A look at some of the state's best private school recruits
Here at DCTF, we have a couple of interns from out of state. Sure, they’ve easily learned to love Texas high school football and what it means to this great state. But they still don’t really understand the competition gap between public and private schools.
I’ve never left the state of Texas, but I know private schools in states like California, Georgia and Louisiana often produce some of the nation’s top recruits. That’s not to say Texas doesn’t also produce quality private school prospects. But it’s widely accepted that public schools have better competition.
Private schools, however, are gaining traction. As our managing editor Greg Tepper wrote last month, private schools have grown exponentially over the past 20 or so years and big-name talent can be found at powerhouses like FW All Saints, Houston Kinkaid and Plano Prestonwood Christian-- all must-stops for recruiters.
As private schools become more and more of a popular alternative to public schools and a force to reckoned with on the gridiron, it wouldn’t be surprising to soon see private schools yield the same number of elite recruits as public schools.
Need more proof? Last year’s class featured guys like OL Demetrius Knox (Ohio State), Nick Watkins (Notre Dame), Mavin Saunders (Florida State), Foster Sawyer (TCU) and Payton Hendrix (Texas Tech).
Here is a look at some of the top private school recruits in the 2015 class.
DT Darrion Daniels, Bishop Dunne (6-5, 280)- Daniels is a monster in the middle for Bishop Dunne. With his size and athleticism, Daniels naturally draws double and even triple teams. Daniels also plays along the offensive line but his future is clearly on the defensive side of the football. He currently holds over 20 offers from the likes of LSU, Oklahoma, Texas and USC. Daniels is still wide-open but keep in mid that his father, Tony, played for Texas Tech in the 90s.
RB Tyreik Gray, Bellaire Episcopal (5-11, 185)- Gray’s best attributes are his speed and vision. He can cut on a dime and once he gets past the first wave of defenders, he’s more than likely going to find pay dirt. Last season, Gray rushed for 1,046 yards and 19 touchdowns and was a nice receiving threat, recording 23 catches for 334 yards and three more scores. Gray has double-digit offers and is showing very strong interest in Baylor, Houston, Kansas and Oklahoma.
WR James Proche, Prime Prep (6-0, 185)- Proche is quickly rising up recruiting boards after solid performances at the Rivals Camp and Dallas Nike Football Training Camp. He has some of the softest hands around and is a smooth route runner. Proche almost committed to TCU this spring but backed out and now plans on announcing his decision in August. Colorado State, Houston, Louisville, SMU and Tulsa have also offered.
RB Rawleigh Williams, Bishop Lynch (5-11, 195)- Williams has an excellent blend of size and speed. He fits the mold of an SEC-type running back, so it’s no surprise that he’s already committed to Ole Miss. It’s been over a year since Williams gave the Rebels a verbal pledge, and there are no signs that he’s wavering. Last season, Williams battled through injuries, but he should return to his 2012 form and could get some more major offers in the fall.
OL Tyler Higby, Houston Kinkaid (6-4, 285)- Higby is an extremely versatile offensive lineman who can play both guard and tackle. LSU, Miami, TCU and others have extended offers and more schools are expected to follow suit this spring. Higby made a visit to LSU in March, and the Tigers are considered his early leader. But he also took a trip to Auburn last month and visited Texas A&M and Texas State earlier in the process.
WR AD Miller, Bishop Dunne (6-4, 175)- Daniels isn’t the only major prospect at Bishop Dunne. Miller has been rising up the charts lately and added offers from Kentucky, Miami, North Texas and SMU over the past few weeks. Miller is a big, physical outside wide receiver with the potential to really develop into something special at the next level. Offers should continue to roll in once more teams watch him in action this spring.
EJ Holland is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.
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