There's lots happening in South Texas as the THSCA convention comes in a little more than three weeks. Texas has its 22nd commitment from just down I-35 and Oregon has picked up a terrific dual-threat from Texas and La Feria has a new head coach in 32-3A.
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Kerrville Tivy quarterback Johnny Manziel toured the Oregon campus last week and decided this weekend he's joining the Ducks and the new 12-Pac Conference. Manziel (6-1, 180) was leaning a little toward TCU before a West Coast trip to Stanford and NIKE land.
Manziel, who is on the Reebok preseason all-state team in TheOldCcoach.com premier issue of "Friday Night Football," is having a great summer of camps after coming off a standout junior season in which he was named the San Antonio Express-News' 2009 football Offensive Player of the Year and the paper's 2009-10 Male Athlete of the Year.
Facially, he looks a little like Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Manziel has some of the same traits. He shot in the 80s in district and regional golf and Manziel is a top baseball player as well.
Manziel said he plans to give up his senior spring seasons to graduate early and enroll at Oregon in January 2011.
Tivy has reached the Class 4A state semifinals for two consecutive seasons. Manziel totaled 54 TDs last season (19 passing, 33 rushing, two receiving). He passed for 2,782 yards, rushed for 1,529 and had five receptions for 159 yards.
Texas gets a re-commit after June 13 camp
San Antonio Sam Houston DT Quincy Russell has re-commited to the Longhorns. The 6-3, 290-pounder had committed to Texas in April at the Texas Relays but decided to take other visits. He's now Texas' 22nd verbal commitment for the Class of 2011.Russell shined at Texas' camp on June 13, another Texas commit Arlington WR Miles Onyegbule was on hand too.
Onyegbule will play QB for the Colts after playing WR the last two years but Onyegbule went through the sub-varsity ranks as a quarterback. Arlington 2012 quarterback _ 6-3 Joshua Greer _ attended the camp but had his left arm in a sling after suffering an injury in spring football. Greer has missed all of summer 7 on 7 action.
Among the speedier campers was Arlington running back Tavarreon Dickerson who could have a breakout year with the questions behind center.
Among the quarterbacks who looked good were Llano's John Preston Rabb. A lanky 6-4, pro-style looking prospect with a strong arm, he operates out of a more run-oriented 3A offense. Hondo looked to have a promising quarterback in Hawk Sullivan.
Flower Mound junior Marshall Williams looked good as well and will continue to push Jaguars standout senior Paul Millard for playing time.
Already on the recruiting radar, Fort Bend Hightower athlete Bralon Addison is very fluid and athletic. He plays quarterback at Hightower but projects as a defensive back or inside receiver. He's shined at camps all summer and has stood out in several 7 on 7 State Qualifiers.
Other defensive backs that looked smooth were Brenham's Robert Felder, Red Oak junior cornerback Jeremy Brady and Aledo junior defensive back Brady Lambert.
Among linebackers, Denton Ryan's junior duo of Alex De la Torreand Jordan Richmond continue to impress through summer camps. They, along with very promising junior Dominique Banks had strong camps at TCU on Friday before coming to Austin.
Among notable athletes at Texas who had good showings were already heralded Cuero running back Trent Jackson, Hebron junior receiver Kiante Griffin and Longview's Eric Hawkins while athletes to watch are Beaumont Central 6-3 senior WR/TE Devin Olgetree and Conroe senior WR Caleb Kroon (6-1, 180).
La Feria hires
Bo Camacho is La Feria's new coach to replace Eli Esquivel, who resigned after three seasons. From San Angelo, Camacho had been defensive coordinator at San Antonio Highlands the last three years and was previously DC at Del Rio.
One-time Corpus Christi Ray assistant Cody Simper has been named head coach for the Texans. He's been offensive coordinator at Cy Springs the last two years but was a Ray assistant from 2004 through '07.