By National Scout: Marc Henry @marchen44
In a highly contested battle between two of the best teams in the State of Texas, the McKinney Lions came out on top 23-21 against a tough Longview Lobo squad. There were several big plays and moments throughout the game where players on both teams made impactful plays to change the momentum. The mission and goal of The Platform is to #ExposeTheUnexposed and provide adequate coverage of athletes around the country giving them exposure. We spotlight several Difference Makers who set the tone in this game and who are players who will be game changers for their teams this season.
Dakaylen Reese | 6’3 175 lbs. | Class of 2024 | Wide Receiver | Longview
Reese has a long, lean, athletic frame, he has an extended catch radius and he uses his length to keep defenders at arms length in tight coverage. Dakaylen runs crisp routes, he has the ability to change directions quickly and he has the speed to get behind the defense to stretch the field. Reese tracks the football well in flight, he attacks the ball with a purpose and he has large mitts that engulf passes like a shark locking down on it’s prey. Reese is a big body receiver who excels as a blocker in the running game for Longview, he is physical at the point of attack and when he locks in on his opponent he gets control and finishes blocks with authority. Dakaylen had a monster night against one the best secondaries in the state, hauling in 5 receptions for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns. UTSA and Missouri State have offered Reese, but expect his offer sheet to began to get longer as the season progresses.
Godspower Nwawuihe | 5’9 185 lbs. | Class of 2024 | Quarterback | McKinney
Godspower has a stout, compact, powerful build, he has the speed and elusiveness to make defenders miss in the open field when he breaks containment and he runs with power showing ability to break arm tackles. He has the skill set that makes him a lethal weapon in the read option game for Mckinney, he shows great patience with superb eye discipline that enables him to read the edge defenders to make the right read, which allowed him to gash the Longview defense for two touchdowns in the Lions 23-21 victory on Thursday night in their season opener. Godspower was a Difference Maker with the football in his hands, he has garnered interest from schools that include Austin Peay, Baylor, as well as Kansas State and in the offseason he took a visit to Iowa. Look for him to continue to raise his recruiting profile this season with his stellar play.
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Jonathan Agumadu| 6’2 220 lbs. | Class of 2024 |Hybrid Linebacker | McKinney
Jonathan was menace defensively all game long for the McKinney Lions and his game changing sack with 6:01 to play in the fourth quarter, helped lead the Lions to victory over Longview 23-21. He has a powerful build, with an extended reach that enables him to keep defenders at arms length, he takes on blocks under control with great technique and hand placement, which allows him to take on blockers and win consistently. Agumadu has disciplined eyes, his ability to read, react and diagnose plays quickly enables him to be in position routinely to meet the ball carrier in the hole and do damage. Agumadu is a hybrid type of player, who has the skill set to rush the passer, he has excellent bend, with the athleticism to shed blocks and he closes like a predator on the hunt with violent intentions. The Oklahoma State commit, is plays fast, he flows from sideline to sideline taking proper pursuit angles to the ball carrier and he was a Difference Maker defensively for McKinney versus Longview.
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