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2014-09-03 00:10:00

Evaluating some of the state's top recruits

 By James Lott 
 DCTF Contributor 

Former Texas defensive back James Lott of CSD Scout takes a closer look at three of the state’s premier quarterback recruits.

2015 QB Kyler Murray, Allen (5-11, 175)

CSD Analysis: Hands down, the best high school football player in the state of Texas. One of the most athletically gifted athletes in the country. Electrifying, big time playmaker with the ball in his hands as both a runner and a passer. Also a phenomenal baseball player. Has led Allen to the last two 5A state championships. Great genes. Father, Kevin Murray, was a star QB for Texas A&M in the early 80s. Committed to Texas A&M in May.

CSD Strengths: Phenomenal athlete with rare blend of speed, quickness and big play ability. Possesses a lightning quick release with the arm strength needed to complete all the throws in the route tree. Does an excellent job of anticipating and eluding pressure, using his feet to extend and make plays downfield. Excellent agility, burst and straight-line speed as a runner, will take it to the house from anywhere on the field. Strong competitor with excellent toughness. Thrives and takes it to the next level. 

CSD Weaknesses: At times will throw off his back foot and lose velocity on the ball. Needs to be more refined in his footwork in the pocket.


2015 QB Da'Shawn Key, SA Brennan (6-1, 160) 

CSD Analysis: Key helped lead SA Brennan to the 4A state championship game in 2013, against Denton Guyer. Dual-threat QB who was most recently offered by UTSA. Talented, big-play threat as both a runner and a passer. Needs to spend a good summer in the weight room to pack on some muscle. Excellent athlete, 6'5 high jumper and 47-foot triple jumper.

CSD Strengths: Good height, about 6-foot-1, with slim build. Athlete playing QB, with adequate size to run a spread offense. Throws the short to intermediate range route tree with good ball velocity and accuracy. Has quick and efficient release and is not afraid to throw into tight windows. Very elusive and mobile as a runner, almost impossible to tackle in space. Athletic kid, plays on the basketball team and runs track.

CSD Weaknesses: Is quicker then he is fast, lacks elite speed. Needs work on mechanics and footwork.


2017 QB Shawn Robinson, Denton Guyer (6-1, 180)

CSD Analysis: Transferred into Denton Guyer last spring from Saginaw Chisolm Trail. Mom, Andrea, is Guyer's head girls basketball coach and Dad, Othell, is sssistant football coach. Robinson threw for 1,123 yards and 11 TDs as a true freshman starter at Saginaw Chisolm Trail. He also rushed for 624 yards. Great athlete, needs to develop his weaknesses to become special, but has all the tools. Also excels at basketball and track. Offered recently by Nebraska and Texas.

CSD Strengths: About 6-foot-1 in height, with athletic build. Dual-threat QB with big play ability as a runner. Adequate arm strength and accuracy in the short to intermediate range. Does a great job of extending plays with his feet and finding receivers downfield. Excellent vision and escapability in the open field. Shows solid command of the offense at such a young age.

CSD Weaknesses: Still raw and unrefined in his delivery and does not show great accuracy. Shifty and agile in the open field, but does not possess breakaway speed. Ball security has been an issue in the past and will put the ball on the ground when pressured.


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