then the ability to track plays and keep the ball in front of him. I like this young man’s ability and I think he might end up having a big time 2017 season.
Korrey Barron, DT/MLB, Rockwall HS (Rockwall, TX)
Height: 6’0″ Weight: 230
Notes: I could sit here and write notes on Korrey Barron for most the day but really the only thing you need to see is the second and third plays on his film and it’ll tell you all you need to know about this junior defensive tackle. The second play is what every coach preaches to his defensive linemen, getting underneath the offensive lineman’s pads and pushing him backwards. Then the third play of the film shows his explosiveness off the ball from the defensive end position. This is a talented young man and a player that should garner plenty of interest in his senior season if he’s not getting it already.
Cameron Constantine, QB, McKinney North HS (McKinney, TX)
Height: 6’0″ Weight: 185
Notes: Ok, before we get too deep into this you should know that this uber-talented sophomore quarterback will be playing a sport at a major Division-1 university. It just won’t be football, unless he decides to walk on. McKinney North’s Cameron Constantine announced last month that he will be playing baseball for the University of Texas. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to write about him because his football talent allow me to tell you that this kid has a future in both sports if in fact he so chooses to pursue both. He has breakaway speed that you don’t normally see in a quarterback and an accurate arm not only to throw the short routes but even makes the long balls look easy. If the Longhorns want him to only focus on baseball I can respect that, but if they’re looking for an athlete who can possibly play two sports, I wouldn’t rule this young man out by any stretch.
Damon Witmer, QB, McKinney HS (McKinney, TX)
Height: 6’1″ Weight: 197
Notes: After coming back from an ACL injury, junior quarterback Damon Witner put up solid numbers for his 2016 season including an incredible performance against JJ Pearce in late August, throwing for 314 yards and four touchdowns, three of which were 50 yards or more. What stands out about Witmer, outside of the cannon that he apparently has on his shoulder, is his footwork. His three to four step drop is exactly what you want to see from a young quarterback, and then watching him step up and throw a strike to a receiver that doesn’t need to stop his stride down the field as he waits for the ball. A big senior year could be in store him and, if that does happen, there will be plenty of interest in this young man.