The 2017 class is shaping up nicely and Jeff Traylor is doing work out in East Texas, landing two impressive athletes who bring fluid size and athleticism to the 40 Acres. The 2017 class is now up to four commits (they join Westlake QB Sam Ehlinger and Tyler John Tyler WR Damion Miller) and they're a fantastic early foundation for the class.
TE Major Tennison
Currently rated a 3 star and a top 75 guy in state, but I suspect he'll be a more highly regarded prospect as he gets more exposure and grows into his 6-5ish frame. The most obvious thing about Tennison is how easily he moves and runs - most high center of gravity athletes are choppy slow starters that lack fluidity on the move and the Bullard TE prospect shows his basketball and track background throughout these highlights. He's the starting big on the Bullard basketball team (District Newcomer of the Year) and he also runs the 400 meters. Not often you see kids that big gliding around and hands don't seem to be an issue judging from the highlights. Easy movers tend to stay that way, even as they layer on muscle and size. He's a NFL prototype TE whose upside will be determined by his willingness to fill out his body to 250+, continue to develop his skills and get more physical in the running game.
Tennison had 20 catches for 379 yards and 5 TDs as a sophomore. My advice to the Bullard coaches is to throw it the tall open guy more.
Fine prospect at a position of need.
DL Lagaryonn Carson
I saved the last for best. #88 is a top 10 player in the 2017 class, a national blue chip, and he boasts an impressive sophomore film. The young East Texas star from Liberty-Eylau is huge for his age (6-5, 255) and still growing into his body. He could end up at SDE, as an odd front interior DL or even a true DT depending on what his body and the buffet line decide. He plays in a read-n-react scheme which allows him to demonstrate his ability to accelerate and, when he does get to pin his ears back, mayhem ensues. Pretty ridiculous stuff for a sophomore in high school. He's quite raw and the similarities between his tape and a young Hassan Ridgeway are not lost on me. Right now he's just playing on athletic ability and effort and once he gets coached up, there's a lot of ability yet to be mined. He had 101 tackles, 32 tackles for loss and 18 sacks in 2014.