Photo by: National Underclassmen Football Combine
Plano, Texas- Four
teams took part in the NUC Air Raid 7-on-7 tournament this past Sunday at John
Paul, II High School. Three of the teams were made up of individual high school
athletes from around the Dallas Metroplex. The fourth team was Sachse, TX Mustangs from 5A Region II
District 11. Each team participated in a round robin seeding tournament. Once
the round robin was complete the teams were seeded and entered into a single
elimination tournament to decide the overall winner of the North Dallas NUC Air
Sachse, TX came out of the gate like game busters using
their overall team speed to dominate the seeding tournament. Early on they were
led by athlete Tyrique Edwards who would prove to be too fast and quick for any
defender to catch. Edwards would score five times in the first two games while
also making plays on over five passes on the defensive side of the ball. But his day ended early with a slight
ankle injury. The Mustangs then relied on their defense to carry them the rest
of the way. That is where linebacker Kantrell Hunter would take over with help
from athlete Austin Williams.
Team White which was blown out in the first game of the day
by the Mustangs would bounce back and go on a run which allowed them to avoid
the lowest seed thus avoiding Sachse, TX in the first round of the single
elimination tournament. They were led by signal caller Connor Smith from Allen
TX. Smith used his excellent vision and play calling to pick apart every other
team in the tournament. The White Team earned a chance at redemption versus the
Mustangs in the championship game. The White Team had become so organized on
both sides of the ball that they would end up winning the NUC Dallas North Air
Raid 7-on-7 Championship 21 to 7 over Sachse, TX.
Tyrique Edwards, WR/DB, Sachse, TX (2014)
Official Size: 5-11, 172
football player has the confidence and moxie that puts fear into the hearts of
his opponents. He did a nice job as a receiver attacking the ball with his
hands as he adjusted his body into whatever position it needed to catch the
ball. After the catch he used superb acceleration and change of direction to
weave his way through the defense. Defensively he covers a ton of ground and
has the ball skills to become a difference make on either side of the ball.
Look for this player's stock to take off once he completes his tour of camps
now he projects on either side of the ball. Long term I think he will grow into a huge safety with ball
skills and a killer instinct. Edwards played a lot of off-man coverage in this
tournament so getting work at man coverage will only improve his stock.
Zack English, WR, DB, Prosper,
Official Size: 5-6-1/2, 150
Assets: English was fresh of winning the 9th grade WR MVP from a day earlier. He really reminded me of a Danny Woodhead type
player. He may not be the biggest competitor but he possesses excellent hands
and the ability to get vertical after the catch. His hands are so soft he
hauled in more than one pass one handed while running crossing routes between
the hashes. He was clearly the go to guy for QB Connor Smith. If he continues
to work on his craft he will play football at some level on scholarship.
Development: He does have excellent overall body structure but
his height could be held against him by closed-minded college coaches. The
bottom line is he has three more years left to hone his skills and work on
becoming as fast and quick as humanly possible. If this happened he should attract
colleges to Prosper High School in a few years.
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Drake Hardy, WR/DB, Frisco, TX
Official Size: 6-0, 182
Assets: Hardy has excellent size for either a receiver or
safety in college. His biggest assets on the field today were his ability to
cover a lot of ground as a safety and jump out of the building to make catches
as a receiver. Unfortunately his team did not make the championship game. I
know he gave the most athletic team Sachse, TX fits in the seeding tournament.
He also was coming off an excellent performance from the NUC Camp held on
Saturday. That means he has stamina and a true love for the game of football.
Development: Coming into his senior year he will need to grab the
attention of college coaches. Similar to Tyrique Edwards I think his best
position may be safety at the next level. Why? He has the size potential to
become an enforcer and the ball skills to make game changing plays. So working
on his backpedal and change of direction should help him reach his goal of
playing college football.
Kantrell Hunter, LB/S, Sachse,
Official Size: 6-0-1/2, 174
Assets: It's hard to
believe that this hybrid linebacker/safety only weighed in at 174-pounds. He is
ripped from head to toe with the size potential to grow into a 230-pound
monster. Early on he displayed his superior lateral movement tracking down a
back that tried to change directions multiple times. He also showed off some
difference making skills by picking off two passes to the house. Right now he
has two DI offers New Mexico and Louisiana Tech. I really think if he continues
a strong camp circuit that offer list will triple.
Development: I like
him as a potential outside linebacker. He looks great in his backpedal and he
has ball skills. But this will be his first season of playing the position full
time in high school. He must continue a good weight room regime and get use to
using his hands to keep blockers off his body.
Connor Smith, QB, Allen, TX (2015)
Official Size: 5-11, 174
Assets: Smith was
also a big award winner from Saturday having won Co-MVP at quarterback despite
playing up in age group. His first two passes of the day fell miserably to the
ground. He did not let that affect him, as he bounced back and drove his team
down the field. As the day progressed his ability to take what the defense gave
with uncanny accuracy and excellent throwing mechanics gave goose pimples to
the coaches that watched. Not only did he lead his team back from a first round
whipping; he led them to the NUC Air Raid 7-on-7 Championship.
will need to get stronger while improving his overall athletic ability. If he
does not grow over the next three years he will need to be able to buy more
time in the pocket while making unscripted yards with his feet. Outside of that
this is a mature young man that already is head and shoulders above his peers
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Austin Williams, WR/DB, Sachse, TX (2013)
Official Size: 6-0-1/2,
Assets: Williams is
a tall lankly long strider that has excellent body control and serious hops. He
was a go to guy in the red zone with the fade pass. Williams was not a
defensive back you could just try to throw over because he could get up off the
ground like a rocket and knock the ball out of the air. When his teammate
Edwards went out with an injury Williams became the go to guy in game three in
the seeding tournament making several leaping catches while showing off his
first needs to get his junior highlights up on the web. College coaches have to evaluate some body of work in a game situation.
Williams could improve his change of direction so he can make would-be-tacklers
miss in the open field. I really think he has the ability to play DI football.