Texas high school football recruiting stock watch: Smithson Valley’s Colton Thomasson talks upcoming Texas A&M visits

SPRING BRANCH, Texas — Smithson Valley junior offensive lineman Colton Thomasson has been busy helping lead one of the most physically imposing O-lines throughout South Texas this season, but he’s excited for the opportunity to watch his future team in person a few times this fall too.

Thomasson and his fellow offensive linemen helped the Rangers run for five touchdowns in a 42-14 Week 3 win over El Paso Eastwood to help Smithson Valley wrap up its non-district slate unbeaten.

After his team’s dominant win over Eastwood on Friday, Thomasson told SBLive that he enjoyed a visit to Texas A&M for the Aggies’ season opener against Kent State, has been getting to know several of his future Aggie teammates in the Class of 2023 recruiting class and plans on visiting College Station again for A&M’s home games against Mississippi State on Oct. 2 and Alabama on Oct. 9.

Thomasson, a four-star recruit and one of the top 50 juniors prospects throughout the state of Texas according to 247 Sports, committed to Texas A&M in late July and chose the Aggies over Baylor, Michigan State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas and UTSA. 

After announcing his commitment in he became the third member of the Aggies’ four-player Class of 2023 recruiting class that 247 currently ranks fourth nationally and second among SEC schools.

He joins Wylie East defensive end Anthony James, Zachary (Louisiana) quarterback Eli Holstein and Swedish tight end Theodor Melin Ohrstrom in Texas A&M’s 2023 recruiting class, which currently boasts all four-star prospects.

“I’ve gotten the chance to meet with Eli Holstein, the quarterback (in our recruiting class), and me and him are getting real close. He’s a great guy and he’s going to help us out once we all get up there,” Thomasson said. “But I still have two years left so I’m focussed on winning a state championship with the Rangers, but when I get up there it’ll be a great time.”

Thomasson, who also throws discus and shot put on Smithson Valley’s track team, will be one of the most elite offensive linemen throughout Texas high school football for the next two seasons thanks to his athleticism, size, strength and technique.

The junior — who towers above many of his current opponents at 6-foot-7, 320 pounds — already possesses the size to become a difference maker in any college conference and still has plenty of time to develop further. 

He started at center in Smithson Valley’s Week 3 win against the Troopers, but projects to play offensive tackle collegiately due to his combination of size and athleticism.

Thomasson and Smithson Valley (3-0) will open district play in 27-6A this week by hosting San Antonio Wagner (2-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Ranger Stadium in Spring Branch.

FRISCO LONE STAR’S ASHTON JEANTY COMMITS TO BOISE STATE

Frisco Lone Star’s senior wideout Ashton Jeanty announced his commitment to Boise State with a post on social media Monday night.

“First of all I want to thank God for giving me this opportunity. I would like to thank all my family who made sacrifices to get me where I am today,” he wrote in a Twitter post.

“I also would like to thank my coaches for pushing me to be the best that I can be everyday. I am proud to announce that I will be committing to Boise State University!”

Jeanty became the 15th verbal commit in the Broncos’ 2022 recruiting class and Boise State’s first commitment from Texas in the current recruiting cycle. The Broncos 15-member recruiting class is currently ranked first in the Mountain West and 57th nationally by 247 Sports.

Jeanty, Lone Star’s star receiver, also held offers from Kansas, North Texas, Texas State and all three service academies among several other FBS and FCS programs. He became the second major DI commit within his team’s offense joining senior quarterback Garrett Rangel, an Oklahoma State commit.

Last year as a sophomore, he caught 55 passes for 816 yards and seven touchdowns while also running 44 times for 383 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.

He has become Rangel’s favorite target and one of the leading receivers throughout Texas high school football this season. 

In the Rangers’ 51-24 win over Frisco Heritage in Week 3, Jeanty led the team with 81 receiving yards on three receptions and added 26 rushing yards and two scores on the ground off four carries.

He has now caught nine passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns and in Lone Star’s first three games during the 2021 campaign. He also ran for 286 yards and eight touchdowns on 33 carries, all team highs, and exceeded 100 receiving yards in two of the team’s three games.

Jeanty, Rangel and Frisco Lone Star (2-1) will look to build upon their hot start to district play at home against Frisco Independence (1-1) at 5 :30 p.m. Friday at David Kuykendall Stadium in Frisco.

DUNCANVILLE’S MALACHI MEDLOCK REOPENS RECRUITMENT

Duncanville senior running back Malachi Medlock became one of the biggest available prospects in Texas high school football when he decided to reopen his commitment this past weekend.

Medlock announced on social media Sunday night that he had chosen to decommit from Colorado State in favor of opening back up his recruitment to further evaluate his options.

“I would like to thank the whole coaching staff at Colorado State University for taking their time and effort’s in recruiting me,” he wrote in a Twitter statement. “After careful consideration I decided to de-commit from Colorado State.”

The Panthers’ senior back has been one of the focal points of the team’s offense so far this season with a team-high 360 rushing yards and two touchdowns through two games.

Medlock should assert himself as one of the DFW’s top backs and one of the most elite rushers throughout Class 6A this year as Duncanville’s primary ball carrier behind the strength of an offensive line that includes Florida State commit Jaylen Early and Oregon commit Cameron Williams.

He currently holds offers from seven FBS and FCS programs including Marshall, Toledo and Wyoming, but will be an interesting name to keep an eye on as the season progresses and additional opportunities arise.

Medlock’s teammate, senior wide receiver Lontrell Turner, became Duncanville’s second offensive starter to boast positive recruiting news when he was offered by the Kansas Jayhawks on Tuesday.

Turner’s latest offer from Kansas represents his fifth overall from a DI program after being offered by Baylor, Georgia Tech and SMU in February and Utah in March. 

He caught 45 passes for 404 yards and a touchdown for Duncanville in 2020 and will be one of the Panthers’ top offensive weapons alongside Medlock entering district play in 11-6A.

Duncanville (1-1) will kick off its District 11-6A schedule with a trip to face rival DeSoto (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium.

STANDOUT EATON DB BEN ROBERTS COMMITS TO TEXAS TECH

Senior defensive back Ben Roberts announced his verbal commitment to Texas Tech on Monday becoming Northwest Eaton’s latest FBS-level recruit to reveal his future plans.

He committed to the Red Raiders on Monday night a few hours after being officially offered by the program, which represented his first offer from a Power Five program.

“I want to give a special thanks to all my coaches including my father who have pushed me to be the man I am today and the reason I love the game,” Roberts wrote in a Twitter statement.

“Thank you to all the coaches that have recruited me throughout this tough process and I especially want to give a thanks to my family who has supported me through my whole football journey! After all that being said I will be furthering my career at Texas Tech University!”

Roberts, who was being actively pursued by many DI programs up to his commitment, also held offers from Tulsa, SMU and Utah State among several others. He joined teammate Hunter Erb, a 6-foot-6 senior offensive tackle, as Eaton’s DI commitments in the Class of 2022.

Erb, a four-star prospect according to 247 Sports, committed to Texas A&M in February.

Roberts was named to an honorable mention all-state selection by the Texas Sports Writer Association in 2020 after tallying 100 tackles, four interceptions, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery in 13 games.

He recorded 23 tackles and tackles for loss in the Eagles’ first three games of the 2021 season.

Roberts and Eaton (3-0) will return to action to conclude their non-district schedule against Denton Braswell at 7 p.m. Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton.

LA GRANGE ATH BRAVION ROGERS RECEIVES FIFTH DI OFFER

La Grange junior Bravion Rogers earned his fifth DI offer so far when he was officially offered by Houston on Saturday.

The offer from the Cougars represents the fourth from competitive college programs within the Lone Star State for Rogers who also holds offers from Baylor, Michigan, TCU and Texas A&M.

The Bears gave him his first offer from a DI program in early June before he also picked up offers from the Aggies and Horned Frogs later that month. Houston’s offer also marks the first major development in his recruiting saga since Michigan offered him in early July, becoming the first out-of-state Power Five program to do so.

Rogers has been a versatile weapon for La Grange on both sides of the ball and a major contributor in every phase of the game. 

He’s gotten considerable reps at quarterback, throwing for 61 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions on 4-of-15 passing so far this season. The Jaguars’ junior has also served as the team’s primary rusher and ran for 352 yards and three touchdowns on 48 carries, all team highs. 

He has surpassed the 100-yard mark on the ground in each of La Grange’s first three games and caught one pass for an 83-yard touchdown in the team’s 31-14 loss to Canyon Lake in Week 2.

Where Rogers excels most, however, is on defense where he anchors the Jaguars’ secondary. He’s recorded six total tackles, two pass deflections, a fumble recovery and an interception in three games.

He even threw in a standout special teams play during a 28-20 Week 3 loss to La Vernia when he blocked a field goal attempt.

Rogers’ athleticism should continue to benefit the Jaguars on offense, defense and special teams, but has been considered a cornerback prospect at the next level by 247 Sports.

Rogers and La Grange (1-2) will look for a rebound victory after back-to-back losses when they travel to face Lockhart (1-2) at 7 p.m. Friday at Lions Stadium in Lockhart.

PAIR OF JUNIOR DFW RECEIVERS EARN POWER FIVE OFFERS AFTER PROLIFIC WEEK 3 PERFORMANCES

Two junior wide receivers at a pair of the DFW’s top Class 6A programs each picked up Power Five offers on the recruiting trail this week after prolific performances in Week 3.

Rockwall wideout Noble Johnson and Flower Mound Marcus receiver Ashton Cozart earned a combined six offers from Power Five college football programs since breakout performances last Friday.

Johnson had a monster game in Rockwall’s 59-35 victory over Lake Travis by hauling in 12 catches for 249 receiving yards and four touchdown receptions, all game highs.

His epic performance put him squarely in the spotlight during the Yellowjackets’ third consecutive marquee win to start the year. He’s now tallied 19 receptions for 435 yards and six touchdowns on the year, all team highs.

A trio of Power Five programs — Miami, USC and Utah — offered Johnson by Monday evening, less than 72 hours after his big game against the Cavaliers. He also collected offers from Pitt and Arizona, his third Pac-12 offer of the week, on Tuesday.

Johnson also holds offers from Louisiana Tech, Tennessee and UTSA. He should continue to post big numbers as the primary target for senior quarterback and Mississippi State commit Braedyn Locke (65-of-99 passing for 1,071 yards, 10 TDs in three games) in the Yellowjackets’ pass-happy offense.

Cozart had a huge night too, catching 10 passes for 176 yards, both game highs, and two receiving touchdowns in Marcus’ 41–14 victory over Keller Central.

It was a breakout performance for Cozart, who posted new career highs in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns scored in a game during Friday’s win.

Cozart tallied a combined 103 yards on five receptions throughout three varsity games during his freshman and sophomore seasons in 2019 and 2020, but he has steadily emerged as one of the Marauders’ most reliable options among a talented group of receivers early in the season.

He now boasts 15 receptions for 240 yards and three touchdowns through the air in three games for the year.

Cozart’s hot streak carried onto the recruiting trail this week as well with Marcus’ junior wideout snagging an offer from Auburn, his seventh from an SEC program, on Tuesday.

His offer from Auburn represents his first since picking up an official offer from Alabama in late July, but brings his total to 24 total offers from DI college programs including Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Texas A&M among several others.

Cozart, a 6-foot-3 wideout that 247 Sports tabbed a four-star prospect and one of the top 50 Class of 2023 recruits in Texas high school football, also took a visit to TCU this past weekend for the Horned Frogs’ 34-32 victory over Cal.

Johnson, Locke and Rockwall (3-0) will face another major test this weekend when they travel to face Highland Park (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Highlander Stadium in Dallas.

Cozart and Flower Mound Marcus (2-1) enter a bye week before opening district play in 6-6A at home against crosstown rival Flower Mound (1-2) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 at Marcus Marauder Stadium in Flower Mound.

Both Cozart and Johnson were nominated for SBLive’s Texas High School Athlete of the Week award for Sept. 6-12.

KLEIN CAIN’S GIBSON PYLE EARNS FIRST OFFER FROM USC

Klein Cain offensive lineman Gibson Pyle made a splash when he earned his first DI offer earlier this week.

Pyle, a sophomore offensive tackle for the Hurricanes, landed an official offer from USC on Sunday after a solid start to his first season as a varsity starter at Cain.

He stands at 6-foot-4, 270 pounds giving him a combination of elite size and athleticism for the high school level with lots of potential for additional development. 

Pyle has been one of the major sources of stability for a Cain offensive that has outscored its opponents 105-35 in back-to-back wins.

He also attended a summer recruiting camp at Ole Miss in early June and should be one of the top offensive line recruit names in the Houston area to monitor on the recruiting trail moving forward.

Pyle will be one of many Texas high school football recruits paying close attention to the coaching situation at USC after the Trojans dismissed head coach Clay Helton on Monday.

Three Texas high school players are currently verbally committed to join USC’s Class of 2022 recruiting class: Fort Bend Hightower wide receiver Caleb Douglas, Newton running back DeAnthony Gatson and Katy linebacker Ty Kana.

No Class of 2023 or 2024 recruits from Texas have committed to the Trojans yet.

Pyle and Klein Cain (2-1) will look to extend their winning streak when they travel to face Katy Taylor (1-2) at 7 p.m. Friday at Rhodes Stadium in Katy.

Andrew McCulloch

Andrew McCulloch, SBLive

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