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The Featured: Houston Shaw

By: Nick Gradney (National Scout)   Class of 2027 (ATH ) Houston Shaw (@houston_shaw5) was a star amongst stars this past weekend for Juice 7v7 (15U) at the DR7- New Orleans tournament. Shaw’s body of work the entire weekend was consistent and seemingly unstoppable. This kid is a human highlight reel. From spectacular catches, high

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The Featured: London Morgan

via Nick Gradney (national scout)   London Morgan is a class of 2026 quarterback out of Leander Rouse High School in the Austin Texas area. This past weekend, Morgan played for Juice 7v7 (15U) in DR7’s New Orleans tournament and  had on an eye-opening performance. London’s poise was very commendable. There was never a time

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15U Playmakers – New Orleans, LA (Pool Play)

15U Playmakers – New Orleans, LA (Pool Play) (written by: Nick Gradney – National Scout)   2027 WR Jaden Martin was nothing short of fantastic during pool play. Martin is an advanced route runner at his age with superb catching ability. Jaden was a key piece in the New Orleans Dolphins success on Saturday. The

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DR7 Dallas: Difference Makers

By Platform Scout: Nate Shivers @NathanielShive1   The DR7 Dallas Road To The Crown tournament undoubtedly showcased some of the most electrifying moments in competitive on the national tour this season. From jaw-dropping plays to suffocating defense, the tournament was a testament to the skill and determination of the players involved. Throughout the two days

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Rising Senior Wideout Romel Stevens

By Platform Scout: Marc Henry @marchen Romel Stevens is a rising senior prospect who has been one of the top performers on the DR7 circuit at both stops in Texas, demonstrating his skills and potential that makes him an attractive prospect to college recruiters. Despite initially flying under the radar while playing for a talented

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DR7 Dallas: Who’s Got Next

By Platform Scout: Patrick Barriere Sr. @coach_pat84   The DR7 Road To The Crown Dallas tournament showcased several promising players who are primed to gain attention on the recruiting trail this offseason. These standouts displayed their potential with notable performances over the weekend, proving they have game and are just beginning to tap into their

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Under The Center Series: Chad Warner

By Platform Scout: Marc Henry @marchen44 The “Under The Center Series” will highlight quarterbacks who have standout performances on the DR7 Road To Crown, showcasing their pivotal roles in leading their teams to success. The Road To The Crown Dallas showcased some top-tier quarterback talent, that will be making headlines on Friday nights in the

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Nate’s Take: Day One Standouts

By Platform Scout: Nate Shivers @NathanielShivers1   With the first day of the  Road To The Crown Dallas Tournament coming to a close after day one, there no doubt that there was a lot of talent that we need to discuss. There is a group of players that balled out today that caught my attention

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Day One DR7 Dallas: 18U Noteworthy Performances

By Platform Scout: Marc Henry @marchen44   The Road To The Crown event in Dallas, Texas on Saturday showcased the resilience of participants battling the elements. The 18U bracket boasted a loaded talent pool, featuring top-flight players who delivered big-time plays. The sheer amount of talent on the field was superb, setting the stage for

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Road to the Crown: DR7 Davenport — Top Weekend Standouts

Written by: Drew Johnson (@RealNews102) The DR7 Road to the Crown was on the move this weekend with another successful turnout in Davenport, FL as over 100+ teams participated on Day One. The seven-on-seven circuit allows athletes to showcase their skillsets and upside while scouts analyze tendencies and potential. There’s hardly any chance to get

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Platform Spotlight: Jonathan Harding

By Platform Scout: Marc Henry @marchen44     Highlighting players in the Platform Spotlight allows them to stand out, attracting attention from recruiters, coaches, and fans. The mission and goal of The Platform is to #ExposeTheUnexposed and provide adequate coverage of athletes around the country giving them exposure. These players showcase the skill set that

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Day 2 Stars In The Making: DR7 Houston

By: (scout) Nick Gradney – @StatZ_G   STARS OF DAY 2: DR7 HOUSTON   2025 ATH Christian Getz – Stafford HS was impressive on Sunday for HPA 18U. Getz route running and ability to create separation was eye popping. There was never a time where he was not open. The other thing that stood out

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Under The Center Series: Class of 2025 QB Eli Marcos

By Platform Scout: Marc Henry @marchen44 Eli Morcos| 6’2 205 | Lake Creek High School (TX) |Twitter : @EliMorcos4   A quarterback’s role extends beyond mere ball handling. They serve as the strategic minds on the field, orchestrating plays and navigating the dynamics of the game. Eli Morcos is a rising talent in the state

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DR7 Road To The Crown Houston: Prospect Watch

By Platform Scout: Marc Henry @marchen44   The 18U division at the DR7 #Road to The Crown Houston Tournament featured high-level performances from players who have the skill set to play at the collegiate level. With big offensive  plays being made routinely and tough, physical defensive plays in an ultra-competitive setting on display throughout the

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Willis High School WR Jalen Mickens Picks Up Arkansas State Offer

By Platform Scout: Marc Henry @marchen44   Jalen Mickens left an indelible mark at the DR7 Road To The Crown kickoff tournament for 2024 in Houston, displaying a multifaceted skill set that demands attention. His prowess on the field is exemplified by a remarkable burst off the line of scrimmage, coupled with a level of

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Aiden Martin: MVP (DR7 Houston)

By: Nick Gradney (scout)   Quarterback Aiden Martin out of Tomball Memorial is the reigning offensive MVP of his school district and now he can add MVP of the DR7 Houston tournament to his list. The 2025 standout plays for “The Lab” and was the lead contributor to winning the 18U bracket. This weekend Martin

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DR7 Rising Stars – Houston, TX (pool play)

By: Nick Gradney (scout)   The first DR7 tournament of 2024 is underway and it started with haymakers in pool play. There were many notable faces from previous seasons but the new blood made their mark in Houston as well. Competing at DR7 brings out the best players and teams from all over the country.

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TowWay: Bartow HC Tyler Eden on mission to rebuild championship program

Written By: Drew Johnson (@RealNews102) It can be difficult inserting yourself into a new school and community but first-year head coach Tyler Eden has helped reignite the championship spirit in the city of Bartow.  After no playoff win in 17 years, the Bartow Yellow Jackets nearly clinched a district championship and took down a rival

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Victory Christian Head Coach Steve Fitzgerald – Character and Discipline builds championship programs

The game of basketball runs through the veins of Steve Fitzgerald who has carved his imprint throughout his 31 years of coaching and developing young men.  Now in his 8th year as head coach at Victory Christian Academy, Fitzgerald has helped the Storm basketball program transition into championship contenders with consecutive state final appearances.  Fitzgerald

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UIL State Championships: AFGP Sports Stock Risers

By Adam Sandoval   AFGP Sports Presents: STATE STOCK RISERS AT THE UIL TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL  CHAMPIONSHIPS Rising Prospects from 2A Division I, 2A Division II, 3A Division II SMALL TOWN FOOTBALL As part of a 3 part story, we cover the prestigious Texas High School Football State Championships.  The mission and goal of

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Timpson Wins 2A Division I State Championship

By Platform Scout: Marc Henry @marchen44   The Timpson Bears showcased exceptional teamwork and individual brilliance in their 2A Division I State Championship triumph. Impressive quarterback play, dynamic offensive plays, and remarkable special teams contributions defined their dominance. Defensively, the Bears displayed resilience, limiting Tolar to a mere 7 points, securing a dominating victory. Notable

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2024 Isaac Celiscar is determined to give back a state championship

Written by: Drew Johnson (@RealNews102) Those who are tuned into the hoop scene in Polk County know that Winter Haven Basketball has set the tone for the past few years. The Blue Devils were just one win away from a Class 7A state championship trophy last season.  Winter Haven’s 2024 Isaac Celiscar has been a

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Platform Spotlight: Cardinal Ritter Point Guard Donovan Meads Jr.

By Platform Scout: Marc Henry @marchen44 The high school basketball season is in full swing for the 2023 season around the country. Early season tournaments across the country allows teams to test themselves in the preseason to set the tone for the rest of the season. Hoopfest in Dallas is an annual  tournament that brings

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2027 QB Joaquin Kavouklis has evolved under pressure

Photo credit – Twitter: @joaquinkav10 Written by: Drew Johnson (@RealNews102)  Pressure bursts pipes, or it can create a diamond as 2027 QB Joaquin Kavouklis has taken on immense pressure to crystallize into a leader in year one under center.  The 6-1, 180-pound freshman is developing into a potential Power 5 prospect for Clearwater Academy International

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2024 LB Trey’On Ellington has stayed true to his journey and vision

Written by: Drew Johnson (@RealNews102) Loyalty is a valued trait, especially with the influx of transfers at the prep and college levels. 2024 linebacker Trey’On Ellington has stayed true to his team and city while leading the Winter Haven Blue Devils defense for two consecutive seasons. Ellington credits the camaraderie developed with his senior class

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2024 LB Quinton Moore Jr getting deserved college attention

Written By: Drew Johnson (RealNews102) An early switch to the linebacker position and a pivotal growth spurt helped transform 2024 LB Quinton Moore Jr. into a talented college prospect.  The 6-1, 220-pound senior is now getting some much-deserved attention from Division I college universities after leading Lake Gibson High School in total tackles to finish

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A breakout season for 2026 QB Brady Hart

Photo credit: Twitter: @BradyHartQB Written by: Drew Johnson (@RealNews102) Taking a look at the talent level and upside potential of the 2026 QB class in the state of Florida, it could be one of the deepest we’ve seen in years.  There’s one who has stood out as he’s dominated in his sophomore season against the

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2026 LB Michael McClenton is carving his own legacy

Photo credit: Twitter: @michaelmcclent5 Written by: Drew Johnson (RealNews102) When thinking of production players at the Prep Level, you usually look out for top seniors or rising juniors to stand out but 2026 linebacker Michael McClenton has set the tone as a sophomore while recording Madden Franchise-type stats in just year two.  McClenton has stamped

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Desoto Eagles X-Factor: Running Back Marvin Duffey Jr.

By Platform Scout: Marc Henry @marchen44 Marvin Duffey Jr. has been the bell cow in the Desoto running game, he has rushed for 774 yards, 13 touchdowns and has had four games of over 100 yards this season. He has been putting work diligently behind the scenes, sharing the backfield with other highly regarded players

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Euless Trinity Standouts In 77-34 Win vs Crowley

By Marc Henry: @marchen44 The Euless Trinity Trojans have caught fire as a team. The Trojans have won three games in a row, including a big time victory in a crucial District 3-6A matchup versus Crowley. The Trinity offense was sharp and in rhythm putting 35 first half points en route to a 77-34 win

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Beyond The StatZ: Feat. Tristen Brown

By: Nick Gradney (@StatZ_G)   24′ WR Tristen Brown (@Br33zy_ent) – Houston Lamar High School can make a strong case as to why he is the best wide receiver in the city. Brown also known as T5 is a Vanderbilt commit who have no ceiling to how great he can be. He’s a great route runner

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2026 LB Elijah Dias is Humble but Determined to be Great

Written by Drew Johnson (@RealNews102) It’s nice to watch young high school football players fly around the field and put it on the line to make game-changing plays and when you do, it must be highlighted. That’s seemingly all Auburndale’s 2026 linebacker Elijah Dias has put on film for college coaches to evaluate. He’s continuing

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Delayed but not Denied is the motto for 2024 RB Rashad Orr

Delayed but not denied. That’s the motto 2024 running back Rashad Orr has used as motivation to rack up nearly another 1,000-yard rushing season through week eight. He’s developed into one of the top prospects in the Polk County area but the senior still moves with a chip on his shoulder.  As the regular season

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Hard work is paying off for 2024 DT Ryan Daly

Photo credit: Ryan Daly Twitter, ESPN300 Written by Drew Johnson (@RealNews102) It all starts in the trenches at the Prep level and 2024 defensive tackle prospect Ryan Daly has embraced what it means to be a Trench Monster. He’s developed into an ESPN 3-star recruit with multiple Division 1 offers since transferring from IMG Academy

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Houston Area Top 11 Mid-season Rankings

By: Nick Gradney (@StatZ_G)     11. Kicking things off at number 11 are the Dickinson Gators. The Gators stand at 5-1 with their only blemish is a tough loss to Atascocita in the season opener. Led by senior dual-threat QB John Solomon and Leonard Browne Jr, Dickinson is best known as a rushing team. However, when

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2024 DB Jaydon Williams lines up next level opportunities

Written by Drew Johnson (@RealNews102) In the world of high school football, few players are as versatile and dynamic as senior defensive back Jaydon Williams. He has been a key piece for (6-1) Bartow High School this season, displaying his ability to excel at multiple positions on the field. At 5-11, 181 pounds, he’s a

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Beyond The StatZ: Feat. Todd Dericho

By: Nick Gradney (@StatZ_G)     Todd Dericho (@ToddDericho_) is a senior defensive back for the KIPP Sunnyside Senators in Houston, TX. Dericho can play outside the numbers as well as the nickel. However, he may be best suited to play safety at the next level. Todd have a an edge to his game that’s much needed

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Coach’s Corner: feat. Jarod Johnson

By: Nick Gradney (@StatZ_G)   Get to know Jarod Johnson (@CoachJ_Johnson) of KIPP Sunnyside High School (@FB_Sunnyside). Johnson is a 2015 graduate of KIPP Sunnyside and although he’s been with the football program for four years, this is his first year as the head coach. Being an alum of the school brings a different level of

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Always Motion Tour: Week Four

AFGP Sports Presents: ALWAYS MOTION TOUR Showing y’all there’s “Motion” EVERYWHERE in TEXAS !! By Adam Sandoval   I can’t believe we are already a third of the way through the “ALWAYS MOTION TOUR”.  Our motion has been steady, as we have made our way around the State of Texas attending nine games on the

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Platform Game of The Week: Celina vs Anna

By Marc Henry @marchen44   The Celina Bobcats and Anna Coyotes are two of the best teams in the State of Texas in 4A Division I. These teams came into this matchup on Friday Night seeking to keep their early season momentum trending in the right direction. The Bobcats ranked number five in 4A DI,

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Always Motion Tour : Week Three

AFGP Sports Presents: THE ALWAYS MOTION TOUR Showing Y’all There’s “Motion” EVERYWHERE in TEXAS !! Week Three Another successful week of the tour is officially in the books. Week Three took us down to the majestic home of the Riverwalk and The Alamo, the city of San Antonio, Texas. Pulling up to our destination just

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AFGP Sports Presents: The Always Motion Tour

By Adam Sandoval: From AFGP Sports @AFGP_Sports     I’m Adam Sandoval, the founder of AFGP Sports and I have started my third #TXHSFB season tour covering games all over the State of Texas. Heading into my fifth year of covering high school football, I’ve come to a realization that the best athletes come from

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Washington Soars Past Austin Behind Loaded Backfield

By National Scout: Marc Henry @marchen44 Houston Booker T. Washington is coming off a District Title in 2022, where they were 10-0 for the first time since the 1990’s and this team is back ready to defend their title. The Eagles were coming off a tough loss in week one to Wharton, where they loss

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Duncanville Panthers Dominate Season Opener, Showcasing Lethal Offensive Trio

By National Scout: Marc Henry @marchen44 In a clash of defending State Champions, the Duncanville Panthers proved their mettle in a resounding season-opening victory against the South Oak Cliff Golden Bears. The Panthers, coming into the matchup as a nationally ranked force and the top-ranked team in Texas 6A, showcased their offensive prowess as they

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McKinney vs Longview: Difference Makers

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

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McKinney vs Longview: Tatum vs Jackson

By Platform National Scout: Marc Henry @Marchen44   The 2023 season is here and tonight one of the biggest matchups in the State of Texas features two of the best running backs in the country in Class of 2024 in Taylor Tatum of Longview and Bryan Jackson of McKinney High School. In 2022, both rushers

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WELCOME TO THE SHARK TANK!

By: National Scout – Nick Gradney (@StatZ_G)     If you followed KIPP Sunnyside high school football last year, throw out everything you learned about the team. Although they lost a few key players to the collegiate level, this is a much improved roster with a revamped coaching staff. Even the younger guys are growing

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RecruitU

Majority of the players who play football have a dream to make it pro. It starts at an early age. Having a great support system can take a child a long way to becoming a man. There’s so many obstacles to overcome in being an elite football player and unfortunately, many don’t know what all

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DFW Top Twelve 2023 Pre-Season Rankings

By: National Scout Marc Henry Twitter: @marchen44 Each season the high school football teams in the state of Texas begin practice in August with the dream of finishing at the top of the food chain as State Champions at AT&T Stadium. From the dog days of summer, to the playing in Jerry World in December,

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Early Rankings: Houston Area Top 11

By: Nick Gradney (@StatZ_G)       Texas High School Football is a culture like none other. It holds the largest playoff pool in the country. The Houston area alone have so many teams worthy of being mentioned with greats. You can only imagine how difficult it was to narrow it down to just a select

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Ready for High School Football?

It’s almost here, high school football kicking off once again. The time of year when prep football players come together for fall camp, that’s getting started across America. Whether this week, or perhaps in another week or two, high school football is starting up once again. The local heroes that battle it out on the

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Repeat That?

Last season, the Houston area saw two schools take home state titles – one newcomer in Katy Paetow (5AD1) and a familiar face in Galena Park North Shore (6AD1). Both teams finished the year 15-1, ending with Paetow beating previously undefeated College Station and North Shore edged out recent rival Duncanville for the third time

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