The Stony Point Tigers entered last year’s 7-on-7 state tournament with high expectations but had a disappointing showing with a losing record in pool play. Consider the Tigers redeemed. Stony Point, thanks to a late interception return for a touchdown, knocked off Cy Fair to win the 2009 7-on-7 state tournament at Kyle Field in College Station on Saturday. Two prospects who helped the Tigers to the tournament title, Stephen Williams (pictured, left) and P.L. Lindley, are two prospects in the 2011 class who Texas is sure to take a good, long look at adding to its next recruiting haul.
Williams was selected as the tournament MVP following his performance and showed why he is considered to be one of the state’s top all-purpose back prospects in the 2011 class.
Williams in one word is electric, a spark plug with the ball in his hands. He made several big plays for the Tigers throughout the day but not on long passes. Williams routinely took short passes and turned them into big gains, something that’s very tough to do in 7-on-7 play and further showing the impact he can have on an offense.
Lindley was one of the most impressive 2011 prospects on Saturday, regardless of position, showing the ability to turn and run with receivers in pass coverage. Throw in the fact that he is long, already has a good frame (6-3/210) and is athletic makes it look more and more evident that he can play linebacker at a high level at a big time college program because big, athletic linebackers that can move like he can are hard to come by.
Texas tapped into the Stony Point pipeline in the 2009 class by nabbing Tevin Mims and with these two prime time talents in the program the Horns could be heading into Williamson County again next year.
Stony Point played some thrilling games over the last few rounds of the tournament, including a one-point semifinal win over DeSoto. The Eagles, in addition to boasting 2010 Texas commits Darius Terrell and Adrian White, have some elite 2011 talent.
Arguably the most impressive player on the field for DeSoto was receiver David Porter. Porter got rave reviews from his performance in Austin at the Texas camp on June 7 and looks the part of a big time receiver. Porter was very quick off of the line, got in and out of his breaks quickly and was very explosive in the open field. Porter isn’t a prototype height-wise (he’s about 6-0) but I definitely see him having a future as a slot receiver.
There were several defensive backs that stood out at the tournament but Houston Lamar’s Earl Foster was extremely impressive. Despite the fact that he plays a hybrid position for the Redskins, the same school that produced Texas products Rod Babers, Drew Kelson and Brian Orakpo, Foster has tremendous range at free safety.
He is a long defender and covers a lot of ground but he also displays good ball skills and has good timing when he breaks on routes. There were some impressive 2011 defensive backs in the tournament but Foster was second to none in terms of ability and upside. Despite guys like Fort Bend Dulles’ Sheroid Evans, Kolby Griffin of Houston St. Pius X and South Houston stud Leroy Scott all being potential Texas targets next year, do not be surprised if the Horns make a play for Foster.
Underclassmen who went into the tournament under the radar but managed to make a lot noise on Saturday were cornerback Tracy Scott of Arlington Lamar, who played the best one-on-one coverage that anyone could muster against Arlington’s Miles Onyegbule and made some tremendous catches in spot duty on offense, and Abilene Cooper receiver Sonnier Khayeer, who was a consistent home run threat for the Cougars.
For much more of Inside Texas' 7-on-7 coverage, also see:
Ranking the Top 2011 and 2012 Prospects at 7-on-7
Ranking the Texas Commits at 7-on-7
Scouting Longhorn Commits at Saturday's 7-on-7
2011, 2012 Prospect Notes From Friday's 7-on-7 Tourney Action (Miles Onyegbule, Herschel Sims, Dennis Smith, Edward Pope, more)
Future Horns Perform at 7-on-7 Tourney